Leslie's Review: Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson

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yslee ARC: 256 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Language: English
Source of my copy: from the publisher
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
What is the soundtrack of your life?
After living in twelve places in eight years, Calle Smith finds herself in Andreas Bay, California, at the start of ninth grade. Another new home, another new school...Calle knows better than to put down roots. Her song journal keeps her moving to her own soundtrack, bouncing through a world best kept at a distance.
Yet before she knows it, friends creep in-as does an unlikely boy with a secret. Calle is torn over what may be her first chance at love. With all that she's hiding and all that she wants, can she find something lasting beyond music? And will she ever discover why she and her mother have been running in the first place?

Leslie's Review:
Calle is a teenage nomad. She is always moving so she sets herself apart from everyone, knowing she will leave them sooner or later. But on the move of her first year of high school, she unexpectedly finds herself making friends with the artistic drama kids and falling for a boy with a secret. Finally finding a place where she can call home, Calle tries to discover her mother's secret of why they always moved. But whenever she asks, her mother dodges the question and doesn't answer. Is her mother trying to hide something from her?

The plot of this book was very engrossing and moving. I liked how the author put a lot of music into the story, which included titling the chapters with songs titles and an entry from Calle's song journal. I also liked the characters who were all artistic in their own unique way and had pasts that connected them together. If this book was a song, I would play it on repeat and listen to it everyday, never getting tired of it.

I really related to the heroine, Calle, that the only difference between us was our life situations and taste of music. She was an independent music lover who was searching for the soundtrack of her life that she recorded in her song journal. With her song journal, Calle finds who she is and where she belongs. Although I don't keep a song journal, (though I was about to start one when I read this book) I also want to find my place in this world and use music to help me out.

The hero, Sam Atkins, was probably the most troubled hero I've ever read about. He was the popular, star football player who used his reputation as a mask to hide who he truly was--a sweet, nice guy that I'd probably fall for. But not as much as I'd fall for Calle's friend, Eli. He was sweet and nice too, but also funny, friendly, and knows not to care what others think. I kind of wish Calle ended up with him instead.

This was a very lyrical and moving book that will leave you speechless and asking yourself "What is the soundtrack of my life?" I highly recommend it! 5 out of 5 stars


  1. What a lovely review, Leslie. The story sounds very emotional and I like the musical aspect.I cannot even imagine being uprooted throughout ones formative years, but I am sure many teens can. Thanks for the review, I think I will like this book.

  2. This is the second place that I've seen this book (that I've never heard of before) reviewed and man, I'm anxious for it. I want! Thanks for the review sweetie!


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