A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
A summer of friendship, romance, and songs in major chords. . .
CHARLIE DUSKIN loves music, and she knows she’s good at it. But she only sings when she’s alone, on the moonlit porch or in the back room at Old Gus’s Secondhand Record and CD Store. Charlie’s mom and grandmother have both died, and this summer she’s visiting her grandpa in the country, surrounded by ghosts and grieving family, and serving burgers to the local kids at the milk bar. She’s got her iPod, her guitar, and all her recording equipment, but she wants more: A friend. A dad who notices her. The chance to show Dave Robbie that she’s not entirely unspectacular.
ROSE BUTLER lives next door to Charlie’s grandfather and spends her days watching cars pass on the freeway and hanging out with her troublemaker boyfriend. She loves Luke but can’t wait to leave their small country town. And she’s figured out a way: she’s won a scholarship to a science school in the city, and now she has to convince her parents to let her go. This is where Charlie comes in. Charlie, who lives in the city, and whom Rose has ignored for years. Charlie, who just might be Rose’s ticket out.
Told in alternating voices and filled with music, friendship, and romance, Charlie and Rose’s “little wanting song” is about the kind of longing that begins as a heavy ache but ultimately makes us feel hopeful and wonderfully alive.
So I’ve come to a decision, if anyone cares to hear it. Growing up in Australia can be so very hard – and that scares me. I think about how some kids grow up with tough lives and then I read a book with an Aussie character that’s struggling and man, it’s enough to make you cry for the rest of your life. Unless someone can prove otherwise, I think being a teen in Australia can be pretty pretty depressing. Beautiful and strong, yet depressing. Please tell me it’s not so! Makes me just want to hug one of them and tell them it gets so much better.
About the book, this was one of the few books where I liked all the characters. Charlie did come off as a little strange, what with her staring and not talking. Whenever she spoke up, it kind of reminded me of an alien learning our ways. Maybe because she put too much thought into it?? I’m sure it was the staring that threw me off. I don’t know if I would have been as inviting either. Maybe… oh I don’t know! I still liked her though. And it was nice to see her grow and become more sure of herself. Her shyness did remind me of myself at times. I did like when she stood up for herself.
Rose was so realistic as well. Her anger, her reasons, just all so believable. She pretty much hates being stuck in her town and the fact that she’ll likely stay in that town. That’s understandable. Especially when you feel like you don’t have anyone there that wants to see you succeed. She definitely came off as someone you’d rather has a friend, than an enemy.
I liked Dave and Luke. Dave was a sweetie pie and a good friend to have. I thought they all made good friends, even if some of them weren’t always the best influence. Terrible influence!
I did get annoyed at the one kid, the horrible influence, who convinced Charlie to do something for him. I returned the book, so I can’t remember his name. He is the one who hung out with Luke the one time. I was mad at him and I was mad at Charlie because peer pressure is lame. What’s the point of bowing to peer pressure when people are going to judge you any way?
I wanted to hug her dad…
My only beef is that I am what some people may call tone deaf. How they come up with that, I have no idea. Whenever there is poetry or songs in a book, I never get it. Ever. Unless it rhymes. Does that even have anything to do with being tone deaf? Because that’s what I’m claiming. Wait, maybe I’m not tone deaf but I can truthfully say I have no rhythm. That’s it! And for some reason I kept reading her “eff” song to the beat of the Red Cross CPR chest compression count. Is anyone familiar with that video?
I liked the end and would’ve liked a little more to it. I was invested in their story, I wanted to know what else would happen! I gave it four stars out of five, and found a new author to stalk.