Songs For A Teenage Nomad
What is the soundtrack of your life?
After living in twelve places in eight years, Calle Smith finds herself in Andreas Bay, California, at the start of ninth grade. Another new home, another new school...Calle knows better than to put down roots. Her song journal keeps her moving to her own soundtrack, bouncing through a world best kept at a distance.
Yet before she kn...more
Music has a great effect on listeners. It can lift you up when you feel depressed or help to heal a broken heart. For Calle it is more than that. Music is her home and her memories. Music is the tie to the father that she's never known and the memories of all of the places she has lived.
Calle moved to Andreas Bay after her mom remarried (again) and threw a penny onto a map of California. Unlike all of their other moves, Calle finds a place in Andreas...more
There are a couple of songs I like because of the beat or the melody but mostly I have to like the lyrics first before I really like a song.
I have always been fascinated with music.
I never leave the house without my Ipod.
It’s a constant companion.
Sometimes I feel like a part of me is missing when I am not listening to music.
Music has that same value to Calle the main character of this book.
Calle and her mother have never stayed in one plac...more
Culbertson did an awesome job in showing readers what life really was about. At some point, it was hardly about the constant moving at all. It was all about Calle – who she was and who she could be. It was about discovering the truth, learning to accept that her life was not perfect and finding the answers to her questions. The writing was so beautiful, easily reflecting whatever emotion Calle was feeling in the subtlest ways.
I loved the format of Songs for a Teenage Nomad....more
Her characters are much like her style- modern and relatable, yet rich and colorful.
Initially, I was drawn to this novel for the promise of an honest music background but surprisingly, the bulk load of music references seemed to pass me by without really making an impact on...more
For the past 8 years, 15 year old Calle has been living the same life over and over and over again. Her m...more
I think one thing that appealed so greatly to me was how gloriously average the main character, Calle Smith, is. She's the kind of believable average that you just don't see in many YA novels. She doesn't have every guy at school falli...more
Calle is a wonderful narrator. She's very laid-back and likable. I also thought she was realistic at all times with her decisions and her way of handling things. I loved the fact that she had a song journal and...more
I was intrigued by the book because I thought it might be connected to music in an interesting way. Not so. Instead I got the story of Calle, who is deeply connected to listening to music on her portable CD player and writing in her "song journal", and her nomadic lifestyle instigated by her mother moving her around (eig...more
A little angsty, melodramatic, with an ending that was was too neat for my taste... but this was not a dud!
I like a character that knows what he or she wants and goes after it. The main reason I like the teenage nomad herein is that she knew what she was, what she wanted (and didn't want,) as well as what she had to offer, (and even if she veered away from those things. well, at least she got back to them at some point.) I respected her. I'm not so sure I can say the same thing about Sam. Ev...more
Calle is a sophmore aged girl who has been moved from place to place (twelve in eight years) by a seemingly flaky mother who can't hold on to a relationship to save her life. At the end of each one, they flip a penny onto a California map and head that direction. Mom finds a job, a new place and a new man.
1. The issues that these teens all had was a little too soap opera for me, a drug dealing father, a criminal mother, and one that it severely depressed all in the same town just seemed a little too much for me.
2. Calle's insistence in l...more
See, Calle and her mother are nomads. After Calle’s father left them when she was a baby, they be...more
It's the story of Calle, a girl who truly is a teenage nomad. Her mum finds a guy, lives with him, or marries him, is happy, but then leaves. Calle goes from school to school, and the only thing constant is her journal. There she writes down memories when she hears different songs. Now she is at a new school, she actually gets friends, she falls for a boy, and she longs to stay. Then there is the mystery concernin...more
Calle is a great character who has flaws but isn't an over the top stereotype. She is just a teenager trying to find out why sh...more
I feel like Songs For A Teenage Nomad, was a book that was judge by it's original cover. Although it's an award winning novel, it's not one that I had heard about until recently. It received a new cover and is being re-released by another publishing company. Hopefully, with all the buzz about this book, it will get the credit it deserves.
The story is told through Calle, in present day time. Each chapter starts off with a clip from her journal, so you learn...more
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