Sunday, April 5, 2015

REVIEW: The Stupid Nerdy Notebook


The Stupid Nerdy Notebook:
The High Five Collection
Chris Garrett

Genre: Teen & Young Adult, Poetry
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: 11.17.2013
Pages: 116

Recommended by: Sage's Blog Tours, Read 2 Review
Date read: 3.30.2015

Excerpt:
We ask questions with questions.
As if we shield our shoulders from life's nasty daggers.
I can't think of suggestions.
Believing god's angels were sought and now captured.

Feeling so unprotected.
We shiver and shake at the fear of earthquakes.
Its not the quakes we fear.
The shaking of lonely hearts knowing no one is near.

We slow dance with loved ones.
To the last song you'll ever hear.
We only punish ourselves for falling in love.
Our punishment is for love to quickly disappear.


"We all have battles to face
and sometimes the best defense
is pen and paper."
~Chris Garrett

When Sage suggested I read this book, I was intrigued.  And the cover definitely caught my attention!  I've always been intrigued by poetry and song writing, but became disheartened at a young age with the lovey-dovey nonsense that I kept being suggested.  This is the kind of stuff I've always wanted to read.  Starting with the first poem, I was pulled into this book and had a hard time putting it back down again.

Now, I do want to "warn" you that this is not your "typical" book of poetry.  As Chris says in his book description, "The Stupid Nerdy Notebook is the poetic struggle of a teenage boy trying to understand the world and why things happen the way life intends."  I could say it's full of "angst," but even that would not do it justice.  It's just ... there are no words.  It's THAT good.

This is definitely a book I recommend to high school kids ... and to adults who hold so many things inside unspoken.


About the book:
The Stupid Nerdy Notebook is the poetic struggle of a teenage boy trying to understand the world and why things happen the way life intends.  With the classical influence of Robert Frost and Edgar Allan Poe and the help of modern music in the Punk, Indie and Hardcore genre, Chris Garrett creates page after page of exciting stories in the form of riddles, rhymes and stanzas.  We all have battles to face and sometimes the best defense is a pen and paper.


About the author:
Rising out of Georgia, Chris Garrett is a natural story teller delivering nerve pounding tales of hope, heart break and moshpits since 2004.  He is an independent author and freelance comic book writer.  His work includes the teen angst zine and poetry series "The Stupid Nerdy Notebook" and has scripted short comics for Scairy Tales Publishing based out of Atlanta.  He is also the co-creator of The Finley's characters and comics along with J.R. Mounts that will be printed in 2015 by Scairy Tales Publishing.  When not writing or being with family, Chris enjoys eating veggie burgers and slaying dragons.

3 comments:

Chris Garrett said...

Thank you so much for the kind review Meghan. this made my day! I never was a big fan of mushy love poetry neither.

Chris Garrett said...

Thank you so much for the words Meghan. This made my day.

Meghan H said...

You're welcome. I'm glad I got to start your blog tour out with such a rave review. :) Excellent job on the book and I can't wait to read more. :)