Review: Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John

Published November 11, 2010

The Challenge: Piper has one month to get the rock band Dumb a paying gig.
The Deal: If she does it, Piper will become the band's manager and get her share of the profits.
The Catch: How can Piper possibly manage one egomaniacal pretty boy, one talentless piece of eye candy, one crush, one silent rocker, and one angry girl? And how can she do it when she's deaf?
Piper can't hear Dumb's music, but with growing self-confidence, a budding romance, and a new understanding of the decision her family made to buy a cochlear implant for her deaf baby sister, she discovers her own inner rock star and what it truly means to be a flavor of Dumb.

When I saw Five Flavors of Dumb sitting on the shelf at my bookstore I was immediately drawn to it. The cover was rockin' and the summary was totally unique. I didn't really know what to expect out of this book since it had such a different plot than what I'm used too. Luckily, Antony John's Five Flavors of Dumb was a music-fulled, raw and nothing but honest read.

Piper is flat out awesome. I was so thankful to be able to watch her grow into a confident person. Even though Piper was deaf, I connected with her flawlessly. All teens go through the same self acceptance problems as she does, it's just that Piper has a different set of obstacles to overcome. She's a strong, loving and witty character.

I adored all of the supporting characters in the book. Antony John did a wonderful job of creating a wide range of likable characters from all social groups. I loved how the villain of the book was condescending and definitely surprised me when his/her true colors started to show.

I really enjoyed how Piper's home life wasn't the most ideal, but it wasn't completely insane either. I liked that she had tiffs with her not-so-perfect parents and felt jealously towards her baby sister. All of the situations throughout the book were so realistic. My favorite relationship was the one between Piper and her younger brother Finn, he's such a sweetheart! (I don't want to give too much away!)

One of my favorite parts of the book was when the band traveled to important places that left an impact on rock history. I loved the musicians that Antony John picked the characters to learn more about, since each rock star brought something long lasting to music. These scenes were so perfectly detailed that I was immediately sucked into the surroundings and standing by Piper's side.

The events leading up to the ending really touched my heart and have left a lasting impression on me. I adore Piper, everything she went through, how she handled herself and her courage for life is just inspiring. The ending is way more than I could have ever asked for. It was perfect.

Amazing Quote:
"Don't worry about wanting to change; start worrying when you don't feel like changing anymore. And in the meantime, enjoy every version of yourself you ever meet, because not everybody who discovers their true identity likes what they find."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Five Flavors of Dumb is raw, honest and hardcore, a unique addition to the young adult genre that is like nothing I have ever read. After reading this book I even picked up my guitar (which I haven't touched for years) because Antony John put me into this amazing punk rock world that I never want to leave. Everyone needs to hear Piper's story of self-discovery, it's truly amazing. This book has definitely been added to my favorites list.



  1. Oh myy!

    I completely, 100% agree with you!
    This book is perfect! I loved it soooooooo much!
    I read it like a month ago and I can't stop thinking about it,
    and this morning there was a show on discovery channel about hearing aids
    and how in the future they'll come with build-up iPod and stuff like that
    and I was like 'man! I wish Piper had one of those!'

    I loooooooved Piper I wanna be like her! from now on she's my idol :D
    and I loved the supporting characters too! they were all perfectly described,
    and perfectly real! they didn't even seem like supporting characters at all!

    ohh, didn't you looooved Ed? I thought he was the BESTESTESTESTEST!
    Piper is soooo lucky to have him, but yeah she's rocking so no surprise (and yeah they're both fictional ): )

    greeeeat review! loved it!

  2. I loved this book, too! I gave it a glowing review a few months ago also :)

  3. Totally agreed! Piper was definitely an amazing character... she was so cool and strong. And Finn was just totally adorable. I loved their sibling relationship.

  4. Thanks for the awesome review, Katie. It's so lovely to read how much you enjoyed DUMB, and very generous of you to write such a thorough review.

    Thanks for the comments too - you all made my day!

  5. Thanks for the awesome review, Katie. It's so lovely to read how much you enjoyed DUMB, and very generous of you to write such a thorough review.

    Thanks for the comments too - you all made my day!

  6. What a funky review!

    I need to read this too. I haven't touched my guitar in years ;)

  7. Ooooh, this sounds like a really good book! Added to TBR pile!!!

  8. Thanks guys!

    Hey Antony! You rock! I love your writing! :D

  9. Hey Melannie! OMG I totally wish I was watching that with you! That's so awesome! You're right, Piper would have LOVED that! She's totally my idol too! YES Ed was just such an awesome guy! I love those two together! I want sequel! lol!