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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I would have enjoyed it more with a serif font. Serif fonts are more readable in long printed text and with the san serif, I frequently lost my place on the the page. So, it was a struggle to read the book, but the book was well worth the struggle. Brian is very much a typical adolescent boy, trying to fit in and trying to stand out at the same time. The story is organized around the big events of the school years, homecoming and prom. Those famned loom large because there will be pictures that will freeze him in time—forever to be judged daamned the merits or demerits of his date.

Told in the first person, his voice is authentic and honest. By authentic, I mean he is repetitive at times, often banal, frequently shallow and of course, his chronic obsession with girls and sex is dwarfed by his obsession with himself.

He rants, plots never-gonna-happen revenge, and imagines improbably fame as a musician. He thinks dqmned lot but his ideas are inchoate—he does not yet dare to follow his ideas to the realizations that, when they come, might draw him into adulthood. Music is a huge part of the book. Brian hairsyles coming of the age during the era of the mixtape, when boys and girls expressed their inner selves by compiling a cassette tape that bared their souls.


Metal and punk mixtapes are as much a part of the story as the people and often are the most articulate emotional expressions.

While Brian is the main character in Hairstyles of the Damned, the secondary characters are vital and vivid, fully-realized characters as well.

The story of Mike Madden for example, is a compelling view yairstyles parental malpractice.

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Meanwhile, he wants to get laid, have a girlfriend and be accepted. Besides, she is interested in someone else. Oh, it is all so very adolescent and really, that is the magic of this book. It does not feel like a novel written by an adult. The book is eventful, but these are the events of ordinary life.

The cataclysms are small and ordinary—divorce, fights, friendships forged and broken, relationships developed and cast aside—the stuff of high school. And of courses, for Brian who is in high school they matter so damn much. I recommend Hairstyles of the Damned, particularly to music loves and even more particularly to punk music lovers.

Thoughtful curation of music is an art form and Brian and Joe Mena excel. I enjoyed it, but I know I would have enjoyed it more with a kinder typeface. I love to read and read widely.


Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno

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