A Little Wanting Song

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
Pub­lisher: Ember
Pages: Paperback, 288 pages
Series: -
Pub­li­ca­tion date: October 11th 2011

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.

My thoughts before reading A Little Wanting Song
- The Dark Side (a super secret group I’m a member of) birthday read. Mandatory. Not so happy about mandatory books;

- [after reading the summary] Ugh, that doesn’t sound too good;

- [after checking out friends' ratings] Lots of five stars. I wonder why;

- [175 pages on my Kindle] Short book, so if it sucks I won't have to put up with 400 pages of misery. :happy dance:

- [after staring at the book’s table of contents for more than 10 minutes] I will soooo dump your ass if you suck, birthday read or not.

My thoughts after reading A Little Wanting Song
The first thing that hit me was the way Cath Crowley describes her shit. Here's one of many examples:

So I pulled out my guitar case, cold and dimpled like the skin of an orange.

This is weird to say the least. I feel like her writing style is extremely weak. Also, the problems the main protagonists are facing are extremely trivial to me. I am not interested in hearing about them, nor do I want to find out what they do to fix them. This being said, I find no reasons left for me to continue with A Little Wanting Song. Dropped around 20%.

To read or not to read?
Are you a teenager? Do you like to read about other people’s problems in order to forget about your own? If you answer yes for both those questions then I would say yes, read it.

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