Debbie Harry Sings in French

Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers
 
“I know a girl from a lonely street, cold as ice cream but still as sweet, dry your eyes Sunday girl, Hey, I saw your guy with a different girl, looks like he’s in another world, run and hide Sunday girl […]” Lyrics from “Sunday Girl” by Blondie
 
To say Johnny has had a tough life is an understatement. Immediately following his 13th birthday his father dies, and mother mentally checks out leaving Johnny responsible for everything. But it proves to be too much, and like his mother, Johnny too wants to check out. Taking on a new goth lifestyle is more than just a wardrobe change – it’s a lifestyle change.

And for a very young Johnny a big part of that change is drowning himself in alcohol. But now he’s sixteen – he’s a full-fledged alcoholic and suddenly finds himself in hospital due to an accidental overdose. The biggest change Johnny faces is how to survive life rehab. But with the help of Debbie Harry and new girlfriend Maria, Johnny’s channels his inner Debbie but where does his new-found beauty and courage lead him?

Getting off to a slower start that most YA novels, Debbie Harry Sings in French is Meagan Brothers’ first novel – and it’s a roller coaster of ups and downs that the reader’s experience right alongside Johnny. The book is well written and offers readers an array of in-depth characters. Each character featured within the pages lend a better understanding as to who Johnny is while telling their own unique stories. 

It’s rare to stumble upon a book like this. Debbie Harry Sings in French isn’t just Johnny’s story of grown and transformation. It’s a story that any person can relate to. And at its core it’s a book centered around the human condition and relationships – between friends, family, lovers, and even music.

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