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Posted January 4, 2004
More than just your usual chick lit...
I really enjoyed this novel. The narrator's voice is fresh and unique. The writing is better than most traditional chick lit. Actually, much better...I guarantee you will be sucked in very quickly.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 31, 2003
Posted October 24, 2003
Road-trip story with a twist!
Liner Notes is an engaging road-trip story with a twist. Instead of a group of friends or two lovers, it¿s Laney and her mother, working through their mottled pasts as they drive across the country. They delve into family relationships, the mother¿s illness, and Laney¿s failed romances, all memories sparked by intriguing mixed tapes, the soundtrack to Laney¿s life. Some of the most gorgeous scenes are the tender renditions of the mother¿s long fight with cancer and the shadow this illness cast on Laney¿s young adult years. A great read for mothers and daughters or anyone who loves the kind of music found on cassette tapes under the seat of a well-worn car.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
THis book hooks the reader
To start her new job working in art restoration for a Boston museum, thirty-year-old Laney plans to drive across the country with the music tapes she created by herself. Laney looks back at how she envisioned this trek with a boyfriend or her close girlfriends, but she has no one to accompany her. However, that solo drive ends when her mother, who was very ill but recovered, flies out to join her so that they can reconnect on the cross-country drive.<P> At the beginning of the trip, Laney resents her mother¿s intrusion. However, as they begin to use her tapes and reflect back as to when Laney made them, they share memories that only a mother and a daughter can have.<P> Up front, this author hooked me when her bio stated she works for the NPR Car Talk show, whose hosts provide one of the funniest helpful shows that is a hit on the radio (a new carburetor every 40 years?). Back to LINER NOTES: The story line is intriguing as Laney reflects back on her life based on the event that triggered a specific tape that she created. She is the center that holds together this road show novel as she searches into her past seeking the answer to why relationships seem to end while her mom just wants to reconnect. The tale of the tapes is fascinating, but at times the numerous tracks can interfere with an intriguing plot, gimmick and all.<P> Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 5, 2003
The Soundtrack to Your Life
An enjoyable, well-written and moving first novel! As Nick Hornby did in High Fidelity, Emily Franklin's LINER NOTES focuses on the roles of music and memory. We follow Laney and her mother on their road trip across country during which Laney tries to explain her life through the songs and mix tapes that summed up particular experiences (a certain relationship, summer of 1987, etc). The writing is accessible yet inciteful, and Franklin manages to be funny without distancing the reader with the humor. The music is in the pages of the book, so the novel has its own soundtrack. I identified with the idea of using songs as a time-travel mechanism, and highly suggest this book to music-lovers or anyone who wants a good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.