Thursday, September 2, 2010

[ARC Review] - Songs For A Teenage Nomad

Title: Songs For A Teenage Nomad
Author: Kim Culbertson
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: September 1, 2010

I received this book for review from Sourcebooks.


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...Callie 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 was 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 discovered why she and her mother have been running in the first place?

Thoughts: 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 lived 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.

Score: 5 Stars

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Upcoming Releases:
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Make sure to stop back tomorrow and check out my
Interview with Kim Culbertson. Plus I'll be giving away
2 copies of Songs for a Teenage Nomad.


  1. This sounds great, Anna. I bet a lot of kids will be able to relate well to this story.

  2. I like the sound of this :) I am already thinking about songs, lol

  3. Ah this is on my wishlist!

    Great review, it sounds a bit like Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott! Which I really enjoyed, I'll have to get my hands on this one soon!



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