Item description for Black Leather and Blue Denim by Jay Dubya...
Black Leather and Blue Denim is a '50s novel about greaser gang conflict in Levittown, Pennsylvania. J.W. narrates the story. J.W. (age twelve) and his family move into the Dogwood Hollow section of Levittown in the spring of '54. He soon makes friends with Carnie, the neurotic son of a carnival barker, and Tinker, a mechanically-inclined, vindictive kid with destructive tendencies. The three boys are picked on and harassed by older greasers from Kenwood, another section of Levittown.
In April of '54, the Fairless Hills Steel Mill opens, and the Caracas, a Venezuelan ship is carrying the first iron ore from South America up the Delaware River. Students from area schools are invited to wave linen American flags on sticks at the vessel. Four people in the front row accidentally fall into the Delaware River as the Caracas is passing by. Two of them are Angie Palermo and Bubbles Messina. The two girls and their families blame J.W. and Carnie for pushing them over the bulkhead into the river. The event causes future conflict between the girls and J.W.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.08" Width: 5.8" Height: 1.34" Weight: 1.66 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2001
Publisher Bookstand Publishing
ISBN 1931921768 ISBN13 9781931921763
Availability 139 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 18, 2017 05:05.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Black Leather and Blue Denim?
this novel should be made into a movie!! Jun 8, 2005
This book is absolutely great. It takes you back to the `50s.When you didn't live in the `50s - it shows you how it was like - at least for the Diablos, the Kamikazes, the Renegades (all the greasers)and the jocks, eggheads and so on. It tells the adventures of the gang "Diablos" and their rival gangs. Starting with little and harmless pranks the adventures grow not only more creative but also more dangerous. Even though some members want these things to end before they can get out of control - as a Diablo you have to be loyal and stick by your friends. And every time the other gang wants to get even with their foes - will there ever be an end of humiliation, destruction and violence? This book also covers many other subjects like racism, prejudice, hatred and love, sex and how you might see things differently when you grow older. This novel definately is a great read - being witty and full of amazing puns, it also makes you think about life and about how some events or people can influence you for years to come. If you love to read about the `50s - you will enjoy this novel. I'd really love to see this book made into a movie!
Black Leather and Blue Denim May 20, 2004
Reviewed by Jennifer LB Leese
This lengthy novel Black Leather and Blue Denim (in a good way) of 147,000 words and with fifty-seven chapters, is adult literature that details the innocence of teenage life in the 1950's. It is filled with danger, adventure, violence between gang members, and even romance. BLACK LEATHER and BLUE DENIM takes place in the suburbs of Pennsylvania and depicts territorial and dominance struggle between two specific greaser gangs, the Diablos and the Kamikazes. The Kamikazes are a group of thugs that love to pick on eggheads, other wise known as nerds, jocks, and especially other greasers.
J.W., who organized the Diablos to protect him and his friends from the Kamikazes, likes a girl named Angie Palermo. She is the daughter of a Mafia drug and pornography distributor who has business relations with the Kamikazes. Because J. W. and Angie are on two different ends of the spectrum, so to speak, their affair is filled with lies, unfaithfulness, and hostility...
As I read the book, I was often taken to my teenage years when the movie "The Outsiders" was an often talked about event. I loved it. Mr. Dubya has successfully put together a book addressing touchy subjects such as: racism, sex, violence, and where males in the 1950's thought they ruled. He's added tons of exciting action, the characters are realistic, and the dialogue is perfect to the character's personalities and descriptions.