Determined to prove that girls can play the drums, Tig forms an all-girl rock band.
When a male classmate declares that a girl drummer doesn’t have the ability to lead a band, 13-year-old Antigone, or Tig, begins taking drum lessons. In her quest to disprove her classmate, Tig, a white girl with frizzy, brown hair, searches for the perfect band mates. After disastrous open auditions, she and her cousin privately recruit additional band members, including popular white girl Haley as their lead singer. Predictably, Haley does not take direction well and is asked to leave the band. In retribution for this slight, Haley and her girlfriends try to lure Tig’s new lead singer away from her band. The popular girls sabotage the band’s failed debut performance and upload the fiasco online. Mortified, Tig must re-evaluate her motives for learning the drums and try to keep her band from falling apart. Rue effortlessly captures Tig’s passion for her drums, but her other characters seem to exist only to propel Tig’s internal transformation. Some character portrayals are culturally insensitive, including a redheaded fair-skinned girl who raps and speaks in African-American street slang. Chinese-American Robbie, the only significant character of color (troubling itself in this Tuscaloosa-set novel), is called a racial slur to illustrate bullying, but there is no further acknowledgement or discussion of the slur outside the occurrence.
An unsuccessful attempt to inspire girls to rebel against conformity. (Fiction. 9-12)