Harmony Book Reviews

Because I Can’t Wait For It!

Posted on: May 18, 2009

Ballads of Suburbia

Ballads are the kind of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best. Not the cliched ones where a diva hits her highest note or a rock band tones it down a couple of notches for the ladies, but the true ballads: the punk rocker or the country crooner telling the story of their life in three minutes, the chorus reminding their listeners of the numerous ways to screw things up. In high school, Kara helped maintain the “Stories of Suburbia” notebook, which contained newspaper articles about bizarre and often tragic events from suburbs all over and personal vignettes that Kara dubbed “ballads” written by her friends in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago. Those “ballads” were heartbreakingly honest tales of the moments when life changes and a kid is forced to grow up too soon. But Kara never wrote her own ballad. Before she could figure out what her song was about, she was leaving town after a series of disastrous events at the end of her junior year. Four years later, Kara returns to face the music, and tells the tale of her first three years of high school with her friends’ “ballads” interspersed throughout.

Tell me that doesn’t sound like the best book you’ve heard about in a long time. I adored Stephanie’s debut novel, I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone (review here and interview with Stephanie here) and can’t wait for this one. Sadly, it doesn’t come until for a bit. BUT, you can join Stephanie’s street team to get some updates.

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2 Responses to "Because I Can’t Wait For It!"

sounds so cool! i’ve heard a lot about this book.

That does look like a great book. I love the cover of it. What a creepy looking duck ride!

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