What is the soundtrack of your life?
After living in twelve places in eight years, Calle Smith finds herself in Andreas Bay, California, at the start of ninth grade. Another new home, another new school...Calle knows better than to put down roots. Her song journal keeps her moving to her own soundtrack, bouncing through a world best kept at a distance.
Yet before she knows it, friends creep in-as does an unlikely boy with a secret. Calle is torn over what may be her first chance at love. With all that she's hiding and all that she wants, can she find something lasting beyond music? And will she ever discover why she and her mother have been running in the first place?
Going into Songs for a Teenage Nomad I had no idea what to expect. The summary is pretty vague and I hadn't read too many reviews. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it, and can't wait to start recommending it.
Calle was a fantastic and well rounded main character. She wasn't perfect and she didn't care what anyone thought about her. I felt bad for her- she had been through so much. Moving all the time, her mother's multiple marriages, never being able to settle down and make friends. When Calle and her mother move once again, this time to
Each of the characters had a lot more going on than it first appeared, especially Sam and Cass. I felt for all the characters and what they were going through, not one of them had an easy life. For Calle, her mother was trying to forget her dad and never told Calle anything about him. Her mom was a sweet and determined person, and I could tell she only wanted the best for her only daughter.
The plot was original and different. There was a lot going on and by the end everything tied together really well. Each of the characters learned a lot about themselves and each other, Calle especially. The ending was very satisfying, but emotional, but I think it was the only way things could have worked out.
One of my favorite parts of Songs for a Teenage Nomad was all the song references. Calle and her mother were music junkies so every chapter started with some song mention and lyrics, artists, etc were brought up throughout the novel.
Overall, I’m so glad I had a chance to read and review Songs for a Teenage Nomad. With an original plot, great characters, and fantastic writing- this book is for everyone. I can’t wait to see what Kim Culbertson writes next!
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
September 7, 2010/Sourcebooks Fire/256 Pages/Young Adult