Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on 08 June 2010
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Music & Musicians, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Place(s) Traveled to: Australia
First Line: Dad and I leave town in the early dark.
Dear Readers…If you don’t have a book bully in your life then you need to get one….or two…because without them you might miss out on some really great and amazing reads. I have two main book bullies and so far I have fallen head over heels in love with 99% of the books that they have forced me to read. One of these books that I was bullied to read was A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley. Book Bully #2 was raving and raving about it on twitter with another girl in my twitter stream and my interest was peaked. Then when I’d mentioned I hadn’t read it (or heard of the book at that point) she and the girl who she was chatting with in essence forced me to buy the ebook that very night for Alis the nook.
Only I never quite got around to reading this one on my nook. Instead I made the mistake of looking at the start of A Little Wanting Song via the nook app on my itouch and then didn’t stop reading until I was done. That’s right, I read this entire book on the wee screen of my itouch because I didn’t even want to stop for the 2 minutes it would have taken to cross the room and grab my nook. That is how good and absorbing this story is.
A Little Wanting Song is told from two points of view, Charlie and Rose, two girls who have known each other their entire lives but have never really connected until the summer after Charlie’s Gran dies. Charlie is a holiday visitor to the town where Rose considers herself to be stuck. Its not until Rose gets a scholarship to a school in the city where Charlie is from that Rose thinks that Charlie might not be so bad after all. Rose is also just the sort of outgoing girl that Charlie needs to help bring her out of her shell and to help her move on from her grief.
This book was fast paced and so engrossing. I loved all of the characters – especially Dave and yes even Luke who could be a bit of an ass at times. I loved all the musical references and the beautiful way common everyday words were used to tell this story. I blitzed through this in a single sitting and am eagerly looking forward to reading more books by Cath Crowley. With just one book she’s made it onto my must read list and if you haven’t read something by her yet then you are definitely going to want to change that.