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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479272205
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479272204
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,399,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Kirkus Reviews

A debut novel chronicling the relationship between pretty, popular overachiever Kaylee and her socially awkward, musically talented neighbor, Sam. When Kaylee Kelly discovers that her longtime neighbor Sam has grown up to be a quite attractive, skilled musician, she convinces him to form a group with her to compete in local talent competitions. Kaylee and Sam have instant chemistry when they play together, which ignites into a fiery romance, but they soon run into obstacles: Kaylee wants Sam to push himself into the spotlight and become a star, while Sam is content to lurk in the shadows—as long as Kaylee knows he’s there. Their differing outlooks on life threaten to destroy the band and their burgeoning relationship. Meanwhile, Kaylee’s controlling mother, who dislikes Sam, keeps trying to set Kaylee up with Jimmie, who appears to be a nice Christian boy but is actually physically abusive. Kane and Wilkerson make all the characters distinctive, yet they tend to fall too easily into stereotypes—the uptight mother, the predatory ex-boyfriend, the snobby music engineer and so on. Kaylee and Sam love each other for who they are, flaws intact, but readers may not be as smitten with Kaylee’s selfish stubbornness and Sam’s dark moods. However, teenagers may find it easy to relate to their youthful passions and problems, and appreciate the name-dropping of trendy bands such as the White Stripes and Silversun Pickups. Some readers will swoon at the passionate romance at the center of the tale; however, although the book may appear to fall into the young-adult category, with its teenage characters and comic-book-style cover art, it’s rife with profanity and highly explicit sexuality that may not be suitable for readers who aren’t yet allowed into R-rated movies. An inspiring, if uneven, story of teen romance and ambition.

About the Author

Stu Kane was born, raised, and still spends the majority of his time on planet Earth. When not writing about Kaylee and Sam with his bodacious partner, he is an Associate Team Member at the I’m-Smarter-Than-You Bar in the local big-box electronics / snake food store. You can’t find him on Facebook because he’s afraid that even if he signs up, he still won’t have any stalkers. Oh, and he thinks he’s better than Neil too. He was once heard to say, “I hate those self-important bios. Who gives a **** that the author lives with her two cats? And no picture! Why do they put their pictures on their books? Like I’m gonna buy a book based on what the author looks like?” Hannah Wilkerson wasn’t born so much as hatched fully formed from an idea conceived at the edge of an exploding star. She spends the majority of her time living inside of her own head, on a couch with her best friend, poking him, inventing the adventures of Kaylee and Sam, and drinking Diet Coke through Twizzler straws. She doesn’t like to visit the planet Earth too often, because there are too many people there, but when she does, she likes to go to baseball games to watch her beloved White Sox perform poetry in motion. She thinks her partner Stu is definitely better than Neil too.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kris on November 21, 2013
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Nothing can ever be the same in Sam and Kaylee’s life once they start making music together. The two high school juniors, who are from opposite ends of the high school social and academic spectrum (Kaylee popular and college bound, and Sam, introverted and not academically inclined), share an addiction to rock music. To how it is created, to its lyrics, to its presentation. Through their shared experience with making music, which occurs largely in Sam’s basement, Kaylee experiences truly being cared for, for the very first time in her life. Their bond grows as they move from playing the music from bands with which they are familiar, to creating sound together, which drifts naturally into the trusting sharing of their own poetry, or eventual song lyrics. Each of their ideas is only complimented by the other’s contribution. Until Kaylee starts to worry about abandonment by the only person who really sees her, they make quite a team.

As the two teens are sharing in this uncontrollable passion for music, though, they also explore many a life lesson. Questions of what makes a family suitable, what makes a human being worthwhile, of how very differently people express love, and how utterly impossible it can sometimes be to communicate, even with those who know and love you best, are woven into the story. Even the topic of physical abuse among teenagers is dealt with in this extremely compelling novel.

I would highly recommend Stu Kane and Hannah Wilkerson’s Kaylee and Sam: The Birth of their Band, to young adults and adults alike. It has the makings of an excellent movie, as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew D. White on October 6, 2013
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An adventure through the minds of high school rock band hopefuls, I found K&S to be an all-too-familiar reminder of what it takes to bring a band together.
The authors do a good job of bringing their characters together through skillful dialogue, internal reflections and high school drama. Even with diametrically opposed characters (the loner and the cheerleader), their relationship is realistic and believable and you find yourself caught up in wanting to see them succeed.
Oh, and five stars for working in generous Firefly references throughout!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Boyd on September 30, 2013
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Kaylee and Sam: The Birth of Their Band
by Stu Kane and Hannah Wilkerson

I've always been a fan of teenage dramas and going into this I didn't know which type I would be getting. I was pleasantly surprised as I quickly discovered this was a character piece with a plot line that made me very interested. This story story is simple yet diverse. It seemed like our main characters, Kaylee and Sam, kept broadening out and developing until the last page.

Kaylee, a sweet girl that is rash in decision making, meets Sam, a seemingly simple yet deep fellow, and together they decide to form a band to compete in the Battle of the Bands. The thing I enjoyed most about this is the writers weren't afraid to write adult situations within a genre that is often timed 'kidded out'. This book ultimately adheres to the sex, drugs and rock'n'roll tropes, but given that it never takes place some club, or a high school party, it feels very natural and believable. This story is mostly written with the point of view of Kaylee in the spotlight, however I think Sam could of had more of a spotlight specifically in the first act, but due to Sam's character type I think it well enough the way it is.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It falls in line with teen dramas that I like: Degrassi, The OC, My So-called Life, etc. Some of the side characters seem one-dimensional (Kaylee's Mother and Father, Jimmy, Sophie) but they well enough for their purposes. At times the dialog could be hammy with certain words, but nothing to hurt the experience. Overall, this story is a very good read with excitement, romance, sadness and fun.
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