Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Blog Tour! Revenge of A Band Geek Gone Bad!

Welcome to Unabridged Andra's Stop on the Revenge of A Band Geek Gone Bad Blog Tour! (wow, what a mouthful!) If you've ever wondered what goes on inside those quiet, shy, band kids heads this is the book for you. It's the classic story of good girl gone bad...or would that be band? ha...punny right? :P Melinda Rhodes is taking back her life from the popular kids and she's doing it with a vengeance!

Shy, overweight Melinda Rhodes' sophomore year of high school isn't going so well. Her mother mocks her weight. She spends her weekends holed up in her room making what her friend calls "Freaky eyeball paintings." Her pants split in the middle of school, earning her the nickname, "Moolinda." She then loses first chair flute in band to Kathy Meadows, the pretty and popular mean girl who's tormented Mel for years.

Her luck changes when she catches the eye of sexy hottie Josh Kowalski, a rebellious trumpet prodigy and class clown. Josh has also been hurt by Kathy and asks Melinda to help take Kathy down. Mel figures that she has nothing to lose ... and Josh is adorable with gorgeous blue eyes and a winning smile. She agrees to team up with him and looks forward to finally getting back at her rival.

At first, the pair's pranks against Kathy are silly, and as they work together, Mel comes out of her shell. Wild, impulsive Josh gets her to do things she'd never done before and Mel enjoys being a bad girl. Even better, she and Josh fall in love and their teen romance blossoms.
However, as their schemes become more involved and dangerous, Mel begins to question her loyalty to Josh -- and is surprised to find how dark her dark side really is. Just how far will she be willing to go to get what she wants -- and is keepng Josh really worth the risk of going against her beliefs?

So, not going to lie, even though I myself was in band in high school ( I know..adding another layer of nerdery to my already entirely geek-like exterior) I sometimes get confused about technicalities. For example, I have no idea how to read piano music, or how to talk about notes and fingerings for certain instruments. Sometimes when I read books about really technical things like instruments, painting, or other really detailed skills, I feel a little bit like Patrick Star in the "Bubble Bowl" episode of Spongebob Squarepants.
Luckily for me, Naomi did an excellent job with the musicality of this novel...I don't want to say she dumbed it down...but..let's just say she described things in a way that someone with absolutely no musical experience could understand. Melinda is a complicated and dark character, and though she's a bit of a geek, I'm sure that there's a lot of people who could identify with not being part of the popular clique in high school. 

Naomi Rabinowitz has always loved being creative. Raised in Nesconset, NY, Naomi's love for writing emerged when she was in the second grade and her poem, "The Four Seasons," won first prize in a local literary competition.  She had as much passion for music. Though she began playing piano when she was three, she switched to her "true" instrument, the flute, when she was nine and eventually added tenor sax and clarinet to her list so that she could play in jazz band. She performed in almost every musical group from wind ensemble to orchestra (but never marching band!). In 2008, she released her jazz album FLUTE PATH. These days, Naomi writes, plays jazz flute and designs jewelry for her businesses Naomi's Designs and MayaGirl Creations. She lives in Queens, NY with her husband, Jonathan, and their cat, Maya.

As Per Goddess Fish's policy, A lucky commenter during this Blog Tour will receive a special prize from the author! In this case, Naomi is offering up a copy of her CD Flute Path and some handcrafted musical note earrings to someone who comments along the way during the tour so get your keyboards fired up! What made you "nerdy" in high school? Did you ever have an embarrassing moment like Mel did...poor dear will never be able to eat a Bananna Split without thinking of the unfortunate "Moolinda" situation :( Let us know in the comments! 


  1. Nice premise.


  2. i like the looks of your writing. i will have to pick up the book as soon as i get a job

  3. Thanks for hosting and for the review!!!