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ROCKTOBER! BEIGE by CECIL CASTELLUCCI -- Young Adult Books and Music

Cecil Castellucci

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with  Cecil Castellucciat the recent OC Children's Book Fest.  She has written an article for the LA Times that highlights Young Adult books that prominently feature music.  You can read the article HERE.  Cecil worked at Epitaph Records in LA and it turns out we have mutual friends.  She knows what she is talking about when it comes to mixing music and the written word.

I bought Beige and have it on my nightstand to read soon.  I am reading her latest, Rose See Red and will be giving my ARC away on my Young Adult blog starting tomorrow.  Check back for a link.


"Castellucci mixes details of the L.A. punk scene with memorable characters and witty dialogue...Consider this pure Nirvana." — Booklist

Exiled from Canada to Los Angeles, Katy can't believe she is spending the summer with her father—punk name: the Rat—a recovered addict and drummer for the band Suck. Even though Katy feels abandoned by her mom, even though the Rat's place is a mess and he's not like anything she'd call a father, Kathy won't make a fuss. After all, she is a girl who is quiet and polite, a girl who smiles, a girl who is, well, beige. Or is she? From the author of BOY PROOF and THE QUEEN OF COOL comes an edgy L.A. novel full of humor, heart, and music.

About the Author

Cecil Castellucci is an author, filmmaker, actress, and singer-songwriter. She says, "When I first moved to Los Angeles from Montreal, I wrote in a cafĂ© owned by Eric Melvin from NOFX, had Thanksgiving dinner with Tim Armstrong from Rancid, and had my taxes done by a guy who was in the Circle Jerks. Everyone was So-Cal Punk crazy and I felt so . . . beige. I wondered what it would be like to grow up around adults that cool, especially if you were plopped into that scene when it wasn’t yours." She lives in Los Angeles.


  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (March 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763642320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763642327


  1. I read and reviewed this one. Really liked the dad character -- he totally reminded me of Tommy Lee.

  2. She has quite the background. Looks like both books will be interesting.

  3. I am really enjoying Rose Sees Red. It is nicely done. I should have my review and giveaway posted tomorrow. Next week, I may start Beige. The TBR pile is out of control again.

  4. Hi! I just wanted to tell you that I think your reviews are great!

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