MY YEAR OF EPIC ROCK got a great review in the November 1 2014 issue of Booklist. If you’re a subscriber, you can read it here. If not, check out the full review below:
My Year of Epic Rock. Pyros, Andrea (Author) Sep 2014. 224 p. Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky, paperback, $7.99. (9781402293009).
It’s the beginning of seventh grade, and Nina’s BFF Brianna is giving her the cold shoulder in favor of a new friend. Nina also has another problem: she can’t eat peanuts or eggs. Without friends at lunch, Nina plops herself down at the “allergy table.” There she makes new friends and ends up being the drummer in a band they’re forming for the talent show. Despite that, she keeps trying to get into Brianna’s good graces, and the only way, she learns, is to be snarky about other people, including her bandmates.
When Nina realizes that Brianna is all about putting others down to seem cool, and that she herself went along with it for years, Nina backs away.
Of course, the band rocks out at the end, but that’s just the icing. Nina’s ability to finally stand up to the girl she always thought was her friend is the cake.
A perfect read for anyone who feels BFF-challenged, and the food allergy aspect may attract kids who have such issues.