Published by MTV Books on http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5930447-ballads-of-suburbia
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Ballads are the kind of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best. Not the clichéd ones where a diva hits her dramatic high note or a rock band tones it down a couple of notches for the ladies, but the true ballads: the punk rocker or the country crooner reminding their listeners of the numerous ways to screw things up. In high school, Kara helped maintain the "Stories of Suburbia" notebook, which contained newspaper articles about bizarre, tragic events from suburbs all over America, and personal vignettes that Kara dubbed "ballads" written by her friends in Oak Park, just outside of Chicago. But Kara never wrote her own ballad. Before she could figure out what her song was about, she left town suddenly at the end of her junior year. Now, four years later, Kara returns to her hometown to face the music, needing to revisit the disastrous events that led to her leaving, in order to move on with her life.
What I Thought…
I can’t remember where I first saw this book. I might have been just browsing goodreads or maybe I saw it on a blog. I wish I could remember. After reading the summary I just knew I wanted to read this book. I went to request it at my library (I’m trying to only buy books that I seriously, desperately want to own) and was so disappointed to discover that they didn’t have it. So I went about reading other books. But I kept coming back to this one, so I bought it (It’s the library’s fault I had to buy it, so it’s a justified buy). And I’m really glad I did too.