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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (24 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061195391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061195396
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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“A smart, funny and revealing book that’s pretty much a must read for kids in the scene.” (Chris Carrabba, Dashboard Confessional)

“If someone was to ask me, ‘What is emo?,’ I would hand them a copy of EVERYBODY HURTS.” (Matt Rubano, Taking Back Sunday)

“[D]estined to become a staple in any emo music lover’s book collection .” (

“[T]his book is not only hilarious, but absolutely genius.” (Jason Tate,

“[T]he essential book for anyone who fancies themselves emo.” (Sarah "Ultragrrrl" Lewitinn, author of The iPod DJ)

About the Author

Trevor Kelley is a leading contributor for Alternative Press. His work has also appeared in Spin, NME, and Harp. His favorite emo album of the past ten years is Tell All Your Friends by Taking Back Sunday. He lives in New York.

Leslie Simon is the author of Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes and co-author of Everybody Hurts: An Essential Guide to Emo Culture. Her work has appeared in Kerrang!, Alternative Press,, and

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Firstly I respect the author of this book for getting this published as there is so much debate and confusion regarding the cultural phenomenon that is emo.

This book often gets compared to "Nothing Feels Good: Punk Rock, Teenagers, and Emo" by Andy Greenwald. The key difference between these two "emo scene" related books are when they were published. Everybody Hurts is the newer of the two published in 2007, while Nothing Feels Good was published back in 2003. The scene has clearly evolved between this time, which is evident from reading the books.

Everybody Hurts is an entertaining read, but not as informative as Nothing Feels Good, which covers more of the emo scene's roots. It is more about the music whereas Everybody Hurts also encompasses to a greater extent the present day fashion, style, behavior, and perspectives on life that has spawned from the music scene. It more of a "how to be emo" sort of book I guess.

Obviously with this much debated scene people will pick out what they feel are innaccuracies in both books especially the newer Everybody Hurts. Even though I felt this at times the two books compliment each other well, which Amazon has recognised by offering a great bundle deal.

If your interested in the scene view sites like soEMO and get a copy of these books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 5 May 2009
By B. Bickel - Published on
Format: Paperback
This really is the perfect book for anyone looking to know a little more about what it means "to be emo" but its even better for people who already know the scene and just want a good chuckle. The book is a perfect blend of information and comedy, making a nice satirical music book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars sometimes witty, but ultimately too smug 27 May 2008
By Mark Oestreicher - Published on
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ok, short review. i've been amazed by how the almost-impossible-to-define music genre of emo has proliferated and splintered into dozens of even-more-impossible-to-define subsets and nuances over the past few years. and how emo has become more mainstream, and -- surely -- the haven of the hip white kids. let the truly mainstream have their r&b and hip-hop and top-40. emo, like it's "alternative rock" predecessor, is in the midst of an identity crisis as it's growing popularity is antithetical to its "we're the forgotten" anti-conformity soul.

i admit, i'm a 45 year old dude. i am not allowed to be emo (though it is hilarious that my 14 year-old daughter has recently moved beyond her hip-hop and r&b only musical tastes and raided most of the emo from my itunes, causing a shudder in the generation gap of our household).

i bought this book because i wanted to understand more, and because i thought it looked like fun. and in some ways it provided both. in other ways, it was just too self-effacing and "i'm more hip than you because i make fun of the very affinity group i am part of". a few insights; too many lists of "the right record stores", "the right clothing stores" and such. worth a skim if you're interested in the subject; but not a high recommendation.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Funny! 29 July 2008
By G. Morgan - Published on
Format: Paperback
(daughter of user)
I finished this book in 3-4 hours. Totally hilarious! It had me cracking up every couple of pages, and I totally agree with the thing about wearing belts so that the buckle is on the side, rather than the front of your pants. AWESOME!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody DOES hurt sometimes.....But that's why it's so funny! 3 July 2007
By H. Rule - Published on
Format: Paperback
This would have to be my favourite book of the year!
Never have I come across a book that describes a pop-culture scene so brutally honest, and with such sarcastic-humour, as this one does.
Now I would have to call myself "old" when relating to this scene. (I'm 26) - but that doesn't make me any less of a scenester to comment on it.
(I mean according to the "Adult Emo" quiz at the back, I still have some Fall Out Boy shows up my sleeve before I "retire"). If you're fascinated by all things "Emo" - I would have to say this would have to be the book for you. I think it also would be a great book to explain to your parents about - just so they won't freak out about your overusage of MySpace & tortured-teen-angst poetry lying around the lounge room.

If you are a parent, and trying to decide which scene your suddenly-rebellious teenager fits into - Emo or Goth. Read Volitaire's "What is Goth?" - another funny and spot on satire of the scene.

....anyway, enough of my ramblings...
To sum up: Buy it. It's good. The End.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insanely entertaining! 13 Aug. 2007
By C. Elliott - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've been wanting to get this book for awhile and when I finally did, I couldn't put it down! The material is extremely fun and witty! All in all, a reader will probably only appreciate the content of this book if they can actually relate to the "emo scene" in some manner (i.e music, clothing, etc.) For someone who has a very vague idea of what "emo" is, this is the perfect guide to clarifying any and all questions one may have about this so called culture.
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