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#2654340 in Books 2013-05-02 2013-05-02Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 8.50 x 1.13 x 5.75l, 1.00 #File Name: 1595142681352 pages | File size: 38.Mb Jordanna Fraiberg : Our Song before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Our Song: 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. OUR SONG is a hauntingly beautiful, romantic page-turner.By Milw. WriterOUR SONG is a hauntingly beautiful, mysterious, and captivating romantic page-turner. Masterfully crafted.For all those YA who have been deeply confused by their relationships when they suddenly take a huge plunge without obvious warning signs, OUR SONG is an eye-opener. What's been missing? Is the perfect boy really so


perfect? How does he impact your self-esteem? Wake up!The novel opens with Olive recovering from a horrible car crash. She's only alive because paramedics resuscitated her. Many rumors surround the circumstances behind the accident that just might not have been an accident, but a cry for help. Was it? The circumstances of that rainy night unfold as readers wonder about Olive's mental state. Immediately, you will know something occurred with her exboyfriend Derek because Olive was driving his car. He comes across as heartless and selfish. It's hard to understand what Olive saw in this jerk. What I deeply appreciate about this character is knowing that there are plenty of girls who go out with guys similar to Derek and take their crap. I hope this novel will be insightful. Who doesn't know someone who has gone out or hooked up with guys just like this?As Olive tries to deal with the circumstances behind the accident and her near-death experience, she joins an interesting support group. There, she meets a boy named Nick who helps Olive become more grounded. As they learn to trust each other, they share many adventures. Still, there's lots of mystery behind Nick. Finding out his story is definitely a highlight.There are lots of interesting family dynamics going on for both Olive and Nick. Olive's parents seem to be struggling with their relationship. Her mother has an obsession with gardening and baking. Her father is a workaholic and spends a lot of time away from the family. I love her eight-year-old brother Noah. Despite the large age gap between them, Olive and Noah have a special, sweet bond. Nick has absent parents and readers will wonder why this bright young man has so much time on his hands.The book unfolds beautifully, weaving words to a song that plays over and over again in Olive's mind. A message? A warning?She has a lot to learn about love, life, friendship, and her family. Sometimes a person has repeat experiences/bad choices in order to get it right and find the courage to be their best, strongest self.I loved Our Song and recommend putting it on your MUST-READ list!0 of 0 people found the following review helpful. amazingBy KellyHeartwarming and enlightening. Gives a look into a young girls fight to find herself and true love. Couldn't have been any better14 of 14 people found the following review helpful. A fun, believable, and ultimately touching book, and simultaneously a fantastic addition to the YA and middle-grade genresBy Karielle @ Books la ModeOlive's carefully constructed life comes crashing down in the wake of an accident that should have, and almost, left her dead. For the first time she is forced--against her Martha Stewart-mother's will--to face imperfection, to face flaws, and it is only when she finally admits to them, she begins to see clearly who the ones that love her are, and just how special a place they hold.Olive doesn't want to satisfy the expectations of her mother--the mother who prunes her social circle as she prunes her petunias--and realizes she needs to escape the suffocating grasp of Vista Valley, where she hasn't ventured more than a hundred miles past since she was born, all the more. Enter: Nick, a brooding, devastating British bad boy with a penchant for spontaneity and a wicked, wicked smile. And suddenly, Olive is free. Olive is happy. And if she allows herself to, Olive just might find what she's looking for...Simply put, Our Song is a sweet, coming-of-age YA romance--nothing riveting, but accurately tender in some parts and emotive of teenage angst, insecurity, and heartache in others. There are so many different issues raised in this teen novel, including friendship, rebellion, sexuality, dating danger(ously handsome boys...), the aftermath of a near-death, and of course, Olive's haunting song. They're all great topics, but I was disappointed by how none of them are fully explored, just sort of dabbled in, and then neglected. They do have proper ties at the end of the book, but it's like the author introduced these great plot points, ignored them, and then brought them back up in the closing chapters just to form a clean conclusion.I had a bit of an issue with Olive. It's not that she's difficult to sympathize with--in fact, I'd say her frustrations and hard-headed determination are easy to relate to--but she just isn't portrayed in a very likable light; through the story's progression, she grows and realizes her mistakes and, as with most young adult novels, she learns from them, but her general attitude towards her friends and nave ignorance of her surroundings makes her a hard character to grow on. This was mainly a problem for me since she narrates the story first-person; whenever I got annoyed with her, I was still stuck with her because we only ever get to see through her (narrow) perspective.Nick, on the other hand... I could use a guy like him in my life! He's wonderfully portrayed (let's not kid anyone here, I had a big-time swoon-fest while reading about him), but poorly developed. As a person he seems wonderful and charming and BRITISH but as a book character, he's too quick in his affections for Olive--making him rather unrealistic--and two-dimensional. I thought his troubling past would really add depth to him, but there's really no suspense nor a huge bang leading up to his "dark" secret... it's just suddenly revealed, which was not only anticlimactic, but also further weakened his character.Fraiberg is a storyteller at heart and really knows how to integrate the protagonist's point of view into the novel. Stylistically, Our Song is straightforward and contemporary in tone; this could be your own diary.Pros: Great voice // Fraiberg captures teen spirit perfectly // Authentic depiction of high school horrors // I want Annie as my best friend! // Story moves quickly and smoothly; constantly left me wanting more // Evocative of Los Angeles and surrounding areas // Clean, chaste romanceCons: Olive is rather bratty // As much as I loved Nick, he isn't anything special... mostly because he's underdeveloped as a character and because his big dark "secret" is too hurried at the end // Olive's romance with Nick, mysterious song, emotional healing, and coming-to-terms with self are all a bit disjointedVerdict: Jordanna Fraiberg's newest novel is a fast-moving account of Olive's post-tragedy struggles that touches upon the pain of heartbreak, the true meaning of love and companionship, and the importance of accepting second chances. As heavy as the topics of this book are, the story itself doesn't go too deeply into them, so for the most part, this was a light, undemanding read--although it does have its share of bleak, depressing notes. I was disappointed by the lack of


complexity and weightier content, but still enjoyed Our Song regardless. This is a fun, believable, and ultimately touching book, and simultaneously a fantastic addition to the YA and middle-grade genres.Rating: 7 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): Not perfect, but overall enjoyable.Source: Complimentary ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review for the Itching for Books virtual book tour (thank you!). Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, shes haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.Then Olive meets Nick. Hes dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she cant explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romanceuntil Nick makes a troubling confession.Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone. From BooklistWelcome to Vista Valley, land of manicured lawns and country clubs. Its home to Olive Bell, a highschool senior bound for Georgetown who, prior to an accident, had a seemingly perfect life and boyfriend, Derek. But Olive has just survived a serious car wreckso serious she died for three minutesand now her relationship with Derek is over. Everybody, including her mother, thinks she crashed the car on purpose, but readers wont actually learn the details of that stormy night until the very end of the novel (or why she now hears song lyrics play on repeat in her mind). To appease her parents and the school counselor, Olive starts attending a support group. She chooses the NearDeath Society, and its there that she meets handsome but troubled Nick. Many readers will want to shake Olive, an insecure girl who seemingly needs a Derek or a Nick to feel complete, but theyll be heartened as she takes steps toward loving herself. Theres nothing terribly unique here plot-wise, but romance fans who enjoy floppy-haired, mysterious boys with English accents (and who doesnt?) wont be disappointed. Grades 7-10. --Ann Kelley "The resonant and poignant themes of memory, loss, and forgiveness haunt this novel the way the elusive song haunts its heroine."-Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door"From dreamer Charlie in In Your Room to tortured Nick in Our Song, Jordanna Fraiberg knows how to write a hero readers will fall in love with."-Jennifer Echols, author of Love Story, Such A Rush, and The Boys Next Door"A tender and truthful story... Fraiberg lets this story be what it wants to be: one girl's story of finding true love and who she really is."-Publishers WeeklyAbout the AuthorJordanna Fraiberg was born inMontreal,Quebec,and currently lives inL.A., where she settled after receiving degrees from Harvard andOxford. A former national squash champion and Hollywood film executive, she now divides her time between dreaming up stories and chasing her toddler.She is also the author of In Your Room. Check out her websiteatwww.jordannafraiberg.com

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