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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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View all 10 comments. When I began reading the book I wondered if that was the same guy – I was frustrated because the first person narrative was in a loose, conversational tone. This one was disappointing, to say the least. 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 hairsty,es who could grow mustaches”he experiments with sex and jke.

‘Hairstyles of the Damned’ Puts Punk on the Page

Why yes, he says, as a certain amount of you now roll your eyes, this is one of those “indie-rock novels” that have become so popular among a certain crowd since the mid-’90s or so, which you should be prepared for before starting; that if you disdain breathless exclamations about how a punk show can singlehandedly and permanently change a person’s life, you need to stay the hell away from Hairstyles and do it fast.


Gretchen was fat, I mean mejo like obese, but was definitely big, not her face so hhe, but her middle and her behind. What’s the Name o I kinda strongly disliked this book,: A great, honest coming-of-age story, full of swearing and self discovery. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Open Preview Hairsryles a Problem? He has dug up and displayed for us the secret paradox of the teenage years, the desire to belong pitted against the need for individuality–a constant clash of hate and love.

Remembering Johnny Ramone Sept. Meno writes like a punk, and I mean that in a good way. Meno traveled into a very well-worn road with this book. I really loved it! Best of all, he knows the value of entertainment. Through Mike, Brian meets Dorie Spitzer, who eventually becomes his new girlfriend.

At first he’s a sort of needy and whiny character who is in love with his best friend, but as time passes in his harsh high school he must learn to be tough and act like a punk. FictionLiterary DwmnedThree Stars. Lawrenceincluding my high school even though QoP is only very briefly mentioned. Embarrassed, the two drift apart as Brian becomes friends with Mike Madden, a pot head skater, when they pair up for a class project. His gabby, heartfelt, and utterly believable take on adolescence strikes a winning chord.

I read this book a few years ago.

Hairstyles of the Damned by Joe Meno

Even though he still loves Gretchen, he is happy to sit with her as her friend. Thousands of books are eligible, including current and former best sellers.

May 18, Brenda Ayala rated it liked it Shelves: When I heard Joe’s interview with Scott Simon my impression was that he was an articulate, intelligent, sensitive individual.


I learned a lot about myself and what I wanted my life to be about.

Don’t tell my principal, the schoolboard or that certain faction of adults who feel they must control what young people read: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. She swore a lot and only listened to punk, like the Misfits and the Ramones and the Descendents, especially when we were in the car, because, although it had a decent stereo for a Ford Escort, there was a tape that had been stuck in the cassette player for about a year now and most of the time that was all it would play, and you had to jab the tape with a pen or a nail file to get it to start, and the tape was same handpicked mix Gretchen had thought was cool a year ago, which according to the label on the tape was what she had called White Protest Rock, version II.

I lived in that crowd. It’s gritty, believable, hoe seriously worth reading. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Earlier this year, I decided to stop buying books. Besides, she is interested in someone else. The growing up bit. He also knows about the early ’90s, punk rock, and awkward adolescence.