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Review- Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Deaf band manager?
Yes! Even without hearing,
Piper really rocks.

Through a series of events, Piper becomes the manager of a band called Dumb.  This might not seem like a huge deal, except that Piper is hearing impaired and can just barely even hear the band at the best of times.  What Piper does have is intelligence, patience and a need for $$$$ for her college fund.  (Her parents raided it to use the money to get cochlear implants for Piper's baby sister Grace.) 

This book intrigued right from the beginning.  I wasn't sure if the quality was going to be great, but I loved the premise.  And it definitely held up it's side of the bargain.  Five Flavors of Dumb was a great look at how someone with hearing impairments gets through the day, but that wasn't ALL it was about.  Piper was more than just a "deaf girl."  The way the story built her character and her family was real.  I felt like I'd known them forever and could truly picture them. 

All in all, the Five Flavors of Dumb was a great story with realistic characters and a lot musical moments.  Usually concert descriptions in books are a little flat, but Piper describes the mood and the vibrations of the bass line to the point where you can really picture it.  And feel it.

Definitely recommended for anyone who's looking for a different kind of a book.  Not your average, everyday realistic fiction.

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