Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Road Trip Wednesday – June’s Best Book
This Week’s Topic:
What’s the best book you read in June?
My absolutely favourite read this month was Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly. This book is as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside. Gosh, I love that cover and I love this book. LOVE IT!
Although Drea has Asperger and ADHD, it doesn’t define her character and she was easy to relate too. Her voice is perfect, effortless and real, it caught me up from the first sentence.
Connecting with people and learning to be yourself, are two of the major themes of Harmonic Feedback and they’re handled brilliantly. Drea isn’t the odd one out because she has aspergers, Naomi and Justin, have just as much trouble forming connections, they just hide it better. People learn to act normal, but we all have our strange quirks and ways of looking at the world and that’s a good thing.
The interactions between the three feel so believable. I was rooting for all of them to find their place, find themselves, and find each other too. I loved Drea and Justin’s romance and I loved Drea and Naomi’s friendship just as much, it twisted my heart.
I loved moments like this with Naomi. They felt close and warm. If I could put this moment between us in a box, I’d hide it under the bed and take it out whenever I could. And I’d throw out the incident at the mall and Scott. I wished this was enough for her. I wished I was enough for her.
Drea’s Mom was perfect too, or rather she wasn’t perfect, nor was she absent or evil. She was real, with issues of her own, she loves Drea and worries about her. I haven’t liked a mother/daughter relationship so much since Saving Francesca.
Finally a note on the music because music plays a huge role in bringing Drea, Justin and Naomi together. I am fairly mainstream with the music I listen to (I need someone like Drea to make me a tape!) and I barely recognized any of the bands mentioned in Harmonic Feedback. What I did recognize was the transformative nature of music and how it can change your mood, change your life, Tara Kelly describes it beautiful.
The only bad thing about Harmonic Feedback? It was the first book I bought on the iPad, and now is course I want a hard copy. So much for saving space and money.
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