Hairstyles of the Damned (Punk Planet Books)

By Joe Meno

Included in MTV.com's "These 17 Music-Themed YA Books may be Your Life"

A choice of the Barnes & Noble notice nice New Writers Program.

"Meno provides his proverbial coming-of-age story a punk-rock aspect, as seventeen-year-old Chicagoan Brian Oswald attempts to land his first girlfriend...Meno ably explores Brian's emotional uncertainty and his poignant younger look for meaning...His gabby, heartfelt, and completely plausible tackle formative years moves a successful chord."
--Publishers Weekly

"A humorous, hard-rocking first-person story of adlescent angst and discovery."
--Booklist

"Captures the free, enjoyable, recklessness of midwestern punk."
--MTV.com

"Captures either the beauty and sting of early life with unflinching honesty."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Joe Meno writes with the strength, honesty, and emotional effect of the simplest punk rock. From the outlet sentence to the final be aware, Hairstyles of the Damned held me in his grip."
--Jim DeRogatis, pop tune critic, Chicago Sun-Times

"The such a lot real younger voice because J.D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield...A darn sturdy book."
--Daily Southtown

"Sensitive, well-observed, usually laugh-out-loud funny...You will not remorse a second of the journey."
--Chicago Tribune

"Meno is a romantic at middle. now not the greeting card sort, or the Harlequin paperback model, however the sort who thinks, deep down, that issues subject, that paintings can switch lives."
--Elgin Courier News

"Funny and captivating and unhappy and genuine. The adults are sparingly but poignantly drawn, specially the fathers, who slip via with out announcing a lot yet make a profound impression."
--Chicago Journal

"Underneath his angst, Brian, the narrator of Hairstyles of the Damned, possesses a disarming feel of compassion which permits him to computer virus his means into the reader's middle. it's this easy contradiction that makes Meno's portrait of formative years so convincing: He has dug up and displayed for us the key paradox of the teenage years, the need to belong pitted opposed to the necessity for individuality--a consistent conflict of hate and love."
--NewPages.com

"Joe Meno is aware Chicago's south facet the best way Jane Goodall knew chimps and apes--which is to assert, he rather is aware it. He additionally is aware in regards to the early '90s, punk rock, and awkward youth. better of all, he is familiar with the price of leisure. Hairstyles of the Damned is evidence positive."
--John McNally, writer of The booklet of Ralph

"Filled with references to dozens of bands and mix-tape set lists, the book's middle and soul is pushed by way of a teenager's life-changing discovery of punk's social and political message...Meno's regulate ego, Brian Oswald, is a modern day Holden Caulfield...It's a humorous, candy, and, from time to time, hard-hitting tale with a punk vibe."
--Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times

"Meno's language is rhythmic and sincere, expressing issues right English by no means may possibly. and you have handy it to the writer, who pulled off a great trick: The e-book is punk rock. it is not simply punk rock. it is not simply about punk rock; it embodies the belief of punk rock; it embodies the belief of punk--it's annoyed at authority, it will not groom itself thoroughly, and it irritates. but its rebellious spirit is inspiring and correct at the mark."
--SF Weekly

Hairstyles of the Damned is the debut novel of our Punk Planet Books imprint, which originates from Punk Planet magazine.

Hairstyles of the Damned is a good, true-life depiction of starting to be up punk on Chicago's south facet: a learn within the demons of racial intolerance, Catholic college conformism, and sophistication repression. it's the tale of the riotous exploits of Brian, a highschool burnout, and his ally, Gretchen, a punk rock woman keen on brawling. in response to the particular occasions surrounding a Chicago excessive school's segregated promenade, this paintings of fiction unflinchingly pursues the reality in learning what it capacity to be your personal person.

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What the fuck,” an individual whispered, after which a few Marist dude charged Bobby and began hitting him. Tony Degan punched the child at the back of the top prior to another Marist jock pounded Tony within the part of the ear. I had by no means noticeable whatever love it ahead of in my fucking lifestyles. It used to be fucking insanity. all of them started punching one another and battling. From the hood of the superbad Escort, Gretchen and that i simply watched, now not doing whatever, simply fucking staring. “Let’s get the fuck out of here,” she acknowledged, hopping off and beginning the automobile fast. I appeared over my shoulder and saved on staring at and Gretchen was once beginning to draw back and that i obtained contained in the Escort and that i may possibly see her face used to be rainy with tears and all she stored asserting used to be, “What the fuck? What the fuck used to be that? ” repeatedly and yet again. 16 with the intention to the mall to drop Kim off at paintings after tuition the following day, all people used to be quiet as hell. i used to be driving within the backseat yet feeling like Gretchen didn't wish me there, like she have been stunned to work out me appear ready on the vehicle within the first position. It used to be very bizarre for everyone. ultimately, Kim cleared her throat and grew to become to Gretchen and acknowledged, “Um, were you aware your boyfriend acquired arrested final evening? ” “I recognize. ” “What? ” I requested. after which Kim stated, “He acquired his silly ass thrown in detention center with Bobby. ” “I know,” Gretchen muttered with a whisper. “What do you suggest you recognize? ” “I used to be there, with Brian. We observed it happen,” Gretchen stated. “You have been there too? ” she requested me. “Why didn’t you men inform me you have been going? ” “I dunno. I simply went,” she acknowledged. “Well, what I heard was once there have been those like ten young children from Marist and prefer ten young ones from Rice and the children from Rice kicked their asses. ” “Yeah. That’s pretty well what occurred. ” “So. Are you apprehensive? ” Kim requested. “Worried? approximately what? ” Gretchen spoke back. “I dunno, that Tony was once damage or anything? ” “No, I dunno. I dunno. He didn’t glance damage once we took off. ” “What do you suggest? You didn’t remain? ” “No, I fucking went domestic. I didn’t are looking to watch,” Gretchen acknowledged. “Well, are you imagined to see him later? ” Kim requested. “Yeah, he was once gonna cease by means of this night. My dad is operating overdue. I don’t be aware of if i need to determine him. ” “Well, Bobby bought his hand sprained,” Kim introduced. “Yeah? He gave the impression of he was once okay. ” “I imagine he acquired expelled,” I acknowledged from the backseat, quietly. “What? What for? ” Kim requested. “He, like, blinded a few child from Marist. ” “That’s fucking bullshit,” she stated. “They might have performed an analogous factor to him, in the event that they may have. these little ones from that college are fags. ” “Dude,” I acknowledged. “He went up and hit this child within the head with a fucking baseball bat. ” “Was he the single one with a bat? ” she requested. “No,” I stated. “So there,” she acknowledged. “But he was once the one one that hit anyone,” I stated. “Jesus,” she stated. “Jesus, that fucking sucks. ” “Uh, yeah,” I acknowledged. “For the blind child. ” We pulled as much as the mall by means of the blue foodstuff courtroom vinyl cover. Kim bought her bag jointly and started getting out. “Well, fuck, name me later, Gretchen, and inform me what fucking occurred.

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