Not at all what I expected. First part was going well, then it took a dark turn, but by then you are already committed and have to finishe the journey.
I liked this story and enjoyed the idea of "song reading". It's not often that I run across a whole new idea like that, and the fact that those songs that get stuck in our minds might actually mean something was a fun concept.
Boy,this one really sucked me in. I read it in just a few hours. A character study of a dysfunctional family, the writing was very well done.
In this book, a young girl is being raised by her sister after their father abandons them and their mother dies. The older sister becomes a "song reader": she analyzes the songs that are stuck in people's heads and tells them what they mean in their lives. Her business booms until an unforeseen event happens to ostracize her and her sister from the community.
This book is wonderfully written from the younger sister's point of view. You can feel her anger and sadness at the various events in the book. The book also deals with mental illness in a very subtle and moving way.
I first heard of Lisa Tucker and her books in Book Reporters weekly newsletter. After reading the excerpt, I made a trip to the bookstore! This is a wonderful story. The characters become your friends, you care about what happens to them. I was sorry to see it come to an end.