Liner Notes

Liner Notes

by Emily Franklin
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Overview

Liner Notes by Emily Franklin

How do you share the soundtrack of your life?
Just out of grad school, Laney is ready to embark on a new phase of her life. Leaving California to head back east, she’s got three thousand miles to reflect on her past before moving ahead to the future. With a box of mixed tapes at the ready, she envisions a trip spent reminiscing about first crushes, high school, family issues, and college loves and losses—her most precious memories. What she doesn’t picture is her mother in the seat beside her—which is exactly what happens when her mom invites herself along for the ride. Soon, Laney’s giving her mother a crash course in retro hits from her formative years—and a history of her life that her mom never knew about. As they roll through the American landscape, Laney and her mother discover that their lives are no one-hit wonders. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480452312
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Emily Franklin is the author of Liner Notes and a story collection, The Girls’ Almanac. She is also the author or coauthor of over a dozen young adult books including The Half-Life of Planets (nominated for YALSA’s Best Book of the Year) and Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom (named to the 2013 Rainbow List). A former chef, she wrote the cookbook-memoir Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes to chronicle a year in the life of new foods, family meals, and heartache around the table. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Monkeybicycle, the Mississippi Review, Post Road Magazine, Carve Magazine, and Word Riot, as well as on National Public Radio, among others. Her recipes have been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, and on many food websites. She lives with her husband, four kids, and one-hundred-sixty-pound dog outside of Boston.
Emily Franklin is the author of Liner Notes and a story collection, The Girls’ Almanac. She is also the author or coauthor of over a dozen young adult books including The Half-Life of Planets (nominated for YALSA’s Best Book of the Year) and Tessa Masterson Will Go to Prom (named to the 2013 Rainbow List). A former chef, she wrote the cookbook-memoir Too Many Cooks: Kitchen Adventures with 1 Mom, 4 Kids, and 102 Recipes to chronicle a year in the life of new foods, family meals, and heartache around the table. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the Boston Globe, Monkeybicycle, the Mississippi ReviewPost Road Magazine, Carve Magazine, and Word Riot, as well as on National Public Radio, among others. Her recipes have been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, and on many food websites. She lives with her husband, four kids, and one-hundred-sixty-pound dog outside of Boston.

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Liner Notes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aww, I loved this, it had such a fantastic happy ending! And even though I just finished making a mix, I suddenly want to do another (for those of you who haven't read it, it's like her life through mix tapes she'd done over the years.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Very challenging book to write, im sure. An absolute must have . A mother-daughter classic, i believe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Emily Franklin's first novel is just that, a first novel. The story line is clever in that it follows the soundtrack of a young woman's life as she comes to grips with her past in order to move into her present. There is a strong mother-daughter element to the story which will touch the heart. The only criticism is the story can be slightly 'cheesy' in places, for lack of a better word. Great first effort!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

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.

Harriet Klausner

Guest More than 1 year ago
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.