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About I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE:

A raw, edgy, emotional novel about growing up punk and living to tell.

The Clash. Social Distortion. Dead Kennedys. Patti Smith. The Ramones.


Punk rock is in Emily Black's blood. Her mother, Louisa, hit the road to follow the incendiary music scene when Emily was four months old and never came back.

Now Emily's all grown up with a punk band of her own, determined to find the tune that will bring her mother home. Because if Louisa really is following the music, shouldn't it lead her right back to Emily?

Nominated for Best Book of 2008 by the editors of Venus Zine and voted #2 on the Venus 2008 Hottt List in the Book category by Venus Zine readers!

Listed among YA author Cecil Castellucci's YA Books That Rock Picks in the LA Times

Get a sneak peek of the first chapter on Simon & Schuster's website!

Where to Buy:
You should be able to find I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE at any of your local bookstores and if it is not in stock, don't hesitate to ask them to order it for you. You can also order the book from your preferred internet bookseller: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, or your local indie bookstore.

Other fun stuff:
  • Full front and back cover art
  • Press Release
  • Soundtrack
  • Outtakes/Deleted Scenes from the novel
  • Guides and Activities for Teachers, Librarians and Book Clubs


  • Here's what people are saying about I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE:

    "...an empowering new twist on a girl's coming of age..." - Los Angeles Times

    "...irresistible..." and "...acidly incisive and full-out entertaining..." - Booklist

    "Debut author Kuehnert keeps the story raw and gritty... the intensity of the characters' emotions and experiences will beguile many teen readers." - Publisher's Weekly

    "Car won't start? Don't call AAA. Just grab a copy of Stephanie Kuehnert's I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, hook it up to a pair of jumper cables, connect the other end to the car battery--and stand back. The power surge emanating from the 28-year-old's first novel will be more than enough to get the engine going. Her book... is a jumpy, pumped-up, nervy valentine to loud music and late-teen angst." - Chicago Tribune

    "...a rich, muscular story..." - Bust Magazine

    "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone is a manifesto for defiant high school girls, as well as a refresher course for the goddesses they turn into." - Venus Zine

    "Emily's coming-of-age story in I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone is allusive, real, and honest. Even I, the most non-rock oriented teen in existence, found it overwhelmingly easy to connect with and relate to Emily. It makes no difference if you're a punk-rock chick or a glam princess, I would recommend this book to any ELLE girl." - Elle Girl

    "This book could be any real band's Behind the Music, but Kuehnert creates some realistic characters that drag you down past reading it on the shitter. Congrats, Steph, you got me to read a whole fucking book for once. Solid writing, Ms. Lady." - Racket Magazine

    "A wonderfully written and evocative story of a mother and daughter parted by circumstance and joined by music. I heartily recommend it." - Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting

    "Some books play at trying to be "edgy"; some books try to hit the right notes; but Kuehnert's prose doesn't notice labels. It just is--which is the purest kinda edge. Teeth. Punk. Combat boots. Attitude. Feminism. Family. Girls with guitars. Relationships that jack you up. Sharp things of the not-good kind. Friendships. Love... It's all here; it's all pure and real. I loved it."- Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange

    "Kuehnert's love of music is apparent on every page in this powerful and moving story. Her fresh voice makes this novel stand out in the genre, and she writes as authentically about coming of age as she does punk rock. She's titled the book after a great song by Sleater-Kinney, and both that band, and the iconic Joey Ramone, would be proud of this effort." Charles R. Cross, New York Times bestselling author of Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

    "I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone is intense, raw and real; a powerful and heartbreaking weave of Emily Black's public dream of making music and the intensely private one of finding her elusive, missing mother. Emily, a gutsy, passionate and vulnerable girl, knows exactly what she wants and strides straight into the gritty darkness after it, risking all and pulling no punches but leaving us with the perfect ending to a fierce and wild ride." - Laura Wiess, author of Leftovers and Such a Pretty Girl

    "Stephanie Kuehnert has written a sucker-punch of a novel, raw and surprising and visceral, and like the best novelists who write about music, she'll convince you that a soul can indeed be saved by rock and roll."- John McNally, author of America's Report Card and The Book of Ralph

    "Stephanie Kuehnert writes with dramatic flare and all the right beats, as she spins a story with punk rock lyrics, big dreams, and one girl not afraid to reach out to her lost mother through music, while enduring intense journeys in between. A debut like an unforgettable song, you'll want to read I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone again and again." - Kelly Parra, author of Graffiti Girl

    For a complete list of reviews and articles about the book, check out the reviews page.

    All Written Content including novel excerpts copyright Stephanie Kuehnert, 2008.

    I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone cover image copyright Pocket/MTV Books.