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Celebrate your former (or current!) emo days with this interactive activity book perfect for elder emos reliving their youth and the latest wave of emo trendsetters alike—just grab your colored pencils and get ready to let those emotions fly!

If studded belts and fingerless gloves were the ultimate fashion statement…
If you can still translate MySpace chatspeak without a second thought…
If surviving a summertime music festival dressed in all black is still the highlight of your year…
Then this ultimate emo coloring and activity book is meant for you!

Relive the classic emo moments of the early 2000s, discover little known trivia about emo culture across the ages, and explore the ways the trends have changed and continued to grow even today. Activities include:
-Testing your knowledge of iconic emo fanfiction with quiz questions that will stump even the most dedicated fans
-Grabbing your colored pencils and decorating the perfect chunky wristbands to show off your emo style
-Creating your ideal lineup for the emo festival of your dreams
-Finding out how emo you really are by writing your own cathartic lyrics inspired by helpful prompts and hints
-And many more!

This must-have for any emo fan features fun facts, coloring pages, and more activities to help you learn those little-known facts you really want to know…and get a healthy dose of your favorite emo moments (cringey MySpace photos, anyone?) at the same time.

This book is here to remind you: it definitely wasn’t a phase!

About The Author

Photograph by Ashlea Bea

Yasmine Summan (they/them) is a multimedia journalist and digital media specialist, best known for their extensive research in the world of emo, rock, and metal. After graduating from Coventry University with a BA in journalism, their work has appeared in Metal Hammer, Loudwire, NME, Refinery29, Slate, Alternative Press, and many more. Yasmine is also the cohost of the award-winning podcast, On Wednesdays We Wear Black (now proudly partnered with Knotfest), which is breaking barriers in the alternative podcasting space for queer, BIPOC, and female music fans. Learn more at

Why We Love It

“If Warped Tour was the highlight of your year, black boxed hair dye is a fashion essential, and you can’t wait to find out exactly what kind of emo you are, this interactive activity book is for you! It Wasn’t a Phase! is the perfect way to dive into emo culture with coloring pages (design your own studded belt!), trivia (how well do you really know emo history?), and many more quizzes, puzzles, and even activities to do with friends. Whether you identify as an elder emo or are a new fan to the emo scene, this activity book is here to prove that it really wasn’t a phase!”

—Julia B., Editor, on It Wasn’t a Phase!

Product Details

  • Publisher: Adams Media (September 12, 2024)
  • Length: 176 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781507222287

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