Published by Random House Children's Books on June 14th 2011
Genres: Music, Performing Arts, Young Adult
Poets. Geniuses. Revolutionaries.The members of the legendary band Lemonade Mouth have been called all of these things. But until now, nobody's known the inside story of how this powerhouse band came to be. How five outcasts in Opoquonsett High School's freshman class found each other, found the music, and went on to change both rock and roll and high school as we know it. Wen, Stella, Charlie, Olivia, and Mo take us back to that fateful detention where a dentist's jingle, a teacher's coughing fit, and a beat-up ukelele gave birth to Rhode Island's most influential band. Told in each of their five voices and compiled by Opoquonsett's
This was another one of my Disney Movie Reads. Most people do not know that Lemonade Mouth was a book before it was a movie, and I’ve had it on my list for a while. I finally downloaded it and quickly started comparing the two.
Unlike most books that have been turned into movies, this one stuck closely to the book. The characters were freshmen in high school (one of the things not distinguished in the movie) and trying to find their places among the dog-eat-dog world we call high school. Each of them didn’t quite fit, and when they all end up in detention together for varying infractions, starting a band was the farthest thing from their minds. The author did something unique with the story. The book acted like an anthology, told from the collected research of one of the band’s friends. For instance, Stella, Wen, and Mo’s sections of the book were more like an average book, written as if the story had been told and then recorded. I had a more difficult time getting through Charlie’s part of the story, since he “wrote” it as an essay. There were grammar mistakes in Charlie’s essays, but the author made it clear that he had written it that way on purpose. Even though Olivia’s sections were not as detailed as the rest, I soon discovered that they were my favorite point of view and that I enjoyed them the most. I learned multiple sides to this story, which made it all the more interesting.
In the movie, there are a few love interests. The book touches some of the relationships, but they don’t all end out the same. Personally, I like what the author did in the book rather than the changes that were made in the movie. However, the characters were only freshmen in high school, so there is a lot of room to work with. Luckily, there is a sequel, and I will be downloading it soon to learn more about Lemonade Mouth’s adventures.
The story as a whole was entertaining. It could definitely be suited towards a younger audience, but I still found it enjoyable. Although it was not my favorite band book, I did enjoy reading about Lemonade Mouth’s journey and rise to fame.
Lemonade Mouth discusses the insecurities of high school and how music—and lemonade—can bring opposites together to make something greater. It’s enjoyable and funny, heart wrenching and poignant—it’s a book that you’ll want to add to your shelf.