The First Rule of Punk
Author: Celia C. Pérez
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Pérez, The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching.
There are no shortcuts to surviving your first day at a new school—you can’t fix it with duct tape like you would your Chuck Taylors. On Day One, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) inadvertently upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee, violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look, and disappoints her college-professor mom in the process. Her dad, who now lives a thousand miles away, says things will get better as long as she remembers the first rule of punk: be yourself.
The real Malú loves rock music, skateboarding, zines, and Soyrizo (hold the cilantro, please). And when she assembles a group of like-minded misfits at school and starts a band, Malú finally begins to feel at home. She’ll do anything to preserve this, which includes standing up to an anti-punk school administration to fight for her right to express herself!
Black and white illustrations and collage art throughout make The First Rule of Punk a perfect pick for fans of books like Roller Girl and online magazines like Rookie.
For my post on the The First Rule of Punk blog tour, I opted to create a Bookish Style Board. While I was growing up (and even now), I really loved pretty much anything punk, from music to clothes, and I thought it would be so much fun to put an awesome outfit together to go along with the book.
Here is a list of the products I included in my Bookish Style Board (all available on Amazon), in case you want to check them out:
Celia C. Pérez has been making zines inspired by punk and her love of writing for longer than some of you have been alive. Her favorite zine supplies are a long-arm stapler, glue sticks, and watercolor pencils. She still listens to punk music, and she’ll never stop picking cilantro out of her food at restaurants. Originally from Miami, Florida, Celia lives in Chicago with her family and works as a community college librarian. She owns two sets of worry dolls because you can never have too many. The First Rule of Punk is her first book for young readers.
August 21 – Books 4 Your Kids – Review
August 22 – Here’s to Happy Endings – The First Rule of Punk Style Board
August 23 – Boricuan Bookworms – Review & Mini Zine
August 24 – Teachers Who Read – Review
August 25 – Margie’s Must Reads – Author Q&A
August 28 – The Reading Nook Reviews – Review
August 29 – The Novel Hermit – Review
August 30 – Teen Librarian Toolbox – Review
August 31 – YA Book Central – Excerpt
September 1 – The YA Book Traveler – Review