07 February, 2012

Struts & Frets by Jon Skovron

Struts & Frets
Name: Struts & Frets - Jon Skovron.

Pages: 304.
Publication: September 1st 2011/Amulet Books.
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"Told in a voice that’s honest, urgent, and hilarious, Struts & Frets will resonate not only with teenage musicians but with anyone who ever sat up all night listening to a favorite album, wondering if they’d ever find their place in the world.

Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band’s compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend.
When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?"

The first thing to be said about Struts & Frets is that the cover and inside are AMAZING. It looks so cool outside and inside!

Sammy, seventeen, wants to be a musician. Not a rock star, even though some times, he lets the daydreams excel that far. No, he wants to be a musician, to play music because he enjoys not for super fame and fortune. Yet, he also has to worry about family and daily life due to uncooperative band mates, his friends and as well as girl problems with his friends and of course, family, where his mother believes music, will be a good hobby for him while in college studying math or science.

The reason I enjoyed Struts & Frets so much is because it is a completely authentic story. While reading it, I was reminded how alike my friends and I were to Sammy and his friends when we were seventeen. My friends lived and breathed music especially one of them who, if I showed him this book, would recognize each of the jazz musicians brought up! So, naturally, a lot of the music choices in the book were familiar to me as well as being enjoyable to me, especially The Pixies.

Struts & Frets shows the dilemma that can happen between very close male and female friends. You know when someone tells you that someone else really likes you and then you get really awkward and do not know how to act around that said person. It happens a lot! Skovron creatively and beautifully writes about figuring out your feelings and worries about first likes and loves. 

Skovron writes about how passion can drive your life. How, even though it will not be easy, to not give up on friends or family or dreams and how, to always do what makes you happy. The book conveys a great message of hope, friendship, family and the willingness not give up on your dreams.

Rating: 4/5.

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