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Sixteen-year-old, music- and sound design-obsessed Drea doesn't have friends. She has, as she's often reminded, issues. Drea's mom and a rotating band of psychiatrists have settled on "a touch of Asperger's."

Having just moved to the latest in a string of new towns, Drea meets two other outsiders. And Naomi and Justin seem to actually like Drea. The three of them form a ban...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published May 19th 2010)
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Emily May

3.5
I honestly think I damaged a few brain cells trying to decide how to rate this book, and I'm still not sure my choice is correct. But whatever, I can't waste any more time wondering what to do about these books that are really really good for the first three quarters and then just lose it towards the end. It seems like every book I've read is like that lately, some were good enough to keep a high rating regardless (The House of the Scorpion), and others weren't quite as successful (Slated).

I...more
Arlene
Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars

Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly falls in that coveted category of hard to put down. This story captured my attention almost immediately and despite a hectic couple of days, I kept running back to this book at every free moment to read more about Drea and her life. Harmonic Feedback really did move me and kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end.

I was pleasantly surprised by the content of the book. It wasn’t until I was about to start reading it did I disco...more
~Tina~
Feb 03, 2011 ~Tina~ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to ~Tina~ by: Nic and Alexa
TBR Reduce Challenge #6- 2011 (Alexa)

To be honest I don't like books set to music, which I'm ashamed to admit I thought this was one of them. Hence why it took me so long to read this. Still a couple of friends recommended this to me, so thanks to Nic and Alexa (also for picking it for my challenge).
This book was really something!

Harmonic Feedback is a great story about three friends, self discovery, understanding who you are, who others want to be and what you can do to change your past. It's a...more
Janina
I really had trouble rating this book. I did enjoy it, the ending even made me cry and I finished it in a few hours last night. I couldn’t stop reading and was totally caught up in the story, but now, after sleeping on it, I don’t feel quite so strongly about it anymore. Yesterday, I would have rated Harmonic Feedback four stars. But when I think about it now, I don’t really see myself going back to re-read it. While the story was well done and the ending touched me, it obviously didn’t leave a...more
Sesana
I wasn't sure what to expect out of this book when I started reading it. I had heard great things about the protagonist, Drea, and that Kelly had done a really good job at writing the thought processes of a character on the autism spectrum. That's what interested me, and that's why I read the book. As for plot specifics, I kind of didn't care. I was far more interested in the characters. I think that was the right way to go into this book.

The characters are, far and away, the best part. Drea's t...more
Alexa

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

Sometimes there are books that end up being very different than what I first imagined from reading the book's summary. This book is definitely one of them. I love when that happens because usually it ends up being even better than I imagined. :)

I loved Drea, Justin, and Naomi. They were awesome and good people. I may not have exactly their problems, but I do have my own, and I could easily relate to their characters. When I read the book's summa...more
Nic
Aug 16, 2010 Nic rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nic by: Older teens, adults
Wow. What an amazing debut novel about friendship, love and music. It is a beautifully written story filled with characters that capture your heart. I could have easily devour it in one sitting, it was an effortless read.

While the plot is good (the ending took me by suprise), it is the characters that shine. I adore Drea, she is such a unique, straight forward, honest character that inspires you to be a better person. Justin is sweet, gorgeous (@ Kim tattoos and piercings, yummy) and a caring f...more
Ash
With only 3 stars it may seem like I didn't like it very much, but that's not really the case. There were things that I just really didn't like. Or maybe the better word is that I didn't get.

Quick Overview: Drea and her mom have just moved from San Francisco to Bellingham, Washington to move in with her hard to please grandmother. Their first day there, a purple haired girl named Naomi from across the street talks to Drea and surprisingly seems to like her, despite the way she acts and her obse...more
Courtney
Jun 08, 2010 Courtney added it
Shelves: 2010, ya-fiction
Sixteen-year-old Drea is the new kid in town. She knows the drill; she moves around a lot. Getting acclimated to new places and new faces is never fun, but it's always made more complicated by Drea's ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome. Drea struggles with other people's perceptions of her--family and peers alike--and does not want to be defined by her diagnoses. Bellingham, Washington is a chance to start over. Naomi, the wild girl next door, takes Drea under her wings immediately. And then there's Ju...more
Noelle
Tara Kelly has a knack for writing engaging stories. In fact, this is the second book by her that I have read in nearly one sitting. But while her writing can certainly grab a hold of me, it doesn't have a particularly strong grip. I was engaged while I was reading but didn't spend much time thinking about it when I put it down. Still, Harmonic Feedback is an interesting novel with a unique voice.

Said unique voice is a result of heroine Drea's "touch of Asperger's". In this case, "touch of Asper...more
Nomes
What an amazing book.

It's refreshing and honest and not at all awkward (which I was initially apprehensive about).

At its heart, it's a love story, and a story of friendship and mothers and daughters.

Despite Drea's Aspergers, she's incredibly easy to relate to, to love and to cheer on. It's funny and precious and inspiring.

It's a little heartbreaking, a whole lot eye-opening and completely captivating. Also, Justin, swoon :)
Laura
We all move with a rhythm layered with our own unique traits, quirks, and personality. Somehow we all have to find a way to connect and form relationships in this world though. Life really cannot be done alone. So…how do we find friends and loved ones who can move with us and still hold on to our own rhythm?

Tara Kelly’s Harmonic Feedback tells the story and struggles of Drea, Justin, and Naomi with raw, straight forward, sparse, no bullshit language and attitude. All three are searching for fre...more
Angie
I picked up HARMONIC FEEDBACK based on the strength of Trisha's review over at The YA YA YAs. This is not an unusual thing for me to do, as you probably know. Trisha has impeccable taste and a knack for tempting me with her reviews in such a way that what was non-committal longing suddenly turns into I must have it now! Trisha asked why more people aren't talking about this book and called it "a noteworthy debut." After reading it, I frankly have to agree with her. It was hard to track down in t...more
Kate
There are so many things I loved about this book that it's hard to know where to start. The main character, Drea, is a teenager who's tired of being defined by her acronyms... ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome. I've read a few YA novels with main characters on the autism spectrum, but this is the first one that explores that voice from a female point of view, and it does so beautifully. If you enjoyed Marcelo in MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD, I think you'll also fall in love with Drea because both charac...more
Laura Manivong
Ok, admittedly, I've gotten a little burnt out on realistic teen fiction lately, but Tara Kelly hit it outta the park with this one. Such amazing characters, fantastic dialogue, and passion on every page. Love, love, love Harmonic Feedback!
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Edna Lyn
Harmonic Feedback easily became one of the best YAs I've ever read. It's a beautifully written and heartfelt story of a girl dealing with those social and self-perception issues that comes with the territory of being a teenager. How to act? What to say? We get to see Drea, who happens to have ADHD and a touch of Asperger's, go through the trials of having friends which she's never really had before and the struggles to fit in socially.

The greatest thing about this book: the characters and their...more
Kristy
I very much so enjoyed reading this one. It was fast and quirky. I just expected more info or "inside the mind" of a person with Ausbergers.... There was some insight to her thought process, I guess I just wanted more. It was Young Adult, but the actual story was a pretty adult concept. It has a realness about it. It is akward at moments, but they are sooo life-like.

Naomi's character almost took over Drea at some points... I wanted more Drea and less Naomi. N's story was sad and good, but I felt...more
Jaclyn
If you enjoy serious (but not overly heavy) realistic teen fiction, you should definitely pick up this book, which is an absolutely shining example of its genre. Drea has Asperger's, but if you've ever had trouble making friends or felt like an odd one out, you should ABSOLUTELY definitely pick this up. I identify with Drea now, and man, at 17 I would have identified even more. A lot of teens who are feeling outsiderish will find a little comfort here. All the characters are relatable and the wr...more
Enna Isilee (Squeaky Books)
Jan 02, 2012 Enna Isilee (Squeaky Books) marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-finished
Unfortunately, this book fell victim to what happens to EVERY contemporary book I read: I just don't care. If you've got to go save the world or slay a dragon, THAT I care about. If you've got to overcome a rough home life, self-esteem issues, or a loser boyfriend and there are no unicorns involved, chances are I'm not gonna care enough to finish.

That makes me sound horribly callous... but perhaps the reason I don't care about these fictional people's real-life problems is because I spend a lot...more
Lauren
Every once in a while there comes a YA debut novel that fits in with adjectives such as fantastic, wonderful, and amazing leaving me to be absolutely grateful that YA is the genre I read. Oh, and if you haven't guessed it so far, Harmonic Feedback is the book I'm talking about.

Within Drea, Tara has created an inspirational and real girl that's unique voice is one that I adored reading. I loved that even though Drea has Asperger's syndrome she was still someone that I, someone who doesn’t have t...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: A great debut novel from Tara Kelly! We meet Drea who is just a girl who longs to be normal, she dispises seeing shrinks, she just wants to be who she is without the constant reminder that she has Asperger's. Drea moves to a new town and she meets her neighbor Naomi who is best described in my mind as creative. She than starts school and meets Justin who she is instantly drawn too. He really likes Drea, you can tell from the get go. The 3 of them start to form a band and you can see...more
Isamlq
The acknowledgement starts with a disclaimer that it doesn't offer a definiton of Asperger's syndrome. Rather it's a story of one girl and her experience. OK I'll bite. I just kept wondering what it would be like to see the world as she does. Fascinating would be too strong a word. I'd be confused. Interacting with others and while having a hard time deciphering social cues must have made interacting with her an interesting thing. I did appreciate Drea's stratightforward manner. I found her go t...more
Alexa
This book is as gorgeous on the inside as it is on the outside. Gosh, I love that cover and I love this book. LOVE IT!


Although Drea has Asperger and ADHD, it doesn't define her character and she was easy to relate too. Her voice is perfect, effortless and real, it caught me up from the first sentence.

Connecting with people and learning to be yourself, are two of the major themes of Harmonic Feedback and they’re handled brilliantly. Drea isn't the odd one out because she has aspergers, Naomi and...more
Audrey (holes In My brain)
I wish I liked it more, I went in to it thinking I'd love it but I was disappointed. I had a hard time connecting with the story, and at times, I felt I was missing the... honesty of it all. I dunno, it just never worked for me.
Miss
I love this book. It made me laugh and cry. I adored the characters, especially Drea, Justin and grandma. They were realistic and lovable. The writing is witty and easy to read. This is another must-read!
Allison (The Allure of Books)
First of all: this cover. I absolutely love it. And once I finished the book, I loved it even more, I think it represents both the characters and what the book stands for. So awesome.

I really loved reading this, I couldn't put it down. I don't even think I changed positions once I sat down and started it. I checked it out from the library but I definitely plan to buy my own copy at some point now. This is a book I'll be reading again (and again...and again...).

Drea has ADHD and Asperger's Syndro...more
K. Bird
A love and friendship story from a slightly Autistic female character's POV, coupled with indie music sensibilities and high school politics, along with added rumination about how unique people fare in a world of conformists.

Awesome.

Drea is starting over (yet again) at a new high school. Only this time her ne'er do well and overprotective Mother is moving them into the basement of her no-nonsense, critical Grandmother with whom Drea does not get along.

Her music will become a bridge between Drea...more
Wafiyah
Jun 25, 2012 Wafiyah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers looking for sweet fluff but inspirational tragedy as well
Recommended to Wafiyah by: "The Survival Kit" on Goodreads
This book is extremely deep. It wasn't quite what I'd expected; I totally did not understand Naomi's character. I agree with her former best friend, Kari - Naomi would say something extremely rude and then change to someone sweet. It was a bit disturbing at first how she would shift back and forth; I wouldn't want a friend who's so used to stealing, having sex, and taking drugs as if it's like breathing. I wasn't quite shocked with the ending, but it still kind of hit me hard, that although Naom...more
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
What a pleasant surprise was this book. I'm entrapped and mesmerized at how basic and yet surprising was the psychological part of the book. As you know the female lead character, Drea, has been diagnosed with certain mental disadvantages that make her, in some ways, socially awkward. Except I ended up feeling more awkward than her. This book will make you evaluate and analyze your daily social interactions. The questions and difficulties that Drea faces that are simply everyday things to most o...more
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Tara Kelly is a Jill of all trades--a YA author, one-girl band, web/graphic designer, video editor and photographer. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her ten guitars, supercool bf, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.

Ratings: I give honest ratings, even if I like you. I'm also extremely picky with quirky tastes and many books (even well written books) are just 'okay' to me. Anything 3 stars and abov...more
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