She hates her family.
He’s hiding behind his teenage sex life.
They form a band as an escape.
But can they...or will all secrets come out on the open road?
At the outset of the new millennium where boy bands and backup dancers have saturated pop culture, college dropouts Carla and Pete start a rock band. Despite his girlfriend’s manipulations and her mother's drunken disapproval, the two form a secret connection through the music even if she a little bit riot grrrl and he's a little bit krautrock.
Before heading out on their cross-country tour, tragedy turns the world upside down forcing them to decide if the band is just a teenage dream or their gateway to freedom…and to each other?
Slanted and Disenchanted (Barre Chord Press, 2021) is the provocative first book in Lisa Czarina Michaud’s Young Adult Disenchanted series. Told with wry humor and nostalgic 90’s undertones, it’s High Fidelity meets On The Road with a dash of Moxie that explores sexual tension in friendships, life after high school, the confusion of adulting, the love and chaos of family….and the soundtracks that get us through it all.
Advanced Praise for Slanted and Disenchanted
"Lisa Czarina Michaud captures the sparkling highs and epic lows of young adulthood, as her characters feel the red-hot power of music striking like a lightning bolt to their hearts. With blistered fingers tearing through chords, she channels the desperate need for connection and immobilizing self-doubt. But also reveals something deeper through its storytelling, something undeniable and impossible for her characters to yet understand."
Michelle Leon, Babes in Toyland and author of I Live Inside
"YA for Gex X...a journey through youth, second loves, and the power of connection through art."
Brett Sills, author of Shoveling Snow
"Slanted and Disenchanted crackles with the heart-pounding, meaning-seeking, garage rock energy of two young musicians. Carla and Pete are incredibly well-drawn, and their obsessive love of music is so palpable and real that you will hear every song and feel you’re right there on stage with them, rooting for them to fall headlong into the great unknown together. Michaud offers us a front-row ticket to an inspired, complex, and incredibly poignant live show. If you love a great story as much as I do, you won’t be able to look away from the stage or to put this book down, until you reach the final song."
Jason Allen, author of The East End
"The most musically infused story I've ever had the pleasure of devouring."
Corny O'Connell, WFUV Fordham University On-Air Host
"Slanted and Disenchanted conjures up the wistful daydreams and perpetual uncertainty that inspires young people to climb onto dingy stages in dive bars to make a joyful racket hoping for acceptance, respect, love, and just maybe enough gas money to make it to the next show."
Chris Appelgren, The PeeChees and owner, Lookout! Records
"Perfectly captures the way almost every young adult has ever felt: out of place, misunderstood, and desperate to find a home in someone else... Michaud infuses her branded humor into this nostalgic tale of young love, treating us to 90's references that Gen X'ers will appreciate, and those who "had to be there" will wish they had been a part of. This coming-of-age story is packed with passion, music, and a kind of hope that reminds you it's never too late to be who you truly want to be."
Cara Alwill, author of Girl On Fire and host of the Style Your Mind podcast