Sunday, August 15, 2010

Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly

Kelly, Tara, Harmonic Feedback. Henry Holt and Company, 2010. Pgs. 280. Language: PG-13(5 f-bombs), Violence: PG-13, Sexual Content: PG-13
Drea is sixteen and is excited to get a new start in a new place without anyone knowing she has Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD. Incredibly good at composing music, her talents bring her to making friends with Naomi and Justin. They soon start a band and she finds herself have true friends for the first time, even if they don’t quite fit in. When Drea gets into a hug fight with Naomi, her newfound friendships will be put to the test. Will Drea find a place she fits in? Can she keep her health problems a secret?
The plot is interesting and the characters grow over the course of the book. The story is endearing and the idea of friendship becomes a great part of the story. There is, however, drugs, violence, and a few f-bombs. The subject matter is also hard to deal with for teens younger than high school.  Readers who like realistic fiction, have a hard time fitting in, or who just like a heart-wrenching book, however, will enjoy reading this book.  HS. Optional. Reviewer: Jessica M, Library Media Specialist, Olympus Jr. High School.

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