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Review of My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros

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Publication Date: September 2, 2014.

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.

Genres: Middle Grade, Young Adult, Music, Contemporary, and Realistic Fiction.

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Selling points: Amazing allergy rep, a cute gang of kids who all play in a band together, and calling out mean girls.

Purchase here: Amazon | The Book Depository

Synopsis: If Life Was Like a Song.

Nina Simmons’ song would be “You Can’t Always Eat What You Want.” (Peanut allergies, ugh). But that’s okay, because as her best friend Brianna always said, “We’re All in This Together.”

Until the first day of the seventh grade, when Brianna dumps her to be BFFs with the popular new girl. Left all alone, Nina is forced to socialize with “her own kind”–banished to the peanut-free table with the other allergy outcasts. As a joke, she tells her new pals they should form a rock band called EpiPens. (Get it?) Apparently, allergy sufferers don’t understand sarcasm, because the next thing Nina knows she’s the lead drummer.

Now Nina has to decide: adopt a picture-perfect pop personality to fit in with Bri and her new BFF or embrace her inner rocker and the spotlight. Well..

Call Me a Rock Star, Maybe.

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“Bringing my EpiPen with me everywhere I went was like having a stupid pimple that never went away! Besides, like I was going to have the guts to stab myself with a giant needle in the leg if I ate something I was allergic to anyway. Wouldn’t I bet too busy barfing or fainting or something else awful to be my own doctor?”

I’ve had severe allergies since the day I was born, and it hasn’t really been easy or fun most of the time. Having allergies can be extremely lonely, and pretty scary too, especially when your allergies can kill you in a matter of minutes. This book is a book I wish I had when I was younger. We all know that representation matters, and as I read My Year of Epic Rock it was as for the first time someone else had all the same fears and quirks as I did about my allergies.

Thank you, Andrea Pyros for giving a peanut allergic girl like me a book where I got to laugh, cry and just enjoy a whole gang of kids with different allergies just being themselves. No one dies in this book, the squad is all supportive of each other and to be honest having a band called The EpiPens is the most genius idea ever. I honestly hate my Epipen but I can’t go anywhere without it, and Nina just totally gets that, among other things like kissing and eating at a friend’s house. Nina’s mom also reminds me of my mom, which honestly makes me cry all over again. Because yes this book made me cry multiple times. I’ve never had anyone truly understand what I go through on a daily basis, and this book just hits right where it hurts.

All in all, what I wanted to say is this, if you are looking for a cute book about friendship and a group of kids starting a rock band together then pick this book. There are middle school crushes, lots of fun parts with all of the gang, and characters that feel completely genuine. The book community needs more books with main characters that have allergies, and if nothing else will convince you, I hope you might pick this book up to spread awareness about allergies. I know I will recommend this book to anyone that listens as I scream into the void. I want allergic teens to have what I didn’t.

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Top Ten Tuesday #7 Eight Underrated Books I’ve Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to read more about their blog feature and join the fun, you can do it here.

This week the theme for Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read In The Past Year Or So and I honestly think it’s the best topic. I mean recommending underrated books is literally the best thing ever. So down below is a list of eight books that I think don’t get enough love, and that should be on everyone’s TBR. I love these books beyond anything, and you all need to get them as soon as possible.

  1. Plastic Wings by C.T Callahan.
  2. Rumor Has It by Farrah F. Polestico
  3. My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros
  4. salt. by Nayyirah Waheed
  5. Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges
  6. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  7. Complementary and Acute by Ella Lyons
  8. Prep and Prejudice by Miren B. Flores

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My Very Best Reads of 2016

Hi everyone! My blogging game has been really off lately, but I’m back, and I’m going to try to keep it that way since I want to become more organized 2017. Even though this might be considered late, I wanted to share my favorite reads of 2016 because these books mean so much to me and I want everyone to read them. I thought about ranking the books, but honestly it’s impossible. My love for these books is great, and it can’t be compared book to book. Here are my favorite eight books of 2016, in the order of when I read them, first to last.

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These books have seriously made my year, and taught me so much about myself and life. They have enriched my year. I would recommend them in a heartbeat without looking back. If you don’t have these books on your radar I really recommend you change that, as I hope these books will give you as much joy as they have me. What were your favorite reads 2016? Any books you’d like to recommend me? I’d love to know!

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Top Ten Tuesday #6 Eight Books I’m Thankful For

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to read more about their blog feature and join the fun, you can do it here.

This week the theme for Top Ten Tuesday is Thanksgiving freebie, which means we should list things or books we’re thankful for. I thought that this week I’d list eight books I’m thankful for in one way or the other. We all know how important books are, what they say, what they represent, as well as main and side characters can mean so much to someone. Down below are eight books I’m thankful exist, I haven’t read them all yet (two are unread) but they already mean more to me than anything else.

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  1. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
  2. My Year of Epic Rock by Andrea Pyros
  3. Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul
  4. The Melody of You and Me by Maria Hollis
  5. Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie
  6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  7. Far From You by Tess Sharpe
  8. Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan

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What books are you thankful for? What did you make your Top Ten Tuesday post about this week?

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My Latest Book Purchases

Unexpectedly, I have bought a lot of books this month. Both ebooks for my kindle and paperbacks, two I bought from Book Depository and the rest I bought in a little secondhand shop in my town. Sometimes, especially when I’m in a book slump, I tend to go on a shopping spree to help me cure that. Also book deals on Amazon are my savior, I mean 99 cents for a book? That is heaven. I thought I’d share which books I’ve bought this month, and if they look interesting you can get them too!

Ebooks Bought in October

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Paperbacks Bought New in October

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Paperbacks Bought Secondhand in October

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I can’t believe I have bought that I have bought this many books, sometimes you don’t realize it until you actually put it all together like this. Most of these were rather cheap, somewhere between a dollar or two so it looks more expensive than it was, but I’m excited to read them all nevertheless. A good book to cozy up with on a cold day is the best feeling.

What books have you bought lately? Have you read any of the books I purchased?

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