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Don't Blame the Music

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Susan looks forward eagerly to her senior year in high school but finds her comfortable assumptions and optimistic expectations of life and people shattered by the return home of her older sister, a failed rock singer with a bitter grudge against the family.
Hardcover, 172 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by Pacer Books
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Lindsey Kookaby
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought that fantasy and adventure books were my favorite novels. I saw this book in my school library, and because it had to do with music I grabbed it and read. Pulling an all nighter to read each and every word as clear as humanly possible was worth it. I love rock music, and this book made me feel even more inspired by all those bands and singers I adore. The main character didn't really understand that other people go through bad things too, it's not just her in the beginning. In the end, ...more
Hester Rathbone
I read this ages ago, I think sometime in middle school or high school. The cover of it originally attracted my attention - it's different than the one displayed here. Mine shows 2 girls, one plain Jane girl next door, the other dressed in leather, angry and sullen with shorn hair and the innards of a cassette tape wrapped around her. I loved the title too, and I'm sure I was on my Caroline B Cooney kick at the time. I spent years trying to track down a copy of this - I haven't seen it in a book ...more
Elly Yandell
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. It's about a girl named Susan and her sister Ashley and Ashley is a burnt out rock star. The sister comes back home after a few years of being gone, but she is addicted to drugs. Ashley has a very destructive behavior towards her family after coming back and she does not like any of them. Things were going great for Susan in her life and she was doing good in school, but her sister came home and it went very crazy. They have to try to face the struggles with Ashley and ...more
Tacy Pomposello
Feb 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
i cant really remember what its all about but it has to do with this crazy girl named ashley, she does a lot of messed up stuff and she comes back home and she acts all psycho and stuff it was a cool book.
Christal Esse
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was good. Not so mystery. But i did like it
Sally Buckley
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
one star for being as mind-numbingly dull and placid as you'd expect a book with this plot description to *not* be, with only an extra star because Ashley didn't kill the family dog like I feared she was going to.
Sep 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
this book is about a girl named susanne, but everyone calls her beethoven. her crazy sister ashley shaved her head, lived in a tree, and ran away,but then she comes back and starts to mess up the whole family again...
Jan 08, 2015 added it
Solid, like just about everything she writes.
Really enjoyed re-reading this book. Just as good as I remembered. Full review to follow.
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