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The Song Reader
The Song Reader
Author: Lisa Tucker
She can hear the music in peoples' souls.
Mary Beth and her younger sister Leeann are trying to support themselves in their small Southern hometown. So Mary Beth works to make ends meet by practicing her own unique talent: "song reading." By making sense of the song lyrics people have stuck in their heads, Mary Be...  more »
PBS Market Price: $7.59 or $3.69+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780743497008
ISBN-10: 0743497007
Publication Date: 4/26/2005
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Downtown Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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I didn't like this book, but I did finish it. Very depressing. The storyline was sad, I guess, as every single person was depressed or had some sort of mental illness. I thought the idea of song reading was a bit strange too. I felt sorry for the main character, Leeann, as she was just a kid and everything seemed to be dumped on her, too much really for one person. Didn't like the way her sister was painted as always helping everyone, the storyline with the mother, etc. So depressing to the point where it lost me. Just not my type of book, I guess.
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Unexpected well as a good read.