Drums, Girls + Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
3.8 Llamas


Okay, let me just say… THIS WAS AN AMAZING BOOK!!!! I mean this was a really, really good book. When I found this book at the library, I mostly picked it because it was about drumming (apparently drumming fiction does not exist). Instead, I found an emotional book about a boy in middle school learning how to deal with his younger brother having cancer… I know it sounds really sad, but this book ended up being very meaningful to me.

The main character, Steven, in middle school, plays drums, and his brother has cancer. Does that sum up the whole book. Nope. It gets soooooooo much deeper than that. This book made me laugh, cry, and over all, I just loved it. This is a really good book for younger and older boys. I’m not saying girls can’t read it, but it’s probably more of a boy book. I enjoyed it though.

Oh, and this is a great example of how a really good book might not get as many llamas in a review. It ended up with a 3.8 llama score because it wasn’t that humorous and really not adventurous – but still amazing. That’s why you have to read the reviews. I wanted this one to get 4 or more llamas – I loved it that much.

Over all, this is a great book for boys of all ages, and maybe girls too. And I do suggest it.


  • A great book for boys
  • Really good story!


  • It can get really sad…

A brave and beautiful story that will make readers laugh, and break their hearts at the same time.

Steven has a totally normal life (well, almost).

He plays drums in the All-City Jazz Band (whose members call him the Peasant), has a crush on the hottest girl in school (who doesn’t even know he’s alive), and is constantly annoyed by his younger brother, Jeffrey (who is cuter than cute – which is also pretty annoying). But when Jeffrey gets sick, Steven’s world is turned upside down, and he is forced to deal with his brother’s illness, his parents’ attempts to keep the family in one piece, his homework, the band, girls, and Dangerous Pie (Yes, you’ll have to read the book to find out what that is!).

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