Battle of the Bands | Lauren Gibaldi and Eric Smith | Book Review

Battle of the Bands is an anthology of sixteen stories all about a high school battle of the bands. Each of these stories is filled with the magic of music, the drama of high school, and the power of a wild, fun, good time. It was all so much fun and brought me back to a time of youth and where taking chances was just as important as the music you listened to.

Each of the stories in Battle of the Bands are connected in some way and it was fun trying to figure out how. The characters intermingled throughout all of the stories and it felt like you got a point of view from all of them at some point. Although it was a grouping of stories, it truly felt like one cohesive story to me. It was an anthology that helped create one large narrative about music and competition.

With all the stories being connected, I was able to get the narrative about music and competition loud and clear. This is such a creative idea and it is unfortunate to me that that there were some stories that were just stronger than others. In these stories, I felt more connected to the characters and the events that were going on around me. For these stories, I felt like they just flowed into the next story without any break or interruption.

That being said, Battle of the Bands is filled with stories about teenagers. Teenagers are messy. They make mistakes and often these mistakes are made during on the biggest nights of their lives. They create an excitement when they are excited about something and an angsty tension when they are broody and moody. You’re not always going to have easy, understood flow when it comes to books about teenagers and I think these authors did a wonderful job expressing this.

Battle of the Bands brought me back to the days of my youth. Days of sitting in the audience at local battle of the bands cursing out the bands that I felt were awful and screaming for the bands that I loved. It also made me reflect on the feeling that competition brings within an individual. It is a quick read that is filled with diversity and all of the moments that make being a teenager both complicated and fun. I would recommend this one to anyone who loves music and wants to remember what it is like to be a teenager again, even for just a short period of time.

Rating: 4 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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