I Am Ed

I Am Ed

by R.A. Akerlund

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In the wake of their mother's death, the Henderson boys find solace in music as their oldest brother, Ed, sacrifices his dreams to keep his siblings out of foster care. Under Ed's tutelage, the boys form what proves to be a popular rock band. Signed by a major label as, the brothers seem to have transformed grief into success and fame. And if security comes at the expense of Ed's happiness, it's a price he's willing to pay for his brothers--but it's price that's beginning to take its toll. As the pressure of fame and living only for others weighs down on Ed, he falls into the wild booze and cocaine-fueled parties of the 1990s music scene. His brothers must now care for the one who cared for them. The Hendersons are about to discover the inevitable truth that sometimes the hunt for happiness ends in pain.

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BN ID: 2940162077480
Publisher: Beacon Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/06/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 857 KB

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I am Ed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
there were lots of things I loved about “I am Ed” by RA Akerlund. The writing was wonderful, and while it is technically ‘fiction’, the author did an amazing job of making it as believable as if it were a realistic documentary… obviously it is fiction, but the tone, voice, and detailing felt accurately depicted for not only a young male protagonist and narrator, but one who experiences the tumultuous highs and lows and incredible experiences that he did. I’m a huge fan of YA and NA books, so I’ve read my fair share. This one ranks up there with some of the better I’ve read lately, and the way that R.A. Akerlund brings the story to life is one of the reasons I love reading YA fiction (even as an adult)… you walk away with a greater sense of the world and people than you had before you started, and you enjoy every minute of it. Highly recommend!
KayleeeKS More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "I am Ed” is the first book I’ve read from author R.A. Akerlund, but I certainly hope it won’t be the last! :) I thought the storyline and the character development to be very well done and thought out. I feel like this level of complexity with the different times and places and the myriad of “deep” issues could have easily ended up badly, but instead I darn near gobbled the whole book down in one evening, especially with the fast pace that made me keep wanting to read ‘just a little more’… then more… then more…realistic prose, powerful drama, surprising twists, and a hero you can root for and watch grow. An impressive and original concept, especially for Young Adult/New Adult. Recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what an incredible book! Holy bananas!! Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because so much happens and I don’t want to give anything away… “I am Ed” by author R.A. Akerlund is one of the most original and just flat out interesting Young-Adult novels I’ve read in ages. I liked it for so many different reasons, first the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to sink into. There are enough descriptions where you can picture everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. There characters were great, but at times so many I had hard time keeping them straight! I liked that there were things I haven’t seen in other books in this genre, and it just felt more ‘mature’ than others I’ve read. I was impressed with Akerlund’s knowledge of the music scene and her authenticity she brings to the characters, especially in regards to relationships. Even if what they do is infuriating or frustrating, it just seems so real because that is what people do. Recommend for ages 16+… but this book isn’t just for teens. I’m in my 30’s and loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific fictional story about brothers trying to stay together in the absence of parents. They become ROCK Stars and this is an amazing look into the world of sex, fame, drugs and rock & roll. Loved it.
AddisonColeman More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed I Am Ed by R.A. Akerlund ...... a fictional story that seems like it was real, and filled with sex, drugs and rock and roll.....loved it!
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
to be honest I found myself wavering around while reading “I am Ed” by R.A. Akerlund. At first I was immediately swept into the story, and became immersed in the boy’s (Ed and his brothers) plight after their mom dies, and the characters backstory, and plot development. But there were times I felt the story wasn’t as focused as I’d like, and it could have used more tension in many spots, and I would have liked to see more dialogue to balance out the longer sections of narrative…Ed just “tells” us about things, but we don’t feel the emotional impact we should. But at the same time, the storylines and characters were good, and there was pretty much nonstop action and some seriously exciting developments toward the end. It felt fresh and unpredictable, always a nice experience, and I really liked the insight of experiencing it all, the good and the bad, through the eyes of this remarkable, yet ordinary young man. The ending was a bit abrupt, happy and sad, but was organic and provided closure and satisfaction. All in all I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-written novel with memorable characters and a powerful message.
Darla_Ortiz More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars to say this is totally unlike anything I’ve ever read before would be an understatement! I’m not sure how to even describe this book as SO much happens, and it seems to touch on so many elements, themes, and subjects. It seems almost like a nonfiction story, but it is obvious that the author took creative license. Still, the blend of realistic events/people with the creative story was seamless and very convincing. Strong, authentic leads and I loved the London background and vibe. And it’s really rare to read a YA book from the male pov – it’s usually from some whiny, angsty girl. So this was a great change of pace! If I had to do it over I would have read it slower - (don’t be like me and rush through it in 2 nights!) take your time and enjoy the ride and all the crazy ups and downs. It seems to start off a bit slow (in my opinion) but that’s just because we are getting all the background information and the author is setting the stage for an unforgettable emotional experience. Well done. Recommend for ages 17 and up.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
wow, “I am Ed” By R.A. Akerlund was great! I haven’t read anything like that in a long time…. If ever. I don’t read too much YA/ teen fiction, but while the MC Ed is 16, (though a few years pass over the course of the book), it definitely has an ‘older’ feel and is written in a way that this will be enjoyable for adults. And I like how many different subplots there were – the music and success is there, yes, but so many other things happen too. I like how Ed grows, even though he is far from perfect but there is solid development, and liked how the ending came full circle, wrapping it up, even if it isn’t ‘perfect’. All came together to create a fresh-feeling novel that was out of the ordinary and kept me invested throughout. And no cliffhanger ending, thankfully! I hope R.A. Akerlund writes more like this in the future. I’d be reading it!
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "I Am Ed” was a surprisingly good read, and one that will definitely appeal to fans of edgy NA/YA and literary-style novels. R. Akerlund blends a unique mix of family, romance, coming of age, drama, adventure, and shocking (sad) twists. The story itself was fairly even-paced, but I thought the beginning was a bit slow until things started to pick up and then it flowed well and moved the plot forward nicely, sparing us of the dreaded “telling” that so many authors tend to do, and I thought the characters were done well too. Interesting to see this all happen through Ed’s eyes, but I also liked Ben and the others. Great world building too. Very believable all the way through. I could almost see this being a movie, because it reminded me of A John Green novel in a way. There is definitely some heavy subject matters here, but that is what makes this book so powerful and memorable. Recommend.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
this book was terrific! Once I started reading I didn’t want to stop until I’d finished the whole thing. It pulls you in from the beginning, and I enjoyed R.A. Akerlund’s “voice” and style of writing. It is clear that she is extraordinarily well-versed on many aspects of the music industry and family drama– so much so that he can create a believable story that feels right as if we are a part of it. The interweaving plotlines were incredibly well-crafted and researched, and not predictable, and I actually feel like I learned something while being entertained. The characters were all interesting and fully-realized, and the editing was nearly flawless, which is really rare to see in ebooks these days. This is a standalone novel (not part of any series, it would appear) I would totally recommend this to anyone who wants to read an engaging and intelligent Young Adult novel that tells a deeper message and with more heart and passion than a lot of the YA fluff out there these days… thank goodness!
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars "I am Ed” by RA AKERLUND has many of the elements I look for in a good book: genuine, fleshed-out characters, well-detailed situations and settings, a complex, but believable plot with a great mix of realistic fiction, and some emotional engagement. (The author’s bio indicates how this was inspired by real events in her life, which makes sense) For the most part it was an easy read that held on to my interest, although at times I did feel the pace was perhaps a bit too slow and lacked the necessary tension to make me *have* to keep reading – but this was more in the beginning where there is more backstory and setup after their mom dies, and I feel it got better as it went along and the pace picked up. It has a very “big” feel to it, which I liked – it spans over several years and with a wide cast of characters. So even for a shorter book it still has that ‘epic’ feel, which is nice and thought it all felt really believable, like we are there. Overall a moving and eye-opening story that I think has wide crossover appeal. Suitable for teens on up.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, “I am Ed”, even though Teen and YA fiction normally isn’t my thing. (And who knew the book title would actually be so literal?) I thought it was unique, and excellently written and kept my attention from the dramatic opening to the sad, but realistic finish. No spoilers, but I hate when the author wraps up everything with a nice little bow just for the sake of having a “happily ever after’. Life doesn’t work that way. I was wondering how it was going to all tie together and I wasn’t the least bit disappointed! I liked how the book moved in a smooth, but fast pace, and it is a relatively quick read, one I finished in the course of a few evenings. I think the narrative prose was very distinctive and Akerlund nailed the psyche of Ed perfectly, and I was genuinely surprised at a few things that happened. It could have used a bit more tension and higher stakes though, especially more towards the middle. But I will definitely be looking for more works from R.A. Akerlund in the future. Definitely recommend reading for (mature) fans of YA/Teen drama as there is language and references to drug use.
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
the good part was that this is an excellent novel that captured my attention from the beginning and never once let it go. Each scene was riveting, imaginative, and well developed, and I enjoyed the characters – they felt very real, and I liked the author’s writing style and the authenticity of the young adult personality and tone/attitudes—absolutely crucial in a novel such as this. The only problem for me was that at times there was just too long of periods where little happened, and things were just being ‘told’ to us in narrative form (from Ed’s POV), and I longed for more dialogue and character interaction to move the story along, because when the dialogue was there, it was very good.. And some important events seemed glossed over and lacking an emotional impact (e.g. their sudden rise to fame and subsequent success). But even with that said, I really did enjoy this book and would read more from R. A. Akerlund in the future. She has a natural gift for writing a complex and well-thought out story and developing flawed, but memorable characters who stay with you.
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
"I am Ed” by R.A. Akerlund has to be one of the most original and compelling novels I’ve read in a while. I was completely drawn in from the get-go, and absolutely loved Akerlund’s narrative voice of Ed (we really get inside his head perfectly) and use of personality detailing with the other characters. It’s not overdone where we know every last bit (in fact I can’t even really picture several of them), but you more FEEL like you really know them. The prose and narrative were some of the best I’ve encountered lately in YA – genuine and authentic. You cannot fake that voice, and Akerlund has it in spades. It was an emotional and compelling journey from the sad beginning to the bittersweet end, and Ed makes for an outstanding lead and we root for him through all his adventures. A must read for fans of edgy YA/ coming of age.