Girl Out Loudby Emily Gale
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*Silent Scream!* Kass Kennedy is nobody's idol. She does forget the lyrics. She's not a gleek. The x factor? Not her! Read her lips: She has the right to remain silent. Just try telling that to her dad. Because he's totally lost it this time, demanding Kass audition for a TV talent show. Which would be slightly less than death-by-embarrassment if Kass could (duh!) actually sing. And if even the smallest part of her craved the spotlight. Stardom is her dad's dream, not hers. But he's so fragile, she's afraid he just might crack if she doesn't go through with his latest, craziest plan. Not helping: Her hopelessly MIA mom. The budding criminal mastermind also known as her kid brother. And amateur shrink Izzy and used-to-be-sweet Char, who've gone all frenemies over a boy in brown boots. (Don't ask.) It's only rock n' roll? If only! Inside, Kass is screaming, but no one is listening. How loud does a girl have to shout to be heard?
"Difficult issues treated with intelligence and gentle humor. Complex, lovely, real."
"Addictive. Original. True. I loved it." - Joanna Nadin
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- 12 - 18 Years
Meet the Author
EMILY GALE's nickname as a child was "Kojak" (for younger readers, that is a 1970s television show about a big bald man who sucked lollipops and solved crimes and said, "Who loves ya, baby?" a lot). Emily is scared of chickens, but not of spiders. Visit her at www.emilygale.co.uk and follow her on Twitter @EmilyGale.
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What I've read so far is great!!
Kass Kennedy has a unique, slightly over-the-top personality. While interacting with the real world around her, she plays game shows and holds imaginary conversations with Simon Cowell in her mind. It's easy to tell when she's doing this, as the worlds are in italics. Her whole world is one big drama. Her dad is bipolar, and when he's not down in the dumps he's set on making Kass a star. Her mom is never there for her, her kid brother won't help her (he's too busy making money through not-very-legal methods), and her best friends are preoccupied with their own problems. At first, I had trouble getting into the story with Kass's inner conversations interrupting the flow and her own personality over dramatizing her life (for valid reasons). Once I adjusted to Kass's voice and the plotlines connected, however, I was able to relate to Kass. Everyone has times when they freak out over little details or feel alienated from the rest of the family. Kass thinks that her mom likes her brother better, and Raff is jealous that their dad fawns over Kass, as troublesome as they know it is for Kass. My brother and I go through these kinds of phases as well, though we know our parents care about both of us. It's just hard sometimes not to think that parents play favorites. Of course, there are frustrating moments. Kass makes a lot of naive decisions, which I entirely get. Fifteen is the age for teen angst that only seem funny and nonsensical when you're older; it is the age for making silly decisions and placing all the blame either on others or yourself. Char is one of Kass's best friends and supposed to be sweet, but she gets angry at Kass over a crush. Not to mention that Dream Boy is eighteen and they're fifteen. While the age different becomes less importance as you grow older, eighteen and fifteen is a bit creepy. I did appreciate how the romance is more of a side note to the bigger issues in her world, and it wraps up realistically. Kass doesn't make the best decisions at first, and she blames herself for a lot of things that aren't her fault. Over the course of the novel, however, she will learn how to make her own decisions and make a stand for herself. Girl Out Loud is a short, sweet contemporary read about how a mental disorder can affect a family, overcoming the drama in life, and discovering your self-identity. It is about family, friendship, and first love. And there is teen angst, a whole lot of drama, and humor. Plenty of humor. All portrayed realistically from a fifteen-year-old girl's perspective.
The synopsis to this book kind of confused me. I mean, the first parts make it sound like a comedy book, but the last part sounds like a drama. I decided to read this book because it looked alright to me, but I wasn't quite sure what to make of it before. I'm so thankful that I did, or else I wouldn't have read this really good novel. Reasons to Read: 1.Kass's Narration: The way the protagonist narrated the entire book reminded me a lot of Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, in the way that she's always constantly poking at herself in a funny way. She doesn't sugar coat herself, she just says it the way it is. For instance, she doesn't try to pretend she's an amazing singer. She's just like, I'm a really bad singer, nothing's going to change that, but I'm ok with being a not-so-awesome singer. I wouldn't exactly call it low self esteem either; I'm not quite sure how to define how Kass feels about herself. I admired her for being able to identify her flaws, but was also able to highlight her strengths. She made all these jokes about what was going on, but sometimes the things happened were just so crazy and drama filled that they were funny. 2.Kass's relationship with her dad: I absolutely loved the relationship portrayed between Kass and her dad. From the plot synopsis, you can probably tell that he's not the most... Normal of parents. While many teens would just flat out refuse, but Kass makes an effort to make her dad proud, although it may not be her dream. They had their disagreements, and Kass got angry with her dad a lot in the book, but you could still tell that she felt really close to him, and that she loved him a lot. You could also see that she was really special in her dad's eyes. I wish that more YA books had parent relationships like this. 3.The author's ability to handle touchy subjects: One of the major things brought up in the book was mental illness. I thought that the author did a really great job at dealing with this issue. She explained really well how hard things can be, but also explained how good things can also be. She also dealed with other things such as underage drinking, touched on self harm, and when a boy tries to take advantage of a girl. I thought that the way things played out in the novel for these was very well done, and they weren't downplayed too much. These things were kept serious in the book, because they were trying to get a good message across. This book is very different, but it's also very well executed. The only thing that I hated in the book was one of the friends of Kass. She bugged me so much, and made me angry just thinking about her because I found her so annoying. Though, that was a pretty minor thing, and I think that she was written that way on purpose. I think that this book sends out a really good message, and I think that fans of comedic and dramatic books will like this novel. ARC received from Scholastic Canada for my honest review; no other compensation was received.
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