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No Sad Songs

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of caregiver for his ailing grandfather. Between the shopping trips and the doctor visits with Grandpa, Gabe and his friend John try to salvage their senior year, meet girls, and make the varsity baseball team. It doesn’t take long for Gabe to realize that going to school and l ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published February 20th 2018 by Fish Out of Water Books
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Michael Ferro
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With the biting dejection of Holden Caulfield, the witty rambunctiousness of Tom Sawyer, and the tender heart of Harry Potter, Frank Morelli has created a dynamic new character in his protagonist, Gabe LoScuda. I have to start out this review by stating that I've never read a YA novel before. Before NO SAD SONGS, I just figured that YA stories weren't for me, but Morelli has proven that these stories can be universal and entertaining, as well as informative. Not only is this book an emotional ro ...more
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What a freakin’ fantastic book! When Mr. Morelli contacted me about “No Sad Songs”, I was going to start taking a break from author requests to help myself catch up and what not. Well, I read the synopsis and saw the book cover and was SOLD!

From the very beginning, I was sucked into the story and so invested in Gabe. He made me laugh and my heart wrenched for him at the same time. I enjoyed seeing him grow as the story was told. I LOVED all the characters in this story including Grandpa! He was
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
5 Reasons To Read No Sad Songs: also read this post on my blog

Reason #1. How Can It Be So Funny When It's So Sad?

It's hard to believe it, but No Sad Songs is one of the funniest books I've read this year so far. Its entertainment value is incredible. I will say that sometimes it goes over the top, and maybe the jokes are a little disrespectful, especially when it comes to Gabe's grandfather, but at the same time - isn't this what teen humor is about a lot? So it does paint a pretty c
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
It was a lovely, entertaining read filled with great friendships and family ties, a fun read you can get through really quickly. I didn't quite connect with the main character as much as I would have liked to, but I still had a great time reading it :)
Full review coming soon! :)
Kristin Lenz
Lucky me, I got to read an ARC! This story full of humor and heart will be out in February 2018. I was rooting for these endearing, flawed characters until the very end. I'm late writing this review - I read the book last month, but the characters are still with me.
Cora Tea Party Princess
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
5 Words: Family, responsibility, friendship, loneliness, help.

Check out my stop on the blog tour.

No Sad Songs is quite a difficult book to read, and definitely a difficult book to review. It explores so many hard-hitting issues and situations with nuance, and I've probably rewrote this entire review about five times. It's not all fun, but it's not all doom and gloom. Despite starting with earth-shattering grief, the books still managed to make me laugh.

I loved the exploration of friendship. Hone
Frank Morelli
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wanted to share a few thoughts here on my debut novel and the motivating factors that ultimately drove me to write it. The Alzheimer's Association estimates almost a quarter of a million people will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia in the next year alone. Currently, more than five million people are living with Alzheimer's and, by 2050, this number could grow to over sixteen million. Alzheimer's disease is actually the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. ...more
Alex | | findingmontauk1
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
No Sad Songs by Frank Morelli is the story of 18-year-old Gabe who is forced to mature quicker and more suddenly than most people have to. His grandfather has Alzheimer’s and he suddenly assumes the role of primary caretaker for him. He is struggling with his relationship with his best friend, he has normal teen-like troubles with his crush, and his long-lost uncle has returned who is not the most organized and mature person on the planet, to say the least. Then amidst ALL of this, a tragedy hap ...more
Jackie Robins
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad that I received this book to read from the author. It is such an accurate portrayal of dementia and how it slowly can change people into someone your don't recognize. This book is so well written. It isn't a long book but, it's full. It tells a story of a boy thrown into adulthood with the death of his parents. He becomes a caretaker for his grandfather who was once full of wisdom and is now a confused and disoriented man. This is a story of love, friendship and the fight for dignity
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
The cover of No Sad Songs was crying out to me to be read. Deciphering the items at first glance I surmised it was a YA book revolving around a group of girls. Yet again I have been proved wrong!

Gabe is a high school senior with a pretty much one/two track mind of a teenager, pizza, video games OH yes the school hottie, there is always one girl that all the guys want, but so often she doesn’t even know they exist or perhaps just doesn’t care, after all she can play the game and have any of them.
Karen • The Book Return
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this review and more on my blog. The Book Return BlogI received this book for free from Author (via YA Books Central) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Gabe is used to helping care for his ailing grandfather. Then tragedy strikes and thrusts eighteen-year-old Gabe into the position of primary care giver for his grandfather with dementia.

They're so many things to love about, 'No Sad Songs'. The thing I love most is that

Jenny in Neverland
Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, ya
I love YA books – I definitely need to read more of them and this sounded right up my street. It’s about Gabe, a high school student who is a full-time carer for his Grandpa, who has an advanced form of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Gabe’s entire life revolves around his Grandpa and above anything, this book really did make me gain a much higher appreciation of anyone in Gabe’s situation. Anyone who is a carer to someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. I’ve not had a solid experience of knowing someone with
Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
*This review can also be found on The Reader and the Chef! Huge thanks to the author for the review copy in exchange of my honest opinion.*

The first thing that popped into my mind when I read No Sad Song's synopsis was: this sounds familiar. It's not that I have lived the same experience as the main character, but I found his situation to be relatable to my own with one of my grandparents, which made the read all the more intriguing for me.

The main character of this novel, Gabe LoScuda, finds hi
Katrina Ayala
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the blurb for No Sad Songs, I hesitated. When the author, Frank Morelli, offered to send an arc, I hesitated. And when I read the first page, again I hesitated. Then I thought about, truly thought about it. Didn't I owe it to the author AND myself to actually read this book?

This book...full of heavy hitting material that follows a high school boy who has to care for his ailing grandfather cursed with Alzheimer's. This book, which tells of a boy who lost his parents and has a long los
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book hit me where it hurt. I have a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s, so I knew it was always going to hit me hard…. But.. WOW.

This book is an emotional rollercoaster and I loved it. Because when you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, it really is a roller coaster. You can be crying with laughter one minute when they say something SO inappropriate. And then you’ll realise that they’re slipping away from you.

Honestly, my heart went out to Gabe. One minute he’s a normal kid, hanging out
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is the the story about an 18 boy who is thrown into adulthood with the unexpected death of his parents. Gabe becomes the primary caretaker of his grandfather who has Alzheimer's disease. His grandfather who is a veteran and is physically strong has been transformed into a confused and disoriented man. He often doesn't know where he is and Gabe is forced to treat him like a child. This book provides such an accurate portrayal of the difficulties in taking care of someone who is no longe ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
No Sad Songs is a heartwarming story about family connections and friendship which gives people an eye into the lives of the family of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Reading this book was very enjoyable, even with a couple problems I found with the writing style, which I go into more in my full review at
Big thank you to Frank Morelli for providing me with an advanced copy of this book!
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club-books
This was my bookclub book for April and it was my turn to pick. I am really happy that I chose this book. This book caught my eye because of the cover as many of my reads do. I liked the artwork and that made me want to read the story. After reading the synopsis then I knew I wanted to read it. All in all I liked the story and the characters. I would definitely recommend this book.
Christopher Macnevin
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i read this instead of playing minecraft so u know its good
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A short book that packs a punch. Great book that gives you a new appreciation for caregivers and their loved ones.
Steph Post
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best YA novels I've read. Funny, sad, but mostly absolutely authentic. Bravo.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first was offered to read a copy of No Sad Songs I was excited. I didn't really know what it was about except that it was a YA with a male protagonist set it in the 1990s. I, therefore, went in with low expectations, after all, I didn't know what it was about but No Sad Songs was an example of how to write an amazing YA book that everyone should read.

So one of the high points of this book is definitely the writing, it was very well written and there were elements that just really added to
Natalie Lane
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I really connected with this book. Plus the writing style was awesome. All in all a great read.
Joana Bookneeders
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first read the synopsis, I was super excited. I've been loving books that feature any type of diseases or disorders. I just find them extremely interesting, informative and important. And this book was definitely incredible showing how Alzheimer can diminish a family's life in general.

Dementia is something that changes from person to person, but it's regardless of it an awful disease for everyone involved. It's unfortunately very common and sadly there's no cure. I've only had one person
Space Case ✨
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was received from the author for review. All opinions are my own.

Let’s get right to the point: I really liked this book! I’m not really the biggest fan of contemporary and tend to only reach for it when I feel like reading it, but this was far from the usual lovey/romance/girl-meets-boy kind of contemporary that I tend to lean away from that I was way more invested in it than I usually would be.

I want to first start off this review by touching on my absolute favorite part of the whole
Camillea Camillea
No Sad Songs is a coming of age story about a young man and his ailing grandfather; it touches on the hardships of families and the promises one keeps. It tackles loss, identity, and family values. While reading this book, the words felt both soft and humorous.

Gabriel LoScuda is your typical eighteen year old just trying to get through high school, maybe get a girl, succeed in baseball, but above all he’s driven by the thought of keeping his grandfather safe. The book delivered well in portrayin
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gabe, an 18 year old high school student finds himself in the difficult position of becoming the main carer for his Grandpa who suffers from Picks disease, a form of Alzheimer’s.

Told from Gabe’s point of view we are given a glimpse of what life as a young carer is like for many people, juggling school, a part time job and friendship with the heavy responsibility of caring for someone who used to care for you. It is a real eye opener and I was so proud of Gabe by the end of the book, he doesn’t a
Alexandra Mack
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
18-year-old Gabe LoScuda was a normal high school student with two happy parents and an ailing grandfather. When his parents die in a car crash, he is put in charge of taking care of his ailing grandfather. However, his grandfather isn't suffering from something like bad arthritis. His grandfather suffers from Alzheimer's and is losing more memories by the day. Sometimes he seems to be acting normally, but then he starts shouting random things from his memories of the war. Gabe wants to have a n ...more
Debbie Lesley
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truly Living with Alzheimer’s

This book was recommended to me after I included Still Alice on a list of books to read for an organization of which I am a part. We support the Alzheimer’s Association as one of our major projects so since we are teachers, this book was recommended because the main character is a young teenage boy who suddenly finds himself the caretaker of his grandfather who suffers from a form of dementia.

Having promised his father that he would always take care of his grandfath
Joe Ponepinto
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Something we don’t always remember when thinking about Alzheimer’s sufferers is that the disease affects many more people than the patient. In Frank Morelli’s No Sad Songs we get to see just how far that reach extends when Gabe LoScuda, all of eighteen years old, is tasked with caring for his ailing grandfather, who was diagnosed several years before with Pick’s Disease, an especially virulent strain of the Alzheimer family. As you can imagine, he is ill-prepared to deal with the unpredictabilit ...more
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FRANK MORELLI is the author of the young adult novel, NO SAD SONGS (2018), a YALSA Quick Picks nominee, a VOX top Hopepunk title, and winner of an American Fiction Award for best coming-of-age novel. His middle grade 'Please Return To' series, features Norbert M. Finkelstein and Toby Solano, and provides young readers with a roadmap to stop bullying. Morelli's short fiction has appeared in The Sat ...more

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