|Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly, ebook edition book cover|
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?
Drea, diagnosed with ADHD, doesn't have friends until she and her mother moved in with her grandma's. She first met Naomi, the gothic girl. Then Justin, the first guy who ever notice her. Together, they make music.
I really like this book. Although I'm [TOTALLY] not diagnosed with ADHD, I can relate to Drea. She finds it hard to have 'social life' and just loses herself in music. She then became friends with two cool people who loves music at the same time. The romance between Drea and Justin has been cute and sweet but there's something missing. I could maybe give this book 5 hearts if only the near-ending part was different. I don't like that part because I feel like it revolved around Naomi--until the ending. I would like it to be more on Drea becoming fearless or something like people learned to appreciate her and her music. And more Drea-Justin.
I do hope, though, that these type of books would make people understand those people who has special needs and attention. They're normal, like us. It's just that there are really some things that some people aren't capable of and like we all know: we are all different. We have our own strength and weaknesses. In Drea's case, she's an exceptional musician and even if she not really socially friendly, she truly cares and loves her friends more than a normal person can do.
YA, music book lovers. And if you wanted to understand what I'm talking about, read this book. And tell me if you agree with me not liking the near-end part.
Book cover comment/s:
The cover really best describes the book--where Drea, never had been out with the rain, finally do. It was like the start of her being free and happy.