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Somebody Everybody Listens To

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Retta Lee Jones is blessed with a beautiful voice and has big dreams of leaving her tiny Tennessee hometown. With a beaten down car, a pocketful of hard-earned waitressing money, and stars in her eyes, Retta sets out to make it big in Nashville. But the road to success isn't a smooth one in a town filled with dreamers, and Retta begins to have doubts: can she make her mark...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 13th 2010 by Dutton Juvenile
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Emily May

This is one of those novels that is pleasant, undemanding, funny, enjoyable but still required a little something else to make it memorable. Perhaps it suffers from that unnamed condition that most "happy" realistic fiction books suffer from. If it's a real life setting and doesn't have fast-paced drama, a heart-breaking problem story, or some outrageous sex scandal then it isn't easy to hold the reader's attention - Bunheads is one rare example of a novel that does this. With that in mind,...more
Jul 01, 2010 Cara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: True blue country fans
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
I didn't know this about myself but I'm harsh on main characters. I want to like them within a few pages, and be rooting for them once the book starts. When I first cracked the book open I didn't take a liking to Retta quickly. It's not that I hated her or anything, but I guess I was kind of peeved. She seemed to think that her dream of becoming a country music star mattered more than other things, but once we see her go off to Nashville we get to know who Retta Lee Jones really is and why she d...more
Apr 24, 2010 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like Country music and love to read more realistic based stories
I think it was last year, when I read Suzanne Supplee's Artichoke's Hearts. I fell in love with Supplee's effortless writing style and realistic type characters. So, I was excited to see she has a new book coming out. I'm lucky that I had an opportunity to read an advanced copy. I'll definitely still buy the book.

This book did not disappoint; actually, after reading some mediocre books lately this was a refreshing change. What I love most about Supplee's writing is the lack of forced dialogue o...more
With real character, real problems, and big dreams I could easily love this book. Retta has a beautiful voice-both singing wise and on the page. Supplee captures what I would image to be the none to glamorous side of trying to get into the music business, but still keeping true to why people still gravitate towards it.

Retta is from a small town in Tennessee and dreams of becoming a country music star. She’s researched it, knows how to play guitar, and has practiced singing. She knows that it wi...more
One of my library trustees brought this ARC back from the ALA Midwinter Conference.

Retta Jones wants to be a country singer more than anything. After graduation she heads off to Nashville in a borrowed car and almost immediately gets into a series of predicaments that leave her broke. The tow truck driver offers her a temporary position as his secretary since she can't pay for repairs, and Retta does her best to scrape together a life, living in her car, bathing in a convenience store sink, and...more
Somebody Everybody Listens To is not your typical story of modern success. Retta Lee Hones, a aspirating singer, just out of high school, trying to ‘make it’ in country music capital Nashville, goes through more than her share of heart ache and set backs to follow her dreams of being somebody everybody listens to. It was an emotion filled ride as I transfictuly followed Retta’s journey filled with unconquerable dreams that remained me to capture the day and take all I can get from each moment. I...more
Suzanne Supplee’s Somebody Everybody Listens To is 18-year-old Retta Lee Jones’s story of digging deep and finding the courage to do the scary thing — the unsafe thing — even when everything in the world seems to be telling you not to attempt it.

The novel opens with a quote from country superstar Dolly Parton: “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.” And bravery is a definite requirement of this adventure. A series of mishaps immediately make her life in Nashville harder...more
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My Thoughts: I really liked this one! We meet Retta who is a girl from a small town with big dreams. She lives with her mother and father and while they make due with the money they have, they aren't used to having a lot. We has a crush on the cutest guy in town but of course he has a girlfriend so Retta knows she has no luck there and won't stay and focus on a guy. She heads to Tennessee less than 500 and right from the get go, she has bad luck! She gets mugged and...more
Neena Hingorani
Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...more
Somebody Everybody Listens To
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The story of Retta Jones has inspired not only those who read it, but those who can relate to it, such as Dolly Parton. Parton has created more than 3,000 songs and is known as the queen of country music. While writing this book Supplee acknowledged all the amazing country songwriters out there, such as Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, and Dolly Darton (just to name a few.) On top of all those people Suz...more
Stephanie Butzer
The first thing I have to say about this book is that, I could never leave home as fast as Retta did. She knows her goals and she knows what she wants. Nothing seems to be stopping her now, but a few mishaps happen on the way, that make it harder for her to get to Nashville. I could never travel to a new city alone. Retta Jones has a ton of guts and thats what made me keep reading. I liked her personality she had through the story. Even leaving home with barely any money would make me nervous. R...more
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“It’s amazing when you think about it, all the possibilities, the things that might happen in this brief life if you’re brave enough to try.”

Retta lives in a small Tennessee town: Starling. Working in a small breakfast diner, she has big dreams of becoming a country music star; taking the world by storm with each new song.

She heads off to Nashville just a few months after graduating high school; 514 dollars in her pocket and driving a rusty old SUV. She hasn’t a doubt on her way there, but o...more
Ahhhhh, one of those books, that you wish you could just open it and start all over again. Fresh, authentic, REAL. LOVED this book. The heroine could have been someone I grew up with. Being a West TN. native this book was true to the setting. I loved Suzanne Supplee's depiction of the rural south. I loved her unvarnished approach to the Nashville Music scene. Delightful, breath of fresh air. Great summer read or anytime.
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Perfect for a country music loving southern girl like myself. A great story with a positive message. Retta, the main character overcomes quite a few struggles and grows a great deal as a person throughout "Somebody Everybody Listens To". Her journey is touching and an inspiration.

I would definitely recommend this book. Makes me want to read more from Supplee.
My new favorite book. Loved it SO much! I'm going to read her other book, Artichoke's Heart, soon. I looked her up online and it doesn't look like she's posted anything on her blog or on FB for a year or so. I hope she is still writing. I will be really sad if she isn't.
Great, inspirational, and realistic. And the end it was a little foggy where'd she end up, but it was good that way.
Jun 04, 2013 Leah added it
This book is about following your dreams, and pushing through tough challenges. It was a great book.
Apr 27, 2014 Jordyn marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Alright, I gave this one up after about a third of the way in, but I kind of want to write about why I gave the book up and what I thought of it.

This book follows Retta Lee Jones, a girl blessed with a beautiful voice, as she moves to Nashville in hopes of making a career out of music after her high school graduation. It was recommended to me ages ago (probably around the time the book first came out), probably because I'm such a big country music fan. But for me this book didn't strike the righ...more
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It wasn't an excellent book, definitely not one of my favourites. The one thing that makes this book one to read is the voice that is put into it. The book starts in a small town named Starling, Tennessee. From the start, you begin to feel the small town atmosphere, from the dialogue to the actions of the various characters. Suzanne Suplee, from Tennessee or not, captures the story and struggle of a girl with a huge dream struggling to escape from the everybody knows everybody t...more
Supplee is a YA contemporary author that the world should see more of. Her stories, like South in general, carry big hearts, hints of that southern twang, and bigger hair. Though not as emotionally moving as her debut, Artichoke's Heart, Somebody Everybody Listens To is inspiring in how it goes about the journey of a talented girl that struggles to find out where she comes from and who she is in the music industry. It could have dealt with some fleshing out, as the secondary characters were all...more
Nov 21, 2010 Kristy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens, country music fans
When I first picked this up from the bookstore awhile back, I hadn’t really heard much about it. I didn’t think it would be something that was for me, but when I saw that it was about a girl making her way in Nashville (and Dolly Parton’s blurb on the back!), I picked it up anyway, because, having lived in Music City myself, I thought it would be cool to read about this girl’s adventures there, too.

This novel, surprisingly, had a great main character, Retta. I liked her from the beginning and id...more
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I have a fairly good feeling that if I had read this back in year 10, when dreams of my own endeavour were flying off the walls, I would have simply adored this book. SOMEBODY EVERYBODY LISTENS TO is about dreams, and how even in the face of personal/financial issues, those with the will and strength to power on will prevail, at the least to an extent.

Retta Jones has lived in her small town Starling in Tennesee her whole life. And ever since she could remember all she's ever wanted to do is s...more
I've come to love novels about music. Not musically talented myself I am probably living vicariously through these books but who cares for the span of the book at least I can feel what it's like to have a wonderful singing voice or be a violin Virtuosity etc.. "Somebody Everybody Listens To" is an inspiring never-give-up story with a very real look at how hard it can be to make it in the music business.

Retta Lee Jones can sing like a dream. All she wants to do is leave her small Tennessee homet...more
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With the voice of an angel, Retta Lee Jones has big dreams for a small town girl. Talent is not the only thing a girl needs to become a country music star. Upon graduating from high school, she knows she needs to come up with a lot more than her talent to make it big. With bright shiny moments and devastating blows she makes her way in Nashville…for a time. Along the way she finds people that are amazingly kind and people that crush her dreams. She knows she may end up a small town girl, but she...more
When I read the synopsis for this book, I desperately wanted to read it. However, I couldn't find it anywhere I went. Finally, I was in Portland, OR for family and as any good bibliophile will do, I visited the awe-inspiring Powell's Bookstore. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this Mecca to Booklovers everywhere, it is a bookstore that sells new, used, out-of-print, overstocked items and more in a building the size of a city block. They color code their rooms, that's how big it is!
This is another one I absolutely love!! Since I am ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with country music and really anything that has to do with country music, this book kept me reading. I loved reading the little things at the beginning of each chapter about different country singers. I now know things about them I probably never would've known I'd never read this. I liked how the main character, Retta Jones, had dreams a lot of people can relate to: going to Nashville to become a country singer. Through every...more
Stephanie A.
I didn't even know I wanted a story about a high school graduate trying to break into the country music business, but this cover was so alluring I picked it up, and it's become an instant favorite. The story isn't a straight road to wish fulfillment, but actually seems pretty realistic, without being completely depressing.

Retta Lee and her adventures hooked me from start to finish. I don't usually connect so well with YA characters -- the sheer volume I read tends to make them all blend together...more
Lauren Cline
The book, Somebody Everybody Listens To by Suzanne Supplee, tells the story of recently graduated Retta Lee Jones leaving her small town in Tennessee with nothing but her beautiful singing voice and her big dreams to move to Nashville, the home of country music, to try to make a name for herself as a famous country music singer. Her dream is to make it big like one of her idols, Dolly Parton or Patsy Cline. She works at a diner in her small town saving up all her money to leave for Nashville. On...more
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Suzanne Supplee is the author of When Irish Guys Are Smiling, a Students Across the Seven Seas series book, and Artichoke’s Heart. Currently, Suzanne is working on her third book, untitled as of yet, but due out in the spring of 2010.
Suzanne is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, and she earned a masters degree in creative writing from Towson University in Maryland. For a number of years,...more
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“It's amazing when you think about it, all the possibilities, the things that might happen in this brief life if you're brave enough to try.” 8 likes
“In spite of everything, I still didn't miss high school. The real world, even with all its problems, suited me just fine.” 2 likes
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