“Everyone should have something to rebel against.
Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.
Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father’s career and dominating her family’s life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she’s haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.
When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.”
-Taken from Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16066588-a-song-for-julia?bf=1000&from_search=true)
This was a nice way to recover from the last book I read. While not a book that blew me away, it didn’t have me rolling my eyes every couple chapters. In typical New Adult fashion, this book deals with troubled characters.
Julia has a dark past that still haunts her, thanks mostly to her mother. The fact that she has survived to events of years before with absolutely no help or understanding from her family is staggering. Crank also has some issues. However, I didn’t feel as sorry for him as I did for Julia. When it came to him, I was more interested in seeing more of his brother, Sean. You see, Sean has Asperger. While I know next to nothing about Asperger, I know that living with Aspie’s can be a challenge. And I thought that all the scenes with Sean were beautifully done. There were some that almost had me crying, and that’s pretty rare for me.
Plotwise, however, it was a different story. At points, it felt a little like the plot was running in circles: Julia running all the time and Crank trying to get closer to her. Throw in some shouting matches between Julia and her mother and that’s the plot, mostly. The resolution of her conflict with her mother was a relief, but it felt a little too easy. I somehow don’t think that years of bitterness can be erased by one single outburst.
I’ll keep reading this series, as it was a good, distracting read.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5