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Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep theThirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece.Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie is a heartwarming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis....

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  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    2018-10-12 05:08

    glad i finally picked this one up! it was really touching. i do think i prefer the sequel that i accidentally read before reading this book. XD there were just a few lines that bothered me and i had a hard time liking the main character (though he won me over in the end). and let me just say that the ending of the story had me so emo.

  • Nancy
    2018-10-15 00:06

    Posted at Shelf InflictedThe Drums are what 13-year-old Steven plays in the marching band and jazz group in school and are the only thing that makes him feel good when his life starts to unravel. The Girls are Renee Albert, the hot cheerleader and neighbor who Steven wishes would notice he was alive, and Annette Watson, a pianist and friend of Steven’s who occasionally watches his younger brother Jeffrey on weekends. Dangerous Pie is (view spoiler)[lovingly made by 5-year-old Jeffrey, using a deep pot and Steven’s special autographed drumsticks to stir the batter, which is “a zesty blend of coffee grounds, raw eggs and their smashed shells, Coke, uncooked bacon, and three Matchbox racing cars.” (hide spoiler)]Steven is a very typical 13-year-old boy. His younger brother is a little terror, his parents are annoying, he hates math, and he has a crush on the hottest girl in school. When Jeffrey has a nosebleed that doesn’t want to stop, Steven’s life is suddenly turned upside down when he learns his little brother has leukemia. Now it’s all about Jeffrey and Steven seems to have been forgotten. He must handle the situation the best way he can. Thanks to help from his teachers, his friends, and his family he copes, he changes, and his pesky little brother isn’t so annoying any more. I was a little hesitant about listening to this story, thinking it would be way too depressing and sentimental. It was actually the perfect story to listen to on the long drive to my mom’s house. It made me laugh and made me cry, a perfect balance of humor and drama. Joel Johnstone did an outstanding job narrating, making each of the characters’ voices distinctive and engaging. I was especially impressed with the female characters. Some male narrators seem to try too hard getting women’s voices just right, that they fail completely. Even little Jeffrey’s voice made me smile. The characters were all very believable and easy to relate to. While some situations were a little predictable, Steven kept me thoroughly entertained as he talked about his life in school, his friends, his brother’s illness, his parents, and the physical, emotional, and financial hardships associated with cancer. It’s funny and moving, and you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy it.

  • Ron
    2018-09-24 23:19

    Little brothers can be pretty annoying. I should know, being a little brother myself. The annoying trait just seemed to come with the territory. Ask lots of questions, be spontaneously obnoxious and sometimes loud (in order to be heard of course), pop-ups in the middle of the elders all-girl slumber party, tattle once in awhile (sorry sis), and ask lots of questions (did I say that already? well, inquiring young minds, ya know?). But the truth behind all those things is that we younger look up to our older sibling. You are the cool one forging the unbroken path. How could we not want to follow in your footsteps – albeit exasperatedly close behind you?I’m not saying Steven’s little brother Jeffrey is nearly this annoying. Actually, he’s quite the cute kid – add in funny to boot. But all little guys have their moments, and Steven Alper has a 13 year old’s life happening. That’s where the “drums and girls” come in. Little bros just tend to get in the way, aka the “dangerous pie”. Hidden behind the wall that a big brother erects there lies sibling love. Often, there is no stronger bond. Big brother: protector, mentor, friend. That little wall is removed by the unfortunate news of cancer. It will be a hard road, but you could say that there is fortune because of it too.I enjoyed the hell out of this story, even if it’s written for middle-schoolers. Books like this one work for all of us. I laughed and learned some things. I also remembered those school days. Most importantly, it made me think about family and friends who are there when it counts.

  • Orient
    2018-10-16 02:33

    A wonderful BR with my son and Eilonwy :) I want to thank Bonnie for turning my attention onto this book and also to Eilonwy, who is so patient with such a terrible BRer like me! Hah, even my son read faster than me :D What a wonderful book it is, we laughed from the jokes, were teary in some moments and of course, we were charmed by the main character. The main reason my son and I loved this book, is that it's about a 13 years old boy, who has life struggle. My son is 13 and it was a fun read for him as some situations from the book reminded him about his ordinary day at school. The book is full of humor, sad parts, interesting facts about music and health issues, crazy sneak peeks into a world of teen and his thoughts :) You'd expectbut you'll get who loves his family a lot and could do almost everything for them 💜What more can I say, it was a great thought provoking and entertaining read :) Can't wait to get to book 2! :)

  • Bonnie Shores
    2018-10-05 23:15

    Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie is the poignant tale of Steven, a funny, drum-playing 8th grader who suddenly finds himself having to deal (or not) with the life-changing news that his 5-year-old brother, Jeffrey, has leukemia.It is rare for me to love sad stories. But this one, perhaps because it is written from the POV of a snarky, self-centered 13-year-old boy, had me laughing and smiling throughout, sometimes even smiling while tears were running down my cheeks.DG&DP is truly heartwarming as we get to see a family redefine itself and a community come together in support of a little boy with an unstoppable spirit. Well done, Jordan Sonnenblick.

  • Eilonwy
    2018-10-04 22:12

    13-year-old Steve Alpers is obsessed with drums: he’s good enough to play with the All-City Middle and High School Band; girls: mainly his best friend, Annette, and “the hottest girl in eighth grade,” Renee; and his annoying 5-year-old little brother, Jeffrey, who is always underfoot and makes messes like the title pie. But Steve has to add another preoccupation when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, and his family’s lives are upended by hospital visits, no time for grocery shopping, huge medical bills, and the awful uncertainty of not knowing how things will turn out for Jeffrey.This title caught my eye on the library shelf over and over. Drums! I love teen band/musician books. Plus you have to read the book to find out what dangerous pie is (and I’m not telling, either). But then I’d see the word “leukemia” and remember again why I put it right back every time I looked at it. I don’t do cancer books. Then I saw that Orient had just marked it as to-read, and the next thing I knew, I’d agreed to a buddy read with her and her 13-year-old son, because I figured I could make it through this book with some company. And I’m glad I did. Thanks to Steve’s spot-on middle school voice and his ability to highlight the absurdity of any situation, this book is about as funny as a story about pediatric cancer can get. It manages to find the humor in almost every circumstance, from Steve’s awkwardness with girls to his rooting around in the basement pantry for decade-old cans of fruit cocktail when the fridge is empty, to his mother’s sarcasm about teen dramatics (I loved his mother. She’s a great character). But it’s also absolutely serious when it needs to be, as Steve learns about childhood leukemia and realizes that there’s no guaranteed happy ending even with the strides that have been made in treatment. Thinking about what it would be like not to be a big brother any more makes Steve aware of how much he loves his little brother, which sounds sappy, but it’s not at all. Steve is right upfront about how much he hates the way Jeffrey’s illness has taken over his family’s relationships with each other, how much he resents the lack of attention or even focus from his parents when he does get their notice, and the way Jeffrey’s condition plays with Steve’s own mind, leaving him paralyzed with “What’s Even the Point When My Brother Might Die?” issues regarding schoolwork and personal hygiene. About the only thing that keeps him centered is his passion for drumming. There’s nothing like a good half hour of “paradiddles” to get a person’s mind off everything else. (I also liked that I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about a drummer before, so the vocabulary and practice drills were a whole new experience for me.) A note as a USAmerican reader: Part of the story is about fundraising to help pay for the tens of thousands of dollars Steve’s family is running up in medical bills, even with “good” insurance. I don’t want to get too political here, but this part made me so angry. Is there any other “first world” country where parents have to fear being driven into bankruptcy on top of the terror and stress of trying to save their child’s life? This book kept me both laughing and worried the whole way through. It was a bit of a tough read for me, but the humor made it tolerable (plus I knew Orient was out there holding my virtual hand). :-) And it did make me cry. Definitely recommended if you can tolerate the subject. Read Orient’s review, too! Thanks for reading this with me, Buddy! :-)

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2018-10-10 23:22

    Reviewed by Christian C. for TeensReadToo.com"The most annoying thing in the world is...My little brother, Jeffrey." That's what thirteen-year-old Steven Alper had written in his journal for his English class. But on October 7th, everything changed. Jeffrey had a small accident in the kitchen, was taken to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with leukemia. Steven's life turns upside down, and just when he needs his parents the most, his mom has to spend most of her days at the hospital taking care of his brother, and his dad is mostly keeping to himself, too worried about the bills to spend time with or even talk to his oldest son. Steven wants to believe that everything will just go back to normal, and tries to release his anger, anxiety, and fears by playing the drums. But his brother doesn't seem to be getting any better, and Steven has a hard time concentrating at school, he's not turning in his homework, and his grades are starting to fall behind. To make things worse, he doesn't want anyone to find out what is going on--but somehow his best friend, Annette, the school counselor, and even Renee Albert, the hottest girl in the eighth grade, all seem to know that something is not right. This unforgettable novel took me on an incredibly moving ride. And when I felt I was all the way down on this emotional roller coaster, and found myself struggling to see the words through my tears, Sonnenblick lifted me up gently, word by word, page by page, and put a grin on my face that eventually turned into a big smile and then an out-loud laugh. The author's great voice shows real characters with real feelings, and the true struggle of a teenager trying to understand the unfairness of a deadly disease, and how to cope with the fear of losing his beloved little brother. So you think your little brother is a pest? You will think again after reading this touching story. Tissues are highly recommended. The paperback edition of DRUMS, GIRLS, & DANGEROUS PIE also includes a section with an interview, information about the author, tips on writing, and a preview of Jordan Sonnenblick's next novel, NOTES FROM THE MIDNIGHT DRIVER.

  • সালমান হক
    2018-10-14 02:13

    অনেক দিন পরে এত্ত চমতকার একটা মিডল গ্রেড বই পড়লাম। সত্যিই খুব ভালো লেগেছে। সবচেয়ে ইন্টেরেস্টিং ব্যাপার হচ্ছে বইটা পড়ার সময় যে পেজে আপনি অনেক জোরে জোরে হাসবেন ঠিক সেই পেজেই পরের পাতায় এমন কিছু কথা লেখা থাকবে আপনার মনে হবে যে দুনিয়া এত খারাপ কেন। আর সত্যি কথা বলতে দুই একবার যে আপনা আপনিই আমার চোখ ভিজে উঠেছিল যেন কিভাবে। মহা ঝামেলার বই। :/ গল্পটা স্টীভের। এইটথ গ্রেডে পড়ে। ড্রামার। আর মেয়েদের আশে পাশে গেলে তার যেন কি হয়ে যায়। তো তাকে যখন একবার জিজ্ঞেস করা হয় যে তার কাছে সবচেয়ে বিরক্তিকর লাগে কোন জিনিসটা। সে বলে যে জেফরী নামে একটা ছোট ভাই থাকা। কিন্তু এটা যে শুধুই একটা কথার কথা এটা একটু পরেই বোঝা যায়, যখন জেফরি এর ক্যান্সার ধরা পড়ে। এর পরের অংশ গুলো পুরা ইমোশনাল রোলার কোস্টার। হাসি, কান্না, দুষ্টামি তে ভরপুর। আর লেখার ধরণ ও মারাত্মক। :)

  • Hamelynn Harzman
    2018-10-18 22:20

    This book pulls at your heartstrings like sumo wrestlers in a tug of war match. I cried. Not as much as I thought I would, and I have mainly the humor of the book to thank for it.The characters are absolutely amazing. They're relatable, charismatic, realistic, and funny. I don't think I could have made it through the book without shedding enough tears to overflow an ocean if it weren't for the humor. Sarcasm, making-fun-of-self jokes, you name it, this book had it.I'm also thankful for the development of the main character, Steven. When the book started, he was an ungrateful child with little empathy. But his brother having leukemia really shook him and he did a full 180 degree turn. He was there for his brother, and would do anything to help him.This book is a quick read, and part of me wished it lasted longer. I definitely recommend to anyone and everyone. This truly is a must-read.

  • Andrew
    2018-09-30 01:31

    An amazing story of what family truly is - giving up what you want and need for the protection of a sibling. When the main characters little brother is diagnosed with a severe form of leukemia cancer, his older brother has to give up his life, career, and enjoyment to keep his brother not only safe, but happy.

  • Kyndall
    2018-09-21 04:11

    I recommend this book, it is a really interesting book and it's hard not to read the chapters all at once. At the end there is a big turning point…I'm not going to say what it is because I don't want to spoil the book for everyone else. This book has a lot of important/sad moments, but in my opinion it makes the book x10 better! I can't wait to read after ever after!

  • Jenna Buss
    2018-10-06 05:32

    This book was full of heartwrenching moments. Obviously, many of these were related to Jeffrey, the main character's little brother who has leukemia. But the bond between Steven and Jeffrey was enough to bring me close to tears. Steven would risk anything for his brother, and I felt their bond really brought the story to life. Also, the story was super realistic. I really appreciated how the author didnt try to make Steven a perfect, bubbly teenager. He made Steven a REAL teenager. He WASN'T perfect, and this made me feel like I was IN the book.Overall, really liked this book and highly recommend it.

  • LysshaT_D2
    2018-09-26 05:32

    This book makes you happy and sad at the same time by making you fall in love with the characters. The book describes the life of an ordinary 13 year old boy that loves drumming and has some relationship problems, but his little brother's cancer flips his life upside down. The theme of the book is love, because in the book, without love from his friends and family, Steven, the main character, wouldn't of survived the whole ordeal with his school work and his little brother's cancer. I recommend this book to people who enjoy a book with deep meaning but also some romance and humor.

  • Ariel Acupan
    2018-10-02 23:06

    Originally Posted HERE.DANGEROUS NOVEL PIE!WARNING: This book should not be read in public because it has a tendency to make you laugh and cry at the same time. It is very addictive to the point that you may not be able to put it down from start to finish.I love the book and would definitely look for other Sonnenblick books. It is a tearjerker and a funny novel. That is how I would describe it in few words. One minute you're laughing so hard and then with just one phrase or sentence, ,a tear could possibly fall it could make you sad in an instant. Sure, I like to give five stars to almost all the graphic novels and superhuman stories that I've read but this one is on a different level. A lot of books nowadays are so thick. But if you ask me, the writer could have told that story in one paragraph. Authors sometimes could not get enough explaining things to readers that he/she ended up writing about it in four chapters. But you've got to love this book. Yes, there are hard to understand words (mostly medical stuff) but with a quick look at the dictionary and you’re fine. Every sentence you read out of it would not be a waste of your time. Sonnenblick does not focus too much on explaining things to you. He would rather capture the emotions of the character on that instant and make you feel it. It would touch your heart. Make you laugh and cry sad at the same time. I would not give any spoilers or details as to how the story goes. You don't have to be of certain age, or sex to like it. Even if you only read specific genres like dystopian or high fantasy, you would definitely be grabbed by it simply because it could be real for all of us.

  • Lauren Ellerbusch
    2018-10-05 05:10

    This book is an amazing book. It shows real character when Stevens little brother gets leukemia. Steven and his family go through lots of ups and downs. But they fight through the problems and secede.there are sad parts but also parts were you will smile. This book shows strength in relationships.this is a must read, - Lauren Ellerbusch #11 clymer pd1

  • Colleen Houck
    2018-10-11 22:10

    This was a great quick read. I love the little brother and the story from the boy's perspective. I now have a strange urge to learn to play the drums. What a cool skill to develop. Still not sure I'd ever get my kid a drum kit. =)

  • A.J. Pine
    2018-09-23 22:24

    *Cross posted on AmyLovesYA.comLet me start by saying that this is the first Jordan Sonnenblick book I've read, It will NOT be the last. In fact, I'm reading another one right now titled After Ever After. Back to the point--I have not read many middle grade novels because I teach high school and figured I should keep with the age range of my students. I was wrong. SO wrong. This book is funny, heart-breaking, and just plain beautiful whether you are ten or thirty...something (like me). The book starts off with Steven at his middle school graduation, but then he reflects back to a journal entry he wrote early in the school year. His teacher asked the class to write about what they thought was the most annoying. Naturally, Steven wrote about his relationship with his little brother, Jeffrey.Jeffrey is five, so of course he gets into stuff he shouldn't, messes up things he doesn't mean to, and uses Stevens special sticks to mix his dangerous pie (love this part). But all of that pales in comparison to what happens in October. An unusually bad nose bleed due to a moatmeal incident lands Jeffrey in the ER where ends up being diagnosed with leukemia. As an eighth grader, Steven thought his biggest worries were drum practice, his crush on Renee Albert, and protecting his stuff from his little brother, but Jeffrey's diagnosis turns the whole family upside down.Sonnenblick, a former eighth grade English teacher, perfectly crafts each family member's reaction to Jeffrey's diagnosis and treatment with heart-breaking clarity sprinkled with bits of relieving humor. His understanding of the middle school adolescent is spot on. The transformation that Steven undergoes, from his initial denial of Jeffrey's illness to his selfish reactions to finally seeing his family members as individuals rather than orbiters in his world, is what brings him to the culminating point at his eight grade graduation. Above all, Sonnenblick has crafted a beautiful story that I will not soon forget.Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie was Jordan Sonnenblick's debut back in 2004, and if you still have doubts about whether or not you will like this book, take Sonnenblick's word for it. "This is my first book. My mom says it is good. Please feel free to buy it. And read it, too." Check out his website and blog where you can find out about his other seven books.*Currently reading After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick

  • Juneetta
    2018-09-23 06:12

    Drums,girls and dangerous pie is one of my favorite books I've ever read.This book is hilarious but also upsetting.It's about a 13 year old boy name Steven who loves drumming,has a crush on the hottest girl in school,has a little brother name Jeffery.It all started over a nose bleed when Jeffery was standing on his stool while Steven was making oatmeal he fell off and hit his nose.Then Jeffery is rush to the emergency room. Hours later his mom called and told Steven's dad that Jeffery might be diagnosed with leukemia.Ever since Steven found out about Jeffery he has been acting strange like pretending nothing happened.Steven had a concert to raise money for Jeffery because they didn't have enough money to get his treatment.Jeffery is blessed to have a brother that cares so much about him because not all people have siblings that care about them.It's not easy finding out a sibling or family member being diagnosed with cancer or any type of illness. I like this book because the main character shows a lot of caring and tells me in that no matter what happen I will always be there with you little bro.Ms.zika has chosen the right book for her class to read because it is interesting and it not boring.The things I like is when Jeffery says moatmeal instead of oatmeal and how Steven help raise money for Jeffery's treatment.One thing I didn't like was when Jeffery went to the emergency room.If I was to give this book a rate I would say I liked it,no I LOVE it. :)

  • Sondra
    2018-10-03 00:21

    This is an adolescent novel about luekemia, targetted probably to 12-15 year olds. Despite the subject, it's very funny, with lovely banter between the 8th grade boy, who narrates, and his sick five-year-old brother. There were difficult passages describing the treatments the boy received in the hospital and the side effects. The book candidly described the tensions on the family, including an explanation of the financial problems faced by people with insurance. It touched on the undesired attention the narrator received as a "tragic figure," which I thought was really important, especially for the targetted age group. Finally, it focused on the value of friendships and community support. It was a frank book, and I cried through much of it, but I thought it was both good and important. The writing and editing were tight.

  • Linda
    2018-09-24 23:15

    A thirteen year old is, by nature and brain chemistry, somewhat self-absorbed. Crushes, schoolwork, embarrassing parents, annoying siblings are all consuming.This is the story of one selfish thirteen year old kid who is forced to look outside himself by one of the worst circumstances possible, when his little brother is diagnosed with leukemia.It's a tear jerker, and it has its funny moments.

  • Katie Lalor
    2018-10-07 23:12

    This is my 3rd book that I read from Jordan Sonnenblick, and of course the number one thing I enjoyed from it was the humor! Sonnenblick does a wonderful job incorporating humor with the middle school voice. The story is sad, because it's about a five year old who has cancer, but with everything that is going on it makes you want to read it because it of the authenticity. Even if you do not have a family member who is not ill, one could relate to it because of the ups and downs of a family, friendship, and community.

  • Julie Carpenter
    2018-09-22 01:11

    I really enjoyed this one and can't wait for my older kids to read it. I think this is one all teenage kids should read. I hard a hard time wanting to put it down. I will admit that I kept picking up other books avoiding it because I wasn't quite sure what to think about it. I finally picked it up and thought to myself "Why did I wait to read this one?" This is one of the 16 books for Battle of the Books(BOB) where I live and I try to read what my kids are reading for the competitions. At state competition for 2015-2016 school year they were playing a book trailer for this and I wasn't sure what was being said because we were in a small auditorium and too many excited participants. One of our OBOB coaches said she loved it but recommended having tissues handy.I really wish that I could share this book with everyone. It was a "real" read. My oldest daughter kept saying, right before I read this book, that she wished someone would write a "real" book. She went on to explain that her sort of real book would include day to day aspects of life. A few pages into this book I had to laugh because there was a scene which included a sentence that summed up what my daughter was saying, and I found it to be that "real" feel throughout the book.This is not a lighthearted funny and happy ever after read, it's emotional, funny and yet it touches you and doesn't leave you after finishing it. I was choked up several times throughout. If you haven't read the premise, it is about a middle school boy named Steven who is coming of age and just being a middle school boy. Yet his world comes crashing down around him and he is left picking up the pieces. Yet throughout his changing world, he's upbeat and funny and moving forward in his own way. I laughed out loud several times at Steven's character. He was "real". He broke down, he was numb to it all at times, he was funny, he was learning that adults aren't perfect, he was learning that life is fragile. I loved it all. I ached through most of it.Jeffrey is Steven's younger brother. He is in kindergarten and ends up being a "very sick little boy". I don't want to ruin it but what I want to talk about references a lot about what happens in the book, so if you don't want to know don't read on. I won't be super specific but just some personal thoughts but beware I will say a little bit about Jeffrey that is left a mystery in the first part of the book so don't read on if you don't want to know that. If you don't mind...keep reading.While reading this I couldn't help but think about some friends I used to live by. They had a first grade aged daughter who had leukemia and was in treatment. I didn't personally know them during the battle with leukemia but became good friends with them afterwards. I knew of their struggles and sorrows and joys through a mutual friend who happened to live next door and who's son was the same age as the little girl. Madelyn ended up passing away after a long battle. Her younger brother was the same age as my youngest at the time. He loved my daughters because they were the same age as his sister and he was always sharing his memories of her with us and bringing his picture book to show us. I had a small glimpse into what they experienced yet this book had me aching even more for their time spent helping their beautiful daughter. So many aspects that aren't thought about were talked about in this book.This edition that I read had a followup from the author. He talked about his inspiration for the story. He is a teacher and had a student who's brother ended up with cancer. I read this part out loud to my mom and daughters and we sat there crying through the author's explanation. It was beautiful and very touching. The author wrote it because there were no books out there about this subject so he wrote it. The mother of this little boy said that they received the book and their whole family read it within a day, they cried, they laughed but most of all what touched me was that she said they all felt like the teacher had taken a video recorder and followed them around during those months in their lives.I hope I'm not raising anyone's expectations in this book. I just wanted to share what touched me personally and some of the memories that came to mind while reading it. It is achingly real and amazing. I want to read the sequel After Ever After.I would love to hear what you think after you read this book if you want to share. Comment below or send me a message.I borrowed a copy from my local library.Happy Reading!!!

  • Laura
    2018-10-18 06:11

    4.5 StarsFamily, love, loyalty, Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie! :) I loved it all.A touching, powerful story about how a family struggles to survive through a crisis and scare together. Humor and such sensitivity bring this story to life. A story and voice that went straight to my heart. Through 13 year old Steven Alper’s voice, readers will see and feel just how much a brother’s love can do and mean.Three Big Reasons Why My Heart Loved this Book1. Family LOVE”Now, normally I am not the biggest fan of being hugged by my mother in broad daylight at this point in my adolescent years, but I must say, it felt pretty nice right then.”2. Humor, Wit, Sarcasm…Steven’s voice especially killed me! But the whole family made me giggle. :)”Since when do you wear cologne to learn math? Oh, my son is growing up right in front of my very eyes. Maybe I should get out the video camera. Maybe you should tie me to a stake, douse me in kerosene, and torch me right on our front lawn. I won’t need any kerosene, Steven—I’m sure the cologne will go up pretty fast! Ha-ha, Mom.3. Music. I love a book with a beat—it always makes my heart thump, thump with joy! Dizzy Gillespie is playing in my ears as we speak! :)**Extra Bonus: Teachers get so much love in this book. Made me very proud. Jordan Sonnenblick has become one of my favorite voices. Can’t wait to hunt down more! I highly recommend his stories for any young reader or adult.

  • Nika
    2018-10-01 23:07

    Steven Alpers is a selfish eighth grader who happens to have exceptional skill on the drums. At times he feels dorky, but still has high hopes of connecting with the best-looking girl in his class. Everything that used to be easy about his self-centered life becomes more difficult when his younger brother, Jeffrey, becomes seriously ill.During most of my time in this novel, I felt irritated at Steven. I could not understand how he could linger in a completely narcissistic world, when his entire family was being emotionally torn to shreds. I do not like that he speaks so rudely to his parents. His sarcasm is like acid on every page; I grew tired of it. Some of my friends who read this book thought that his sarcasm was funny, but I did not. Maybe that is because I grew up in a family with a seriously ill child -- me. The only reason I did not abandon this book is because I had reached a point where it would have been foolish to turn back without finishing. In the end, Steven makes some important changes of heart, and there is a warm conclusion. I would not recommend this as book-of-the-year, that's for sure.

  • 21awsomeswimmer2121
    2018-10-07 23:27

    I really loved reading this book. It made me feal really bad, sad during the book. It is about an eight grader named Steven and his brother, Jeffery gets Luekemia, a form of cancer! The book go's through Steven's perspective and tells how he feels all the time. Weather he is happy or sad, it explains hoe Steven is feeling all the time! Steven loses his mind, and the only two people at his school that care about him is his friend Annette and crush, Renee.I'd suggest you should check this book out! Both guys and girls would like to read this book. to enjoy this book most you should be able to take on a few disturbing things that happen to Jeffery and be able to read saddening books! :)Drums, Girls, and Dangerious Pie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  • Thanuja
    2018-09-25 05:08

    This book was an assigned adolescent fiction book for my 11-year-old brother's 6th grade English class. Now as the 21-year-old sibling, you must be wondering, why would I even entertain the idea of reading this book. Well to be honest, I was just that bored. BUT to my surprise I not only did I enjoy reading this book, I even was MOVED. I mean I physically wept, sniffled, and laughed (of course when appropriate)so often that my family ceased being surprised by my loud outbursts. To take a story of a very talented percussionist and socially awkward 13-year-old and his 5-year-old leukemia inflicted brother, and make it so much more than a survival story was impressive. The reader is able to truly see the world through the eyes of an adolescent boy, without feeling anything was sugarcoated or exaggerated. So I congratulate Jordan Sonnenblick for being able to tactfully approach the subject of cancer and its afflictions to the teenage household, while keeping the story upbeat and meaningful.

  • Tena Edlin
    2018-10-10 01:24

    This book was a solid 4 to me until the author's note at the end. Now, it's a 5. I think this is the first time an author's note has bumped up a book rating for me. DO NOT SKIP THE AUTHOR'S NOTE AT THE END OF THE BOOK. I REPEAT, DO NOT SKIP THE AUTHOR'S NOTE AT THE END OF THE BOOK!!!!! The book was powerful and funny and full of heart. It made me step in the shoes of the characters, and I love it when that happens. I felt like some of the dialogue was a little cheesy... what the author thought kids would say instead of what they actually would say, but it was also written over 10 years ago, so maybe that's part of why I felt that way. But, the inspiration for this book... THAT was the most powerful part of all. It really shows how people can make a difference in our lives without even knowing it. It shows the power of being a teacher, and with that power comes great responsibility. I can't wait to discuss this book with the Rabid Readers!

  • Madelyn
    2018-10-15 23:32

    Steven is a a normal thirteen year old boy who likes to play the drums. He has a crush on the hottest girl in school,and has a little brother named Jeffery. Who Steven thinks is positively annoying, but then Jeffery gets luekemia and is now always upset and kinda lifeless. Unless if he is playing the drums in the all city jazz band,but when his big night comes Jeffery gets sick and seven decides to go to the hospital with him. Read more to find out

  • Brittany
    2018-10-16 05:09

    This book is so well done. I love Steven, the narrator and his honest confusion and heartbreak he addresses as part of this narrative. It's sweet and selfless and even funny at times. As a mother, I found some of the scenes painfully emotional, yet a young person would empathize differently, I'm sure. Sonnenblick is one of my favorites.

  • Karen Wahl
    2018-10-03 22:27

    I really enjoyed this book. Although a tough subject, it was written so well that the reader was able to understand the roller coaster of emotions felt by Steven. I loved Jeffry's personality and especially his relationship with his brother. The story made me get teary-eyed at times but also laugh out loud too! Kudos to the author for writing a book that I am sure has been helpful to many students....