2017 Independent Publisher Book Award, Young Adult Fiction eBook "A funny, quirky, and realistic tale about growing up."
Sometimes you just want to be perfect. And you obsess and fail and hold on way too tight....until it hurts. Then you let go and find your awesomeness in not being perfect at all.
For sixteen-year-old Francie Mills, life in the burbs is looking like everyone else's...kind of mediocre and boring. She hates her all-girl school, loves her best friend, is annoyed by her parents, REALLY wants something exciting to happen, and is obsessed with being amazing at tennis. Okay, maybe the tennis thing is not so ordinary, but still, it would totally solve everything.
But lately her dad's drinking has been spiraling out of control and her tennis is tanking because of her knee injury and she’s left feeling different and alone.
Enter Chet Jones, lead singer of "garage-port band" Blues Harp Jones. Somehow he gets Francie, makes her feel special and is so cute! She falls hard, like how-can-this-be-happening-when-I-just-met-you?-but-I-totally-feel-this-weird-and-deep-connection hard. What does it mean? What are all these feelings? Am I insane?
Questions, feelings, hopes and imperfections swirl as Francie takes un-boring risks to see Chet's band play in L.A,, making new friends in goth Stella and "would-be Martin Scorcese" Eddie. Eddie falls for Francie with his sweet, quirky honesty but he's not as exciting as Chet which leaves Francie even more confused. But as Francie struggles with her questions and feelings of self-doubt and anger at her father's failures, she comes to a new understanding about human connections and realizes that if someone lets you down (or you let yourself down!), you can always pick yourself up and be loved, as is, maybe even loving yourself, flaws and all, as you find a little hope in the universe.
|Publisher:||Earnest Parc Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
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In a story about finding friendship in unexpected people and coping with the affects of alcoholism, Blues Harp Green is a stunning debut novel from award-winning screen-writer Nicole Schubert that’ll linger with you long after you close the book. I was sucked into Francie Mills’, aka FM on the Radio Dial’s, world from the first page, and it kept me up well into the night. I adored Francie and Chet’s friendship, particularly their emails and video chats and how well they connected. The characters came alive in a way that had me reminiscing about my own young adulthood, and the whole story messed me up in a good way. Schubert writes such likeable characters that you can’t even hate them when you want to. Even one particularly annoying character grew on me in the end. If you love stories that shine light on dark issues, coming of age stories with a focus on new experiences, friendships, and love, and stories that refuse to let you go long after they’re over, then Blues Harp Green is the novel for you. Both young and young-at-heart will enjoy this story.