January 31, 2013

A Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles

Release Date: December 5, 2012
Publisher: Cincinnatus Press
Pages: 374
Series: Part of the Thompson Sisters series
Review Source: eBook from AToMR Tours for review

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Everyone should have something to rebel against.

Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.

Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father's career and dominating her family's life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she's haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.

When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.

My Thoughts:
‘A Song For Julia’ is a really great new adult story of two people finding each other. On the outside Crank and Julia don’t seem like a good match, but their personalities click right away, and the attraction is there too. What I loved about this story is how even when Julia was wary of a relationship with Crank she still embraced her growing relationships with his family. Likewise it was so touching how Jack quickly saw her as a daughter, and how Julia saw Crank’s brother Sean as a “normal” person, when he was so used to being treated badly because of his Asperger's.

While I didn’t really identify with Julia I still connected with her, in that I could understand where her emotions were coming from. I loved how against all odds Crank was the one pursuing a serious relationship between them. He wanted to experience love with Julia, while she was the one wary because of her past. It was a nice switch up from the usual 'damaged bad boy running from love' tale.

‘A Song For Julia’ is a very emotional story with romance and family issues; it’s a story about letting go of your past and learning from it. The book is about growing into the person you want to be and choosing your own path. I loved being on this journey with Crank and Julia, and I would gladly pick up another book by this author.

The Cover:
Very pretty, I like it a lot.


Find A Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles on Goodreads. Check Charles' site for all purchase options.


  1. Hm, sounds like a lot of unusual elements (NA, Aspberger's, etc.), which intrigues us. Glad to hear it was a good read! We may have to check this one out. Thanks!

    1. I've been reading a lot of NA lately, and it definitely stands out from the pack.

  2. I definitely appreciate when the guy is the one pursuing the girl, especially in YA/new adult stories, since it usually seems to be the other way around. Sounds like a sweet story!

  3. Wow, 4 stars! Sounds like this might be a NA title worth picking up. The guy pursuing the girl is a nice change of pace, too.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    1. It's actually one of the better NA's I've read, even though it does feature some of the same tropes.

  4. It sounds emotional but nice!!
    I still don't like this whole "NA" thing *Sigh* but I guess I'll try it :D

    1. It's all what you want to read, I guess. This one I think fits in well as an older YA title.


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