Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mini-review: Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Release Date: May 25 2010
Source: Around The World Tours

Sixteen-year-old, music- and sound design-obsessed Drea doesn’t have friends. She has, as she’s often reminded, issues. Drea’s mom and a rotating band of psychiatrists have settled on "a touch of Asperger’s.”

Having just moved to the latest in a string of new towns, Drea meets two other outsiders. And Naomi and Justin seem to actually like Drea. The three of them form a band after an impromptu, Portishead-comparison-worthy jam after school. Justin swiftly challenges not only Drea’s preference for Poe over Black Lab but also her perceived inability to connect with another person. Justin, against all odds, may even like like Drea.

It’s obvious that Drea can’t hide behind her sound equipment anymore. But just when she’s found not one but two true friends, can she stand to lose one of them?
Drea's a pretty rockin' main character: I loved how blunt she was with everyone around her. Her Asperger's might be considered a handicap to some but for Drea, it's just who she is and she never lets it stop her from being who she is. Her lack of a filter made her extremely honest and that is rare these days. Something else that I loved...the relationship she has with Justin. Ohmygoodness, these two are just so sweet together! Their attraction to each other, their gradual friendship and then their official boyfriend-girlfriend relationship was very real and completely unrushed. There was one moment with a character in the novel that was extremely jarring but the bittersweetness of it felt right for the story.

Final Verdict: Read this! It's very well-written, it's a Tenner debut, and it has a really cute boy thrown in the mix! Music and drugs make an appearance in the story but it's mostly centered on Drea's journey of self-discovery. She learns to open herself up to more possibilities--and people. (Did I mention a really cute boy? Srzly, I love Justin.) Rating: 4.5 stars

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  1. Drea kinda reminds me of myself, minus the Aspergers. No seriously, I had someone write in my yearbook one year, "Keep telling it like it is!" I'm kinda known around here for my bluntness. I'm one of those people where if you aren't ready to hear my honest opinion, don't ask for it. Anyway, I think I'd really connect to Drea, she sounds like a great character. I've been wanting to read this book for quite some time now and am so glad you liked it! :D Thanks for the review! :D


  2. I loved this one too! There was such a touching love story in it. I thought it was fantastic and eye-opening and unputdownable.

    I love the length of your reviews too!


  3. I really like the sound of this one, I'm always a fan of blunt characters with little to no filter over their mouths. I appreciate someone who just calls things like they see them, it makes for a nice, honest relationship with them:) This was a fantastic mini-review, this book is new to me and now it's on my list!

  4. Glad you liked this one! It's one of my favorites I've read this year.

  5. Sounds edgy and different :) Great review!