Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Review: A Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles
Everyone should have something to rebel against.
Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.
Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father's career and dominating her family's life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she's haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.
When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.
**copy of book provided for honest review**
This is the first book I have read by this author. And only one in a handful of books I have read by a male author. I have to say, I am 100% impressed. The story is very well written and hooks you pretty much from the beginning.
Crank is smitten with Julia from their very first meeting in Washington DC. It is so out of character for him to want more than just sex from a girl. That is why he is shocked when he asks Julia to meet him for lunch. And even more surprising, she agrees. They end up spending the entire day together. They learn that they both live in Boston and Crank begins wondering if there is a chance they might see one another back home. It is as the end of that time together when she offers him a one night stand, nothing else. But Crank feels a connection with her that is about more than sex...so he walks away.
Crank and Julia never expected to see one another again. But fate is a funny thing sometimes. They do end up seeing each other, at a bar where he just got done performing with his band. Last song they sang? Well it just happens to be one Crank wrote about Julia....AWKWARD!! And to make matters worse? She ends up backing into his car and totaling it!
Through the course of the book, the author alternates between Crank and Julia's POV. We get to see their relationship continue to grow from the encounter that night at the bar. Crank slowly falls head over heels for Julia. But she is still not interested in more. Julia has a lot of healing to do before she can become involved emotionally with anyone. She just doesn't realize it yet. But with the help of some unlikely sources, she begins to mend her wounded soul. And piece by piece the armor comes off. But will it be too late for her and Crank? Well you will just have to read the book to find out!!