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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,101 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional - she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. The never-skipping-class Catherine part of her knows, though, that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 29th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
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"...all together, it's doing that thing, he's doing that thing that a song can do. Do you know it? When a song inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will?"

Didn't you write this well, Kevin Emerson? But it goes for your book too - I was completely mesmerized. And no, you don't deserve a glare anymore.

How to describe Exile and not give away too many details? Hm... That will be hard because there's so much more to this story than what is described in the synopsis. Ho
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.

Lovely attraction from the start. . But I couldn't really grasp the entire book. It was painfully boring. Nothing happens that is even memorable to talk about. I wasn't interested in the characters at all. What really gripped me and why I picked this to read in the first place was about the music. Even though I wasn't thoroughly interested in music a whole lot, I wanted to know more about it. Pacing was pro
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Thank you Andye @ Reading Teen, for sending me this for an honest review!

You can find this review here!

I looked forward to Exile mainly because it's about music (even though I'm really not the music type). In the synopsis, it mentions a mystery and a secret: two things I really enjoy reading about. Unfortunately, Exile was a huge disappointment.

From the start, Exile couldn't hold my interest. It was painfully boring, and nothing interesting was happening. I started to lose more and more interest
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
I'm too old for this shit...
Let's say this book started out great, it was a real 4 star for the first few pages, but around the middle that turned into 3, and soon after that 2 and with the ending it turned into one star.

I am sorry, but the story was interesting, but it just lacked. For most of the time I didn't understand why Caleb and Summer were still together, if they are together at all. They totally don't match. Caleb is quite oblivious to lots of things, Summer is just a bit too demanding at times, so yeah, most of
2 stars

I absolutely adore music and books involving music (i.e. This Song Will Save Your Life) - so when I heard of Exile, all about music, band management, and a promising romance, it went on my must read list. Sadly, this book is just a blend of meh for me.

Summer is an aspiring band manager who just got dumped from her previous band after they got picked up by a record label. Even worse, she was involved with the band's front man, and he ended up cheating on her. Her life revolves around music
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!

DNF AT 59%

Sorry, can't take it anymore. So I just dropped it then skimmed the rest.

Exile started really great for me. Summer, the MC, was a a little bit over dramatic and demanding. But she manages bands! That's why her attitude is yeah, reasonable. I love how descriptive this book is. You really get inside Summers' life.. But you know what ruined this for me?

The Romance. The non sense relationship of Caleb and Summer. I don't even know why these two are together. But you know what, I tried to i
May 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
By the first paragraph
Five start
By the third paragraph
Four star
By the third page
Two star
When I got bored and flipped to the back and saw that there this book is part of a trilogy
no star
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, quiet-ya
This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Catherine Summer Carlson lives her life as two separate people. At home, with the parents, she's Catherine. Catherine is the bright straight-A student on track to be the next big shot lawyer in her family. But elsewhere, she's Summer. Summer is a music junkie who excels at managing bands and has no interest in being a lawyer. She's recently been dumped by her band, Postcards From Ariel, due to an actual record label picking them up.
Steph Sinclair
We've got the cover reveal on the blog and a chance to win an ARC! Check it out here! ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I saw this book in a "music-related" display at my local library and decided to give it a go. I'm glad that I did. I found this book to be multi-layered. First, there is romance, obviously. You can probably guess that much from the fact that it's a YA book and the cute little wire heart on the cover. But so much more is going on in this story. You've got high school drama, probably also a given, but in this situation it's somewhat career based and seems much more important. Then there is a big m ...more
3.5 stars

I really wanted to love this book. Music is srs bsns for me, so when it's a major plot point of a book, I pay attention.

What I loved:

•The passion that all of the characters have for music. The feeling comes across in the page so well. It becomes seemingly tangible.

•The scavenger hunt. This will make more sense when you read it and I'm being vague on purpose because spoilers.

•The twist. I can't even say anything else.

•The band members. They all had their quirky little personalities,
You know that the author did something impressive when details of the supposed subject of the book fascinated you. That was me when I read Exile by Kevin Emerson. It was pretty obvious that he really knows the subject and how he distributed and planted it in the plot. But that is where the good impression ended, sadly Me, Summer, and Caleb just didn’t jive together. I get Summer most of the times. I knew she was hurt, hence the attitude. But I just felt detached towards them in general. And you ...more
Jennifer Girard
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 3-stars, read-in-2019

I wasn't expecting a scavenger hunt but I was in for it. I just thought it was a bit too convenient to my liking. I'll keep reading the series because i'm intrigued to see where it will go next.
Exile, by Kevin Emerson, began with such promise. When the book opened, I really liked Summer, especially her spark, snark and determination, but those qualities disappeared as her relationship with Caleb became more complicated. Caleb was a little more of a mystery, and kind of remained that way even after we learned his secrets. I liked the way their relationship unfolded, sort of in a very meant-to-be, clicked-from-the-start kind of way. As it progressed, it became a hot mess of deceit, secre ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it

Exile is the perfect read for a reluctant reader who loves music and the music scene. It’s also a great read for the non-reluctant reader who knows nothing about the music scene (me).

Characters~ Summer is a character that while very different from me, I could connect with. At least on some levels. We have such different lives, but her two lives that she lives, is similar to what I did as a teen as well. The me that my parents and family knew, and the me that my friends knew me as. Summer wants
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Summer is annoyed after the band she managed got signed by a record label and dumped her, so now she’s out to find a new band.
Can she make another band happen though? And is a dead rock-stars son the right way to go?

This was an okay story, but I just couldn’t get into it.

Summer was an okay character, she seemed to think that she was wonderful though, and as soon
Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage a band and make them successful, so successful that they are stolen away from her by a major label. She also has a thing for lead singers and now in her senior year at Mount Hope, the local art magnet school in Los Angeles, she must face the fact that there is not a band for her to take to stardom and ends up making college plans. Then she meet Caleb who just had a nasty break up with his band. She sees the potential in Caleb and starts to put togethe ...more
Zunaira Ghazal
In the end, this book turned out to be exactly what I feared it would turn into; a predictable mass of cliché’s. I wanted it to be something different, something on par with, say, Five Flavors of Dumb. I wanted real problems, real drama and witty, romantic dialogue. Instead I got a crappy storyline with a flimsy plot and a heroine so annoying I wanted to end her. All this book had was relationship drama that made me want to puke and wish the relationship would END already! By the middle of the e ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Started 6/4/14
Finished 6/7/14

My niece won this on Goodreads Giveaways, then after she read it brought it to my house for me to read.

Catherine or Summer depending on which person she is being at the time, is a high school senior. She pretends to be one thing to make her parents happy, while she is totally a different person when she does what makes her happy. Catherine (parents ego) is a good student and wants to maybe go to law school. Summer (her ego) is all about managing a band. She already h
This book was quite *meh* for me, and I'm not exactly sure why. I was all about these kinds of indie bands when I was in high school, so I was expecting to love this, but nothing about it excited me much. The characters Caleb and Summer were okay, but Caleb especially was so whiny and all about the drama, so I never got why Summer was so excited about him (maybe he reminded me of a certain high school boyfriend who was a drummer in a band and was also quite whiny and drama-queenish... it could h ...more
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
Hmm...that ending...why does it feel like it just abruptly ended?

Well aside from the fact the book ended the way it did, I enjoyed Exile.

Summer is the ultimate heroine because she's just that awesome. I enjoyed her voice as well as her story. Caleb was equally as interesting if not more despite me wanting to ring his neck sometimes.

But it all comes in to play and you realize that not only is this a contemporary novel but it's also a mystery with a sweet romance thrown in. There are definitely
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Exile by Kevin Emerson is totally a book that appealed to me because of the cover and the subject matter, which is bands and music. I had been approved on Edelweiss, then the ARC showed up in the mail. Then the cheery yellow cover started calling to me, so I added it to my books to read by BEA pile, also because it was short. Then serendipity happened and I was offered an audiobook review copy of Exile and I was like YESSS this will help me beat my BEA-TBR pile of doom. Also, it’s narrated by on ...more
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Received an ARC copy of this from harpercollins and edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

enjoyable. BUUUUUT, i'm not sure if my arc is complete or not. It was the MOST abrupt ending I've ever read. I'm not sure how to rate this because I liked the story, but I don't feel like anything was resolved. I'm confused.

NEVERMIND, apparently it's a series! WOW well that explains SO MUCH. So I'm guessing two more books for the last two songs. Well...i still felt disconnected from the characters
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Poshdeluxe
Cover Story: Does This Come In Vinyl?
BFF Charm: Sassy Gay Friend
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Straight Up With a Shot of Snark
Bonus Factors: Behind The Music, Mystery
Relationship Status: Concert Buddies

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Aug 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, music
At the beginning of this book, I thought I was going to hate it, that it would be annoying and cliché and there would be too many dumb misunderstandings. I was wrong! I still didn't really get the romance of it, but everything else was fun and mysterious and exciting. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Jack Reynolds
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Despite the fact that Summer and Caleb's romance felt forced, insta-lovey, and just kind of there throughout the book, it was still really enjoyable. I liked learning more about the music world, and Kevin Emerson's writing was quite good. I don't think it's always easy for a male author to write from a female's POV, but Kevin Emerson did it well.
Daphne M.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
So my sister was hyping this book to me, and so I decided to give it a try. I wasn't disappointed. Though I didn't like Summer the whole time, the story kept me engaged, mostly because I thought Caleb was a great character. The plot twists at the end were very unexpected and I cant wait to read more.
Sean Beaudoin
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading this in sections for a year. It's fantastic! Mr. Emerson really captures the voice of the narrator (a female) and totally knows his chops around being in a band, because this is as real as it gets. Funny, surprising, totally spot-on. Loved it.
Arianna M
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was soooo good! I was intrigued from the first chapter and it never let me go. I was blown away by the plot twist towards the end, but then another plot twist within the last 5 pages?! I'm so excited for the next one!
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Author of sixteen novels for children and young adults, most recently LAST DAY ON MARS, BREAKOUT, and the ATLANTEANS series. His books have been published in ten different countries. Formerly a science teacher and a creative writing teacher, Kevin is also a singer and drummer. He has won a spelling bee, lost a beauty pageant, and once appeared in a Swedish TV commercial.

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