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Songs for a Teenage NomadSongs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson

Published by Sourcebooks

Pages: 256

Ages: Young Adult

Publishers Summary: 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?

“For Calle life is all about clean slates, new starts and fresh faces. Wherever she is it’s always the first day at a new school with new people, soon to be the ghosts of her past. Not only that, but the men in her mother’s life come and go like the skipping of a song on a long playlist that seems to shuffle continuously. Her only constant, her only comfort comes in the form of music until, through another series of events she ends up in Andreas Bay, California. It’s in this new place where everything changes, but the music always remains.

“Music runs through my veins more thickly than the blood that’s present. From the time I was quite young I can remember my father sitting in his music room getting ready for a gig, recording a new song or just jamming out on his guitar. Not only that, but I have vivid memories of my mom rocking out to every Beetles song ever written (a love she picked up from her strong relationship with her late brother). So, when I read about Songs for a Teenage Nomad I knew I had to pick it up. I’ve always assumed everyone had a ‘soundtrack/playlist to their life’. Something unique and personal to them, that could bring out the beautiful and the dark moments along the journey. It wasn’t until reading Culbertson’s new novel that I realized there are so many others who feel the same way.

“Calle’s identity is difficult to define, she’s a teenager without a home, but with a mother. Her mother, married and moved numerous times, constantly searching for something that Calle can’t quite seem to put her finger on. The only thing Calle is sure of is that her mother doesn’t want to talk about Calle’s father and until her hand is forced Calle is left wondering. She’s always left curious about her mother’s motives, not knowing why it is that her mother left her father and how to reconcile the fact that she doesn’t even know the name of the man with whom she shares so much. It’s as if knowing this empty part of her will ground her, make her ‘someone’, not just a roaming teenager.

“This was an incredible story. Culbertson’s ability to weave the music throughout Calle’s experiences made her a stronger character, one I could relate to in so many ways. Her struggle to define who she was through the discovery of her father and stabilization in a new group of people was something I think so many readers will relate to. We all want clean slates at times, to start over, to have new opportunities, but often it’s about connecting with the past and correcting than beginning anew. Songs for a Teenage Nomad is so much more than I could say in a short review, it’s beautiful, touching, difficult, compelling and so much more. This is a novel I would easily recommend, perfect for reading and adding to your playlist.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 12 and up. A beautiful novel that contains many issues including divorce, loneliness, friendship and more. Written in such a way that children and teens will relate to it in a very powerful way.

Still not sure? Read an excerpt from Songs of a Teenage Nomad on Kim Culbertson’s site:
Chapter One
Chapter Two

Stop by tomorrow when the author stops by to chat a bit as well as for an opportunity to win a copy of the book!

For the Comments. Do you have a “soundtrack/playlist” to your life? What/Who would make it on there?

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12 Responses to Book Review: Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson

  1. Awesome review.
    I do have a soundtrack and it’s on going 🙂
    One of my songs is Bittersweet Symphony 🙂 by the Verve

    • Thank you!
      Mine is also constantly changing, but oh how I love Bittersweet Symphony! Such a great choice. It’s funny how you mention that one song and I’m immediately transported back to a completely different time and place in my life. I love it!

  2. Gina says:

    Great post. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this title so far….congrats to the author on that! As for ths life soundtrack, I agree….everyone has one whether it’s blaringly loud or a mere whisper, it’s still there. My own…well, it changes with my mood/time of day/etc so I guess you could say my playlist is constantly being run through shuffle as well. ^_^

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  4. Ooh… This is a completely new title to me.

    But wow it sounds good! On to the wishlist it goes! 🙂

  5. Stephanie says:

    This does sound wonderful!

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