If Nick Hornby Had A Metalhead Little Brother, He D Write A Book As Clever, Music Drenched, And Observationally Direct As This, Christopher Krovatin S Rock Solid PUSH Debut, Now In PaperbackBoy Listens To Lots Of Loud Music And Hangs With His Friends Boy Meets Girl Boy Falls Dippy Happy Scared As Hell In Love With Girl Friends Meet Girl And Aren T Impressed Girl Meets Friends And Isn T Impressed Boy Meets Big Dilemma Boy Plays Music Even Louder Big Dilemma Meets Big, Complicated ResolutionWith Humor And Heartfelt Observations, Debut Author Christopher Krovatin Strikes Some Very Loud Chords About Life, Love, Sex, And Friendship OMG.First of all, This is definately on my top 5 favourite books.Ever.I loved the allusion in this novel,and when I read it I could really relate to the characters.I need to own a copy of this.I really want to read Venomous, if Krovatin made it as good as Heavy Metal And You.Unfortunately, my library sucksss. I usually don t review books I haven t recently read, but this books kind of means a lot to me, so I ll make an exception.I was around 13 or 14, where I found this in a bookstore in the Philippines I m actually there now, and I am now almost 19, and I even remember which shelf I found it in in the store , assuming it was some kind of non fiction guide book, and I think I bought it right away without even caring.So it was about a young boy who loves music, who falls in love with a girl I could relate to him a lot, and I enjoyed the story And I would read it again and again for years to come.I like Krovatin s writing style, a little autobiographical, and the little play, stop, rewind buttons to indicate when events occured in Sam s life.This books also got my young mind into the very music I love today I was particularly excited to read about the Norwegian bands Sam explained to his girlfriend, the very genre I love the most today.I m also going to tattoo something similar to the cover art, maybe even within the next two weeks, while I m still in the Philippines Personal ResponseThe book, Heavy Metal and You, are easily relatable There are a few things that I could not relate to at all such as Sam s use of drugs and him having a girlfriend.My general reaction to the book is shock of how there are a lot of similarities between me and the author such as a strong passion for metal, the kinds of friends we have, and our opinion on the public.Plot summaryIn the book, Heavy Metal and You, the main character, Samuel Markus, finds love in Melissa Andrews Throughout the story, Melissa tries to change Sam while Sam tries to retain his passion for heavy metal music Near the end of the book, Sam and Melissa have a fight and Sam thinks Melissa is cheating on him.CharacterizationSam is a broody, teenage, metalhead with a kind personality but quick to anger Melissa is a teenage girl who has a few friends and is new to the school Irish is one of Sam s closer friends who is an alcoholic and drinks until he throws up Brady is one of Sam s first friends when he first came to the new school.Impact of settingThe setting of the book is in New York City in the 1950s This affects the story with new styles becomingpopular, such as metalheads wearing spikes Another thing that happened during the 1950s, was the amount of nightclubs that were in effect in a larger city.RecommendationI rate this book a four because it lacks content to make itinteresting I would recommend this to young adults 14 and older because of content that involves excessive alcohol consumption and suggestive themes. Metalhead Sam meets Mary Sue Melissa and it s love Things go well at first Then things begin to fall apart Small things at first Melissa wants Sam to give up drinking and smoking and join her in the straightedge lifestyle Fine, he does it Then it s Sam s friends she doesn t like She tells him they re a negative influence and flips out when he spends time with them she feels he is choosing his friends over her Then it s the way Sam dresses And finally it s the Heavy Metal music Sam loves so much Soon Melissa shows Sam a completely different side to her personality than the one he fell in love with Sam has a tough decision to make Even if it means ending things with Melissa.The verdict This book rocks And a rare and decidedly unusual romance written from the point of view of the guy Sam and his friends are relistic, flawed, well developed characters I know from the first hand experience of being the girl who is one of the guys that guys really DO speak and act like that Also, I like how the story doesn t just present teenage love or love in general in a the rosy, warm and fuzzy, one sided way many of thegirlie books do Rather, it shows the dark and messy side of this emotion It shows how it can make the afflicted crazy enough to compromise their values It screams a warning as loud as Slayer song played at top volume what can happen if those compromises go too far And, what s , it speaks of the importance of being true to yourself All in a humorous way, of course You ll also learn quite a bit about the genre of metal Always a plus to a music buff.I d recommend this one to both guys and girls. I d told myself I wasn t going to do it I wasn t going to grab any books I saw in the library, no matter how tempting they were.Which, of course, explains why I walked out of there with a copy of Heavy Metal and You, a 2005 novel written by Christopher Krovatin while he was a student at Wesleyan University.His age shows, and not in a bad way Heavy Metal and You rings with the authentic voice of a teenaged boy, trying to figure out who he is and what it s all about.That s pretty much the entire plot Sam meets Melissa, asks her out, and falls head over heels, only to find out she doesn t like his friends, he doesn t like hers, and she s trying to change him in ways that, fundamentally, he s not thrilled about He likes going out and getting drunk and stoned and stupid with his friends And okay, he realizes cigarettes don t taste that great, but darn it, it should be his choice if he wants to smoke or not, not hers.If anything, this book reminded me a bit too much in tone and voice of Nick and Norah s Infinite Adventure, a book I loved the first time around Not so much when it feels like I m reading a rehash, which is really unfair to this particular book It should be able to stand on its own An interesting note is that Nick and Norah co author David Levithan is thanked for being an editor and friend Coincidence No way As a work of Rock Fiction, this stands up and so does what, for me, was the penultimate scene It is so achingly real, it transported me back to my own youth.Melissa, wanting to experience Sam s world, had joined him at a general admission Deicide concert This probably wouldn t have been my first choice to expose a newbie to the scene, but Sam was so over the moon with his woman that it s easy to forgive him this slight and the one that comes next.Hyped on the music, the adrenaline, the possibilities, and the scene, Sam grabs Melissa s hand and pulls her into a very rough mosh pit They are separated and by the time Sam finds Melissa again, she has been thoroughly traumatized.Anyone who s been in a situation where someone is a willing participant in a world that is ridiculed by most will relate to Sam and his headlong enthusiasm.It s the best part of the book.Heavy Metal and You Recommended, just for that one scene. The front flap of the book says if Nick Hornby had a metalhead little brother, he d write a book as clever, music drenched, and observationally direct as this And atrue statement could not be made about this book Enter the world of grunge, death metal and hard core alternative music Sam Markus comes from a good family, goes to the right school and has all the privileges of his favorite literary hero Holden Caulfield, but he also has a harsh past that turned his life upside down Luckily, he found an outlet for his anger through heavy metal After Melissa, the straightedge girl of his dreams, walks into his life, Sammy knows he is in love But Melissa, his friends and his music seem to clash, and Sammy doesn t know who he is or even who he wants to be any Heavy Metal helped him overcome his past, yet he isn t sure if the music is enough to help him figure out his present With an intelligence that is astounding for such a young author Krovatin was only 20 years old when the book was published , this book hits home with themes of acceptance, sex, drugs and self perception I loved reading this book Even with its dark and sometimes violent overtones, I found myself wanting to understand Sammy and his music as well as make some mixes of my own. characterization Sam is the main character in the book whose life is being told Melissa is Sam s girlfriend Irish, Brent, Pudgy, and Jamie were all of Sam s friends who he hung out with.plot In the beginning of the story, Sam is introduced to heavy metal Once Sam meets Melissa, He tries to get her to enjoy heavy metal with him Throughout the story, Sam and Melissa enjoy heavy metal together and enjoy each other s company setting and impact This story takes place in Manhattan, NY during the late 90 s In this book it talks about Central Park, which is in Manhattan, so to make the story true it had to be in this location and time frame.who and why I would recommend this book to any High Schooler who is interested in heavy metal This story is great for a person who can see similarities between their life and the story If someone can relate their life to the story, it makes the storyinteresting. The jacket looks like a classic metal CD black with blood red heart ensnared in barbed wire, lettered in a combination of gothic looking font and italic script I agree with Alissa s summary and assessment a self defined metalhead that identifies himself through his favorite music he falls for a straightlaced preppie girl who falls right back Familiarity breeds contempt and Melissa naively thinks she can change the things she doesn t like about her man Who is Sam if he isn t a metalhead with all the trappings the self imposed label entails Strong characterization makes standard teen stereotypes into real people I loved the brief length, energetic voice and allusions to many metal songs and bands Knowing exactly what the author is talking about adds to the story, but a teen reader can substitute his or her own fanatic obsessions rap, fashion, a favorite television series to understand how Sam finds himself through this genre of music The mix CDs Sam creates as works of art for his girl would serve as a great introduction to this often misunderstood genre it s too bad a CD wasn t included with the book The most brilliant thing about the book and I am not sure whether to credit the college student author, the art designer, or a smart editor is the incorporation of symbols for play, rewind, pause and fast forward into the narrative to indicate present situtation, a flashback, and a aside The reader can immediately tell from the graphic when in the story he is It s a clever and dramatic clue that completely fits the plot and character.Language, an applaudable discussion of whether the couple is ready for an intimate physical relationship, and recreational drug use are laced through the pages but serve to further the plot and develop the characters, as do the occasional lewd and crude off color remarks that are laugh out loud funny The identity defining theme and issues of support and abstinence meet teen development needs magic words to keep this title in your library collectionHEavy Metal and You will be popular because of the young author, graphic cover and msot of all for it s authenticity this is what the adolescent male voice sounds like.A fantastic debut novel and quite possibly the best effort to date birthed from Scholastic s edgy PUSH imprint, Krovatin is one to watch. Heavy Metal and You by Christopher Krovatin started out as a very good book This book is about a boy named Sam and what happens to him over the course of a few months Sam falls in love with a girl who is nothing like him , her name is Melissa Sam does many things for Melissa , like quitting drinking and smoking He even stops hanging out with his best friends Sam introduces Melissa to his world of heavy metal and she introduces him to her world of preppy , which brings out a side of him she never seen or likes Many unexpected things happen at the end of this book This book got me a little annoyed because i didn t like how Melissa was trying to change Sam into a different person , but if you like clingy love stories this book s for you.