Books by Stephanie Kuehnert

I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE by Stephanie Kuehnert
Released: July 1, 2008

Proud, headstrong and slutty, aspiring punk Emily Black longs to start her own band and find her mother, who disappeared when she was only four. The saga of her rise, fall and re-rise to punk-rock stardom could very well deserve its own series. Here, however, it's crammed into a fat but tight volume where the pages are packed so densely with melodrama readers will need to flip back and forth to keep track of the plot. The first half feels much more distilled than the latter: Kuehnert's language is slick. The punk references bite with genuine angst and hunger, and Emily's tough, sardonic attitude, as revealed through chunky, poetic language, is feverishly tempting. After page 200, however, the timing between plot points quickly becomes compressed: Hearts are broken and then put back together again in one page. Lengthy scenes of Emily's mom hooking, drinking, shooting up and feeling empty make the obvious point that their lives are parallel, but the device neglects the principle that in the world of YA fiction, less is usually more. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >