Thursday, May 5, 2011
A Little Wanting Song
Alfred A. Knopf, 2005
Read for YA Overlooked Book Battle.
This is told in alternating perspectives from Charlie, lonely city-girl, and Rose, smart country-girl dying to attend school in the city. That marks the beginning of their friendship: Rose's desire to get out of the small Australian town where she has always lived and Charlie visits for the summer (as this is Australia, that summer is over Christmas break which was so weird to this American girl). Their friendship brings out new aspects of each other.
This was a fine fast novel. I enjoyed the alternating perspectives although sometimes it shifted so quick (most chapters were about two pages) that I was confused about who was talking; happily each chapter opens with the name of the narrator so it was easy to check. Both girls have harbored mistaken impressions of each other for years but were desperate for new company. I adored the way they came to know each other and helped the other heal in some ways. Both of them have serious difficulties in their life.
However the part I really liked was the love story. Rose has been dating Luke but troubles in their relationship have arisen. But Dave has liked Charlie for years and she reciprocates! Their courtship was super awkward but also super adorable and I rooted for them.
Another element is tidbits from the girls' respective interests. Rose likes science and shares some cool factoids about rocks and water through her narrative. Charlie loves music and that largely dominates her section, culminating in a performance at the end.
Overall: A sweet growing up story about wanting more.
Cover: I wish there were two girls but I really like the black and white with the splash of color.