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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Let me start off by saying that I am involuntarily biased in my review of this story. Any book that assaults your dad with Misfits lyrics and pranks the school bully with photos of kitty cats with X’s on their eyes and pleas memo be kind because “everytime you’re mean one of us dies” is pretty much one of the greatest punk high school kid coming of age stories ever Brian’s feelings for Gretchen returns but she turns tje down again.

Captures the early s well. I loved the book, such a great novel! Brian’s parents are having marital problems, he needs money to buy wheels “I needed a van because, like Mike always said, guys with vans always got the most trim, after the guys who could grow mustaches”he experiments with sex and vandalism. Make do with what you have. Definitely resonates with me. This book’s disorganized structure and narrative is part of the presentation of the world as seen by a high school student – and I found it to be an interesting world.

Haorstyles the loose ends, including the Jow situation, were resolved. Scott Simon talks with the novel’s author, Joe Meno. I was the third wheel.

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Retrieved from ” https: For some reason in books the very thing that makes me love people who have the same interior deformities as I do gets flipped on its head and makes me all judgypants and resentful. Hairstyles of the Damned Punk Planet Books. High school and even mid-school kids will get it. Jan 25, Arminzerella rated it liked it Shelves: But, perhaps Meno’s true popularity began to soar due, in part, to ‘s Hairstyles of the Damned Punk Planet Bookswhich proves to be both amusing and endearing Books of the Week.


I like the way the chapters are very short and just move from scene to scene. I thought I was making a smart gamble. Even though he still loves Gretchen, he is happy to sit with her as her friend. I read this book a couple of years ago. A long-time contributor to the seminal c Joe Meno is a fiction writer and playwright who lives in Chicago. The protagonist, Brian, figures out a lot about how to manage teenage stresses. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Hairstyles of the Damned

Written as a first-person narrative, the novel brings Brian to life by making full use of those colorful expletives and sexual jokes that high school boys love so much. Trivia About Hairstyles of the Plus I want to like Joe Meno because I’m acquaintances with a couple of people at Punk Planet Books, the newish publishing company who put out Meno’s novel Hairstyles of the Damned ; and not only that, but am acquaintances with a couple of people at Dajned Books as well, the more established small press that helped Punk Planet Books come into being.

From the opening sentence to the very last word, Hairstyles of the Damned held me in his grip.

You just dress like it because you were like a loser and it, like, gave you someone to be after junior high, something to belong to, you know? It’s not just punk rock.

I was 15, these shows were at 1pm, it all damhed out. Akashic BooksJoe Meno. It’s one of those books that you want to read cover to cover in one day.

Hairstyles of the Damned

Music is a huge part of the book. It began with a promising chapter where Meno describes everything backward, as if someone had hit the “rewind” button and we watched the milk pour back into the milk carton, tipping upright, etc. While I agree that we all go damnsd a lot of the same things in adolescence, sometimes I just wanted to slap the narrator and yell get OVER yourself. While Brian is the main character in Hairstyles of the Damned, the secondary characters are vital and vivid, fully-realized characters as well.


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Aug hairstylles, Kristin rated it liked it. The novel follows Brian Oswald, a typical high school outcast, through his sophomore and junior year of Catholic high school.

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The other problem I had was that I was falling in love with my best friend, Gretchen, who I thought the rest of the world considered fat. The boy was beautiful. There’s a lot of great observations that took me back to that time meon my life when I was an awkward teenage punk in England but really, what’s here for an adult? For a time, he moves on and away from her.

When it arrived, my year-old mother read the first few pages and then put it down like the cover was inked in acid. Meno also deals honestly with teenage violence—though Gretchen’s fights have a certain slapstick quality, Brian’s occasional bouts of anger and destruction seem very real. Be ready, the end is nigh. Meno was trying to give the book an authentic voice by inserting the appropriate hairstgles words- like, um, fuck, maybe- but he tries too hard.

While I could certainly see that it was a book aimed at a very specific demographic i. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.