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Score Massi is about to turn 18 years old. A pop-culture obsessed, pseudo-vegetarian, atheist, pyromaniac, trapped within a rural northern Californian town, he longs for escape to a city life of fame and fortune. He knows that he deserves nothing less. But when the underground parties that Score hosts start to spiral out of control his fame comes early. As does his collapsScore Massi is about to turn 18 years old. A pop-culture obsessed, pseudo-vegetarian, atheist, pyromaniac, trapped within a rural northern Californian town, he longs for escape to a city life of fame and fortune. He knows that he deserves nothing less. But when the underground parties that Score hosts start to spiral out of control his fame comes early. As does his collapse. Inspired by pop stars, fashion models, celebrities, Internet porn, social networking, reality TV, sex, drugs and vegan banana bread, the Pop Kids shine an arc light on modern nihilism....

Title : Pop Kids
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ISBN : 9780985957209
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Pop Kids Reviews

  • Soraya Harbinson
    2018-12-21 20:51

    I'm assuming anyone who gives this book a five-star rating does not read very often. The ability to critically analyse, as mentioned by previous reviewers, also extends to your ability to recognise that a book you're reading is littered with misspellings and poor grammar, which this one is. It would be difficult to convince anyone that this book had an editor. The "Premiere" scenes, each of them given more pages than any character building, became monotonous and redundant, while scenes deserving of more page-time are ended abruptly and not further explored. The claim that the author's intention was to be satirical or to provide "social commentary" would only make sense if readers could identify with any element or character within the story which, unfortunately, wouldn't be many (if any). To qualify as social commentary, one needs to ensure it affects "society," by definition. If perhaps a society of entitled, orgy-organising, self-nicknaming youth whose only concern in life is avoiding the embarrassment of not knowing the name of your favourite band's guitarist does exist, perhaps the attention of "social commentary" is the last thing the situation requires. Repetitive mentioning of current day social networking, celebrities and/or branding does not a social commentary make, any more than "Rugrats" exploring the Pickles' backyard was social commentary on the toddlers of the nineties. Furthermore, the misrepresentation of authentic male behaviour within online fan fiction has met it's match in Havok's representation of females in this work, which is in turns fanciful, uninformed and even border-line misogynistic, with the only female character not regularly identified by her body parts (or her relevance to the protagonist's libido) eventually revealed as deceitful in it's conclusion. For anyone wondering, there is fan fiction available online that you could read with less grammatical errors, by authors brave enough to utilise proper anatomical terms and with characters that wont leave you detesting the word "joy." And they wont set you back $20.

  • Emily
    2018-12-30 02:45

    I swear to god most people that I’ve seen review Pop Kids negatively do not understand the points Davey was making through social commentary and satire. Really, don’t look down on a book just because you do not have the capacity to analyse it critically. Sorry if you don’t understand that brand of writing but maybe it wasn’t meant for you. (Disclaimer: if you understand the book and just legitimately don’t like it, you are entitled to your opinion. You are not required to like the book.)Even though there was copious amounts of sex, it wasn’t the focus of the book, and it was really a tool to bring satirical situations together. It creates the opportunity for analysis on obsession, unrealistic expectations, and nihilistic ideals to arise.If you think there were flaws in Score’s character, that’s because there were. Score is a horribly superficial character. The point is that Score is basically the epitome of a hipster poseur. He idolizes Morrissey and acts like the biggest Smith’s fan ever but fails to recognize many Smith’s references or who Johnny Marr even is. Not only that but Score is such a militant vegan - except only when it’s convenient for him. He’s so obstinately disgusted by drugs - yet inebriated girls are the perfect way to get laid. The point is that it’s commentary on people who act like something is their most FAVOURITE THING EVER or they’re SO OBSESSED with a certain aspect of culture but really know jack shit about it. It’s an analysis of things with cult followings, like certain movies, bands, etc. that are resurfacing fads as of late. On the surface, yes, Score seems strikingly similar to Davey's own character, until you begin to analyse his depth and realise he's the exact opposite of Davey. He's superficial, doesn't know what he's talking about, is two-dimensional, and rather vapid. He is NOT a self-projection.Score and Stella also play very important roles as transgressive characters who are disenchanted with their current living state, feel confined by social norms, and feel the need to strive for a new lifestyle and deviate from what is acceptable. The overzealous pop referencing is a commentary on “the brand-obsessed youth and commercialised culture that dominates the LA scene”.Yes, it seems almost tiring with how it keeps wearing on throughout the book, but that is the point to emphasis how utterly dominated people allow their lives to become by brand names. It also addresses how utterly obsessed American culture is with fame, celebrities, and every little aspect of their lives.Places where I saw a problem: I’m not fond of euphemisms at all. Although everything in the novel had a proper nickname: places, people, dicks, pussies, (and cats), and sex toys alike so it wasn’t TOO annoying because it was consistent. I think it also kept the sex from reaching trashy romance novel/awful fan fiction status. I had a problem with the use of ” boobs” because I think most people beyond 12 years old have probably upgraded to “tits” or something better, but I understand Davey was trying to write from a younger perspective.In conclusion, it’s a little more dense than you might think, if you could just open your mind a little.

  • Joey
    2019-01-17 00:29

    It is like a cross between an autobiography and kiddie porn.I don’t know if it is awkward because I am an adult fan that has no interest in reading about scene kids having sex, or if it’s just awkward in general.Would I be wetting my pants over this if I was 14?Sadly there is no way to ever know.It's not bad, the descriptions and endless name checking and product placement is reminiscent of American Psycho and it would appear Bret Easton Ellis is a clear influence.. There are far worse books out there, especially by first time authors (It could have been about sparkly scene kid vampires, after all).And it must be said that it is a gem of marketing genius as it is clearly aimed at those ages 12-17 who fantasize about what it would be like to have sex with Havok. The parallels between Score and Davey are myriad, right down to a line about being Italian and eating cheese that is taken straight from an interview quote about Davey’s own mother.I am not that far into it , but the one thing I found most disturbing was not the sex or imagining Davey write it, it was a line about the character’s brother committing suicide and how completely callous the character was about the event (which was actually a non event for him, made perfectly palatable by the fact that he was given lots of material possessions to take his mind off it). Yes, I realize this is a character and a commentary on society, quite possibly on youth in general, but considering how many of his fans have been and still are suicidal and deal with those thoughts on a daily basis, the lip service paid to the topic seemed in incredibly bad taste.It is sad to me b/c with the scope of his influence, the way he used to write lyrics back around the Black Sails and Art of Drowning days, he could have done something AMAZING. It’s basically like he took any Brett Easton Ellis book and ripped it off. Everything is name checked, everything has a popular brand name. And I get that it's supposed to be a commentary on all the fake people he’s ever met, but he could have done so much better than this.He could have done a great, in depth, tell all about his life, something to give solace and inspiration to all those desperate kids out there who hang on his every word and then go home and starve and cut themselves but instead he puts enough in to make it very clear this is how he sees himself, but then puts in all this sex with no emotion and vacant mindset. I mean maybe he was fucking everything that moved when he was 15, but I really didn’t think that was as important of a story to tell as others could have been.From the point of view of someone who is not only a 10 year veteran fan of his band, has the title PERFECT FIT tattooed across her chest, but holds degrees in English and teaching, the whole thing makes me squeamish.

  • Viv
    2018-12-25 23:41

    Don't. Just don't.

  • Manny Lopez
    2019-01-02 00:35

    I'd follow Davey to the ends of the Earth, so it pains me that this was so awful. I get that none of the characters are supposed to be like able and that they are über pop cutler obsessed but the writing was most off putting. It tries to come off as witty and clever, but there is no flow to the story. He changed the characters names about a third into the book and overused words to death. This was so disappointing

  • Private Grave
    2019-01-02 21:38

    I want to preface this review with the revelation that I’m a bit of a Davey Havok fanboy. Once I thought Davey could do no wrong but Pop Kids changed all that for me.To cut it short, Pop Kids sucks. This is so obviously a vanity printing that no on even bothered to edit the book. Numerous misspellings and poor phrasing riddle the book. Some reviews I’ve read say the book is full of purple prose but that’s not true, the first half of the book is all purple, the rest of the book feels written in a dash probably to meet a publishing deadline.Score Massi and all of the charters are poorly developed, incorrectly typecast youth cum walking hard-ons for all of the book. The back cover will have you believe this book “shine(s) an arc light on modern nihilism,” but the book mostly shines a light on poorly written smut. I understand that this is supposed to be satirical and full of commentary on the children current pop culture is helping to raise. If the satirical nature wasn’t so obviously stated on the back cover this would be written off as a piece of pop culture trash in the lines of Stephanie Meyer and E.L. JamesI could only hope that Davey writes another book despite the spotty reviews this book is sure to receive. I’m sure he has a good book in him, but this isn’t it.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-05 23:49

    First off, I love Davey Havok and AFI, which is pretty much the only reason I finished this book. Overall, I was very disappointed. It was not engaging, and it was honestly not all that interesting. It seemed like it tried to be overly hip and was primarily focused around sex and more sex.

  • Mel
    2018-12-17 22:45

    Just finished Pop Kids. This is not a review, these are just thoughts I had while reading this. Don’t read if you don’t want to be spoilered.(view spoiler)[I can’t wait for the drama to start as soon as some people have finished this book. This is actually everything I have expected from Davey’s first novel without noticing it until I finished it. This is about sex, about a new generation, about social media and about more sex. There is actually only a handful of chapters were isn’t sex involved, and while at the beginning it was pretty disturbing and annoying as well, now that I’ve finished I see where he’s coming from and he captured the spirit of it perfectly with the voice he gave Score.And while there will be a lot of people saying it is stupid to say, I firmly believe a lot of this is autobiographical. And I mean a lot. Michael [we all know his brother’s name is Michael, and I think it’s really dedicated to name the main character after your brother] has Italian parents [also something we know goes for Davey] is an aspiring vegan, with a huge distaste for the church and Morrissey is his God. His whole life is about fucking, designer clothes and pretty people. When he looks in the mirror he’s afraid he looks tired or not thin enough. We can only speculate if the latter is something that applies to Davey, but we can definitely agree on his love for Moz and his atheism. Then again, a smart author said once “Only write about what you know”As for the plot, like I mentioned a lot of sex. Sex without protection, to be precisely, and Score’s big brother is the voice of reason in here. If only Score’s friends wouldn’t make it seem as if it was uncool to get it on with a condom. So in the end we have orgies, pregnant teenagers who only say “they can take care of themself” and a little confession about burning down churches no one seems to care about. It is brilliant how Davey pointed out how our generation ticks. How everything seems more important than their own dignity and compassion towards others. It is always about oneself. This is how I look at this book, though, maybe because it is something I noticed myself in the past years, how the world had turned so cold and indifferent towards so many things, towards our fellow human beings. It is shockingly honest and raw in a very poetic and sometimes funny way, and it is perfect. To read this with Davey’s words is stunning and I really can’t wait for the other two novels, I truely hope he will release. (hide spoiler)]

  • Danny
    2018-12-20 20:37

    I've been following Davey Havok's work since '96 and I always enter my first encounter with any new work he releases with trepidation. Pop Kids was no different and after the first 40 pages I wanted to stop reading. We know his unique lexicon and way with words from his songs but it seemed his novel writing was way too verbose. Some of the sentences seemed unbearable initially but he pulled back on his descriptions and the realism of the story took shape.In the end, I was fascinated how all the details came together to portray these teenagers as completely flawed and dissolute. It is surprisingly quite funny and I was hooked once I got past the 50 page mark. I know he is planning a follow up so it will be interesting to see if any of the characters are 'saved.' Just as in real life, people get past certain negative traits in adolescence and have more meaningful pursuits in life so I'm wondering how these characters develop. Stella seems doomed. If I had to describe the premise of the book in one sentence it would be: "society is so twisted it can reward and revere people simply for doing unskilled, outrageous things that there are people who pursue fame just for the sake of being famous."It is extremely sexual so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 21 but then again I am a bit of a prude. Also, I find simple punctuation errors embarrassing in a published book and this book is loaded with them.

  • Jill Ferguson
    2019-01-05 00:24

    I read this twice. (I often read books twice so that has nothing to do with me liking the book or not.) I have a difficult time with spelling errors. The distract me and make me angry at lack of editing. This books had it's share of misspelled words. I know these characters. I am/was friends with people just like them. Reading this book, I laughed many times and I rolled my eyes a lot. This is why I liked it.I think this book was be an EXCELLENT audiobook. I think more of the humor would shine as an audiobook.

  • Tyler Malone
    2019-01-15 22:50

    If I ever met Davey Havok, I’d have to ask one thing: What’s the use of being superior to everyone who drinks alcohol and eats meat if you can’t map out a simple plot, punctuate a simple sentence, or intellectually unpack a single character in your own novel? This short review isn’t about the author, though, it’s about the book is just finished. It’s not good, that’s all. Pop Kids is not good at all. I'll still keep "Darling, I Want to Destroy You" on my running mix, to tell you the truth. That's a good song.

  • Amanda Nicole
    2018-12-26 23:30

    If I could have given this negative stars, I would have. Davey Havok had a huge impact on my life in my younger years, and to this day I adore him as a lyricist. He should stick to that. Rarely do I not finish a book. I did not finish this piece of shit. It's the most contrived, arrogant, embarrassing attempt at a story I've ever read. Could this guy be more full of himself?! For shame, Davey. Go back to your superstar lifestyle and try to write some good music again.

  • Frank
    2019-01-13 22:32

    Atrocious. If I could give it zero stars, I would. Couldn't even finish it. Davey Havok should be ashamed of himself, if he has shame anymore. Too bad I kept it over Amazon's refund limit, and that's really saying something since I've never had the urge to return a book in my life.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-05 00:38

    As a longtime fan of Davey's music I really, really wanted to like this - but I could barely get through the sample.

  • Verónica Jiménez
    2018-12-30 19:36

    Uno de los peores errores de mi vida. Ni por mi amor por Havok pude tolerarlo.

  • Jenny
    2019-01-05 20:23

    Davy Hogan should stick to writing music, that's his writing strong suit.

  • Darren Pryce
    2019-01-05 01:39

    Before you start throwing rocks at me for ignoring all the typos and misspelling in the book, I would like to say that for me, this is irrelevant, as I’m trying to judge the book. The book as in the idea, the writing style, and the emotions that it gave me and could probably give you. Before picking up “Pop Kids”, I’ve seen its promo video and the web-site. I had no idea what was I about to read. I had no idea how would it turn out to be or how this all was gonna end. I’ve read some reviews. Some bad ones and… some really bad ones. Still, I’ve decided to judge from what I read, not what I hear. So the story is called “Pop Kids” for a reason, the kids are truly pop, but their brain is very sixties. Too free-spirited, too open-minded, too adult too soon. Are teenagers really like that now?“You’re hot,” Stella mouths, and I fall in love with the night, even before it puts out.The main character is a teenager, an unusual one, and this actually makes you very sympathetic. You would probably always recognise him, for he has an exceptional taste in clothing, music, and art. Sometimes, he even thinks in adult poetic ways. He clearly is living on his private stage. And from this stage everything must look Fabulous. “My smile is a Go, my dotted suit is Tops, my shades are Fords, my scarf is unquestionably McQueen, and my new Chucks complement everything. I look great. I’m wide-awake and resolved in my plans for The Premiere.”The story is not simple at all, it’s not an old retold fairy tale or a classic school YA reading. Some readers here do believe that nothing had actually happened in the book except for lots of teenage sex and misbehaviour. But it did, between the lines it actually did. The thoughts, the trouble, the life. What I’ve read was about the way things one day go out of hand when you start chasing your dream. It may be wrong and it may seem disgusting, but it’s yours. In this case, it was Score’s stage and his cloud Palace. And as he began hunting this dream, his life began hunting him. This is just reality, we all have to co-exist with. “Just because it’s cloudy doesn’t mean that I can’t be seen, Mom.” It’s all about the characters, it’s all about the Filmgreats in this case. You may not see the usual character development. Although, it actually exists there. It’s just different: you can read the person by his or her actions and you can understand Score by his thoughts. It’s a good move, it’s an honest move. We don’t have the narrator in real life, do we? But we see some episodes of person’s life, don’t we? So Stella, Lynch, Holly, Volta, Cruz, and a long list of Greats and Extras were written, only, like in a movie, they either have a large part or an episode of fame. I say again: I believe, this book has an idea. You can project it on any age, on any kind of chasing after pretty much anything. I say, the language is different. It’s not that usual Author, who writes a lot of books as if he’s only replacing or copy pasting overused phrases to reach the right storyline. I enjoyed the sketches drawn by Davey. He sure knows his way around the words. I say, I laughed enough to see the irony.  “At least I eat what I kill! You don’t even eat the spiders!” He snatches one of my baked thick-cut fries and bites it in two. “I think you should start eating spiders, Mike.”But I failed to find the whole pop culture thing. This could happen as well in pre-code Hollywood as in modern days. Only the names would be different, and all the iPhones would have to go. That’s why it’s a four-star book for me, not a five. It has nothing to do with the typos.

  • Ellen
    2019-01-08 00:38

    2.5 starsDavey Havok’s look at teenagers living a superficial lifestyle based off of social media and pop cultural influences is an interesting premise and enough so that I picked up the book. This is not a book for everyone. These characters care about three things: 1) looking cool; 2) becoming famous; and 3) having sex. You could add on a fourth to include sex again because the majority of the book is sex. The many graphic descriptions of sex were a bit much for my personal tastes, but there was a point to all of it so it was not gratuitous. The book got bogged down when the story seemed to hit a repeat button where the characters would have sex at their big Premiere party then there would be a small moment in between then they’d go onto the next Premiere that increasingly became more raunchy and involved. This is the point, but I got kind of tired of it. But I am glad I stuck with it because the ending was very well done and I don’t think it would have had the same impact if the book hadn’t been on the repeat. Throughout the book, I never felt an emotional connection to the story or characters, but the ending changed this. The book started getting better once Mike/Score went back to school and there started to be consequences for this lifestyle. I was cheering for Score throughout the book hoping he would realize that there was something more to life than the superficial life he was leading. Near the end, he is starting to realize this. I don’t want to give any spoilers away so I’ll just say that the ending feels very realistic.Other points about the book: I enjoyed Havok’s writing style which I expected since he’s a great lyricist though I didn’t get a lot of the pop culture references. Urban Dictionary was very much my friend. The characters didn’t have a lot of depth to them (again, the point) but I found Score and Holly to be the most interesting and as the story goes on they become more 3 dimensional. Something that I did not expect from the book is how, after reading it, I found myself evaluating if I have any of the traits these characters did. Interesting reflection.Overall, I thought this was an ok debut book. It had flaws, but most books do. If Havok writes another book, I will consider picking it up.

  • Lisey Lestrange
    2019-01-07 00:30

    OuchIt pains me to give this one star. I thought about giving it two, but that would be an all out lie. I have loved Davey since I started listening to AFI when I was fifteen years old. That's over half of my life. Blaqk Audio is my favorite band.So how could I possibly fathom giving this one star? Easy... I read it.I read it start to finish. Sure, it took a while, and honestly, there were times I just wanted to give up on it. But I felt like I had to push myself to complete this, because I wanted to give Davey every chance to somehow turn this around. Alas, it didn't get any better.This book was terrible. All of the characters were terrible (not exempt from this in the least is the main character). The plot was terrible. There is really nothing redeemable about this at all, except the picture in the ABOUT THE AUTHOR section. Other things that peeved me on a personal level: + The editing. Spelling, punctuation, grammar. You can't tell me this man can't afford someone to proof this. Hell, throw any literate fan an autographed copy, and they'll do it. I know I would. (Davey, if you ever read this review, and a second book is in the works, I stand by this offer.)+ A page didn't go by that did not name drop a brand. Hell, I think if you took out name brands, this book would be a good 25% shorter. I'm not sure if this is just to get the point across of how shallow the central character is, or if it's indicative of the author's priorities, but either way, it's overkill.+ The vegan facts weren't even kept straight. Even a vegetarian can tell you Altoids and gummy bears are on the do not eat list.

  • Alvaro Tejada Galindo
    2019-01-09 00:41

    So...I'm a big fan of AFI and of course Davey despise all the bad comments around this book...I decided to read it...the reason I'm giving it 3 stars is mainly because the book deserves 2 starts and the extra one is because Davey wrote it...Being honest...if you can survive the first quarter of the book...then it's quite nice and somehow interesting...if you can't survive the first quarter...then just drop the book and look for something else...Davey is a genius song writter and an amazing singer...but he's not a book author...that's for sure...the books start being pretty lame...really badly written...but it evolves and gets better...and even makes you want keep reading it...but then again...that's if you can survive the first quarter...In an overall...I liked the was a nice change...and one thing that I can't get out off my head is...I'm pretty sure that "17 Crimes" from "AFI - Burials" was based on Pop Kids...

  • Pierce
    2018-12-31 01:24

    I actually really loved it. It's pretty much the life of a typical teen boy with a twist to make it more interesting. I loved the fact that Score, like Davey Havok and myself, is straight edge. Being straight edge is very important to me and it was nice to actually see a character close to my age who believed in the same lifestyle. I also must say that this book was pretty good not only for being a book by a rockstar but because it was a novel by a rockstar and not just another autobiography. Who does that?! Davey Havok of course! "Fabulous" job Davey!

  • Stephen
    2018-12-30 21:21

    Despite the low quality of writing, I enjoyed this book. It's an indictment of the modern teenager's quest for fame at all costs. As Stella frequently says, it's not how you got there...That said, it's descriptions of kiddie porn, plot points left dangling, and whoever "edited" this should get back into their 4th grade classroom pronto, there's an English lesson waiting for you!Word is, there's a sequel coming. I think I'll pass.

  • Miriam Meza
    2019-01-05 02:42

    Quizás no sea la mejor historia jamás escrita, pero yo disfruté el humor con que el escritor llena las páginas.No es una simple sátira a la cultura pop, sentí la historia como algo más.Amé y odié personajes a partes iguales... y si algún día Mr. Havok escribe otro libro, seguramente lo leeré. Es una pena que aún no lo editen para el público hispano.

  • Esai Rodriguez
    2018-12-22 20:41

    I'm well aware of what Davey was trying to do, but this book is just awful. It's glorified fan fiction about himself that is littered with poor spelling.Do yourself a favor and leave this book alone.

  • Christa
    2018-12-18 19:47

    I wanted to love this book. However, I found it to be sophomoric for such a lyricist. The content was fine, in fact the ending was this novel's redeeming quality. The social commentary is spot on, it was the prose that was lacking.

  • Stephanie Choate
    2018-12-22 18:22

    Being a Davey Havok, and AFI fan, I had high hopes for this book. This book is just name brand dropping and teenagers having sex. Not even the characters have anything deep or interesting about them. I got nothing out of this book. I failed to see what he was trying to do. Disappointing.

  • Freesiab (Bookish Review)
    2018-12-23 22:37

    I hated it and I could finish reading it. There was no story, no build up. A commentary on today's generation and social media? More like page after page of teenagers trying to figure out how to have sex with each other as much as possible, which would be fine if there was a sliver of a plot.

  • Courtney
    2018-12-26 21:43

    Being a huge AFI fan, I could not pass up reading Davey’s first book. I don’t really know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this. Read The Rest Of My Review Here!

  • Marysol Losada
    2019-01-13 21:32

    this book is the shit, If you don't like it Fuck off

  • Britni Flores
    2019-01-09 02:41

    As if a 14 year old boy wrote it. Was excited to read, but disappointed after reading.