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Another Miserable Love Song

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Kallie Echo is starting to think dreams are dangerous. Her dad had one—to be a rock star—and then he died. Now Kallie is practically homeless and her life is falling apart. So when a punk band asks Kallie to sing for them, she must decide if she's got the heart to front a band of rocker chicks (and one trans guy). Can she find a new purpose in punk? And will the drummer wi ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Orca Book Publishers
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Brooke Carter
Jan 26, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

Before reading or providing this book to youth, please be advised that this book depicts violence against a trans youth, which may be traumatic for some readers.

An updated version is forthcoming, without the violent content.
Kallie is having a tough time when her beloved dad dies before her 18th birthday. She finds solace in music and when a punk band asks her to sing with them, this may be exactly what she needs to start pulling her life back together.
Nice inclusion of transgender character. Some teen drinking and sexual situations.
A good hi-lo tending a bit more to high school age.
Rachel Seigel
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I was liking this initially, but in the end I was disappointed. The author tried to tackle too much in just over 100 pages and there wasn't enough time to properly explore anything. Jamie's transition was barely mentioned and while I applaud how well Kallie handled her best friend becoming a guy, jumping into a relationship with her right away seemed a bit too easy. I was also bothered by the lack of explanation for why Kallie was on her own. Clearly her father's illness wasn't brief, and yet he ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read this entire book in 45 minutes. The idea was good, but the execution needed work. It was really rushed, the timeline was unclear, and there was no detail. It would've made more sense to have it as a short story in a compilation instead of a stand alone book. ...more
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