Friday, December 20, 2013

Review: A Song for Julia ( Thompson Sisters #1 ) by Charles Sheehan-Miles

A Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles
Excerpt

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.

Genre

Contemporary

Review

This book reminds me of Pushing the Limits, a book smart heroine and a low life hero. Of course, said heroes did have their redeeming qualities that await to uncover.

Julia, a Harvard student and basically an over-privileged young woman. Her dad is the US Ambassador and their family even dined with the President! However, behind every perfect cover, Julia was hiding an ugly scandal of her own that happened when she was fourteen. The scandal resulted in her mother resentful towards Julia and her inability to trust people.

Crank, a high school drop-out, flipping burgers at the diner and also the vocalist and guitarist of Morbid Obesity. Okay, I love punk rock, but what's up with the name. Weird. Crank and Julia met when she engage his band to play at her anti-war protest in Washington DC. Anyway, to say that poor Crank was outclassed was an understatement of the century. But the man seems to have enough self-confidence to ask Julia out and befriended her.

I like how Crank flat out wanted to date Julia despite her status and she was intrigued by him and his music. Who wouldn't fall for the guy who wrote a song about you? She kept him at arm length though and afraid to risk falling in love again.

Crank's family was a gem. His father, mother and his Asper's brother, Sean were awesome. I love their family dynamic, despite being dysfunctional at times. Crank's family was warm and loud, compare to Julia's family that was cold and quiet.

Home's where the people you love are.

I love Crank and Julia's friendship, their love for music and how they make each other a better person. This is the best kind of relationship, in my opinion. They plainly bring out the best in each other.

"I feel like, with you, I can do anything in the world."

I knocked away 1 star for the repetitiveness of the author describing Crank's previous man-whoring days. I thought it was better without emphasizing that fact over and over again. 

Looking forward to check out the rest of the Thompson Sisters series.

Rating 4/5

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