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Songs for a Teenage Nomad

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After living in 12 places in eight years, 14-year-old Calle Smith finds herself in a new town at the start of ninth grade. But Calle knows better than to put down roots. Her song journal keeps her moving to her own soundtrack through a world best kept at a distance.

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After living in 12 places in eight years, 14-year-old Calle Smith finds herself in a new town at the start of ninth grade. But Calle knows better than to put down roots. Her song journal keeps her moving to her own soundtrack through a world best kept at a distance.

"So engrossing, so transporting, so moving, I didn't want it to end! A beautiful, lyrical read-I loved every last word of it!"
-Alyson Noel, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Immortals series

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?

"Songs for a Teenage Nomad will send you searching for songs with meaning for the major events of your own life."
-Cindy Hudson, author of Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs.

"The best kind of song takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. It makes you think. You find yourself humming and pondering it for days. Songs for a Teenage Nomad does the book version of this. It's an unforgettable story that music lovers in particular will appreciate, but every teenager trying to find their place in the world should read."
-Stephanie Kuehnert, author of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramoneand Ballads of Suburbia


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Calle Smith feels like...

Calle Smith feels like no place is home. After all, she's moved twelve times in the past eight years. That's not exactly great for feeling a sense of community or making friends, but she's learned to rely on herself and keeps a song journal as a balance wheel. This time things are different, despite the same old story about her dad being a complete loser and her mother having finally found and married Mr. Right (for the umpteenth time). Her mom has always told her that her father abandoned them, but as Calle starts making connections and friends, she also begins to question whether her mother has been honest with her. Making friends is a strange, new experience, but one that grows on her, particularly the kids involved in drama. Sam, enigmatic Sam, intrigues her from the day he sits beside her and she feels a connection. Unfortunately, he won't treat her in public like he did that day and despite her attraction to him, she begins to think that he's only playing her. As time goes on, however, she discovers they have more secrets and sadness in common. Near the end of the book, Calle not only has to deal with the truth about her parents' relationship, but with the reasons, both sad and complex, that make Sam unable to be open about his feelings for her. They are ones she can understand and can help him work through. The ending, while sad and with a real tragedy, is satisfying. This is an excellent story with extremely well-crafted characters. Teens who like a book that has strong emotional appeal, or who have had difficult family experiences growing up will really relate to it.

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As long as Calle Smith...

As long as Calle Smith can remember, her and her mother have always been on the moving-- always running, but running from what? In eight years Calle has livrd in 12 different places. Never making friends, never staying long. Currently she finds her self in Andreas Bay, California. Same old song, but everything new too. Music and her song journal keep her sane. Soon enough she finds herself having actual friends, maybe even love. I could really relate to Calle. We didn't move as much -- but enough to know the feeling of "first days" Plus the dreaded feeling of being the new girl and having to stand up and introduce yourself to the class. Songs for a Teenage Nomad is a coming of age story. Finding oneself, uncover secrets and discovering your roots. It was a moving tale that I really enjoyed. I ended up reading it in one sitting, it's a keeper. Calle was a great character to read about. It had a bittersweet ending but I loved it just the same. Infused with wonderful songs that define moments. If this was a movie it would have a killer soundtrack. Not only has Ms. Culberston written a riveting story with compelling characters, she makes you stop and think about what songs you'd put in your own journal.

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WOW!!!!! Great book!...

WOW!!!!! Great book!

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Between 3.5 -4 starsI...

Between 3.5 -4 stars I picked this book up on a whim to be honest. I never had heard of it but I like music themed books and I wanted to sign up for an ARC tour to see what they were all about. I ended up enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would. I really thought it was a well written books for teens (and YA loving adults!) that seemed very real--it didn't seem like the cliched high school experience that never actually really happens in real life. The romantic relationship wasn't that crazed, "OMG I saw him and I loved him and three days later we were in love forever" kind of relationship. I loved Calle. I loved her song journal and I just thought she was refreshingly original. I just felt for her throughout the story--the moving around, the boy troubles, the daddy issues, etc. The girl didn't have an easy life. I just wanted to see things get better for her and I was so angry with her mom for keeping her into the dark about everything with her dad. Give the girl some credit and tell her the truth! I actually couldn't stand her mom. I understand she was being protective but lying is never the right way. I couldn't stand how she kept uprooting her Calle all the time. I was happy Calle started to stand her ground in the end. I loved the soundtrack that went along with this book! At the beginning of each chapter there was a song accompanied by a memory. I loved this idea! I felt like kindred spirits with Calle because I very much have my own song journal in my head where I associate very vivid memories with songs. Let's just talk about what a BANG of an ending it was. That's all I'll say. I still have mixed feelings about it. My final thought: This is a really good (clean) YA novel with a likable main character that is a free-spirited, smart girl! The premise isn't too different and the story, at first glance seems to be nothing special, but while reading it you will find it to be unique and special and explores some real gritty issues in life--absent fathers, dysfunctional families, depression, etc. If you are into contemporary YA and are a music lover, this might be a good fit for you!

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I really enjoyed Calle...

I really enjoyed Calle's search for herself and resolving the mystery of her father. Each chapter begins with a reference to a song (usually 90s music) that may not be familiar to most teens, but I was definitely able to identify each song. The chapter introduction sets the mood for the entire chapter. This was a great read and I like the idea of starting a group for teens to create their own song journals to document the memories they have attached to particular songs.

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