Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro

Today is the release day for The Stereotypical Freaks!

Author Bio - Howard Shapiro

HOWARD SHAPIRO lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two sons. The Controller for the Pittsburgh-based Visual Effects firm, Animal Inc., he has also written four children’s books and The Stereotypical Freaks will be his debut Graphic Novel.  His 2008 book, Hockey Player for Life, has been the #1 downloaded children’s hockey e-book on Amazon’s Kindle chart since its arrival as an e-book in November of 2011.  His, Hockey Days book was the only book featured in the December 2007 Sporting News Annual Gift Guide as a Best Buy Gift for Children.  Through a corporate sponsorship program he set up (and maintains), since the 2010-11 season, both of his children’s hockey books have been given to NHL teams (over 2,500 copies to date) for use in their community and educational initiatives.  Since 2006 his annual charity raffle, which he matches dollar for dollar donated, has raised funds for several hockey-related charities including the Mario Lemieux Foundation, Hockey Fights Cancer and the Keith and Lisa Primeau Scholarship Fund.  For more information, please log on to

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Four disparate high school seniors come together to compete in their school's battle of the bands. Sharing a love for playing rock and roll, the members name the band "The Stereotypical Freaks" because they feel stereotyped by their classmates - smart kid, geek, star athlete and quiet weirdo… when in fact they know they are much more than those labels that have been placed on them. When one member reveals life altering news, winning the competition takes on more of a meaning to each member. Scared and angry, upset and yet still with a lot of resolve they set out to win one for the good guys… will they?

My Review:

I have to say that I have never picked up a graphic novel until I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing The Stereotypical Freaks.  I'm always willing to try new books so I said yes.  I'm very glad that I did because this one blew me away.

The Stereotypical Freaks is a coming of age story.  In this graphic novel we have four very different types of high school kids with very different backgrounds.  They each come together with their love for music and form a band.  The original intent for the band is to participate in the battle of the bands but as they spend more time together a friendship begins.

This story deals with real life emotions and situations. The author wrote about the hardships of life, crushes and popularity to name a couple. The characters were believable as teenagers but not overly written with teen language. The ending was not expected but tastefully done and I found it very touching.

Reviewed by Tich

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Other books by Howard Shapiro:

This will be the first holiday season that Howard will have his "Hanukkah Counts Too!," "Hockey Days," and "Hockey Player For Life" available as e-books!

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