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Casey Barnes Eponymous

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  31 reviews
It's three weeks into the school year when music junkie Casey Barnes gets a second chance with her mysterious, heartbreaking ex-boyfriend. She comes up with a plan to win him back, but it soon spins out of control as rivalries, revelations about him, and music itself all start to collide. For Casey the newfound attention means learning the difference between wanting center ...more
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Published March 29th 2013 (first published March 28th 2013)
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May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Hallelujah. Neither the original Leonard Cohen song that regardless of its title was melancholic, nor the Jeff Buckley cover that despite a more harmonious feel was still less than jubilant. Just simple, old-fashioned, let's par-tay, hallelujah.

There is something always satisfying about finishing an entertaining contemporary Y.A book. I really did enjoy this.

Casey Barnes is a girl who likes to make playlist's for people, even people she's not friends with. Just people in her school. I found
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Where to start? How about with the fact that this book is so funny. I found myself laughing out loud quite a lot as I read through this book.
There are so many great characters in this book. I loved Casey, she’s hilarious, and I loved Yull. Yull was probably my favourite character. Leigh seemed pretty cool too. In fact, a large majority of the characters seemed so awesome.
The storyline is similar to a lot of books out there but I feel that this one was done really well. It had amazing characters,
Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)
I read this book this past summer and really enjoyed it! It is a really cute coming of age story which happens to include one of my favorite things, music!

Our main character is Casey and she is all sorts of fun, quirkiness, and spunk! Right from the beginning I was able to relate to her love and passion for music. She likes to make up three-song playlists for random people as a way of enhancing their day and musical knowledge. If I wasn’t such a shy recluse in high school, I most certainly would
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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For me, Casey Barnes Eponymous was a quick spontaneous read that I found, bought, and read all in the span of a couple hours. Which is weird because I'm usually really cautious about "music" novels. Mostly because they have let me down in the past. But Casey Barnes Eponymous was very charming. And the cover is so cute. I love it.

Casey Barnes is one of those characters that you wish you had for a friend. She's this indie kind of girl who is very original and
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Casey Barnes Eponymous had to be the closest book I've ever related to and at the same time shown me this whole other side. I'm a musician to some degree and the area that this story took place in really made me giggly to no end.

E.A. Rigg how I worship at your feet for writing the most epic playlist novel with the best main character there could possible be. All the playlists in this novel made me really proud and some what downgraded what I thought good music was and the epicness that I have b
Erin Forson
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Casey is a connoisseur of all things musical; she takes her knowledge of music and creates short playlists for individuals at her school. Her goal?—To Help her classmates develop much-needed coolness or character; give them a “musical fish” so to speak and help those uncool peers of hers “feed…for a lifetime.” Her ability to diagnose the shortcomings of her classmates with obscure, yet typically spot-on, musical medication is eerie and ironic, especially since Casey has a thing for the highly to ...more
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I was sent an e copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I decided to accept this book because it sounded different, I also love it when there are song lists in books and this promised to have music throughout and on that aspect it definitely did not disappoint, I had heard of some of the songs but others were new to me. I am going through them to see what the music is like and see if I can find any new good tunes, so that's cool.
Casey Barnes likes to make 3 song lists an
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This review was also posted at The Cozy Armchair!

I accepted this contemporary YA novel for review because a) the combination of music and high school drama totally appealed to me at the time and b) that cover is so freaking awesome, and I’m definitely glad I did! Clocking in at 220 pages on the Kindle, Casey Barnes Eponymous was a fun, short read that felt like watching a teen movie.

Our protagonist Casey is a witty, impulsive, and sometimes selfish high school sophomore; despite consistently ma
Book Twirps
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a very entertaining, fresh YA contemporary novel. I really enjoyed the story. Casey is a character I could definitely relate to. She’s cool, laid-back, a smart-ass and totally driven. She’s also a music junkie, and her love for music is almost infectious. I found myself smiling frequently, and I had to go online and listen to the music that comes up as the story plays out. It definitely heightens the mood of the story that way. I loved how Casey would stick a playlist with three songs in ...more
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Very, very, very rarely do I accept DIY books from authors for review. Call it personal preference, everybody has 'em. But when E.A. Rigg emailed me about a book she's having trouble getting published, I couldn't bring myself to say no. And I'm glad I didn't.

I really liked the main character, Casey, she's a teen girl who's a bit love-struck for a hot yet unattainable, yet all-so-wrong-for-her guy. They had a flash fling at the end of summer and she's determined to grab his attention again throug
Casey Barnes Eponymous takes the readers into a world of a teenager, whose infatuation with music and an ex-boyfriend who barely takes notice of her, which is filled with laughter, humor and twisted surprises. Along the way, she discovers true love, new friendships, secrets and the meaning of just being herself. I thought this book has its own great potential and is a page-turner; I enjoyed every bit of Casey’s musing and rambling. The author made it easy for readers to engage with Casey with so ...more
Lulu (The Bookworm is Here!)
Casey Barnes Eponymous is made for music lovers. Everything in this book is connected to the music, it all comes back to the basics: music. It was a real treat and trust me, your playlist will get a whole lot longer!

Casey Barnes is the main character and boy is she ever one! It's hard to describe her and she definitely made this book great. Casey always has a comeback, she's wordy (trys to distract the listener by veering off topic - very funny), sarcastic, and a rock-star in the making. She IS
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
As excited as I was for this book, and as much as I wanted to like it, I could never fully immerse myself in the story. I had the most extreme lack of connection to the main character, Casey. It didn’t help that the story is told in the third person – this only created even more detachment, in my case.

I appreciate Casey’s devotion to and passion for music. The playlists thrown into the story are really neat and a nice touch for her character. But between her random babblings, music references, a
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-young-adult
This is a veritable fun read. It's got some ingredients that I adore in contemporary YA: a kick-ass and snarky protagonist, awesome music references, and seriously quippy dialogue. Casey Barnes is one of those out-of-the-mold characters; I think she's the kind of girl in high school that would have been awesome to know. And she could have introduced me to some amazing music.

Casey Barnes is still in lust with Alex, the sexy high school musician of her dreams. He very unceremoniously dropped her a
Feb 09, 2012 added it
Recommends it for: Fans of music, contemporary novels, sarcastic female characters
Review also posted at my blog, Books and a Cup of Tea

Casey Barnes Eponymous is an awesome music lover read with talk about various bands big and small, rocker clothing, and a talent show. Being a music lover myself, I of course enjoyed this novel.

Casey was a great character. She's such a refreshing, snarky, out of the box character. I enjoyed her character immensely and found myself laughing out loud at some of the things she would say. That being said, she was also incredibly naive about things
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Okay, I'll admit I'm a person who will think you're just a tad bit more cooler if you have awesome musical taste or if you introduce me to something new musically. Having said this, I adore Casey Barnes for this very reason. She was able to do a bit of both! She isn't your usual teenage character. She's definitely reckless and a bit naive at times, but I also think she has a lot of characteristics that are really admirable for someone her age. Without giving too much away, she has her mind set o ...more
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Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This book is a one shot, a novel really quick to read thanks to a feisty main character really into music which is winderful when you're a music lover like I am.

I have to thank the author who gave me a free e-copy of this novel. I discovered an amazing and funny story that I'll recommand without further thoughts.

First thing, the writing style conveys perfectly the personality of the main character - Casey Barnes - which is feisty and brings to life this hi
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Casey Barnes is a typical high-school sophomore she's blunt,impulsive and a bit of a mess at times.She likes to make 3 song lists and slip them into peoples books, I think it's a way of spreading new and different music into their lives.This is probably the one redeeming thing about Casey otherwise I found her character to be annoying and naive.She did have her moments and all in all she was alright.

The ex she wants back is
Precious Mae
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I learned a lot in this book - from life, youth, curiousity, society and family. One might think that this is one of the many mushy-yet-lovely chick lit, but I beg to disagree. It was more than that. It may not include really big climax events but it has life turning events that will left you in awe. One thing that I really like about it is that it includes songs that may or may not give meaning to your life in general.

Casey Barnes - sophomore, closet rock artist, loaded with problems, determine
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reviewed from e-book provided by author.

Sophomore Casey Barnes sees it as her mission, maybe even duty, to alleviate the misery that is high school one three-song playlist at a time. She leaves the lists in library books for her unsuspecting victims--three perfect songs to boost them through the day. Her killer taste in music makes her confident that her lists can make all the difference...and maybe even get her back the guy she sort of dated over the summer, Alex Deal. They have so much in comm
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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My Thoughts:

It took me a year to finally get to this one after winning it in a giveaway. I’ve been wanting to get to it since the story interested me because of my love of music.

In the beginning, I’m not sure how to think about Casey. She is bizarre in her train of thought and manner of speaking. The way she interacts with people makes it hard to understand where she stands. She was really funny, although quite irritating at the sa
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I thought this was a great read. I loved the main character Casey, she's got spunk.
She's in high school. Wants to play in a band and having some boy troubles. She likes to cheat on tests and always speaks her mind. Getting in trouble with the school is the least of her problems and she dresses with a rock star style.
Trying to get over a little heart ache that Alex has caused her, she finds out that he's broken up with his girlfriend, but she still tries to feign interest. There is a new boy in s
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Casey Barnes Eponymous was a quick read about Casey Barnes, a quick talking sophomore who is learning the ropes of high school. She's accompanied by her best friend, Leigh, who doesn't do anything her parents wouldn't approve of; and her brother, Yull, a gay theater addict who outshines Casey in school and at home.

Casey is a music expert, and she enjoys making playlists for other, more unfortunate people who aren't exposed to such glamourous tunes as she. She plays the guitar, and is all around
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-these
I really enjoyed reading this book. It read very quickly and was very entertaining. It was realistic for the most part. I loved the way the main character, Casey interacted with others, and how she changed as the book progressed. I also liked the music.

I don't really consider myself a music person, but I could definitely appreciate the music in this book. It was a central part of it, and the author definitely knows music. If you're someone who loves music, this is a good book for you.

The charac
Celine Garcia
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really need to thank E.A Rigg for contacted me to review of her book. Now I must shout from the rooftops on how good it is! I get giddy when I can read a book that involves anything about music in the plot. It just forms a different reading experience once a song is attached to a moment in a book. So I LOVED it when Casey Barnes the silver tonged lead makes anonymous thought provoking playlists for students, then hides them mysteriously for the person to later find. After reading this quippy b ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, for-review
I knew that the moment I heard about this book I would like it.

Casey was nothing I expected and everything I could imagine. I thought I would be annoyed with her as one of those girl's who is just looking for attention from a guy, but I was surprised by how much she wasn't like that. Or at least the way I saw her.

I found myself having a lot of fun reading it. Rigg brings a unique character (with amazing taste in music) and sends readers into a great story.

I feel like I should have a lot to say,
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
You gotta love a book that has the word “eponymous” in its title. And you gotta love Casey Barnes, the eponymous heroine of this novel. Casey is a teenager living in Bethesda, Maryland and she has a full plate of problems to deal with. I won’t detail them here, since part of the pleasure of this novel is discovering for yourself how inventive the plot is. As for Casey, she is a one-of-a-kind character—driven, acerbic, opinionated, and forever human in the painful gap between what she knows and w ...more
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: babbling
I feel like this was written by a 15-year old. It was quite obvious that this was the author's first novel through her writing. Casey Barnes wasn't even a very likable character. She was rude, impulsive, and irresponsible. All she ever thought about was herself and how to piss people off. Also, I think it would've been better if this was written in the first POV instead of the third, that way the reader would've known what goes on inside Casey's fucked up mind.

Oh well, this was a random okay rea
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great young adult novel -- especially for a girl into music. Takes place in my hometown!
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