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Lonesome When You Go

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Paige plays bass in high school rock band Vox Pop, which means keeping a steady rhythm even in their most raucous rock and roll moments.

But in the tense build-up to the Rockfest competition, Paige finds she can’t control everything in her life, no matter how hard she practises and how loud she plays. There’s stuff happening in the band that she can’t put her finger on, a f
Paperback, 238 pages
Published July 10th 2016 by Makaro Press
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Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Paige’s band is a kind of grungy, indie serious group of rocksters, tangled up in all the intensity of high school politics – of musical rivalries, of sexual tensions, of obsessive cultural desires – while Paige, at 16, tries to make sense of her familial and social worlds. She’s the youngest in the band, the bass player – the figure of stability, of foundational rhythm and time keeping, the one who pulls the others back from the brink of chaos when guitars and drums begin to run out of control; ...more
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Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read much YA fiction before, so I didn’t know what to expect from ‘Lonesome when you go’. I can summarise my reading experience as: ‘Is this what YA fiction is? I want more of it!’
I couldn’t wait to get back to the book every day. I had been on a diet of serious non-fiction and wonderfully depressing prose and I needed a break. This turned out to be exactly the breath of fresh air I needed. I absolutely loved the main character, Paige. It made me look back at my teenage self with more
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This YA novel features Paige, the bass player in a high school rock band, as she and her bandmates prepare for Rockfest, a Battle of the Bands-style competition for high school rock bands. The proverbial "musical and personal differences" threaten to derail the band and lives of Paige's friends alike, but in the end, Paige's determination to hold down the metaphorical as well as literal bottom end comes through.

Paige is the best thing in this book: likeable, determined, but far from flawless, sh
Rebecca Butler
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lonesome When You Go is such a cool book. It took me back to my life when I was 16, with it's very descriptive passages. It made me laugh, and it made me reminisce. But Paige grabbed my heart and took me for a ride through her life at 16, and I became very invested in her feelings, her actions and her consequences, as well as those of her family and friends.

Definitely a book that I would recommend to anyone who is a teenager, or was a teenager, also to those interested in rock and roll, or perh
Lorraine Orman
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great read about a girl who's a bass guitar player in a high school rock band. Easy to read, strong focus on teen issues, a sympathetic heroine, and plenty of music and performance details that will appeal to readers who like anything to do with rock music. ...more
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Paige is a wonderful, strong but complex heroine, her world is believable, yet immersing. I look forward to more books from this author.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
One of the main reasons why I picked up this book was that it was set in New Zealand and I've told my self to read more books about my own country for a while so here I am. :)
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This book was a bit average though I liked the way I could relate to the main character about the things she did or thought about. This was a short book so the relationships between the characters weren't as fleshed out as they could have been. There was a nice dynamic between Paige and the band bu
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