Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Book Review: A Song For Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles

A Song For Julia
by Charles Sheehan-Miles

Series: Thompson Sisters #2
Genre: NA, contemporary, romance
Editions available: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
Published December 4th 2012
Source: Author through AToMR Tours
Buy: Barnes & Noble IndieboundAmazon

Blurb (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 the second book from the Thompson Sisters series. Well, not really a series, because it's actually a companion novel. You can read first any from the series. I read this, but haven't read the first book.

Julia is the eldest of the Thompson sisters, who had a very cruel past. She'd been hurt, bullied, and even her own mother won't believe in her. That's the reason why she kept a low profile, wore long skirts, and follow everything her parents want her to be. Perfect girl, perfect daughter. Until she meets Crank (don't ask me twice about the name; it's better than Dougal, anyway XD). The frontman of a starting band, Morbid Obesity, every woman's man, bad boy and a total hottie. An opposite, a certified danger. A bad boy + good girl is a very common. But the there's something special about this novel.

At first look, you could say that they had a love at first sight or insta-love, but as the story goes on, the author gave the right twists and dilemmas to make it falling-for-you-slowly type that made it more exciting, believable, and more feels. And I liked it even more. I also liked the fact that this novel is music-related.

A Song For Julia is a very emotional read. I cried several times reading it, same way it reminds me of Slammed by Colleen Hoover. It contains a love story you wouldn't forget right away--the one that would cling to your heart. It is also a story of a person bullied for all her life and standing up at last and face her future with a new life, and open her heart. It's a story a person who went to the wrong side and losing hope in the process, but finding his self and his heart. It is a story of an imperfect family who needs openness, truth, understanding, care and love. All these things--all in one book. Readers can learn and relate on this book a lot. There was never a time I hated myself or this book for making me cry too much. It is the emotion that you'll get from it; the emotion that flows from the book to you and prove that it's very effective.

I guess I'll just have to ask for more than the pre-ending. The story was focused on the problems too much that I momentarily forget the lovers til I found myself on the last page of the book. Unless the author promises a next book for Julia and Crank.

I really liked this book and would recommend it to contemporary romance lovers. Intended for readers older than 16.


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