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{Screaming Divas: Suzanne Kamata}Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata
Published by Merit Press on May 18, 2014
Genres: LBGTQ, Poetry, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 208
Format: Hardcover
Source: Merit Press
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5 Stars



{Synopsis} –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.

{My Thoughts} – This book was easy to fall into and quite memorable to me. I enjoyed reading it and I do look forward to reading more by this particular author. With that said onto the review!

Trudy – she is one of the main divas in the book. She has a rough childhood where she is bounced from place to place, she then finally gets saved by her father only to eventually be tossed out onto the streets where she is forced to find her own way to make it at the mere age of sixteen. I have to admit she is the character that most relate to because of a similar background story. However, unlike her I have zero musical talent.

Esther – is a interesting high school girl She is working on finding herself in the world, trying to discover who she really is. One night she goes to a party with her childhood friend Harumi and she meets a girl named Rebecca. That night everything in Esther’s world was changed forever.

Harumi – she is a very skilled prodigy when it comes to playing the violin and the bass. She has what it takes to get places, however somewheres she lost her passion and she needs to figure out how to get that back. She goes through some difficult times with her parents, but it doesn’t stop her from persuing her new dreams.

Cassie – she is a lot individual. She is confused, she doesn’t know what she really wants and she looks to the wrong places to find the comfort that she craves.

There was so much going on in this book that it was easy to keep reading. I enjoyed learning more and more about the girls, their back stories and who they were as individuals. This book is mainly centered on Trudy’s path of life and what happens to her due to the choices she makes, but it also includes the other girls and their choices and who they are, what they can and will become. If you enjoy music, if you want to read song lyrics, if you want to follow a 208 page journey of self discovery then I think you should read this book. I am sure that you will enjoy the read as much as I have.