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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (May 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595142681
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595142689
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,326,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Welcome to Vista Valley, land of manicured lawns and country clubs. It’s home to Olive Bell, a high-school senior bound for Georgetown who, prior to an accident, had a seemingly perfect life and boyfriend, Derek. But Olive has just survived a serious car wreck—so serious she died for three minutes—and now her relationship with Derek is over. Everybody, including her mother, thinks she crashed the car on purpose, but readers won’t actually learn the details of that stormy night until the very end of the novel (or why she now hears song lyrics play on repeat in her mind). To appease her parents and the school counselor, Olive starts attending a support group. She chooses the Near-Death Society, and it’s there that she meets handsome but troubled Nick. Many readers will want to shake Olive, an insecure girl who seemingly needs a Derek or a Nick to feel complete, but they’ll be heartened as she takes steps toward loving herself. There’s nothing terribly unique here plot-wise, but romance fans who enjoy floppy-haired, mysterious boys with English accents (and who doesn’t?) won’t be disappointed. Grades 7-10. --Ann Kelley

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"The resonant and poignant themes of memory, loss, and forgiveness haunt this novel the way the elusive song haunts its heroine."
-Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door 

"From dreamer Charlie in In Your Room to tortured Nick in Our Song, Jordanna Fraiberg knows how to write a hero readers will fall in love with."
-Jennifer Echols, author of Love Story, Such A Rush, and The Boys Next Door 

"A tender and truthful story... Fraiberg lets this story be what it wants to be: one girl's story of finding true love and who she really is." 
-Publishers Weekly 

Customer Reviews

If they suddenly weren't being so harsh anymore, then that was way too sudden.
Jude
Highly recommended for readers of all ages, especially those who like YA contemporary fiction.
Stephanie Ward
The beginning, and the ending were fast paced, but the middle was a lot slower.
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Format: Hardcover
Olive's carefully constructed life comes crashing down in the wake of an accident that should have, and almost, left her dead. For the first time she is forced--against her Martha Stewart-mother's will--to face imperfection, to face flaws, and it is only when she finally admits to them, she begins to see clearly who the ones that love her are, and just how special a place they hold.

Olive doesn't want to satisfy the expectations of her mother--the mother who prunes her social circle as she prunes her petunias--and realizes she needs to escape the suffocating grasp of Vista Valley, where she hasn't ventured more than a hundred miles past since she was born, all the more. Enter: Nick, a brooding, devastating British bad boy with a penchant for spontaneity and a wicked, wicked smile. And suddenly, Olive is free. Olive is happy. And if she allows herself to, Olive just might find what she's looking for...

Simply put, Our Song is a sweet, coming-of-age YA romance--nothing riveting, but accurately tender in some parts and emotive of teenage angst, insecurity, and heartache in others. There are so many different issues raised in this teen novel, including friendship, rebellion, sexuality, dating danger(ously handsome boys...), the aftermath of a near-death, and of course, Olive's haunting song. They're all great topics, but I was disappointed by how none of them are fully explored, just sort of dabbled in, and then neglected. They do have proper ties at the end of the book, but it's like the author introduced these great plot points, ignored them, and then brought them back up in the closing chapters just to form a clean conclusion.

I had a bit of an issue with Olive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book- Marks The Spot on June 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What really happened the night Olive crashed? That's what everyone wants to know and Olive wants everyone to forget. Now that she is out of the hospital she hopes things will go back to normal. They don't and Olive goes to a dark place until she meets Nick.

Olive meets Nick in a support group for people that have died. She feels a real connection to him, someone that she can relate to. But Nick has secret of his own and he is not willing to tell, but all secrets come out eventually and Nick's is shocking.

Will Olive be able to handle Nick's secret or will she spiral out of control?

This is a very heart warming and inspirational book, that deals with some deep topics. Everyone is convinced that Olive tried to kill herself even though she tells them it was an accident. We watch Olive a once bright and vibrant person turn into a depressed and social outcast. She changes herself, some things for the better and then she meets Nick. Nick makes her feel beautiful for once in her life and she loves it. Has all these amazing experiences with him, but he is holding back. There is a part of him that she doesn't know and there is a part of her that he doesn't know. It was sad, but also happy to watch, sad that they are not opening up and happy that they found each other. Also the song plays a huge part in the book(Obviously). I kept waiting for it to be complete. This book was slow at times, but made up for it with the content. It was really emotional and I found myself crying in most parts. I love reading books like this because they teach you that you can't be what everyone wants you to be. You just need to be yourself because there is NO ONE out there quite like you. And that sometimes things don't make sense until you look at it with a different perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
'Our Song' is a young adult contemporary novel that follows Olive Bell as she returns home after a terrible accident two weeks earlier. Olive had been out of control - driving too fast during a hard rain - and she crashed her boyfriend Derek's car. She died during the crash but was revived by paramedics. After the crash, Olive feels like a completely different person. People start treating her differently - her parents, her neighbors, friends, and schoolmates - all begin to act like she wrecked the car on purpose that night; that she tried to kill herself. Olive can't think about the events of the night of the crash, but she knows that she isn't the same person as before. She's beginning to see behind the curtain of her so-called "perfect" life with her "perfect" family and her "perfect" town. The things Olive believed before the crash don't seem so important now and the only one who understands is Nick - the handsome and brooding guy Olive meets at a near-death experience support group. Olive must figure out what she wants for herself in life and what that might mean for her expectations for herself and what others expect from her as well.

This was a wonderfully written contemporary novel that deals with some major issues. Olive is a magnificent leading character. She's smart, loving, devoted to her friends and family - but after her crash, she begins questioning her choices in life and her future. Things don't feel the same and what once seemed so important barely registers for her. We see significant character growth and maturation with Olive's character throughout the novel as she begins making her own decisions concerning her life and her future. She also starts seeing the world in a different light - that things aren't always what they seem and life isn't a perfect fairy tale.
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Jordanna Fraiberg was born in Montreal, Quebec, and currently lives in L.A., where she settled after receiving degrees from Harvard and Oxford. A former national squash champion and Hollywood film executive, she now divides her time between dreaming up stories and chasing her toddler. She is the author of Our Song and In Your Room. Check out her website at www.jordannafraiberg.com

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