November 8, 2010

Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly

Release Date: May 25, 2010
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 278
Review Source: Library

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Sixteen-year-old, music- and sound design-obsessed Drea doesn’t have friends. She has, as she’s often reminded, issues. Drea’s mom and a rotating band of psychiatrists have settled on "a touch of Asperger’s.”

Having just moved to the latest in a string of new towns, Drea meets two other outsiders. And Naomi and Justin seem to actually like Drea. The three of them form a band after an impromptu, Portishead-comparison-worthy jam after school. Justin swiftly challenges not only Drea’s preference for Poe over Black Lab but also her perceived inability to connect with another person. Justin, against all odds, may even like like Drea.

It’s obvious that Drea can’t hide behind her sound equipment anymore. But just when she’s found not one but two true friends, can she stand to lose one of them?

My Thoughts:
I wasn’t totally sure what to expect with this book, I just knew I wanted to read it because I had heard so many people talking about how good it was. And? The reviews I read were absolutely correct. I breezed through this book, not just because it’s not super long, but because I was so emotionally invested in Drea and her story. Having this story told through Drea’s perspective was really interesting. I like how Tara Kelly wrote at the back of the book that this story is not about people with Asperger’s and/or ADHD, but about one individual’s journey who happens to have those conditions. I appreciated how blunt and honest Drea was, and I liked how she was confused with certain social norms, because it made sense to me. Who hasn’t questioned the way that things are before?

There are so many things about this book that are so great. The characters, the plot itself, and the writing were amazing. I loved the relationship between Drea and Justin; I liked how he wasn’t afraid to call Drea on how she judges everyone, and how he was also gentle and kind to her, even when she wasn’t sure how to behave. Nevertheless, I thought that their relationship progressed a little too quickly to be believable; Drea’s change in personality seemed so drastic in a couple of scenes. Naomi was interesting... I kind of wanted to smack her and make her all better at the same time. One thing about the synopsis: I thought that the band would have played a much larger role in the book, considering the description, but it wasn’t really a huge thing, although Drea's love of music was a main part of it. I would definitely recommend this to older teens because of its more mature themes (sex, drugs, some language), but for anyone who feels old enough to read it, this was a really beautiful and emotionally honest book.


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  1. I love the ones that force an emotional investment, they're the best reads! I find a lot YA relationships progress really quickly, and I'm not a fan of the heroine's personality changing when coming in contact with the hero, but it sounds like there are a lot of great elements that make up for that little shortcoming. Really fantastic review, I hadn't heard much about this one before reading this!

  2. I LOVED this book--and Tara's so awesome. She's got a new book coming out in 2011 but I'm not sure exactly when.

  3. Brilliant review! I've not heard much about this one before your review, but I love the cover, and the premise is definitely enticing! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it :)

  4. Thanks for letting me know, Mary. I will keep an eye out for it! =)

    Yes, it's definitely not one of those "buzz" books that you hear about everywhere, which is too bad, because it's beautifully written.

  5. This sounds like such and sweet and unique story. I'll definitely have to check it out! Have you seen the movie Adam? King of reminds me of that a little bit.

  6. No, I don't think I've seen that one... I'll have to check it out!

  7. I wasn't sure about this one, didn't feel it would have much affect on me but from your review I can tell the author is pretty smart and takes care to what she's writing. I like how you mentioned that it's a book for older teens...good to know.

    By the way I've awarded you with the LIFE IS GOOD AWARD:


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