When he was eight years old, a bully tied Harry to a tree as a thunderstorm approached. Lightning struck the tree just above Harry’s head, resulting in severe burn injuries on his face. Now Harry is looking back as he writes an essay for a college application, remembering the years of loneliness and ridicule that preceded his friendship with a guy named Johnny. Johnny shares Harry’s passion for music. The two of them eventually formed a band with two other musicians, appropriately named The Scar Boys.
The book is set in the 1980s, and is filled with musical allusions from that time. While The Scar Boys primarily play original music, they do have one cover song, These Boots Are Made for Walkin. That would be fun to hear! The song was written by Lee Hazelwood and originally performed by Nancy Sinatra (daughter of Frank) in 1966. Incredibly, there is a music video in which Nancy and her girls do some fancy go-go dancing. Try not to think of your grandfather watching this one.
-Diane Colson, currently reading The Museum of Intangible Things (advance reader’s copy) by Wendy Wunder
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