Genre: Realistic Fiction
Poets. Geniuses. Revolutionaries.
The members of the legendary band Lemonade Mouth have been called all these things. But until now, nobody’s known the inside story of how this powerhouse band came to be–how five high school freshmmen outcasts 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 ukulele gave birth to Rhode Island’s most influential band. Told in each of their five voices and compiled by Scene Queen, freshman Naomi Fishmeier, this anthology is Lemonade Mouth’s definitive history.
I always tell people to read a book before they watch the movie adaptation. For Lemonade Mouth, I broke that rule, and I really wish I hadn't.
For me, the transition between my understanding of the movie to the book was a tad bit difficult.
In the book, the characters were a lot quirkier and not 'as' normal as they'd seemed in the movie. I quickly got over that though, because the quirks in the characters made them more relatable and entertaining. I was highly amusted by the mishaps that some of the characters got into.
The movie had changed other factors as well. The instruments that the characters were different. In the book, Charlie played the bongos instead of an ordinary drum set, Wen played the trumpet instead of the keyboard, Mo played the violin instead of the bass guitar (in the movie she played both), and Stella played the ukulele instead of the electric guitar. I'm sure that if I read the book first, I would have been fascinated by the strange combination, but because I'd watched the movie first, I kept picturing the more common instruments instead.
I find the book Charlie to be much more intriguing than the movie. His character had a lot more layers in the book. He and Stella were my favourite characters while I loved everyone equally in the movie.
I think that Mark Hughes did a wonderful job making the voices of the main characters unique and distinguishable. Each character had their own voice; their own thinking process, and reactions. The extra point-of-views were more bland and meshed together, but they weren't important, so whatever.
I really enjoyed this book. I'm a bit frustrated because I would have liked it a lot more if I hadn't watched the movie first, but oh well.
Likes: Lemonade Mouth (the band), Mel
Dislikes: Stella's family.