GARAGE BAND by Gipi

GARAGE BAND

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Age Range: 14 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this Italian import, four dispossessed friends try to make a go of their band. Narrator Guiliano has a slightly dysfunctional home life (his father loves his prized hunting dogs more than his son), but also has a supportive girlfriend. Alex has a missing dad, an overprotective mother and an obsession with Hitler; Stefano, meanwhile, is obsessed with death and success; and, the final member of the band, Alberto, adores his father. Highly stylized art will either attract or repel readers; most of the boys appear slightly demonic, but the watercolor washes and awkwardly rendered bodies effectively convey their confused, directionless adolescence and paint a portrait of a decaying city and beautiful countryside at odds. A foray into crime causes the boys to lose their practice garage but ultimately teaches a lesson and makes their friendship stronger. The father-son subtexts never come fully to life, but between the art and what is unsaid, much tension is conveyed. Unlikely to have wide appeal, but perfect for flannel-wearing, guitar-playing guys who think there aren’t any books for them. (sketches) (Graphic novel. YA)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 1-59643-206-3
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: First Second/Roaring Brook
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2007




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