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Songs Without Words by Ann Packer
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Nov 29, 07

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Read in November, 2007

It took me forever to finish this book because it was so depressing. I loved The Dive from Clausen's Pier, so I was psyched to read Ann Packer's second novel. Songs Without Words, though, was just downright bleak with few redeeming qualities. It was a well-written depiction of a depressed teen who cut herself and her family's efforts to cope in the face of this tragedy. But I felt little investment in the characters' recovery process mostly because I didn't like any of them very much. The one character who did have an interesting spark, Sarabeth, soon crumbled into a pitiful mess. I guess I would recommend this book for someone who is feeling down and wants to wallow in other people's misery for awhile.

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Emily Aw, that's disappointing to hear that Packer's second novel wasn't as great as The Dive from Clausen's Pier. I'm surprised that the characters would be so unlikeable here, especially since the thing that I appreciated the most about The Dive From Clausen's Pier was that several of the characters were actually also very unlikable in many ways, but you still felt really sympathetic towards them regardless. Guess lightening doesn't strike twice, huh.


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