Pioneer By The Maine

 I’m going to review music the same way that I review books (because I’m lazy).

4.8/5 The Maine is my favourite band and I love them to death. This album is tied with ‘can’t stop won’t stop’ by them.

The Maine is a punk/pop/rock band from Tempe Arizona. The band have been together and playing music for over 5 years now. They have three albums out-can’t stop won’t stop,black and white, and their lastest album-pioneer. They also have many EPs and have won a few awards. The band members are-John O’Callaghan (vocals), Jared Monaco (lead guitarist), Kennedy Brock (back up guitarist), Garrett Nickelsen (bass), and Pat Kirch (drums).

I never, ever, ever, ever liked Some Days. I disliked that song a lot, it was the only song that I did not like on this album. But it wasn’t until I saw them in concert and they played that song that I finally loved it. After almost 6 months of skipping this song, I still knew every word to the song and screamed my heart out at their Pioneer north America tour. I also don’t like the cover, the man looks odd to me and creeps me out. I wish they went with something more attractive like the meaning and photograph they did for Black and White.

To this day, I love every song on this album, I love how it makes me want to dance and go wild like those people you see on TV dance when they truly don’t care about anything anymore. This whole album is about facing the things you fear and owning up to what you did wrong. I love the message of this and the new direction they chose to go with this. My favourite songs on this would have to be Misery, I’m Sorry, and Thinking of You. I cannot wait for them to release more music for the whole world to fall in love with because their music is all about having fun and realizing that times are hard and how ‘some days, they just feel like razorblades’. I would recommend this Album to anyone who likes All time low, Mayday Parade, Pierce the Veil, You me At Six, and Sleeping With Sirens.

Boot Camp By Todd Strasser

4.3/5 This book made me realize just how willing parents are to get the child they want.

In the middle of the night Garrett is taken from his home to Harmony Lake, a boot camp for troubled teens. Maybe some kids deserve to be sent there, but Garrett knows he doesn’t. Subjected to brutal physical and psychological abuse, he tries to fight back, but the battle is futile. He won’t be allowed to leave until he’s admitted his “mistakes” and conformed to Harmony Lake’s standards of behavior. And there’s no way to fake it. Beaten, humiliated, and stripped of his pride, Garrett’s spirit is slowly ebbing away. But when he hears about a plan to escape the camp, is he willing to try to escape? and if he is, is he ready for what he’ll get if it doesn’t work?

What I don’t like about this book is that Garrett was still kind to the people who kidnapped him. It didn’t surprise me, and yes, it was the right thing to do, but I would have liked it more if he didn’t care about what happened to them. I also didn’t like the reason behind him being sent off to the camp. It was done before by MANY authors and I am sick of it coming up in every book.

What I like about this book is how raw and mean, and realistic the camp is. I love everything about the camp, the chaperones, the staff, the kids, and the harsh rules the kids have to follow before they can go back into the world. I feel like this book is a real insight to what real boot camps for out of control kids are like. Thank god I’ve never been to one, but that’s how I feel. You can really tell in this story that Todd Strasser really did his homework before he wrote anything about the camp. If he comes out with another book like this, I will be sure to read it.