Today’s book review comes from my first guest poster and one of my best friends in the world : Sara!! Sara is an amazing SAHM to two sweet little daughters and reads as much, if not more, than yours truly. She also happens to be one of the funniest people I know. Hopefully she will be posting regularly here at the Bookinista.
Title : A Song for Julia
Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Publisher: Cincinnatus Press
Date Published: December 2, 2012
Stand Alone or Series: Series, but you don’t have to read the first to read this one
Three Words: Romance, Mental Illness, Politics
Red Flags: some sexual situations, some language and sensitive political issues
The Blurb (taken from Amazon):
Everyone should have something to rebel against.
Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job.The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.
Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father’s career and dominating her family’s life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she’s haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.
When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.
Once in a while you read a book that just leaves you thinking (or accidentally expressing out loud and frightening your family) “Holy Crap!” This is one of those books…in a very good way.
First off, I loved “Just Remember to Breathe” (the first book in this series), and this book was just as good, if not better. It deals with serious issues, but the characters are constructed so well that you just have to keep reading to find out what happens. It’s a story of loss of innocence, frustration, anger, hope, love and finally joy. The author is so talented in constructing a world that sucks you in, tosses you around, mesmerizes you and makes you wish by the end there was MORE.
Crank, the hero of the story, is awesome. He’s a talented bad boy musician with a rocky past and a complicated family life (let’s be honest, who doesn’t love that?!?!). But he and Julia just go so well together, even with their outward differences you can’t help but hope they work it out. It helps that he’s also hella hot. He’s my book boyfriend of the week…love him!
Julia is smart Harvard student, but wounded. She’s closed herself off from everything and everyone, just going through the motions, trying to fulfill expectations and angry about her past. She’s been betrayed by those she trusted in horrible ways. Her family life is a nightmare, and her mother makes me feel, even in my bad moments, as if I’m mother of the freakin’ year. Julia meets Crank and he changes her whole world, helps her out of her self-imposed exile, and helps her to be who she truly wants to be.
All in all, this is an excellent book. It’s emotional and captivating and just sticks with you well after you have finished it. I became very invested in the characters and their stories; it’s just so rich and deep and takes you places that you wouldn’t have expected when you started. I highly recommend this book, it’s a 5 star (10 shoe) read for me!
I’m really pleased to know that this author is going to write stories for all the Thompson sisters. BRING IT!!!
This one sounds amazing and is going on my To-Read list. Thanks Sara!!!!!