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Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie [Paperback]

Jordan Sonnenblick
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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7 Aug 2006
From first-time novelist Jordan Sonnenblick, a brave and beautiful story that will make readers laugh and break their hearts at the same time. When thirteen-year-old Steven's little brother is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with Jeffrey's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece. DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE is a heart warming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Point (7 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439951291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439951296
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,022,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Not Want To Stop Reading 9 May 2009
You know those books you don't wan to take out of your hands and you search for words to describe what you liked about it...Well this is one of them. This book, written from the point of view of a thirteen year old boy, who sees himself confronted with the fact that his five year old brother has cancer. It's straightforward, with no exaggeration. A work, full of wisdom that shows how we much too often think about things we can't change instead of seeing what we can.

Another book that opens the door to seeing other possibilities one can choose in life isWorking on Yourself Doesn't Work: The 3 Simple Ideas That Will Instantaneously Transform Your Life

Give yourself the gift of both these books.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartbreaker 27 Aug 2009
I love this book. Sonnenblick tells a heartbreaking story, so heartfelt, with ease and humor that you must fall in love with the hero and everybody around him. The hero, Steven a normal teenager with a big passion and talent for drums basically thinks of his drum playing and the hottest girl in his class, who doesn't care about him. His world turns upside down when his little brother Jeffry gets cancer. First, Steven, whose parents give most of their attention to Jeffry now, dives into self pity. But very soon discovers that his brother needs him and taking care about his brother and family brings a new possibility in Steven's life. In the face of all possible Drama he discovers a sense of humour, well-being and the magic life has.

This is what I love most about the book, Sonnenblick is showing a way to have magic in our lives, even when the circumstances are challenging. And the story is just breathtaking, you won't want to stop reading.

2 other books I highly recommend to everyone who is looking for more magic in their life, whether your life is already good or you face some challenges of your own are: "Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment" and "Working on Yourself Doesn't Work: The 3 Simple Ideas That Will Instantaneously Transform Your Life" by Ariel and Shya Kane. The authors found a way of living and share it in their books, that opens possibilities to have a fulfilling and magical live regardless of the circumstances you live in. Both books are written so heartfelt and with humor it's treat to read, also they are very practical and useful in day to day life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 25 Jun 2009
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
"The most annoying thing in the world is...My little brother, Jeffrey." That's what 13-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?
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5.0 out of 5 stars a tear-jerker 26 Oct 2010
By Ali
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For 273 pages, I cried. Sometimes I was just a wee bit choked up, other times it was gut-wrenching sobs. For the several hours it took me to read this one Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, nothing else existed. It pulled me in and didn't let me go.

Told from the POV of Steven, this is both a tear-jerker and laugh out loud funny. The narration is genuinely amusing and Steven's voice comes across as sarcastic and witty. The story is not exaggerated, it is fantastically simple and to the point, and there is none of the emotional manipulation that I hate in books and films. It's both sad and funny because Steven pops out of the page fully formed, he's likable but flawed, and that's where the emotional impact of the book comes from. Steven is realistic and could be someone I went to school with. He could be me, my best friend, my elder brother. Upon Jeffrey's diagnosis, he retreats into himself. Drumming becomes his whole focus, schoolwork forgotten. He begins to unravel further when he thinks no one even notices his lack of interest in anything. He begins pointless bargaining: if he doesn't brush his teeth, Jeffrey will get better. But someone notices and informs the school counsellor, which is where he begins to turn everything back around and deal with Jeffrey's illness. He gets annoyed at being patronised by his friends and teachers, resents Jeffrey because he is the sole focus of their parents and craves some attention which is not linked to his brother's cancer. But, in the end, he is there for the most important person in his life. He is there for Jeffrey.

Jeffrey is another amazing character in a book full of them. He just accepts his illness in a way that children seem to do.
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