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All the Wrong Chords
Contributor(s): Deriso, Christine Hurley
ISBN: 1635830109     ISBN-13: 9781635830101
Publisher: Flux
    OUR PRICE: $10.79  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: December 2017
Annotation: Dealing with the death of her brother, teenager Scarlett Stiles joins a rock band and falls hard for the band's lead singer and local "bad boy."
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Bands (Music); Fiction.
Dating (Social customs); Fiction.
Death; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017031806
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.75" (0.65 lbs) 276 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 November)

Gr 8 Up—In this complex contemporary romance, Scarlett spends the summer with her grandpa in a small town in Georgia. Her older brother Liam died after overdosing on pain pills and Scarlett is seeking respite. She joins a band and promptly falls for Declan, the flashy lead singer. Meanwhile, Zach, the songwriter of the band, encourages her to develop and grow musically and emotionally. Hurley Deriso skillfully handles the delicate topic of drug addiction, humanizing this national epidemic while also creating a believable and breezy love story. Told from Scarlett's perspective, the narrative slowly reveals an authentic portrait of Liam's character. The heroine also learns that she was not alone in her feelings of loss, and that her best friend Varun was Liam's boyfriend. In a sensitive treatment, the author honestly depicts Zach and his family as they deal with his mother's degenerative disease. Additionally, the development of the relationship between grandpa and Scarlett based on mutual trust and a touch of shared mirth is endearing. The romantic plot is well-traveled territory, but the complexities of the relationships and interwoven themes ring true, elevating the overall reading experience. While Scarlett's love story does come to a satisfying conclusion, her real salvation is in the music she plays, her own evolution, and the friendships she develops through her growth that summer. Mature themes include drug abuse and smoking. Accompanying original band music is available online. VERDICT Recommended for teens who enjoy a summer romance with serious content. Purchase where books by Jenny Han, Jay Asher, and Jennifer Niven are popular.—Eva Thaler-Sroussi, Needham Free Public Library, MA

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