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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, she’s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.

Then Olive meets Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can’t
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 2nd 2013 by Razorbill
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♥adinda ♥
Nov 09, 2012 ♥adinda ♥ marked it as to-read
"our song is a slamming screen doors. sneakin' out late backin' on ur window. we're on the phone and talkin' real slow cuz its late and ur mama dont know"

Lol tay swift's song always popped out in my head when i saw this book :D but its a good thing rite?
Aman
Even after finishing the book, I still don't understand why Olive kept hearing the song and what was it's importance exactly. I'm very confused, the story doesn't make any sense to me.

First of all, after reading the premises, you would think that maybe Olive is suffering from some sort of Amnesia after the accident and the reason she's hearing that song is because Nick wrote it for her and she can't remember their time together. Right! That's what I thought too, but I was so wrong.

Olive is such
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Isamlq
I am amazed, I tell you. Considering the number of times I wanted to call it quits over a lead who’s such a drag about herself and how she perceives others, I am truly amazed that I got passed all those little things that bugged me about her to finish this.

And it’s not really all that bad, too.Yes, maybe it is a bit too preachy and all claim yourself, boys suck, and be yourself, plus the rah-rah-rahing for her by her BFF, (who, by the way, was just so typically YA-BFF-y for various reasons, for
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Lena ♫ ♪
OUR SONG offers readers everything the title suggests: A memory lost, love undiscovered, and a song that desperately needs to be heard. Of all these things, what I wasn't expecting to experience was this girl's beautiful journey from who she use to be and who she's suppose to be. From innocence to outsider to redemption, Olive Bell has quite the story to tell.

I must admit, what originally drew me to this novel was the title and the cover. Who doesn't love a fabulous love story? Let's face it, th
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Abby
I just want to say thank you for putting a cover on this book with Nick in it so now I can know what he looks like for when I dream about him. This book was just wonderful. Olive gets into a car accident where she dies for a few minutes then she comes back. Everyone thinks she did it on purpose to kill herself since earlier that night her douche bag, horn dog boyfriend left her. She gets pushed into joining some kind of therapy group so she chooses one for people who have died and come back. The ...more
Farrah
My Rating: 4.5

A very sweet book about coming of age, defying expectations, looking past surfaces, and finding new love. Our Song was a wonderful read, one that will have you smiling.

This book was a very summer reading type of book, but a little more serious. It focused more on the character's and their growth than anything else. Character driven more than plot driven.

Olive was a likable heroine. I found her easy to relate to with how she reacted to her new life and her conflicted desires to fit
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Heather
Olive is returning home after a near-death experience. Her parents are concerned about what happened the night of her car crash in her boyfriends car, but she is not willing to divulge anything to them. Wanting to go back to school as soon as possible to see her boyfriend Derek, Olive takes the risk of the rumors and looks and goes to school right after her return home. But Olive doesn't feel like herself anymore, or at least what her old self felt like. She final spying Derek at lunch, but he i ...more
Emma
Absolutely perfect! Just brilliant... Just the most elegant and heart-felt romance I've read!

Loved it! Full Review to come!

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This for me was the perfect contemporary romance of 2013. It was just beautiful and if anyone knows me, any mention of Photography within a book is my Achilles heel. Photography is a way to capture the impossible moment with the combination of the heart-felt romance was just magical. Am I babbling, terribly sorry I just get caught in the moment...

In Olive Bell's world, s
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Liza Wiemer
OUR 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
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Mel Barnes
I really enjoyed this book and the flow of the story. The characters were easy to follow and see why they chose to do the things they did. I'd happily read other books by this author.

However there is a part near the end than angered me because it was not necessary for how descriptive it was. I felt as though it could have been veiled and not as obvious. It didn't seem as though it fit the rest of the book. In fact after I finished the book I thought about it for a while and couldn't decide why i
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Booknut
'Their red beaks let out what sounded like a distress call, a discordant, screaming cacophony, as if they were at war with the swaggering hunk of brass. But as they dispersed into the open sky, their squawks became less urgent, blending into a harmonious song they belted out in unison. With their bright green wings, they glided through the clouds as one, singing at a pitch I'd never heard before.

(...) "You know what that is," Nick said, looking up at the sky. "That's the sound of freedom."'
The
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LuvLaw
This book is all about life after you exprience death.

Olive she is pretty but frustrated as everyone in her life is trying to be coy in front of her.

Nick is a guy from tormented past

olive meets nick in supprt group

The only problem with this book is that... the chracters need to develop more with eachother.

Now the song... the mystery is only revealed towards the end.

No sizzling scene ladies :)

Only a kiss towards the end.

This book is good and awesome but i read it for NICK!!! Hez cute!!!
Nina Higson-Sweeney
Am I a great lover of YA romance? No. Did I absolutely adore Our Song? YES. For the first few chapters, I didn't completely warm to Olive - there was something quite detached and boring about her. But after a while she started to come out of her shell, and now that I've finished it, I think Our Song is set to be one of the best romances of the year.

At the beginning of the novel, Olive has just come home after her two-week stay at the hospital. Why? A car accident, something that many are calling
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Lauren Miller
If you're looking for a sweet, yet mature high school romance that will make you think about life and death and identity, look no further than OUR SONG! Olive is refreshingly different from most teen girl protagonists I've read recently, and her relationship with Nick feels so real. And the ending is so satisfying. I read an advance copy, but the book is the perfect summer beach read - and it comes out just in time.
mauvemagnolia
Jan 03, 2013 mauvemagnolia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to mauvemagnolia by: Colleen
Shelves: ya, fiction
A fun teenage romance with added elements of self discovery and coming of age.

Recommended for:

*Fans of Susane Colasanti, Sarah Dessen and Ann Brashares
*People looking for a quick fluffy summer read
*Fans of dark and mysterious love interests
Lindy
Our Song, by Jordanna Fraiberg, was a beautiful story full of substance. It touched on many themes such as death, rebirth, life lessons, transformation, love, learning from mistakes, and evolving. Our Song, is told from the main character, 18 year old, Olive's, perspective. She dies from a car accident, and is brought back to life by the paramedics. While she's in the hospital, her boyfriend of two years, Derek, doesn't visit or contact her. In fact, the only person from school that visits, is h ...more
Stephanie Ward
'Our Song' is a young adult contemporary novel that follows Olive Bell as she returns home after a terrible accident two weeks earlier. Olive had been out of control - driving too fast during a hard rain - and she crashed her boyfriend Derek's car. She died during the crash but was revived by paramedics. After the crash, Olive feels like a completely different person. People start treating her differently - her parents, her neighbors, friends, and schoolmates - all begin to act like she wrecked ...more
Nina (The Bookish Confections)
Okay now. I really don't know how to start this review. Basically because my mind is really messed up. In a good way! It's hard to think of words to justify how much I love this novel. And how much I find awesomeness here.

What drew me to read this is the music and the near-death experience of Olive. Sure, there was music but not in the way I though it would be. The pull of music in here was much deeper. Its impact was much more emotional and spiritual. While the near-death experience was somethi
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Henrietta
Can the truth set you free?

Olive is slowly recovering from her near-fatal car accident. She feels heartbroken that her boyfriend, Derek, is ignoring her and when she sees him kissing a popular girl from school, she feels devastated. Not wanting to revisit the incident leading to her car accident, Olive refuses to go through any kind of professional therapy. Her parents and teachers are worried but they all know that nobody could help unless she decides she wants to be helped. Will Olive give her
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Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
First let me start off by saying, I really like this cover. I find it very appealing. Definitely made me wonder what's the story between these two. I'm guilty for judging a book by it's cover so it definitely piqued my interest. This is definitely an interesting read. In this novel, you meet Olive, your main character. Olive was in a horrible accident that she actually died in. But lucky for her she was revived. And that's what the story is mostly about. How she tries to pick up the pieces afte ...more
Karielle
Olive'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 he
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Jannat Bhat ( Obsessive Compulsive Reader)
“There’s one last thing you should know. When we were on the dock that day, right before I pulled you into the pond, you were right. I was going to say something. I was going to tell you how beautiful you are.”

I'll start by saying that I'm in love with the cover! Although I go by the policy of not judging a book by its cover, this one certainly drew me to it :D
About the story, it sure had me in an emotional wreck. I had like zero patience to know if our characters get a happy ending. Did they?
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Tiffany
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What really happened the night Olive crashed? That’s what everyone wants to know and Olive wants everyone to forget. Now that she is out of the hospital she hopes things will go back to normal. They don’t and Olive goes to a dark place until she meets Nick.

Olive meets Nick in a support group for people that have died. She feels a real connection to him, someone that she can relate to. But Nick has secret of his own and he is not willing to tell, but all secrets
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Amber Hodges (Paradise of Pages)
Okay, I don't even know where to start with this book. I read her other book In Your Room and that one also blew me away. I already had high expectations for this book, but even those were too little compared to what I read.

I first started reading it and thought it was good, but I will admit the first couple chapters took me a little to get into. From there though, I couldn't stop, I had to know what was going on and how it would end. I even had my poor boyfriend cook me dinner because I couldn
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Sara Mango
CHARACTERS:
Olive: 5
Annie:5
Nick:4
Derek:2
Jordanna Fraiberg did a thorough job at describing each character and how they were feeling. Olive is just a teenage girl going through an over the top crisis, and Fraiberg explains this to readers. "I pretended they were beaming down on some other town. On some other girl. Not me." (Fraiberg 29). This is a comment made by Olive in the beginning of the book, and it portrays her frustration and confusion with life. This is also the reason she is such a admir
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Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
(This review was originally posted at My Library in the Making.)

Our Song was a very nice surprise, what with three mysteries that kept me turning the pages. First, what really happened the night of Olive's accident—the night that she tried so hard to forget, I'm surprised she didn't end up having selective amnesia. Second, the song that kept playing in her head which came to her with complete lyrics and melody. And lastly, there was Nick himself—the British boy who shot golf balls from the roof
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Abbie
I notice that a lot of romance books focus on self-searching. Trying to start again and understand who you are after a life-altering event happens.

I know how devastating it can be to lose your lover -- its like a piece of you dies. So how come its so easy for Olive to find someone new? I love Nick. He was a perfect gentleman. It was Olive who I didn't quite like. She was brooding and a little selfish. She almost always forgot about her plans with her best friend; and she was too focused on Nick
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BookChic Club
I really enjoyed Fraiberg's debut In Your Room (it's seriously one of my favorite reads EVER) and have been eagerly anticipating a new novel from her since then (as well as badgering her with emails wondering when the next book would come!). This book's not as good as her debut, but it's still pretty darn good.

Now, it's not a page-turner of a book. There's quite a bit of introspection and it's really more character-driven than plot-driven. I liked Olive's voice and the introduction of Nick, and
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Kylee
I am all for a story that involves jumping hurdles, discovering ones self, and always a happy ending. "Our Song" was all that, BUT I was a little concerned in the beginning. I felt like I was given bits and pieces of information and was so confused on what happened, that I struggled to get through the first 4 chapters. After that point, it seems like the story picked up REALLY fast and all the tid bits of information were coming together. I really think the beginning was just too slow. BUT in th ...more
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Jordanna Fraiberg was born in Montreal, Quebec, and currently lives in L.A., where she settled after receiving degrees from Harvard and Oxford. A former national squash champion and Hollywood film executive, she now divides her time between dreaming up stories and chasing her toddler. She is the author of Our Song and In Your Room. Check out her website at www.jordannafraiberg.com
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“I see your face all over the place
Like a haunting from above
The only way for this to pass
Is to let go of your love.

Your voice is like an angel
I can hear without sound.
My leaden heart starts floating
Whenever you’re around.

When I wake I see your face
Even through the fog
That leaves no trace
I will hear you long
After you’re gone
Mingled with the earth
Your heart beats on

On the infinite horizon
Where you and I belong
As the silver moon is rising
That’s when they’ll play our song
Our song
Our song”
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