ARC REVIEW: Screaming Divas

By Wednesday, May 07, 2014 , , , , , ,

Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publisher: Merit Press, May 18th 2014
Format: e-Arc via netgalley
Pages: /
Link: Goodreads

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.

They are broken, and music might heal them.

Trudy. I hate her. She's selfish and possessive. I get where she's coming from, though. Both her parents were never good role models for her. She was always abandoned by her mother.
Trudy is fierce but too stupid, especially with her choice of guys. She was never really a good friend, I think. Yeah, she's there for them but she always let her anger control her. It's like she's expecting them to understand her just because she has no one. 
Cassie. Probably my favorite. Her mother died in a car accident. Her father isn't always there for her. But she has never asked for sympathy. She's stronger than what people think. Cassie loves to experiment. You'll know why when you read the book. And Cassie is really fearless. I just wish I get to know more about her. 
Esther. She reminds me of Emily in PLL. Yes, Esther is gay too. She doesn't want her parents to know because she doesn't want them to be disappointed on her. Esther has this huge crush on Cassie. Whenever the chapter is about Esther, her thoughts are either about Cassie or her friendship with Harumi.
Harumi. She's the neutral one in the group. She plays the violin, and she's Japanese. Which means she is Asian, which means her parents are strict. I can relate to Harumi about the strict parents. Her parents almost planned her life for her, from her college course to her husband(well, maybe). Harumi feels like a supporting character, instead of one of the leads. It's because she's always supporting them. 

Screaming Divas is a good read. I like it. But it was too short. I want to learn more about the main characters' lives. I want to know more about their relationships. It's like buying a big box of chocolates, you opened it and discovered that there's no chocolates.

The plot is good. The characters are mostly  boring and flat, except for maybe 2 or 3 characters. But I still like this book. It has a certain charm. The book has sex. So if you don't want your YA book with sex, better stay away from this one.


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