About the Book
Author: Celia C. Pérez
Summary: 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.
Nyla’s Review 🎤
The First Rule of Punk was a great book. I think that it was one of my favorite books this year, and that’s saying a lot, considering that I have probably like, at least 50. Anyway, I think that it was really different, because in most of the books that I read with Mexican main characters, they are very proud of being who they are, but in this, it describes Malú’s (or Maria Luisa) struggles with trying to fit in at Posada Middle School. She makes Selena Ramirez, the popular girl, mad, and she violates the school’s dress code on her first day, but she also meets a potential friend. But the thing about Malú that really makes the book interesting is her band that she started with some like- minded kids. It is called the Co-Co’s, as in coconuts. The idea came to her and her friends because of an insult. To be called a coconut means that you are brown (Mexican) on the outside, but white on the inside.
Together, the co-co’s take a stand against the school’s anti-punk talent show. Malú gets through it all in the end by following hers dads rule; Be yourself. That is the first rule of punk.