Blog Tour: Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata Review + Giveaway


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Publication Date: May 18th, 2014

Publisher: Merit Press

Pages: 208

Genre: YA Contemporary

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At sixteen, Trudy Baxter is tired of her debutante mom, her deadbeat dad, and her standing reservation at the juvenile detention center. Changing her name to Trudy Sin, she cranks up her major chops as a singer and starts a band, gathering around other girls ill at ease in their own lives. Cassie Haywood, would-have-been beauty queen, was scarred in an accident in which her alcoholic mom was killed. But she can still sing and play her guitar, even though she seeks way too much relief from the pain in her body and her heart through drugs, and way too much relief from loneliness through casual sex. Still, it’s Cassie who hears former child prodigy Harumi Yokoyama playing in a punk band at a party, and enlists her, outraging Harumi’s overbearing first-generation Japanese parents. The fourth member is Esther Shealy, who joins as a drummer in order to be close to Cassie–the long-time object of her unrequited love–and Harumi, her estranged childhood friend. Together, they are Screaming Divas, and they’re quickly swept up as a local sensation. Then, just as they are about to achieve their rock-girl dreams, a tragedy strikes.

About the Author:

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Back in the day, Suzanne Kamata spent a lot of time hanging out in a club in Columbia, South Carolina, much like the one in Screaming Divas. (The beat goes on . . .) She later wrote about musicians for The State newspaper, The Japan Times, and other publications. Now, she mostly writes novels. In her free time, she enjoys searching for the perfect fake fur leopard-print coat and listening to the Japanese all-girl band Chatmonchy. Her YA debut, Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible was named the 2013-2014 APALA YA Honor Book and Grand Prize Winner of the Paris Book Festival. For more info, visit or follow her on Twitter @shikokusue.

My Review:

I’m not the overall biggest fan of the YA contemporary genre, but I actually found this book to be rather refreshing. It had a laid back Joan Jett rocker feel to it that was pretty cool to read about. I really enjoyed that this book was focused around a female rock band. Not only was that empowering but it was cool!

Personally, I think that there were too many POV’s in Screaming Divas. Four POV’s was a bit much, especially since there was one girl who I  didn’t care for. Even though I thought that it was too many POV’s, I thought that it was executed well and everything blended well together. Again, though, I would have preferred that it come from one POV.

I really enjoyed that Screaming Divas was not the typical flowery, sunshiney, everyone be happy sort of YA contemporary book. There  was something dark and dangerous about it that I found really appealing. Even though it was dark and dangerous, though, it wasn’t too over done. The laid back feel to the book kept everything in check. I will say, though, that sex and drugs play a part in this book and that’s not going to be a topic for everyone.

The ending of this book was SHOCKING! Some things happened that I didn’t see coming and I was completely blindsided. I liked that element of surprise a lot. The ending of Screaming Divas is set up well for a second book and I think that it’s going to gain a lot of interest.

Overall, I thought that Screaming Divas was a good book. It was a solid read that continuously kept me interested. I liked it!

Pages: 208

Publication Date: May 18th, 2014

Publisher: Merit Press

Rating: [rating: 3]

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