Hairstyles of the Damned is the third novel by Chicago author Joe Meno. Released by Punk Planet Books in , it has sold over 80, copies in ten printings. I enjoyed Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno very much. I would have enjoyed it more with a serif font. Perhaps I am being shallow, but I. Meno (How the Hula Girl Sings) gives his proverbial coming-of-age tale a punk- rock edge, as year-old Chicagoan Brian Oswald tries to.

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Oct 08, Oriana rated it liked it Shelves: I decided to take a chance and buy it. Be ready, the end is nigh.

I need no moral tale; I just liked the re-visitation of that slice of life. FictionLiterary FictionThree Stars. Remembering Johnny Ramone Sept. Learn more about Kindle MatchBook.

He drifts a bit, but the central theme is this experimentation with everything.

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I have participated in many book clubs in both the physical and digital realm, from face-to-face book groups to internet relay chat discussion groups to even AOL message boards. That time is such a staple for who I am now.

Overall I understand that this book appeals to a certain type of reader. January 22, I remember loving it. Meno How the Hula Girl Sings gives his proverbial coming-of-age tale a punk-rock edge, as year-old Chicagoan Brian Oswald tries to land his first girlfriend and make it through high school.

Hairstyles of the Damned

Are you telling me we were supposed to leave our safe place just to help someone out? And all you other bad publishing corporations. For some reason in books the very thing that hairstylfs me love people who have the same interior deformities as I do gets flipped on its head and makes me all judgypants and resentful.


God, I hate my punk rock self. We all did these things. This one was disappointing, to say the least. It felt very real, and I believed in the characters and the plot, but that’s because they’re the same characters and the same plot of pretty much any suburban-disaffected-youth story including my own. We hairetyles in her crappy car and singing, and at the end of the song “White Riot,” the one by the Clash, I realized by the way I was watching her mouth pucker and her smile and her eyes blink and wink, we were way more than friends, at least to me.

Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno

Meno ably explores Brian’s emotional uncertainty and his poignant youthful search for meaning, both in music and in his on-again, off-again situation with Gretchen; his gabby, heartfelt and utterly believable take on adolescence strikes a winning chord. Feb 25, Erin rated it really liked it.

Feb 25, Kim Markett rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read the rest in the October issue of decomP. Lest anyone begin to pigeonhole this book with ‘young people fiction’ or try to make it a punk rockers’ anthem, let me just get in a quick two cents worth.

I loved the unique writing style and voice. Oct 28, Nikki rated it it was ok Shelves: May 18, Brenda Ayala rated it liked it Shelves: First of all, as some of the other reviewers point out, this book’s setting, Chicago’s Southwest side, seems to be one of the main characters in the book. Discover what to read next. This character is just voiced so well, it really makes the book for me. Brian is very much a typical adolescent boy, trying to fit in and trying to stand out at the same time.


Read more Read less. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: After all, he’s unleashed three novels — with the fourth on its way — as well as hairstyls to other publications such ghe Punk PlanetSleepwalkand Bail.

Scott Simon talks with the novel’s author, Joe Meno.

Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. I was excited that there was a book about a punk rocker at Chicago’s Brother Rice High School since I memo graduated from Brother Rice and was a punk rocker, so I ordered it immediately. Typical adolescent drama reigns: Thoughtful curation of music is an art form haifstyles Brian and Joe Mena excel.

I am a gray-haired year-old teacher of high school English. Brian starts out as kind of a heavy metal kid and gradually evolves into the real punk scene.

Much of it, to be frank, feels like it could’ve been written by any anonymous youngish angsty author, with the manuscript filled with the kinds of “top-ten list” indie-rock gimmicks that felt hackneyed even when Nick Hornby was using them in There is band name dropping galore throughout all pages, and someone who was more into the punk or metal scene in the early 90’s would appreciate it more than I did.

Please help improve this article by introducing camned to additional sources. The Clash March 11, They were definitely part of the cool crowd.