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Harmonic Feedback

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,727 ratings  ·  303 reviews
Sixteen-year-old, music- and sound design-obsessed Drea doesn't have friends. She has, as she's often reminded, issues. Drea's mom and a rotating band of psychiatrists have settled on "a touch of Asperger's."

Having just moved to the latest in a string of new towns, Drea meets two other outsiders. And Naomi and Justin seem to actually like Drea. The three of them form a ban
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published May 19th 2010)
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Emily May
Dec 04, 2011 rated it really liked it

I honestly think I damaged a few brain cells trying to decide how to rate this book, and I'm still not sure my choice is correct. But whatever, I can't waste any more time wondering what to do about these books that are really really good for the first three quarters and then just lose it towards the end. It seems like every book I've read is like that lately, some were good enough to keep a high rating regardless (The House of the Scorpion), and others weren't quite as successful (Slated
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Rating Clarification: 4.5 Stars

Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly falls in that coveted category of hard to put down. This story captured my attention almost immediately and despite a hectic couple of days, I kept running back to this book at every free moment to read more about Drea and her life. Harmonic Feedback really did move me and kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end.

I was pleasantly surprised by the content of the book. It wasn’t until I was about to start reading it did I disco
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ~Tina~ by: Nic and Alexa
TBR Reduce Challenge #6- 2011 (Alexa)

To be honest I don't like books set to music, which I'm ashamed to admit I thought this was one of them. Hence why it took me so long to read this. Still a couple of friends recommended this to me, so thanks to Nic and Alexa (also for picking it for my challenge).
This book was really something!

Harmonic Feedback is a great story about three friends, self discovery, understanding who you are, who others want to be and what you can do to change your past. It's a
I really had trouble rating this book. I did enjoy it, the ending even made me cry and I finished it in a few hours last night. I couldn’t stop reading and was totally caught up in the story, but now, after sleeping on it, I don’t feel quite so strongly about it anymore. Yesterday, I would have rated Harmonic Feedback four stars. But when I think about it now, I don’t really see myself going back to re-read it. While the story was well done and the ending touched me, it obviously didn’t leave a ...more
Oct 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

Sometimes there are books that end up being very different than what I first imagined from reading the book's summary. This book is definitely one of them. I love when that happens because usually it ends up being even better than I imagined. :)

I loved Drea, Justin, and Naomi. They were awesome and good people. I may not have exactly their problems, but I do have my own, and I could easily relate to their characters. When I read the book's summa
Aug 29, 2009 rated it liked it
With only 3 stars it may seem like I didn't like it very much, but that's not really the case. There were things that I just really didn't like. Or maybe the better word is that I didn't get.

Quick Overview: Drea and her mom have just moved from San Francisco to Bellingham, Washington to move in with her hard to please grandmother. Their first day there, a purple haired girl named Naomi from across the street talks to Drea and surprisingly seems to like her, despite the way she acts and her obse
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect out of this book when I started reading it. I had heard great things about the protagonist, Drea, and that Kelly had done a really good job at writing the thought processes of a character on the autism spectrum. That's what interested me, and that's why I read the book. As for plot specifics, I kind of didn't care. I was far more interested in the characters. I think that was the right way to go into this book.

The characters are, far and away, the best part. Drea's t
Mar 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nic by: Older teens, adults
Wow. What an amazing debut novel about friendship, love and music. It is a beautifully written story filled with characters that capture your heart. I could have easily devour it in one sitting, it was an effortless read.

While the plot is good (the ending took me by suprise), it is the characters that shine. I adore Drea, she is such a unique, straight forward, honest character that inspires you to be a better person. Justin is sweet, gorgeous (@ Kim tattoos and piercings, yummy) and a caring f
Sep 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: wyld-stallyns
Tara Kelly has a knack for writing engaging stories. In fact, this is the second book by her that I have read in nearly one sitting. But while her writing can certainly grab a hold of me, it doesn't have a particularly strong grip. I was engaged while I was reading but didn't spend much time thinking about it when I put it down. Still, Harmonic Feedback is an interesting novel with a unique voice.

Said unique voice is a result of heroine Drea's "touch of Asperger's". In this case, "touch of Asper
Jun 30, 2010 rated it liked it
What an amazing book.

It's refreshing and honest and not at all awkward (which I was initially apprehensive about).

At its heart, it's a love story, and a story of friendship and mothers and daughters.

Despite Drea's Aspergers, she's incredibly easy to relate to, to love and to cheer on. It's funny and precious and inspiring.

It's a little heartbreaking, a whole lot eye-opening and completely captivating. Also, Justin, swoon :)
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-uns, ya
I picked up HARMONIC FEEDBACK based on the strength of Trisha's review over at The YA YA YAs. This is not an unusual thing for me to do, as you probably know. Trisha has impeccable taste and a knack for tempting me with her reviews in such a way that what was non-committal longing suddenly turns into I must have it now! Trisha asked why more people aren't talking about this book and called it "a noteworthy debut." After reading it, I frankly have to agree with her. It was hard to track down in t ...more
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We all move with a rhythm layered with our own unique traits, quirks, and personality. Somehow we all have to find a way to connect and form relationships in this world though. Life really cannot be done alone. So…how do we find friends and loved ones who can move with us and still hold on to our own rhythm?

Tara Kelly’s Harmonic Feedback tells the story and struggles of Drea, Justin, and Naomi with raw, straight forward, sparse, no bullshit language and attitude. All three are searching for fre
May 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There are so many things I loved about this book that it's hard to know where to start. The main character, Drea, is a teenager who's tired of being defined by her acronyms... ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome. I've read a few YA novels with main characters on the autism spectrum, but this is the first one that explores that voice from a female point of view, and it does so beautifully. If you enjoyed Marcelo in MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD, I think you'll also fall in love with Drea because both charac ...more
Laura Manivong
Dec 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Ok, admittedly, I've gotten a little burnt out on realistic teen fiction lately, but Tara Kelly hit it outta the park with this one. Such amazing characters, fantastic dialogue, and passion on every page. Love, love, love Harmonic Feedback! ...more
Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Harmonic Feedback easily became one of the best YAs I've ever read. It's a beautifully written and heartfelt story of a girl dealing with those social and self-perception issues that comes with the territory of being a teenager. How to act? What to say? We get to see Drea, who happens to have ADHD and a touch of Asperger's, go through the trials of having friends which she's never really had before and the struggles to fit in socially.

The greatest thing about this book: the characters and their
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I very much so enjoyed reading this one. It was fast and quirky. I just expected more info or "inside the mind" of a person with Ausbergers.... There was some insight to her thought process, I guess I just wanted more. It was Young Adult, but the actual story was a pretty adult concept. It has a realness about it. It is akward at moments, but they are sooo life-like.

Naomi's character almost took over Drea at some points... I wanted more Drea and less Naomi. N's story was sad and good, but I felt
Jun 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy serious (but not overly heavy) realistic teen fiction, you should definitely pick up this book, which is an absolutely shining example of its genre. Drea has Asperger's, but if you've ever had trouble making friends or felt like an odd one out, you should ABSOLUTELY definitely pick this up. I identify with Drea now, and man, at 17 I would have identified even more. A lot of teens who are feeling outsiderish will find a little comfort here. All the characters are relatable and the wr ...more
Enna Isilee
Dec 06, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: not-finished
Unfortunately, this book fell victim to what happens to EVERY contemporary book I read: I just don't care. If you've got to go save the world or slay a dragon, THAT I care about. If you've got to overcome a rough home life, self-esteem issues, or a loser boyfriend and there are no unicorns involved, chances are I'm not gonna care enough to finish.

That makes me sound horribly callous... but perhaps the reason I don't care about these fictional people's real-life problems is because I spend a lot
May 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while there comes a YA debut novel that fits in with adjectives such as fantastic, wonderful, and amazing leaving me to be absolutely grateful that YA is the genre I read. Oh, and if you haven't guessed it so far, Harmonic Feedback is the book I'm talking about.

Within Drea, Tara has created an inspirational and real girl that's unique voice is one that I adored reading. I loved that even though Drea has Asperger's syndrome she was still someone that I, someone who doesn’t have t
Jan 29, 2011 rated it liked it
The acknowledgement starts with a disclaimer that it doesn't offer a definiton of Asperger's syndrome. Rather it's a story of one girl and her experience. OK I'll bite. I just kept wondering what it would be like to see the world as she does. Fascinating would be too strong a word. I'd be confused. Interacting with others and while having a hard time deciphering social cues must have made interacting with her an interesting thing. I did appreciate Drea's stratightforward manner. I found her go t ...more
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
What a pleasant surprise was this book. I'm entrapped and mesmerized at how basic and yet surprising was the psychological part of the book. As you know the female lead character, Drea, has been diagnosed with certain mental disadvantages that make her, in some ways, socially awkward. Except I ended up feeling more awkward than her. This book will make you evaluate and analyze your daily social interactions. The questions and difficulties that Drea faces that are simply everyday things to most o ...more
Princess Bookie
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts: A great debut novel from Tara Kelly! We meet Drea who is just a girl who longs to be normal, she dispises seeing shrinks, she just wants to be who she is without the constant reminder that she has Asperger's. Drea moves to a new town and she meets her neighbor Naomi who is best described in my mind as creative. She than starts school and meets Justin who she is instantly drawn too. He really likes Drea, you can tell from the get go. The 3 of them start to form a band and you can see ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Well, it's three in the morning. I started reading this around eleven? I've got work tomorrow. FML.

It kept me awake because my heart wouldn't stop beating out of my chest the entire time I was reading. I know that's a big cheeseball but that's how I felt. It wasn't because the book was suspenseful or a thriller or scary. I think it was more of anticipation. I kept trying to read faster just to find out what happens next.

I loved this book.
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I wish I liked it more, I went in to it thinking I'd love it but I was disappointed. I had a hard time connecting with the story, and at times, I felt I was missing the... honesty of it all. I dunno, it just never worked for me. ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Tanja, Zemira, Zoey...
Recommended to Scarlet by: Glass
I love this book. It made me laugh and cry. I adored the characters, especially Drea, Justin and grandma. They were realistic and lovable. The writing is witty and easy to read. This is another must-read!
K. Lincoln
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A love and friendship story from a slightly Autistic female character's POV, coupled with indie music sensibilities and high school politics, along with added rumination about how unique people fare in a world of conformists.


Drea is starting over (yet again) at a new high school. Only this time her ne'er do well and overprotective Mother is moving them into the basement of her no-nonsense, critical Grandmother with whom Drea does not get along.

Her music will become a bridge between Drea
Ginger at GReadsBooks
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 5-star-reads
Originally posted at GReads:

Every once in awhile I'll come across a book that takes me by total surprise. The kind of surprise that reminds me why I love to read so much. Harmonic Feedback did just that. This particular story is written in a voice that is so easy to follow and identify with. I felt myself connecting with Drea from the first few pages and could not walk away until I heard her entire story.

This was my first book to read which touched upon A
Allison (The Allure of Books)
First of all: this cover. I absolutely love it. And once I finished the book, I loved it even more, I think it represents both the characters and what the book stands for. So awesome.

I really loved reading this, I couldn't put it down. I don't even think I changed positions once I sat down and started it. I checked it out from the library but I definitely plan to buy my own copy at some point now. This is a book I'll be reading again (and again...and again...).

Drea has ADHD and Asperger's Syndro
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Aw, this is a sweet book. The cover summary made me curious enough to pick it up, but I was never really up to reading it. However, Drea's narration captured me instantly.

She has a form of Asperger's that makes her a little bit confused on society norms. Sarcasm, white lies and innuendos often escape her and she is honest, occasionally brutally so. However, she isn't difficult to relate to. Anyone who has ever felt a little bit out of the loop, or akward or lonely can relate to her and her clev
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-mg
I won Harmonic Feedback in a Goodreads giveaway, and honestly, I probably wouldn’t have read it otherwise. It would’ve been a shame though, because I loved this book. Tara Kelly’s debut is utterly honest and refreshing. In ways, it reminded me a little of John Green's Looking for Alaska. Harmonic Feedback took me on an emotional rollercoaster. Quite a bit of it made me laugh, but it also made me cry. Drea is one of the most interesting characters I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. I don’t know th ...more
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Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She’s an author and one-girl-band by night, and a graphic designer, video producer, and photographer by day. She lives in Sin City with her beloved guitars, sound design master husband, and a fluffy cat named Maestro.

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