Name: A Song For Julia
Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Publisher: Cincinnatus Press (US)
Release Date: December 4, 2012
Pages: 320, Hardcover
Source: For review from author/AToMR Tours
Rating: 4 Teacups
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.
A Song For Julia was a truly beautiful read. Dealing with situations like rape, mentally disabled characters, war, and a complicated romance, this story is packed with heartfelt emotions. The emotionally distressed tension in this story is surreal; the reader is in for an emotional ride.
One of the favorable qualities I loved about A Song for Julia was its characterization. We start off with a very broken, closed in character, Julia. As the story progresses and she meets people like Crank, the love interest, she slowly opens up and becomes a strong, brave woman that is highly admirable. Crank is also a prominent character who grows immensely. Starting out as a shallow one-night-stander, he changes and realizes the importance of love after spending time with Julia. Their romance starts off a bit as lust, but Sheehan-Miles definitely takes his time developing the real, genuine romance. The reader isn't able to help but empathize with their feelings and emotions.
The plot was intricate and a bit slow paced, if not a little complicated. However, it is never confusing or frustrating. Sheehan-Miles is able to weave all of the plot lines together and it's truly wonderful to see it all come together. The beginning takes a little while to get into, but not long after, it picks up and never slows back down.
Even if the characters in A Song for Julia are in their late college years, it will still appeal to YA or NA fans alike. A moving and evocative story with well-developed characters and a complex plot, it will surely tear your heart out by the last page.
4 teacups for A Song For Julia!
*Much thanks to AToMR Tours and the author for providing me with a review copy!*