Book blogger, recent Sociology grad in her twenties. Stares at labels when no books are in sight. Disproportionately reads YA. This is a companion blog to http://wordrevel.com.
Note: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Screaming Divas had a couple of elements that I particularly liked: music, friendship and diversity.
Music effectively tied all four main characters together despite all their differences. Trudy, Harumi, Cassie and Esther had very different musical backgrounds, yet they came together to form a punk band. Each one of the girls had something to bring to the table, which also led to a lot of conflict. I think that is one thing I particularly appreciated. They didn't always get along, which added a facet of realness that I often find lacking in books.
Diversity existed in several forms. The girls came from varying socioeconomic backgrounds, one of them was confused about her sexual orientation, and Harumi came from a strict Japanese family. Their dispositions were very well integrated into the plot, such that their backgrounds had an influence on their thoughts, choices and actions without undermining who they were as individuals.
The writing however, sometimes felt disjointed. I'm not sure if it was meant to be experimental to give a psychedelic feel to fit with the mood of the book but I wasn't really getting it. It didn't help that there were four main characters among whom the plot kept jumping around in a bid to capture all their stories. Keeping the characters straight became a little difficult as a result and also led to characters that were less developed than they could have been.
Maybe the plot could've been drawn out a little more to allow readers more time with each of the characters. In fact, since the dramatic arc was somewhat stilted, the book as a whole would've benefitted from being longer. A few more scenes needed to be written to fill in the gaps that especially led to the dramatic ending. The climax basically came out of nowhere and didn't end with a complete resolution.
Nonetheless, the characters intrigued me, and subcultural endeavours always make for fascinating reads because they transport me to people and places that I'll otherwise never have access to.
This review is also available at dudettereads.com.