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Rain Clouds and Waterfalls

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  32 reviews
ISBN-10 1499627211
ISBN-13 9781499627213

This is an alternate cover edition.
Paperback, 266 pages
Published May 29th 2014
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K.A. Krisko
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
No! This one ended too soon!

This coming-of-age story is a quick read, tersely and sparingly written, with no wasted space. Each chapter is predicated upon a Beatles song, and in many cases a chapter reads almost like a short story, a technique I really like.

It’s set in the mid-to-late 1970s and 1980s. I was a similar age to the protagonist during those years, and many times I had to chuckle at the cultural images. If you grew up in, or are a fan of, this era, you’ll recognize many iconic items,
Shaheen Darr
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rain Clouds and Waterfalls is a novella that spans the growing up years of Ellen Clemens in the late 1970’s to1980s. An ardent fan of the Beatles their music is pivotal to everyday moments in Ellen’s life. Piper Templeton’s idea to use a Beatles song to head each chapter and to carry its theme throughout the chapter is ingenious. The story touches on subjects like sexual harassment, domestic violence and heartbreak but without too much drama. Indeed the brevity with which Middleton handles these ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very emotional story, especially if you're a Beatles fan. Ellen leads a very disheartening life. One sad episode with a man after another. Mixed in with the timeline of The Beatles and John's murder, we see how the music and lives of the Fab Four influenced and affected her, and others. Even mentioning Stu and Pete shows the depth of interest in the band. The end of the book is very bittersweet, and very touching. It's a great read for people who are Beatles fans and those who aren't.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy, delightful read. I can totally relate to the main character Ellen. I think was her. We are the same age and I loved and still love the Beatles. Reading this book was like a trip back in time. I remember the era so well. The ups and downs of her love life was much like my own back in the day. It was a good story with a happy ending. I will read more from this author.
*I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.*
Mary Vogelsong
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review of Rain Clouds and Waterfalls by Piper Templeton, Audiobook

I “read” the audio version of Rain Clouds and Waterfalls, by Piper Templeton. That in itself is a big plus for me! I frequently listen to audio books or the text-to-speech accessibility feature of books while I multi-task. Professional narration by Audible conveys the nuance of words and tone of the scene in a way that text-to-speech cannot. It really brings a book to life!

Rain Clouds and Waterfalls follows the life of Ellen, a s
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This book really caught my attention when I first saw it and now I have read it and even more happier that I actually read it, plus it only took me 2 days to get through it.
P.J. Lazos
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rain Clouds and Waterfalls by Piper Templeton is a lovely little coming of age and beyond story set in a time when life was simpler if only because choices were limited. In other ways, life was more harsh as the dogma of the day ruled. People, especially children, had fewer options. They didn’t revere, as we do today, the meaning of individuality, and “Authority,” meaning work, school, teachers, parents, priests, etc., was spelled with a capital A. It was always the job of rock and roll, beginni ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book Review : Rain Clouds and Waterfall, by Piper Templeton
Updated on July 2, 2015

Book Review: Rain Clouds and Waterfalls, by Piper Templeton

I wanted to start this review for an understanding what the review brings to the author. First and foremost it allows the author to get a second or third eye on what the material is, how it would relate to readers, and hopefully; a review will drag more readers into reading the book. We are not editors we just try to illustrate how we see the work. Simple a
Adam Snowflake
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I was given a free copy in exchange for this review. I wish I could say I liked this book, but unfortunately I do not.

Pace and plots: I found the book to be a slow read. This is not a bad thing normally however nothing happens throughout the course of it. I find it a bit boring. It’s littered with countless references that really serve no purpose whatsoever in the story.
Characters: I’m really not sure what to say about the characters. I can’t really remember any of them. Not to say their bad or
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This highly entertaining novella is a coming of age story, told in small bites. It is narrated by a teenager, who grows into a young woman as the story progresses.
There is a lot to like about this story: it is well written and has interesting themes. The narrator’s voice is strong--we feel the protagonist’s emotions.
I admire writing that doesn’t indulge in excess description. This story sticks to the subject matter well and doesn’t wander into superfluous scene-building or dialogue.
Beatles song
Brittany T
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All great novels--and songs--do more than just tell stories. They capture a moment in time, touch the soul and speak to that part of ourselves we keep hidden. Though they worked in lyrics and melodies, the Beatles were arguably the greatest storytellers of all time and Piper Templeton pays tribute to their legacy with "Rain Clouds and Waterfalls."

Told in a series of short stories that follow the life of Beatles mega-fan Ellen, "Rain Clouds and Waterfalls," chronicles the beautiful messiness of l
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a short book, novella length, easy reading, fitted to young adult readership, though not restricted to that group.

It is set in the 1970s to ‘80s, and the underpinning idea that drives the overall story of a girl’s years through adolescence to early adulthood is a love of the music of the Beatles; so it may also appeal to older adults – the now fifty-plus.

The chapters are crafted like short stories, but together they tell a continuing story.

In a few parts there seemed to be a gap and
T. Kent
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the book!! This was a trip down memory lane for me, since I am about the same age as the protagonist, Ellen. And I love the Beatles. I thought it was a very moving coming of age (and then some) story. The author does a great job weaving the Beatles songs and milestones throughout the story. Honestly, there were so many elements of the story that mirror my personal life, it was a bit uncanny. Most specifically, the story of Ellen's brother. I was engaged from beginning to end ...more
This was a well written compact coming of age story, with the Beatles as an integral central theme. Each chapter uses a Beatles song and traverses the decades of 1970 through the 80’s centered around Ellen coming through adolecense through young adult hood all revolving around her love of the Beatles music, of which she should have been president of their fan club. I loved the ingenuity of the author, felt the writing was good and it was an easy read. Would I recommend….definitely for the Beatle ...more
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Rain Clouds and Waterfalls" is mostly a warm, comfortable, fast read.

I say "mainly" because Piper Templeton manages to weave in some slightly disturbing scenes.

It's a great "slice of life" read with more than a hint of The Beatles!

Marcia Levine
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fun, fast read. Just wish it held together better. If that is the device it took too long to get it and when you do the book is done.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a lot of people that became a young adult in the sixties and seventies this probably will bring back memories. Good and bad.
The book describes daily events, the bond between an older brother and younger sister. Because of some of the subject matter covered you would expect a dark depressing book. Instead is shows that lives continues. Some of the subjects are the secrecy around mental illness, abusive parents, sexual harassment in the workplace, domestic violence, guilt feelings about not t
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first read from author Piper Templeton. Sketchy in places but well-written with a single primary character that you feel you know by the end of the book. I'd read more by this author. I was given an Auduble copy of this book back in September of 2017 and am voluntarily reviewing it.
Anna Fantabulous
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crisp. Contrived. the way to describe both the book and it’s female protagonist, the steely sentimental and musically-inclined Ellen. The story chronicles fourteen years of her small-town life from adolescence to adulthood with a big finish at Lennon’s (Strawberry Fields) Memorial Park, NY.

Each big moment in her life - the loss of her brother, her first crush, job, kiss, sexual experience, heartbreak, workplace exploitation and eventual silver lining - is as brief as a snapshot which
E Krane
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What first attracted my interest about this book was the promise of a collection of stories that took their inspiration from Beatles songs. I'm a great fan of the Beatles' music and have read several non-fiction books about the lives and recordings of the Fab Four, so this seemed like a fun, new way to indulge my interest once again. I was right on that account: it is fun to see how each story develops around the particular song from which it takes its title (Nowhere Man, For No One, Run For You ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rain Clouds and Waterfalls is a definite “must read” book. Piper Templeton made an excellent choice in writing about the main character Ellen’s life in the short story style. After reading a chapter, you want to go on to the next and simply can’t put the book down. You want to know what happens next to Ellen, what is she going to have to deal with. There is something that everyone can relate to at some time in their lives. The emotions that Ellen feels, the reader feels as well.
This is a great
Aug 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
 Templeton made a flawless choice in deciding to write this book in the short story format, because it is quite possibly the best way to have told Ellen's story.  It makes the pace of the book enjoyable and the story engaging, and I found myself reading it in its entirety in one sitting.  While the Beatles is a theme throughout the book, one does not have to be a fan in order to enjoy it. I, personally, have never really listened to their music, but was able to take a full understanding of the s ...more
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"The Song Remembers When"

In the era before modern media-at-your-fingertips technology, some of us grew up listening to music on the radio or listening to tapes. My friends and I used to write letters (with one phone line to be shared among all siblings) and we'd preface our wandering random thoughts with songs.
This book reflected nostalgia about how music was woven into our lives and imbedded in our actions. Moods and burdens could be quickly lifted by with a quick tempo song.

I lov
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The tale of a girl growing up in a small town is told in short-story snapshots rather than a continuous narrative, with titles of Beatles songs as a unifying thread. This makes sense - in terms of length and time span - for what the book sets out to convey.

The sense of adolescent isolation and frustration in the early parts rings true to life - the on/off friendships, the awkwardness with boys, the preoccupied incomprehension on the part of the parents, the sense of claustrophobia and desire to
Mary Zinda
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of Beatles music, my interest in Ms. Templeton's book was sparked immediately. Each chapter centers around a song title in a very creative way. By the end of each chapter, it was fun to look back at the correlation.

The story of Ellen and how she handles each predicament in her life by relating it to her favorite Beatles song is handled well by the author. She skillfully shows how music can validate and sooth human emotions and can be the best medicine for what ails us. Ellen handles som
Martin Perks
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve got to say this book wasn’t at all what I expected. I’d heard about it, and was intrigued by the synopsis. And I’m very glad I did read it. The story covers the life and loves of a young girl from the age of eleven until she reaches her mid-twenties. Each chapter has the title of a Beatles song, it’s theme running through it via an incident in Ellen’s life, her trials and tribulations. It’s a very clever way to tell a story and it works so well.
I remember the Beatles well from my youth, an
Ann Omasta
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book features quick-reading chapters that give snapshots of Ellen's life as she grows from a school-aged girl into a young lady. She is forced to face the loss of a couple of people who are very important to her, and the reader is able to see how these losses continue to affect her as she matures. The author did a terrific job of interweaving Ellen's love of the Beatles into not only the chapter titles, but also the story itself. Ellen's near-obsession with the Beatles pulls you into her ta ...more
Iesha (In east shade house at...)
Rain Clouds and Waterfalls was one of those reads where I wishes I could have read the story while I was in grade school. The experiences Ellen lives through were similar to experiences young girls may had to live through during their young years. A time where many try to be understood. As Ellen`s life progresses, she experiences a while new set of struggles, in which many woman face in today`s society, despite the advancement of technology. Ellen`s life story is something in which females can s ...more
Nihar Sharma
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rain clouds and waterfalls is a novel containing short chapters which provide glimpses into Ellen's life as she grows up and goes through the experiences of friendship, love and lost ones. She desperately misses her brother and finds solace in listening to tracks by the Beatles.
Each chapter in this book is dedicated to a song from the Beatles and the writing is simple, raw and touching. You feel close to Ellen and are drawn into her life and its ups and downs.
It's a nice read and I would recomme
Skylar Nightingale
3.5 Rating

I enjoyed reading this book. I laughed, cried and felt the characters frustration and anger. It was easy to read. I would love to read a sequel.
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