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Top Customer Reviews
Baker Lawley takes the time to craft a portrait of the South through character insights, plot elements and wonderful imagery. Readers are introduced to Civil War re-enactments, biscuits at a country store, kudzu, small-town gossip and small-town loyalty, without being beaten over the head with the idea that these things exist just "because it's the South." It's not trite, cliche, or overwrought...It's just a great story that happens to be set in Alabama.
The paranormal elements of the story are also well-used. The supernatural occurrences are believable and serve a purpose by offering unique insight into the protagonist and the players around him.
But, my absolute favorite part of this novel was Stoney's voice. While reading, I found myself wishing I'd known a kid like this in high school, and when I was done reading, I had that sense of loss...You know, when you enjoy a character so much that you kind of miss being in their head when the book is done. I missed Stoney Nix, and it's been awhile since I've encountered a character in a novel that I enjoyed so much.
In conclusion, while I would certainly recommend the book to any young readers, I recommend it just as strongly to adults as well. The plot is interesting, the characters are endearing, and the setting and imagery is extraordinary, no matter what the reader's age or gender.
One of the most interesting aspects of this book to me was how music was such an integral part of Stoney's existence. I live with people who have perfect pitch (thank goodness I don't, it seems more of a curse than a blessing) and live their lives to their own personal soundtrack. The way Lawley wrote Stoney's internal monologue in relation to music was SO real to me because of that.
I also loved the way the past kept intruding on the present. Not only the obsession with the past (real or imagined) that Stoney's dad has, but the way the Lawley weaves the past and present together into a whole new tapestry. It's not quite a ghost story, it's not quite magical realism...or is it? It's awesome, whatever it is.
Really loved it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book! Captures the excitement and unbridled dreams of small town teenagers, while also underlying the tremendous ennui that exists there. Read morePublished 24 months ago by PLAla
This is a book you just can't put down. I cannot wait for my musician son to read it too.Published on February 24, 2014 by Lexie Smith
Everyone has a story to tell, and this one was ok. I like the humor, but did not appreciate the swearing. Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This was definitely a page turner! I loved the was the main character's thoughts were brilliantly described, his ability to hear the world as music notes. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Debbie Leone
I received this book for free for my unbiased review. This was a great book geared for the youth audience. It seemed geared to male youths of today and was very well written. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Survivor 1
It took a bit to get into the story. It was interesting to think of someone hearing life though music, but I was disappointed it wasn't more of a civil war story.Published on August 6, 2013 by S. Lopardo
Book was easy read. Light reading for relaxing next to a pool or sitting in a park. Please read it.Published on March 15, 2013 by growthnurse
I really am not sure what distinguishes Young Adult fiction--because this book could be read by any age. Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by SK
...was the last book that affected me the way this one did. With a roller coaster ride from monotony to despair to complete triumph. Read morePublished on August 19, 2012 by Scott R.