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Somebody Everybody Listens To

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Retta Lee Jones is blessed with a beautiful voice and has big dreams of leaving her tiny Tennessee hometown. With a beaten down car, a pocketful of hard-earned waitressing money, and stars in her eyes, Retta sets out to make it big in Nashville. But the road to success isn?t a smooth one in a town filled with dreamers, and Retta begins to have doubts: can she make her mark
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 13th 2010 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Emily May
Jan 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2012

This is one of those novels that is pleasant, undemanding, funny, enjoyable but still required a little something else to make it memorable. Perhaps it suffers from that unnamed condition that most "happy" realistic fiction books suffer from. If it's a real life setting and doesn't have fast-paced drama, a heart-breaking problem story, or some outrageous sex scandal then it isn't easy to hold the reader's attention - Bunheads is one rare example of a novel that does this. With that in mind,
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: True blue country fans
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
I didn't know this about myself but I'm harsh on main characters. I want to like them within a few pages, and be rooting for them once the book starts. When I first cracked the book open I didn't take a liking to Retta quickly. It's not that I hated her or anything, but I guess I was kind of peeved. She seemed to think that her dream of becoming a country music star mattered more than other things, but once we see her go off to Nashville we get to know who Retta Lee Jones really is and why she d ...more
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like Country music and love to read more realistic based stories
I think it was last year, when I read Suzanne Supplee's Artichoke's Hearts. I fell in love with Supplee's effortless writing style and realistic type characters. So, I was excited to see she has a new book coming out. I'm lucky that I had an opportunity to read an advanced copy. I'll definitely still buy the book.

This book did not disappoint; actually, after reading some mediocre books lately this was a refreshing change. What I love most about Supplee's writing is the lack of forced dialogue o
Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
With real character, real problems, and big dreams I could easily love this book. Retta has a beautiful voice-both singing wise and on the page. Supplee captures what I would image to be the none to glamorous side of trying to get into the music business, but still keeping true to why people still gravitate towards it.

Retta is from a small town in Tennessee and dreams of becoming a country music star. She’s researched it, knows how to play guitar, and has practiced singing. She knows that it wi
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever pondered on what it takes to be on the country music hall of fame?

Retta Lee Jones has a dream to chase down and she is determined to catch it even if it means leaving everything she knows. Retta wants to be a country artist and her ambition leads her in to head off from her hometown in to music city where her opportunity awaits her arrival. She runs in to walls after walls but finds her way around it and sometimes she finds her way towards success but they all seam to be the wron
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: age-ya, 2010, arcs
One of my library trustees brought this ARC back from the ALA Midwinter Conference.

Retta Jones wants to be a country singer more than anything. After graduation she heads off to Nashville in a borrowed car and almost immediately gets into a series of predicaments that leave her broke. The tow truck driver offers her a temporary position as his secretary since she can't pay for repairs, and Retta does her best to scrape together a life, living in her car, bathing in a convenience store sink, and
Neena Hingorani
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Somebody Everybody Listens To is not your typical story of modern success. Retta Lee Hones, a aspirating singer, just out of high school, trying to ‘make it’ in country music capital Nashville, goes through more than her share of heart ache and set backs to follow her dreams of being somebody everybody listens to. It was an emotion filled ride as I transfictuly followed Retta’s journey filled with unconquerable dreams that remained me to capture the day and take all I can get from each moment. I ...more
May 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Suzanne Supplee’s Somebody Everybody Listens To is 18-year-old Retta Lee Jones’s story of digging deep and finding the courage to do the scary thing — the unsafe thing — even when everything in the world seems to be telling you not to attempt it.

The novel opens with a quote from country superstar Dolly Parton: “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try.” And bravery is a definite requirement of this adventure. A series of mishaps immediately make her life in Nashville harder
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Somebody Everybody Listens To
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The story of Retta Jones has inspired not only those who read it, but those who can relate to it, such as Dolly Parton. Parton has created more than 3,000 songs and is known as the queen of country music. While writing this book Supplee acknowledged all the amazing country songwriters out there, such as Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, and Dolly Darton (just to name a few.) On top of all those people Suz
Princess Bookie
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read2010
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My Thoughts: I really liked this one! We meet Retta who is a girl from a small town with big dreams. She lives with her mother and father and while they make due with the money they have, they aren't used to having a lot. We has a crush on the cutest guy in town but of course he has a girlfriend so Retta knows she has no luck there and won't stay and focus on a guy. She heads to Tennessee less than 500 and right from the get go, she has bad luck! She gets mugged and
1shaylad dick
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Stephanie Butzer
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first thing I have to say about this book is that, I could never leave home as fast as Retta did. She knows her goals and she knows what she wants. Nothing seems to be stopping her now, but a few mishaps happen on the way, that make it harder for her to get to Nashville. I could never travel to a new city alone. Retta Jones has a ton of guts and thats what made me keep reading. I liked her personality she had through the story. Even leaving home with barely any money would make me nervous. R ...more
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhh, one of those books, that you wish you could just open it and start all over again. Fresh, authentic, REAL. LOVED this book. The heroine could have been someone I grew up with. Being a West TN. native this book was true to the setting. I loved Suzanne Supplee's depiction of the rural south. I loved her unvarnished approach to the Nashville Music scene. Delightful, breath of fresh air. Great summer read or anytime.
Just - The romance reader
Mar 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: at-library, ya
Perfect for a country music loving southern girl like myself. A great story with a positive message. Retta, the main character overcomes quite a few struggles and grows a great deal as a person throughout "Somebody Everybody Listens To". Her journey is touching and an inspiration.

I would definitely recommend this book. Makes me want to read more from Supplee.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My new favorite book. Loved it SO much! I'm going to read her other book, Artichoke's Heart, soon. I looked her up online and it doesn't look like she's posted anything on her blog or on FB for a year or so. I hope she is still writing. I will be really sad if she isn't.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great, inspirational, and realistic. And the end it was a little foggy where'd she end up, but it was good that way.
Jun 04, 2013 added it
This book is about following your dreams, and pushing through tough challenges. It was a great book.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
I Didn't like this book. I picked it up and thought "Hey, maybe this will be a good book." It follows the same plot line of many singers and artist, the family is broke, the girl works hard and becomes a big hit.
And then a smoking friend.....

I gave one star because, before each chapter, it tells you about a singer.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Small spoiler ahead!!!!

I picked this book up because it was being promoted at my library. It sounded intriguing. However, I did not love this book. I liked it. It was a quick, short read. The downside to this is that half of the book felt like pure exposition. However, it was a cute story about following your dreams. There was barely any romance. I loved the friendship in this book. However, I did not like that her friend brought along her boyfriend and Retta's crush when Retta was goi
Cass -  Words on Paper

I have a fairly good feeling that if I had read this back in year 10, when dreams of my own endeavour were flying off the walls, I would have simply adored this book. SOMEBODY EVERYBODY LISTENS TO is about dreams, and how even in the face of personal/financial issues, those with the will and strength to power on will prevail, at the least to an extent.

Retta Jones has lived in her small town Starling in Tennesee her whole life. And ever since she could remember all she's ever wanted to do is s
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, 2011
Retta Lee Jones has always wanted to be a singer. When she graduates high school, she hightails it out of her tiny town of Starling and heads to Nashville, Tennessee, where she has a chance to become a singer and have people sit up and take notice. But Nashville is a town that chews up and spits out girls like Retta, and she has to figure out how to navigate the music business while also dealing with her parents’ crumbling marriage and the shock of independence that comes with moving away from h ...more
♥Jessica, ♥Lady of the Library♥
Mar 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Girls
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“It’s amazing when you think about it, all the possibilities, the things that might happen in this brief life if you’re brave enough to try.”

Retta lives in a small Tennessee town: Starling. Working in a small breakfast diner, she has big dreams of becoming a country music star; taking the world by storm with each new song.

She heads off to Nashville just a few months after graduating high school; 514 dollars in her pocket and driving a rusty old SUV. She hasn’t a doubt on her way there, but o
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've had a string of bad luck with books lately. I intensely disliked the last two I read (Jane by April Lindner and Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly) and the three I read before that just didn't do it for me (Hush by Eishes Chayil, Matched by Ally Condie, and Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott). So it was so very, very nice to read a book and actually like it. More than like, I loved this book.

I'm not a fan of country music, but I do live very close to Nashville. So I was at least able to appreci
Talia Knobloch
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Somebody Everyone Listens To…
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fulfill your dream that you've had since as long as you can remember? Retta Lee Jones does just that, but first she has to go through lots of set backs, which in the end make her stronger. She wants to one day be heard on the radio, but there is one problem. She is from a small town that hardly anyone knows about. This story teaches about conflict and good characterization. One thing you can take away from this story i
Stephanie A.
I didn't even know I wanted a story about a high school graduate trying to break into the country music business, but this cover was so alluring I picked it up, and it's become an instant favorite. The story isn't a straight road to wish fulfillment, but actually seems pretty realistic, without being completely depressing.

Retta Lee and her adventures hooked me from start to finish. I don't usually connect so well with YA characters -- the sheer volume I read tends to make them all blend together
May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Retta Lee Jones is just a girl from the small town of Starling, hoping to make it in Nashville after she graduates high school. With $514.76 in savings and her great aunt’s 1987 Chevrolet Caprice Classic, Retta leaves her family, which includes her physically disabled father and her nagging mother, and heads to Nashville, where the first thing she does is get a parking ticket on Music Row. Arriving in the middle of Country Music Week, she drives miles in search of a motel, runs into a stone wall ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I read the synopsis for this book, I desperately wanted to read it. However, I couldn't find it anywhere I went. Finally, I was in Portland, OR for family and as any good bibliophile will do, I visited the awe-inspiring Powell's Bookstore. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this Mecca to Booklovers everywhere, it is a bookstore that sells new, used, out-of-print, overstocked items and more in a building the size of a city block. They color code their rooms, that's how big it is!
Mrs. Nelson's
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
With the voice of an angel, Retta Lee Jones has big dreams for a small town girl. Talent is not the only thing a girl needs to become a country music star. Upon graduating from high school, she knows she needs to come up with a lot more than her talent to make it big. With bright shiny moments and devastating blows she makes her way in Nashville…for a time. Along the way she finds people that are amazingly kind and people that crush her dreams. She knows she may end up a small town girl, but she ...more
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2012
This is another one I absolutely love!! Since I am ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with country music and really anything that has to do with country music, this book kept me reading. I loved reading the little things at the beginning of each chapter about different country singers. I now know things about them I probably never would've known I'd never read this. I liked how the main character, Retta Jones, had dreams a lot of people can relate to: going to Nashville to become a country singer. Through every ...more
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Suzanne Supplee is the author of When Irish Guys Are Smiling, a Students Across the Seven Seas series book, and Artichoke’s Heart. Currently, Suzanne is working on her third book, untitled as of yet, but due out in the spring of 2010.
Suzanne is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, and she earned a masters degree in creative writing from Towson University in Maryland. For a number of years,
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