3 Aug 2011

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
A summer of friendship, romance, and songs in major chords. . .

CHARLIE DUSKIN loves music, and she knows she's good at it. But she only sings when she's alone, on the moonlit porch or in the back room at Old Gus's Secondhand Record and CD Store. Charlie's mom and grandmother have both died, and this summer she's visiting her grandpa in the country, surrounded by ghosts and grieving family, and serving burgers to the local kids at the milk bar. She's got her iPod, her guitar, and all her recording equipment, but she wants more: A friend. A dad who notices her. The chance to show Dave Robbie that she's not entirely unspectacular.

ROSE BUTLER lives next door to Charlie's grandfather and spends her days watching cars pass on the freeway and hanging out with her troublemaker boyfriend. She loves Luke but can't wait to leave their small country town. And she's figured out a way: she's won a scholarship to a science school in the city, and now she has to convince her parents to let her go. This is where Charlie comes in. Charlie, who lives in the city, and whom Rose has ignored for years. Charlie, who just might be Rose's ticket out.

Told in alternating voices and filled with music, friendship, and romance, Charlie and Rose's "little wanting song" is about the kind of longing that begins as a heavy ache but ultimately makes us feel hopeful and wonderfully alive.
A Little Wanting Song is told in both Charlie’s and Rose’s POV. Alternating each  chapter.
I liked how their lives became entwined and their stories came together. I loved that they became friends and that Rose gave Charlie a chance, even if in the beginning it wasn’t for the right reasons.
I love how the author described each scene with such descriptive, figurative language, making me feel like I’m seeing it first hand and not written between the pages of a book. 
Just two examples below of what to expect.
*Because Rose had red silk for hair. Becuase she laughed like a trumpet, mellow   and sweet as a mango.
And another, I’m sorry I couldn't resist.
*The leaves blew off the trees and scattered colour. In the light from the gym they looked like tiny pink tounges.
Wowish and so magical. Just a few teasers of what this book has to offer.
I love Cath Crowley’s style of writing it captures the reader and is written in such a beautiful , lyrical manner.
Great Characters.  Loved Charlie, she was a great character and in a word, real. Dave is a guy worth writing songs about, as Charlie says. He is sweet, caring and just a great guy in general. Then there was Rose, who I didn’t really like at the beginning, but as the story progressed and I got to know her, that changed. Also, can’t forget  troublemaker, Luke, who turns out to be not all that bad in the end. J
Recommend it to: People who like music and those who enjoy reading anything Aussie.
Rating: 3/5

1 comment:

  1. OMG i love the cover !! Those crazy patters absolutely matches with the b&w girl !! Thanks for the honest review gotta add it to my tbr list :)