Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Songs For A Teenage Nomad” as Want to Read:
Songs For A Teenage Nomad
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Songs For A Teenage Nomad

by
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  1,026 ratings  ·  194 reviews

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
Paperback, 244 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published June 1st 2007)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Songs For A Teenage Nomad, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Songs For A Teenage Nomad

Crossroads by Mary TingBloodlines by Lindsay Anne KendalTorment by Lindsay Anne KendalRevelations by Lindsay Anne KendalThe Book of Occult by Simon W. Clark
books to read
146th out of 369 books — 108 voters
Eyes Like Stars by Lisa MantchevPerchance to Dream by Lisa MantchevWill Grayson, Will Grayson by David LevithanI Thirst by Gina Marinello-SweeneyDramarama by E. Lockhart
YA Theater
30th out of 43 books — 37 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Aria (The Whimsical Reader)
I only listen to a song if I could relate to its meaning.
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
Kori
When I started reading this book I wasn't quite sure about it, but as I moved forward I started realizing that I had never really read a book like this before. The writing was very different and unique then what I was use to reading. The writing was more "modern" to me, it felt like I could relate to most of it. The story was kind of typical but at the same time this author made it her own original thought process. I enjoyed reading this book and if your a teenager I think you will too.
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Review posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

I've said this a lot of times and I'll say it again - music and books are perfect combination. I as a lover of both always enjoy in book that has some soundtrack in it or they talk about music. This one is not different. Songs For A Teenage Nomad has all that.

Calle our protagonist in this story is a teenager. She had a though life so to say. She doesn't know who her father is and her mother remarried few times. It even came to that point when she calls all her st
...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Becca Boland for TeensReadToo.com

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
Kerri
I'm generally not a reader of YA books, but had to read Kim's! This gem had all the elements—real, multi-dimensional characters acting and talking like kids, but Culbertson's voice does not talk down to them. Lots of little mysteries keep the pages turning. The musical references were a nice way to tie it all together. I finished it quickly—not because it was a necessarily a fast read, but it actually had me turning pages. Culbtertson respects her characters and her readers.
Haley
The tagline is: “What is the soundtrack of your life?” I was hooked immediately. From the title to the last line, this book is authentic and truly beautiful.

True to the title, 14-year-old Calle Smith is a teen that loves music and drifts from town to town with her mother. She’s not used to putting down her roots anywhere, so she resists. It’s hard, though, when her sound track bounces her between her new crowd of quirky thespians, a mysterious loner, and a boy that at first glance has a perfect
...more
Jenna
So very lame and boring. Just felt like I was eavesdropping at some high school and their melodramatic lives, with name-dropping of musical artists peppered in for good measure.

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
Pen-rye-n
I actually got this for free on Kindle and quite frankly, I wasn't expecting much from it. Kindle freebies are pretty hit & miss, with emphasis on the miss. I wasn't prepared to be completely hooked from the beginning & unable to put it down until the end.

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
Precious
see full review here.

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
Krista Ashe
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Ann
Calle Smith never lives in one place long enough to call it home. While her mother runs from relationships, lonely Calle finds solace in music, creating a song journal as a way to cope with her uprooted life. Kim Culbertson’s intelligent writing provides insight into the longings of this fourteen-year old with heart-rending emotion. Not only a must-read for teens, this book presents topics and ideas that make it essential for parents as well. A high school educator for over ten years, it is easy ...more
Good Golly Miss Holly
I was definitely surprised to find myself picking Songs for a Teenage Nomad off my bookshelf a few days ago, after re-reading the blurb it came across as a lot more interesting than I'd first imagined and I was hoping it'd live up to the critical acclaim it seemed to hold with so many professional reviewers.

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
Diane Prothro
Jun 16, 2008 Diane Prothro rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Diane by: Kirk
I read this while on a 12 hour road trip and I needed something to distract me from the driving habits of my chauffeur...having said that, I did enjoy the book. It's for a young adult, you know coming of age/high school angst type of thing. Anyway, Calle finds herself in a new city (again) and hoping to make new friends (again)and we see all the teenage problems associated with newness/weirdness added, or I should say burdened by the marrying habits of her mother, (6 times). It has some nice twi ...more
John Clark
Calle Smith feels like no place is home. After all, she's moved twelve times in the past eight years. That's not exactly great for feeling a sense of community or making friends, but she's learned to rely on herself and keeps a song journal as a balance wheel.
This time things are different, despite the same old story about her dad being a complete loser and her mother having finally found and married Mr. Right (for the umpteenth time). Her mom has always told her that her father abandoned them,
...more
Ashley Canales
Calle Smith a girl who has moved twelve times in the past eight years. She is a freshman in high school. Who now lives in Andreas Bay, California. The only thing that keeps her moving is her song journal were she czn write all her thoughts. She starts to let friends get to attached. She finds love,but what keeps them apart are secrets. She wants to know why they move so much. Once she finds the truth in love and the truth in why they move will it make her stronger or will it break her?
This boo
...more
Aimee
I loved this book. The characters are well fleshed out. The only issue with the characters was that Calle, 14, seemed much older. As did her friends. The story is still believable and likable, as there are intelligent and "old" fourteen year olds. I highly recommend this book. Songs of a teenage nomad is one of the best books I've read in a while. Its been a bit since I've just had to finish a book, staying up late and spending hours to finish it.
Nadia
Even though I read the latest edition, and it had many more pages, I didn't mind, I really loves this book. It took me to a place I had never been before and it taught me that songs are a great way of expressing your feelings. It was no surprise that the book was one of its kind. Kim Culbertson also did a great job in INSTRUCTIONS FOR A BROKEN HEART. I look foward to reading more of her books :)
Leila
I could relate to this book in so many ways. Kim does a great job of expressing the life of a 'teenage nomad' whose dad has deserted herself and her mother. She finds herself at this school with a boy that she likes, a crowd of people that she can somewhat relate to, and despite all her surroundings, she still feels a little desolate. Loved it!
Weirdo
Dec 04, 2008 Weirdo rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Weirdo by: Kim
It is almost difficult to describe this book. The language is modern and relatable, but also colorful and rich at the same time. Kim takes ordinary problems considered cliche' to most and writes them in a way that makes them new and exciting.
Her characters are much like her style- modern and relatable, yet rich and colorful.
Marnie
Jan 08, 2008 Marnie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Readers, Teachers of Young Readers
Recommended to Marnie by: Kim
Culbertson knows a lot about adolescents and she respects the depth of the loneliness and longing which often motivates them. What's extra-special about this YA novel is the way the music pulls the narrative along and glosses each scene. This is Culbertson's first novel and I'm looking forward to watching her next text blossom.
Gothikarose
This book was nice, I enjoyed it. My only problems were the sad ending, the way Calle allowed Sam to treat her, and the music references. Calles mom just refused to give her father a chance which I found very sad. He just wanted to know his daughter and have her in his life but she didn't allow it and that was messed up. Calle was a fool when it came to Sam. He was telling her how different she was within a 2 minute Congo. They had just met, I hate when characters are already declaring feelings ...more
Katy
This book was quite wonderful and creative! The characters quickly feel like real friends and (as is typical for me with good books) I missed them when the book ended. :)
Kim
Apr 01, 2010 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
This is the new edition of my novel - out in Sept. 2010 from Sourcebooks Fire (yay!). I have a huge crush on the new cover. :-)
Anita
I loved how the author referenced old and new songs into the storyline.
Charles
A beautifully written YA novel
Blodeuedd Finland
There were something about this book. How to put my finger on it, it was just good.


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
Katie
I had very high expectations for Songs For A Teenage Nomad and it sadly did not live up to them. It was a good book but it seemed lacking at times and I honestly just wanted more from it.

Calle Smith (pronounce Callie) is used to moving. What she isn't used to is having friends. That is only one of many changes to Calle's life when she moves to Andreas Bay. Another one is Sam. He's not like other guys but he is hiding something. His family has their share of secrets and he's not willing to tell.
...more
Michelle (Michelle&Leslie's Book Picks)
Warning: Some spoilers.

Calle is a teenage nomad. She is always moving so she sets herself apart from everyone, knowing she will leave them sooner or later. But on the move of her first year of high school, she unexpectedly finds herself making friends with the artistic drama kids and falling for a boy with a secret. Finally finding a place where she can call home, Calle tries to discover her mother's secret of why they always moved. But whenever she asks, her mother dodges the question and doesn
...more
Tahleen
3.5 stars. Calle (pronounced Callie) and her mom have bounced from town to town each time her mother's relationships fall apart. She's been the new girl many times, and she doesn't see why Andreas Bay will be any different. But it is different—right away the drama kids accept her into their group of friends, and she begins an unlikely friendship (and maybe more) with popular football player Sam. She begins to really enjoy life in this small town by the sea. Unfortunately, her mother's relationsh ...more
Page (One Book At A Time)
I was intrigued by this book and how it includes music. I consider myself pretty diverse in my music tastes, so wanted to see how this book fit with that. I was surprised at how easily this novel flowed. And, it doesn't feel you at all even though the lead character is only 14 (or is it 15?).

Calle was smart and funny. She's got a lot on her plate for someone so young, but she takes it all into stride. She knows this all makes her who she is. I was surprised at her mother. I didn't like how she
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
the movie 4 38 Jul 28, 2012 12:01AM  
  • Alice at Heart (Waterlilies, #1)
  • The Allegra Biscotti Collection  (The Allegra Biscotti Collection, #1)
  • The Little Known
  • Indigo Blues
  • Shattered: A Daughter's Regret (Secrets, #2)
  • Adios, Nirvana
  • Boyfriends, Burritos & an Ocean of Trouble (Real Life, #2)
  • The Highest Stakes
  • Notes from an Accidental Band Geek
  • Struts & Frets
  • A Secret in Salem
  • Blood Ransom
  • When the Stars Go Blue
  • The End is Now
  • The Homecoming
  • The Vinyl Princess
  • Walking on Broken Glass
  • Brutal
884212
Kim Culbertson is the author of the teen novels CATCH A FALLING STAR (Scholastic 2014), INSTRUCTIONS FOR A BROKEN HEART (Sourcebooks 2012), and SONGS FOR A TEENAGE NOMAD (Sourcebooks 2010).

She believes books make the world a better place and likes to be on the look out for books she really connects with and loves. Any book she reviews on Goodreads is one of these finds.

Happy reading.

www.kimculbe
...more
More about Kim Culbertson...
Catch a Falling Star Instructions for a Broken Heart The Liberation of Max McTrue Sternengewitter

Share This Book