The Song Reader
12 journalers for this copy...
"Mary Beth is trying to support herself and her younger sister Leeann in their small southern hometown. While working to make ends meet, Mary Beth practices her own unique talent: "song reading." By making sense of the song lyrics people can't get out of their heads, Mary Beth can help make sense of their lives. In no time, everybody in town is singing her praises, including the skeptical scientist Ben, who falls hard for Mary Beth and her unearthly intuition.
What happens when she can't make out the lyrics?
But when Mary Beth reveals a long-muted secret in the community that no one wishes to hear, she turns off the music and gives up song reading. Soon everyone's lives are out of tune: Leeann worries she'll never graduate from high school. Ben can't make headway on his experiments, and the town's silence is louder than ever. Could it be that all the lyrics to all those silly love songs really aren't so silly after all?"
Thanks Rilla922. Interesting story. Look forward to passing it on to others.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Mailing it off as part of a Bookray
Please try to pass on the book within a month. PM me if you need more time or have any problems.
lauraloo29 -- Canada
dee831 -- US
TheBowieFollies -- US
namedujour -- US
booknhand -- US
Luintaurien -- US
etherea -- US
Nikel27 -- Germany
MieLH -- Denmark
PinkManager -- Greece
Hengameh -- Iran
LizzieM -- Australia
Pixette -- Australia
Update - Feb 23rd - started reading this morning.
I'll get this book out in the mail on Monday.
I'll have this in the post this Saturday to TheBowieFollies. Batty14 has asked to be skipped at this time.
I have namedujours address and will post this out during the week, wishing all a Happy Easter, or gute Pasech.
Mary Beth has a compulsion to help people. The narrator Leeann, her adoring baby sister, describes her as an almost perfect, selfless, beautiful creature. We see Leeann's quirks and ticks, but Mary Beth has none, except for her gift of intuition - the song reading. And that is good (like everything else about Mary Beth) because it helps people.
The song reading goes wrong one day, with nearly tragic consequences, and the always strong and heroic Mary Beth comes completely unraveled. Leeann is left trying to hold the family together alone. She tries to locate the father who left them when she was still small because she needs help. He comes, but this is not the father she expected at all, and is just one more person for the overworked teenaged Leeann to look after.
Leeann starts exploring the reality of her family's past, it gets darker and darker. There is mental illness, abandonment, and a hard, unaffectionate mother who dies before the story begins, but whom Mary Beth is still trying to please. And, it turns out, the perfect Mary Beth has a hidden skeletan as well.
I was really turning the pages on this one!
I've pm'd booknhand, and will ship it off when I hear back.
Totally forgot I signed up for the ring and that I had given my address to the previous reader.
Just started another book this week and need to finish that one before I tackle this one - probably sometime next week or over Memorial Week-end.
I did take a peek at the beginning and it looks really enthralling - I had to force myself to put it down after a page an a half or I would never finish the other book I am reading - which is borrowed from a friend.
Thanks for letting me join the ring :)
It was an interesting book told from a little sister's perspective whose big sister raised her after their mother died.
This book was all about finding oneself - from the sisters themselves to the community that the big sister captivated by her "song reading" - using songs to help people through their troubles.
I found it captivating at some points and hard to pick up at others. It wasn't a book of my typical style, but if asked I would tell others to read it.
It is definitely a book that matches certian personality of readers. Some will like it, some won't, and then there are those few like me, who are neutral about it - but then I guess that is the case will all books.
Thanks for sharing it with me. I would not have read it otherwise.
Have requested the next persons address and will have this book traveling by the weekend if I get the address.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Packaged this book and gave it to a friend to mail, since I was on my way out of town.
Since I forgot to make release notes for it and it hasn't been journaled after me, I checked with my friend today to be sure it got mailed. She assured me it was mailed within a day of me giving it to her.
Hope it shows up with a journal entry soon :)
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I was surprised to see that it was Tucker's first book. I looked her up on Amazon.com and she's since written a couple more. I'll be looking for them.
This is a story of family and relationships and how no matter how well we think we know each other we really don't.
Anyway, I'm a sucker for a dysfunctional family story. Thanks for sharing it with me!
Good read,thanks for sharing with me...
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EnJoy the book
Thanx for letting me participate in this, totoroandmei, and for sending it over, nikel27 :)
Update July 12, 2007: I've started reading today, and have just PM'ed PinkManager for forwarding address :) The Profile for PinkManager says that she wishes to be skipped due to exams and lack of Internet access, but I'm giving her a week to reply anyway, since the statement is not dated.
Update July 26, 2007: Goodness, I'm behind! I, too, am currently without internet access and that really makes me run late on so many things :/ Sorry. There's been no reply from PinkManager, so I've PM'ed katayoun today.
I read the first half being somewhat indifferent to the characters and what happened to them. The songs mentioned didn't mean much to me (probably because of my age - I was born in 1981. Isn't that the year this book starts off?). I knew most of the songs, but haven't grown up with them.
Previous reader lauraloo29 wrothe that she (assuming there's a girl behind that name:)) didn't feel much empathy for Mary Beth. Well, I did every now and then. Her mental issues made her deal with people in ways that sometimes made me feel sorry for her and sometimes made me angry with her (I tend to personify Mary Beth to a friend I had a while ago, who made me feel the same way. Maybe not fair to either Mary Beth or the friend I had, but still it made me reflect!)
Figuring out who you are and what agendas - if any - the people around you have is a part of growing up. Leeann was dealt a difficult hand. I feel for her and thought she was very brave.
And without spoiling anything for future readers I just have to say that like dee831 the end was sort of weird to me.
As stated in the entry above I'm trying to get a hold of the next participant. As soon as I get a forwarding address, this book will be passed on :)
Thank you for sharing this book with me, totoroandmei, and for passing it on, everyone :)
Update July 30, 2007: Katayoun has asked to be skipped, and I've therefore PM'ed Hengameh this evening.
Update August 6, 2007: No reply from Hengameh, so I've just PM'ed LizzieM.
Update August 10, 2007: Wohoo! Hengameh just PM'ed me a forwarding-address, and since I haven't heard from LizzieM yet, this book will travel to Iran asap :)