Archive for the ‘Music’ Tag

New Books Highlight: Sing Along

This week, several new books that take music as a central theme. In each, the main character’s life comes to be defined in a unique way by music.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila SalesThis Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

16-year-old Elise is unhappy, unpopular, and unsatisfied. A year ago, all of these feelings came together in an ugly way and she attempted suicide. Her home is not her happy place, so she gets out often at night – leading her to discover a world she had no idea existed. She quickly falls in love with the warehouse parties – and in lust with a hot older DJ – but even more she falls in love with DJing. She is excellent at it and through it she feels an escape from the pain. This is a true-to-life story of triumph – despite, or because of, Elise’s stumbles along the way. Bonus: the publishers made a playlist for the book so you can be completely immersed.

Sneak Peek! “You think it’s so easy to change yourself. You think it’s so easy, but it’s not.” (Text copyright © 2013 by Leila Sales)

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarryAll Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

Like your musical tales a little more magical? Our unnamed narrator and her best friend Aurora grew up like sisters in the atmospheric Pacific Northwest. Their mothers were both wild, and their fathers are both long gone, so mostly they have had each other – similar and yet different like mirror images. When a mysterious and magical musician arrives along with a charmingly conniving boss, the differences between the two girls cause their bond to rupture. Infused with art and music, this is a darkly romantic punk-rock tale for fans of Francesca Lia Block – and it’s the first book in a planned trilogy.

Sneak Peek! “Aurora and I live in a world without fathers. Hers is dead and mine was gone before I was born.” (Text copyright © 2013 by Sarah McCarry)

Are You Experienced by Jordan SonnenblickAre You Experienced by Jordan Sonnenblick

What if you accidentally fell backwards through time and found yourself at Woodstock? Yes, THE Woodstock. With Jimi Hendrix in all his glory rocking the Star-Spangled Banner. When he finds a white Stratocaster played by Hendrix, Rich wonders what on earth his uptight dad is doing with it. Even weirder, when he plays the right chord, he’s transported back to 1969. There, he runs into his dad and uncle as teens – the thing is Rich’s uncle OD’d at Woodstock, and his death is what left Rich’s dad the angry, sad man ruining Rich’s life. So Rich does the only thing that makes sense in this love-filled hippy fest: sets out to save his uncle – and thereby his dad and himself. Sound like a wacky premise? It may be but it is ultimately a realistic, funny and fun read.

If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric L. Gansworth If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth

If you loved The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, you will love this book. It’s the 1970s. Lewis is the only kid from the Tuscarora Reservation in the smart-kid track at the county middle school. So you could say he’s a misfit. Used to being bullied and without many friends at his mostly white school, Lewis is surprised when he finds himself becoming friends with the new kid. Misfit meet misfit: they bond over their shared love of rock and roll – The Beatles and other greats – and both slowly begin to trust and understand one another. But when the school’s biggest bully decides Lewis is his next target, their friendship is tested. Given the barriers of class, race, and bullies – can their friendship survive?

 

Where She Went by Gayle Forman

When Mia lost her family in a tragic car accident, it was her grandparents and loving boyfriend, Adam, who were there for her.  But now three years later, Mia is studying at Julliard, Adam’s band is wildly popular and he’s touring around the world, and the two haven’t spoken in years.  What happened to this amazing couple we discovered in If I Stay?

In Where She Went, Gayle Forman, shares the aftermath of Mia’s recovery, her break-up with Adam, and they’re serendipitous reconnection in New York City.

If you haven’t read If I Stay, rush out and read that and be ready to continue the emotional journey with Where She Went.

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