BookBrowse: A young adult novel filled with music, friendship, and longing Charlie Duskin is from the city. Rose Butler lives in the country. Charlie is quiet. Rose is loud.
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Goodreads A summer of friendship, romance, and songs in major chords A dad who notices her. This is where Charlie comes in. Charlie, who lives in the city, and whom Rose has ignored for years. In many respects it is a pretty typical coming-of-age tale but the characters elevate this story beyond the usual. The story is told in dual narrative, from the perspective of Charlie Duskin and Rose Butler, two teenage girls from different backgrounds.
Charlie is from the city, Rose is a country girl. Both have difficulty fitting into their lives for very different reasons. Charlie comes every summer with her father to spend time with her grandparents in their small country town.
This summer is particularly hard for Charlie after the death of her grandmother. As a result, Charlie has grown up still very shy and awkward.
Although back home she has one very close friend, she has difficulty connecting with people and never really lets anybody get close to her. Rose is the polar opposite of Charlie. Very outgoing and outspoken, she spends most of her time with her two best friends Luke who is also her boyfriend and Dave. Rose is desperate to leave small town life behind. She feels claustrophobic and longs to get out there and see the world. A scholarship to a city school may just be her ticket out.
Rose has never had any time at all for Charlie, who has always longed to be a part of their little group. Charlie has watched them from afar every summer but has always been to shy to try and integrate herself into their group.
However, Rose decides this summer to try and befriend Charlie for reasons of her own. He has always seen something in Charlie and is glad of the opportunity to get to know her better. I instantly connected with Charlie, but initially Rose was very off-putting.
She seemed overly critical and harsh, especially with Charlie but also with regards to her parents. However, as the story progressed and you got to see inside her head a bit more, you can fully understand why she is like this.
By the end of the novel I was rooting for Rose almost as much as Charlie. Dave was another character I liked though I wish he had stood up for himself a bit more. Luke was a typical lad really. Always in trouble but he also showed a more sympathetic and caring side towards the end of the book.
Overall, a very well written and engaging book. Share this:.
A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
Because this book is MORE. More of everything. There is more drama, more angst, more reality, and especially in its ending which reflected perfectly what would have happened in a real life situation. Charlie comes from the big city and spends her non-white Christmases in the tiny village.
A Little Wanting Song
BookBrowse Reviews A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley
A little wanting song by Cath Crowley