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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  1,476 ratings  ·  128 reviews
She can hear the music in peoples' souls.
Mary Beth and her younger sister Leeann are trying to support themselves in their small Southern hometown. So Mary Beth works to make ends meet by practicing her own unique talent: "song reading." By making sense of the song lyrics people have stuck in their heads, Mary Beth can help people make sense of their lives. In no time,...more
Published (first published April 15th 2003)
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whichwaydidshego?
Jul 02, 2008 whichwaydidshego? rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who feel.
When I think of “Chick Lit,” I don’t think of books by women but rather I think romance and fluff. Sure, this novel is as easy to read as tepid butter is when spread on hot toast in summer, but it’s not fluff. It’s about the every day, complicated, real life of family. It’s about how growing up – whether in an unusual or an average family – is rarely easy. It’s about relationships and emotions and all the ways we avoid as well as work through them. It’s also about compassion.

When the title char...more
bookczuk
I picked this up initially because I always have a song or two rambling through my head, and often spilling out over my lips. It can be anything from Immittet Angelus to the theme from Sesame Street. No wait. That's a bad example. There's actually a musical relationship between those two. How about anything from Stardust to When You Wish Upon a Star. No wait. This is harder than I thought. How about Greensleeves to Happy Trails to You (which is the song I want played at my funeral, by the way)?...more
Sisma Dwi
Mari saya ringkas isi novel ini:

Novel ini berkisah tentang Mary Beth yang tinggal bersama adiknya Leeaan di sebuah kota kecil Tainer. Mereka hanya tinggal berdua semenjak sang ayah pergi dan ibu mereka meninggal dunia akibat kecelakaan lalu lintas. Mary Beth bekerja sebagai pramusaji restoran untuk membiayai hidupnya bersama sang adik, Leeaan yang masih SMA. Mary Beth memiliki semacam kemampuan untuk 'menerawang' seseorang. Bukan dengan kartu tarot, bola kristal, ataupun membaca pikiran. Tapi de...more
Jessica
This book would also make a good book group discussion, but it was stressful and emotionally draining to read. When it was over I was so relieved it was over, even though the end didnt really wrap up and explain everything as well as I would have liked, I was left wondering, what did that mean, are they going, are they staying? I'm confused.
Lightblue
L'idea che le canzoni che ascoltiamo e che ci rimangono in testa in qualche modo siano un messaggio di quello che siamo e di quello che abbiamo dentro è veramente intrigante. Mentre leggevo cercavo di ripensare alle colonne sonore della mia vita e volevo capire se in qualche modo mi rappresentassero.
Detto questo, il libro è davvero molto coinvolgente e scritto bene. E' la storia di due sorelle, Mary Beth (che ha appunto questo "dono" di leggere le canzoni) e LeeAnn, molto giovane e sensibile. R...more
Bridget
Lisa Tucker's books always feel almost really good, but are always missing that one thing that makes them great. This is the third book of hers that I've read now, and they've all been solidly entertaining (and fairly quick reads) but are never all the memorable and I never feel compelled to recommend them to anyone else.

This book is much the same. I enjoyed the book, but there is definitely a sad undercurrent of what it's like for a young high school girl to grow up very fast and realize tha...more
ashley | citygirlscapes
I picked this book up because of the title - The Song Reader - and thought the description of song reading was an interesting and creative concept I hadn't really thought about before.

It was marketed as kind of a chick lit book, so I figured it'd be light and fluffy and an easy read about music and growing up, but it was actually quite darker and heavier than I expected. In a good way of course.

I'm always so inspired by characters, even if they are just fictional characters, who are put upon an...more
Mireille
This book was OK.
It tells the story of Mary Beth, Leann's big sister,who has a sort of a musical gift : the people who come to her tell her which songs are stuck in their heads and Mary Beth is able to give them some advice about their current problems.
Leann is the narrator of this story. She's very admirative of her big sister who raised her since their mom died. She was my favourite character, I could see her coming out of age since the book follows these sisters for a few years. She was a nor...more
Erin


I enjoyed this book for the most part. It was a very sad story, but I found the song reading a unique plot device, and felt like I connected with the main character. I can't imagine how hard dealing with everything would be for a sixteen year old, but I felt like the author captured that fairly realistically.

I had minor issues with some of the other characters here and there, but my main issue was with the ending. It felt so abrupt, as if the author had a word limit and had to rush the last fe...more
Ferina
Ternyata novel ini gak sesuai ‘ekspektasi’ gue. Gue pikir bakal berbau-bau thriller gitu. Yang awalnya gue bayangin, Mary Beth ‘membaca’ lagu, terus ternyata lagu itu ‘menghantui’ dia. Novel ini lebih banyak ke drama-nya. Meskipun gue akui, ide pembaca lagu ini keren, karena sampai saat ini yang gue tau ya berkisar di tarot, peramal kartu atau garis tangan, atau pake bola kristal.... Gue berharap ada misteri yang ‘mencekam’… Dan, soal pembacaan lagunya pun gak terlalu banyak diceritain.
Heather
Jan 04, 2012 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Lisa Tucker - it's pretty much like her others. Mediocre.
Shelves: young-adult
This book was a hot mess. I mean, I literally finished it, put it down, and said aloud, "Wow - that was a hot mess!" It was actually fairly entertaining and I enjoyed it most of the way along, until I reached the end and realized that nothing really got resolved or made any sense. If you don't think you will care, then it's an easy read and you might enjoy it anyway.

B- I own a copy from swap so you can have it if you want!
Eeiko
The story of the song reader is a cleverly written tale about love, home, and family. It is narrated by not the song reader herself, but her sister, Leeann Norris. Through Leeann’s eyes the audience gets to experience what it is like for Leeann to live and grow up in a country town, and more importantly, what song reading really is and how it affects her family and those in the town.

The song reader, Mary Beth, is the most interesting character. She is described by all as beautiful, intelligen...more
Laila
I liked the general premise; that memories are often stored with music, or our associations with music and that could make a much more interesting book than this was. Cutesy, quick read, forgettable.
Brianon Sheffield
great book.... until the crap ending.
Stephanie
Leeann Norris has an older sister with a gift. Her name is Mary Beth, and she is a "Song Reader". She translates people's deepest secrets and most sought after wishes by analyzing the songs that they cannot get out of their heads.

The two sisters get hit with drastic changes in their life when their mother dies in a car crash, and their father disappears. From this point on, Mary Beth gets thrown into becoming a parent to 14 year old Leeann.

Together the pair live a content and unconventional life...more
Devon
Lately I have found myself venturing away from the type of book that I would normally read and becoming a more well rounded literature and fiction reader. Most often I have been pleasantly surprised by my selections and The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker was definitely a pleasant surprise! When I read the synopsis on the back of the book I expected something completely different from what I got from this compelling first novel. I thought that I was reading a light hearted book about a woman who read...more
Emily
May 22, 2010 Emily rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I picked this up off the library shelf as I saw the title and as a music therapist, thought it might be interesting. I didn't expect a heavy book, but it was a little darker than I anticipated. This wouldn't be a problem if it was compelling or well-written, but it just dragged and became so mired down in the multiple emotional/psych issues the author was trying to shoehorn in. Its ambiguity about the dad's mental illness really didn't add anything to the plot as the author's interview seemed to...more
Anne Freya
Mary Beth. Sudah kuduga ada yg tdk beres dgn isi kepala wanita ini saat aku membaca pendapatnya bahwa org gila itu sesungguhnya org yg berani krn mrk memilih jalan yg tdk berani dilakukan sebagian besar org.
Sebagai org yg pernah bersinggungan dgn bbrp orang-waras-yg-memilih-menjadi-gila dlm hidupku, aku berpendapat kalau memilih menjadi gila itu adalah tindakan pengecut dan lemah krn melarikan diri dari masalah, tak peduli seberapa berat pun masalahnya, krn sesungguhnya masih banyak org yg memi...more
Meena
Jul 28, 2011 Meena rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: musically minded readers with a love of analyzing family dysfunctions
Shelves: favorites
The Song Reader is a beautifully written book. It also has a sense of suspense to it that made me unable to put the book down until I finished each page. When I first saw the title, I fell in love with the idea of song reading, of being able to meticulously pick at the songs in people's heads to find out the reason they feel emotionally distraught and help them out of it. I enjoyed reading Mary Beth's revelations and how she did song reading, although I would like more details on this point, per...more
Anni
I really do love the idea of song reading. That the songs we listen tell something about us.And so this book is lovesong for music.
But in reality this book is not about song reading. At first I thought it is a normal teenage book. First love, school and stuff like that. But then in the middle I realzized that it is a book that shows us that people always have a reson for doing things. And that we shouldn't judge them for it and we should forgive them and love them nevertheless. It has a greta mo...more
Pradnia Pramitha
Buku ini merupakan sudut pandang seorang gadis kecil bernama Leeann yang menceritakan tentang kehidupan mereka terutama kakaknya, Mary Beth. Mary Beth seorang pembaca lagu, hampir sama seperti psikolog yang dapat membaca kliennya dan memberi solusi atas permasalahan yang mereka hadapi. Namun dalam.satu waktu pembacaan lagu yang dilakukan Mary Beth membuatnya harus menghadapi rasa depresi berat karena solusi yang dia beri hampir saja membuat satu kliennya mati bunuh diri. Yang pada akhirnya, dari...more
Gayle
Leeann's dad left when she was nine years old. Nobody in the family knows where he is.
When she is a teen, her mother dies in an automobile accident and Leeann is left in the care of her older sister Mary Beth
Mary Beth works as a waitress in a diner, has a toddler that someone 'gave' her, and runs a little business that she calls song-reading. She believes the songs people keep hearing can lead to the cause of whatever problem they may be having, and she can help them solve the problem.

She keeps...more
Kevin
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Daisymiller
The most positive thing I can say about this novel is that it taught me how to be okay with NOT finishing every novel I start. It's been a few years since I picked up "The Song Reader", and all I can remember about what drew me to it is that it seemed like a breezy, afternoon escape-esque read (much like Meg Cabot's work) and I happened to want one at the time.

What struck me most about the book was just how much Mary Beth should have been named Mary Sue (a subconscious choice on Lisa Tucker's p...more
Shannon
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Jamie Insixiengmay
The song reader is about a teen named Leeann who is living with her sister,Mary Beth,their mom died and their father was no where to be found. Mary Beth is a song reader,a person who figure out peoples problems by going through the lyrics of the songs they can't stop listening to,one of her customers gave Mary Beth this baby boy named Tommy because no one wanted him. Mary Beth ended up dating one of her customers, Ben he took really good care of them. Leeann was searching for her dad and would n...more
Red
STARS RATING: 2.8

mary beth adalah seorang gadis yang memuja ibunya bahkan setelah bertahun-tahun wanita yang dipujanya itu. apapun bersedia ia lakukan demi kebahagiaan ibunya.
sedangkan adiknya, Leenaa, yang menjadi tokoh utama di cerita ini (aku tertipu dengan satu ini) adalah gadis yang lebih dekat dengan ayahnya maka dari itu saat ayahnya meninggalkannya, dia sangat sedih dan sangat berkeinginan untuk bertemu lagi dengan ayahnya yang sudah dianggap 'sakit' oleh orang lain.
mary beth memiliki ba...more
Kristine
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Brandy
The book started extremely slow. So much that I almost quit reading once I was a little over a third of the way in. Things finally picked up a little after half-way into the book. Though I feel it was an average book that's story didn't move me, inspire me, or bring me to tears, I decided to keep it (I usually donate or re-sell books I don't thoroughly enjoy). I kept it for one reason: the father in the story made me think of my grandpa who passed away a little over a year ago. When the characte...more
Britt
The Song Reader was a quite intriguing look at a very troubled family and community in general. The idea that reading the songs people have in their heads as signs to help them in their personal life, is very creative and quite unigue.Though,by the end I couldn't wait to have read it and be done with it.I'm sorry to say it did not satisfy my curiousity I had with it to begin with. Perhaps I cannot relate to it because I do not have a sister, or a dad that is that mentally unstable, or a mom that...more
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Lisa Tucker is the author of six novels: The Winters in Bloom, coming this September; The Song Reader, Shout Down the Moon, Once Upon a Day, The Cure for Modern Life, and The Promised World.

Her books have been published in twelve countries and selected for Borders Original Voices, Book of the Month Club, the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, People magazine Critic’s Choice, Redbook Book Club, A...more
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