The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Four disparate high school seniors come together to compete in their school's battle of the bands. Sharing a love for playing rock and roll, the members name the band "The Stereotypical Freaks" because they feel stereotyped by their classmates - smart kid, geek, star athlete and quiet weirdo… when in fact they know they are much more than those labels that have been placed on them.
When one member reveals life altering news, winning the competition takes on more of a meaning to each member. Scared and angry, upset and yet still with a lot of resolve they set out to win one for the good guys… will they?
This was the first graphic novel I have read. I have been wanting to get into this genre for a while, but I have been unable to find something that I thought would like. This sounded more like me.
As soon as I began to read this, I loved the songs that were suggested for each chapter, I thought that this was a really nice touch and the author had obviously thought long and hard about what song would suit that part of the story.
This was extremely easy to read and I read it in one sitting. To begin with I found it a little hard to work out what type of characters they were, after reading further into the graphic novel this became clear. Although I would say this novel is aimed at older teenagers, I think that it would be suitable for younger viewers. There are parts within the graphic novel, where there is no text, I didn't think you actually needed it as the images were able to carry the story by themselves.
I thought this was a good graphic novel and if you are like me and haven't red any before, a good one to start with. It covers sensitive subjects in 'real' ways and with a lot of respect.
I would like to thank the publisher for sending this in exchange for an honest review and I would recommend to others.