Book: My Favorite Band Does Not Exist by Robert T. Jeschonek
Published: Clarion Books, July 2011
Pages: 272 pages
Where I got it: e-book from NetGalley
Buy It: Amazon
Summary (from Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old genius Idea Deity believes that he exists only in the pages of a novel written by a malevolent, omnipotent author . . . and that he will die in chapter 64. Meanwhile, an older teen named Reacher Mirage sings lead vocals for the undercover rock band Youforia . . . a band that exists in Idea’s world only as an Internet hoax that Idea himself perpetuated. Then there’s beautiful and mysterious Eunice Truant, who links their destinies. When Idea and Reacher plunge into the reality of Fireskull’s Revenant, the twisted epic fantasy novel they’ve both been reading, chapter 64 bears down on them like a speeding freight train on an unstoppable collision course. Being trapped in a bad book can be a nightmare. Just ask Idea Deity.
My thoughts: Wow. This was one of those books that was just not for me. Going into My Favorite Band Does Not Exist, I expected something much more focused on music. I wasn't quite sure what was happening for much of the first half of this book. Once I caught on and was able to remember which character was which, I had pretty much lost any interest I had. I only finished it because of that nagging I get when I try to throw a book into a corner, forgotten. I attempted reading this on my Nook, but it kept crashing it and I think I should have gotten the hint when that first happened. I ended up having to read it on my laptop which made it much easier for me to get distracted. I've never played Dungeons and Dragons nor do I really know anything about it, but for some reason the premise of this book reminds me of what it would be like to play a game like that. For some, it may be an exciting adventure to read this book, but that was not the case for me.
In My Favorite Band Does Not Exist, Idea Deity believes he is trapped in the book he is reading, Fireskull's Revenant. In an alternate universe, Reacher Mirage is reading that same book. Both characters believe that they will die in Chapter 64. When Idea and Reacher's lives clash and they switch places, I thought it had potential to turn itself around for me, but I still couldn't get into it. I was hoping for something more than a sci-fi, Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy-esque story. The book is described as "School of Rock meets Alice In Wonderland" and the book cover is what got my attention in the first place. Sadly, this one fell flat for me.
My rating: 1 star