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The Funeral Singer

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Being a funeral singer was a dead-end job until it led her to him ...

Seventeen-year-old Melanie Martin has witnessed her share of lame eulogies and uninspired epitaphs while singing part-time at her dad's funeral home. She's determined to be more than a funeral singer, more than just someone's "beloved wife" or "loving mother."

When Mel's impromptu rendition of "Amazing Gr
Published September 24th 2013 by Swoon Romance YA (first published September 22nd 2013)
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Erica Chapman
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to read this last year and I remember the first time I did. I saw something SO special in it. It's even better than it was then! I ADORE this story so much. Talented daughter of a funeral director joins a rock band after her rendition of "Amazing Grace" goes on youtube and blows up? Sign me up.

Who wouldn't want Melanie's life? Hot bass guitar boyfriend? Check. Fame? Check. Is it what she wants after all? You'll have to read to find out. I loved navigating through Melanie's
Sep 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Full disclosure: This is my book! So, I may be a little biased. ;)

I was inspired to write this story after hearing a presentation at a writer's conference by middle-grade author T.A. Barron. He made the comment that he feels kids and teens today have a skewed idea of heroism. Mel's story is at its heart the story of pop-culture heroism vs. real-world heroism.

I do love Mel and her cast of characters, and I hope others will as well. Happy reading!

Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well this book certainly gave me all the FEELS! Although I was EXTREMELY angry with the main character for about 1/3 of the book, it made her all that much more real. Nobody's perfect.

I'll get my full review up after it goes live on my blog for the Blog Tour!

UPDATE (From my blog)

Ok, so, if you know me, you know I LOVE music! I am a singer, and a piano player, etc. And although some people might think being a funeral singer is creepy and morbid, I've sang at a couple funerals, and it can be such
Cheryl (I Heart Fictional People)
In The Funeral Singer by Linda Budzinski, Melanie Martin has always been that weird girl who sings at her parents’ funeral home. After an unplanned but amazing performance of “Amazing Grace” at a rock star’s funeral, she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight and is YouTube’s latest hit star. Not only does she have her own fans who are constantly asking for autographs, but she also has a new boyfriend, Zed, bass player for The Grime, who she has always had a thing for. Her life has become a dream ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, teen
I'm not going to lie...the title had my skeptical about the book altogether. However, I'm super-glad I picked it up and read it!! Melanie lands everything she dreams of--or so she thinks. She goes from freak-funeral-home-girl to rock-stardom--that's all one can ask for, right? Well...then things get messy. Who doesn't love a novel full of teen angst and confusion? This book totally held my interest because of the odd nature of it--ummm, funeral home...dead people? Not your average setting! Defin ...more
Oct 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I got stuck a third of the way into this. I expected something campy like Adventures in Funeral Crashing, but Funeral Singer was not unique past its initial inspiration of starring a girl who sings at her Father's funeral home. She goes on to be spotted, shirks her chorus rehearsals, lies to people, uses her friends, makes excuses, lets an older guy kiss on her... and onward. The trite, fame-to-head ruse has been done so often that I didn't continue this story.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a super fun read. The characters felt very real to me, their reactions to most things made complete sense. The ciral "YouTube" celebrity angle was spot on. This is how I imagine a real-life "Mel" to behave given that she's a 17 year old girl. She did just sit back and let her parents dictate her life but knew when to let her Dad take over.

The only thing I would have liked to see was more on the relationship that formed. I would've liked to see more of the fun banter like during the "Hig
Secretly Adorkable Readers
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stand-alone
Downloaded this book last night and gave it a try. A cute romance about a 17 yr old funeral directors daughter who has a beautiful soulful bluesy voice that gets multiple hits on YouTube. She catches the eye of the public pretty quick after singing Amazing Grace at a young musician who passed away doing drugs. His bandages from The Grime were there and Zed the lead guitarist asks her to join as their back up singer.

Sometimes pride gets in the way and sometimes fame gets to your head. In the mea
Deena Lipomi
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books-read
When Melanie sings "Amazing Grace" at a funeral for a member of The Grime, she never imagines she'll become a YouTube hit, new backup singer for the band, and girlfriend to The Grime's Zed; she also doesn't realize how fame can affect her family, friends, and judgment as she decides what to do with her gift. With the popularity of online videos, this book could be ripped from the headlines of the instantly famous -- for fifteen minutes. A nice romance with a redeemable main character who the rea ...more
Sherrie Petersen
I actually got to workshop this book in an online class so it was exciting to see that it got published. Sweet YA about the power of YouTube and the consequences of poor choices.
Jolene Haley
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review to come...
Laura Martinelli
You know, I’ve never figured out exactly why I tend to gravitate to YA books about “average girls who suddenly become famous for various reasons.” Because personally, getting fame and fortune and everything that goes with it hasn’t exactly been a thing for me. I can see the reasons why I would like these books, particularly the music-based ones, and that’s because I’m a huge music fan. (I’d say that the reason I like these kinds of books in the first place is a holdover from my RPF popfic days, ...more
Sailor Moon
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've had this book on my want to read shelf for ages and finally started getting around to starting some of them, this being one. This was nice and sweet at the end of course. I thought at some point it felt kind of fast paced and I wasn't sure where the route of the story was, but it resolved itself in the end.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, you definitely can't get a more "different" storyline! I never thought I'd be reading a story about a funeral singer! Kudos to the author for such an original story! I stayed up way too late to finish it. This is a gifted author and I look forward to reading more of her work.
Tried very hard to make what was basically insubstantial irrelevance into substance.
Book Geek
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I had looked at the description for this book several times, but hadn’t decided on buying it because I am not usually a contemporary young adult genre reader. When Mrs. Budzinski contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing the novel, I took it as a sign and jumped in.

The premise itself is really intriguing. A teenage girl who sings at her father’s funeral parlor getting discovered? That has the potential to be a wild combination. And it was. I enjoyed Melanie’s character (though, I
Monsiuer M
Dec 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Honestly, I read this book because of all the positive reviews it received. Of all the 30 contemporary romance novels I have read(including this one) it was the WORST romance novel ever. The biggest reason it was because even it was romance novel there was practically no romance in it. It was serious let down because whenever I read a romance novel I expect the characters to say that they love each other but that did not happen even once. I was expecting a novel filled with teen romance but it h ...more
Kerry Paolucci
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Melanie Martin is a 17 year old high school with a musical gift. Her parents own the funeral home where she sings during the services. During the service for a rock star she has to stand in for the band when they don't show up to perform. Mel becomes an overnight sensation, and the rock band "The Grime" also has her in their sights.

I absolutely loved this book. This is the first book I read that featured any kind of musician. I was pleasantl
Rachel Schieffelbein
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was such a cool, unique premise. I loved the story, and Melanie's character was very well developed. Budzinski's writing was really wonderful. She did such a great job sharing little details that not only helped me picture the scene, but also gave me insight into the type of person Melanie was. Which was really great because Melanie does some pretty awful stuff, but it's the small things that keep us liking her, make us understand her and that she's really a sweet girl in a very odd situati ...more
Danielle Skinner
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining and creative! I could not put the book down - had to keep reading to find out what would happen to Mel throughout her rise to fame. Her antics made me laugh (and cringe at times), but it made her a believable and sympathetic character. When will we see the sequel? :)
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. The premise is new and compelling. While some might be frustrated by Mel's decisions as she is thrust into instant fame, I wasn't. She's a flawed character who grows and learns. I enjoyed the journey with her. Great read!
*Suzy (ereaderuser)*
A bit too YA for me, but overall a decent story.

Read for Reading Bingo Challenge.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
written by a woman I know from church. It's her first published book and I enjoyed it a lot!
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love love loved the book. A close look of how fame and Facebook followers can make a good hearted teen lose perspective.
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My young adult novels, THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER 2.0 (2019), THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER (2016), EM & EM (2015), and THE FUNERAL SINGER (2013), are all published by Swoon Romance YA.

THE BOYFRIEND WHISPERER received the Romance Writers of America Young Adult Chapter’s 2015 Rosemary Award and the Virginia Chapter’s 2015 Fool for Love Award. EM & EM was named a "Must Read for Teens" by Your Teen Ma
“Normally I didn't attend my father's funerals unless I was scheduled to sing, but it wasn't every day Dad buried a rock star.” 4 likes
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