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ISBN:0763652970
Author: Adam Rapp
ISBN13: 978-0763652975
Title: Punkzilla
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Language: English
Category: Literature and Fiction
Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (December 28, 2010)
Pages: 256

Punkzilla by Adam Rapp



Adam Rapp is the acclaimed author of UNDER THE WOLF, UNDER THE DOG, a LOS ANGELES TIMES Book Prize Finalist and winner of the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award, and 33 SNOWFISH, an American Library Association Best Book for Young adults. He is also an accomplished playwright and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007. Author Adam Rapp has created a world where readers will live vicariously through Punkzilla's letters. The world he paints is harsh and unpleasant with tiny hints of hope and kindness. Readers will appreciate the difficult life of the road as they follow Punkzilla from Portland to Memphis.

Author Adam Rapp has created a world where readers will live vicariously through Punkzilla's letters. As with the books I've read by Adam Rapp before this one, I'm not disappointed. I was engrossed in the raw beauty of this book, and how he captures Jamie's blunt innocence just right, and the way he can strip down everything to reveal the ugly truth about some things in life. And his descriptions!!!

For a runaway boy who goes by the name Punkzilla, kicking a meth habit and a life of petty crime in Portland, Oregon, is a prelude to a mission: reconnecting with his older brother, a gay man dying of cancer in Memphis. Against a backdrop of seedy motels, dicey bus stations, and hitched rides, the desperate fourteen-year-old meets a colorful, sometimes dangerous cast of characters.

From a Pulitzer Prize finalist comes a hilarious and heartbreaking novel about a musician climbing back from rock bottom. As winter deepens in Pollard, Illinois, 30-something Francis Falbo is holed up in an attic apartment, recovering from a series of traumas: his mother's death, his beloved wife's desertion, and his once-ascendant rock band's irreconcilable break-up. What is it like to be a giant? Meet Corinthia Bledsoe, a seven-foot tall high-school junior who can predict the future.

An award-winning writer and playwright hits the open road for a searing novel-in-letters about a street kid on a highstakes trek across America. For a runaway boy who goes by the name "Punkzilla," kicking a meth habit and a life of petty crime in Portland, Oregon, is a prelude to a mission: reconnecting with his older brother, a gay man.

Unabridged Audiobook. Fourteen-year-old Jamie, aka "Punkzilla," is on a mission: to see his older brother, Peter ("P"), before P dies of cancer. Hopping a bus while still buzzing from his last hit of meth, Jamie embarks on a days-long bus trip from Portland, Oregon, to Memphis, Tennessee, writing letters to his family and friends - letters so honest he may never send them.

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An award-winning writer and playwright hits the open road for a searing novel-in-letters about a street kid on a highstakes trek across America.For a runaway boy who goes by the name "Punkzilla," kicking a meth habit and a life of petty crime in Portland, Oregon, is a prelude to a mission: reconnecting with his older brother, a gay man dying of cancer in Memphis. Against a backdrop of seedy motels, dicey bus stations, and hitched rides, the desperate fourteen-year-old meets a colorful, sometimes dangerous cast of characters. And in letters to his sibling, he catalogs them all — from an abusive stranger and a ghostly girl to a kind transsexual and an old woman with an oozing eye. The language is raw and revealing, crackling with visceral details and dark humor, yet with each interstate exit Punkzilla’s journey grows more urgent: will he make it to Tennessee in time? This daring novel offers a narrative worthy of Kerouac and a keen insight into the power of chance encounters.
Reviews: 7
Mohn
Another one from Adam Rapp where he manages to capture the authentic voice of a disaffected boy spiraling into chaos and danger. Rapp uses the device of a series of letters from and to the boy Jamie aka "Punkzilla" as he makes his way across country alone trying to get to his dying brother his only source of familial affection or emotional support. Touching and sweet at some places. Gritty and scary at others.
GoodBuyMyFriends
Some graphic sexual (predatory) activity. Not appropriate for school setting. Didn't need to be in book would have been good without it.
Goldcrusher
it was a crazy read
Pad
I teach 8th grade and this novel is a realistic view of the issues and consciousness of this age group today
Mallador
Rapp's narrator, 14-year-old Jamie (or "Punkzilla"), is slightly reminiscent of Holden Caulfield from "Catcher in the Rye", but the story itself, written mostly through letters from "Punkzilla" to his brother "P" in Memphis, is all its own.
GEL
You won't be disappointed. This book is fast paced and quirky in its storytelling. Plus you'll be amused by the main character's vivid descriptions.
the monster
The plot wasn't too bad--it's basically a teen runaway hitchhiking across America to get to his brother. The format is intriguing, since the whole story is told through letters and memos. But the story is ruined by all the incredibly coarse language and crudity of the boy's experiences and conversations. I didn't want to read it, and I wish I could forget all about it.
Written as a series of long, descriptive letters, PUNKZILLA tells the story of a fourteen-year-old on a cross-country journey to visit his dying older brother.

Jamie (Punkzilla) is AWOL from military school. His father, a retired Major, convinced his mother that Buckner Military Academy would straighten out their youngest son. Jamie is the first to admit he was out-of-control. His ADD - combined with meth, pot, and drinking - had turned him into a punk. But Buckner is way more than he can handle with its emphasis on morning drills and athletic competitions; it's just not who he is.

As Punkzilla boards a Greyhound bus heading from Portland, Oregon, to Memphis, Tennessee, he begins writing letters in a notebook. The letters are addressed to his twenty-seven-year-old brother now dying of cancer.

Through the letters, readers learn about family tensions that began when Peter announced he was gay and then left to pursue a career as an actor and playwright. This left middle son, Edward, and youngest son, Jamie, at home with a demanding father and an emotional mother. A few scattered letters from these other family members help fill in the gaps in Jamie's tale.

One colorful letter after another reveals cross-country adventures as Punkzilla first travels by bus and then hitches rides with one disturbing character after another. Some encounters are helpful and kind, while others are downright creepy and dangerous. Through the letters is Punkzilla's attempt to make sense of his past and come to terms with who he has become. He has very little idea about his future other than his determination to reach Memphis before the death of his beloved brother.

Author Adam Rapp has created a world where readers will live vicariously through Punkzilla's letters. The world he paints is harsh and unpleasant with tiny hints of hope and kindness. Readers will appreciate the difficult life of the road as they follow Punkzilla from Portland to Memphis.

At times I was frustrated with Punkzilla's actions and choices, but I was drawn to him and remained committed to find out if he arrived in time to say goodbye to Peter.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"