Postcards for a Songbird

Postcards for a Songbird

by Rebekah Crane

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Overview

Everyone eventually leaves Wren Plumley. First it was her mother, then her best friend, and then her sister. Now living with only her cop father and her upended dreams, Wren feels stranded, like a songbird falling in a storm.

When Wilder, a sickly housebound teen, moves in next door, Wren finally finds what she’s always wanted—a person who can’t leave. But a chance meeting with Luca, the talkative, crush-worthy boy in her driver’s ed class, has Wren wondering if maybe she’s too quick to push people away. Soon, Wren finds herself caught between the safety of a friendship and a love worth fighting for.

Wren starts to dream again. But when postcards begin arriving from her sister, Wren must ultimately confront why her mother left fourteen years before and why her sister followed in her footsteps. For her new life to take flight, Wren will have to reconcile the heartbreaking beauty of lost dreams and the beautiful heartbreak of her new reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542092999
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Pages: 266
Sales rank: 214,902
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rebekah Crane is the author of several critically acclaimed young-adult novels, including The Infinite Pieces of Us, The Upside of Falling Down, The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland, Aspen (currently being adapted by Life Out Loud Films), and Playing Nice. Crane is a former high school English teacher who found a passion for writing young-adult fiction while studying secondary English education at Ohio University.

After living and teaching in six different cities, Crane finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to write novels and work on screenplays. A yoga instructor and the mother of two girls, Crane spends many of her days tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 feet, where the altitude only enhances the writing experience. Visit www.rebekahcrane.com, follow her on Twitter, or like her on Facebook at authorrebekahcrane.

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Postcards for a Songbird 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 2 days ago
A cute coming of age novel that's extremely heartfelt. It didn't go quite where I thought it would (which was refreshing), but had an interesting story. I was a bit disappointed, however, in the focus of the novel (because it wasn't what I thought it'd be) and the different aspects it brought up but left unexplored. All in all, it was a quick and easy read for the summer.
LibrosHappyblog 12 days ago
Wren is a young woman filled with emptiness, fears, and promises that remained in the air. With a very low self esteem and a sense that she’s cursed. She believes that all the people around her at some point in her life end up leaving her behind and that this must be because she’s not worth it. She has resigned herself to the fact that her life is like this, a complete loneliness and inertia. More to get carried away than to actually live. But she can’t take any more losses, more people who give up her live and leave her without what little hope she had left. A feeling that gives you wings and hope When Luca breaks into her life, all her fears only increase, but at the same time love appears and with this, the courage and thrust she lacked until the moment. Her life takes on color and she gets a huge urge to jump walls and break barriers. And she starts looking for answers to the questions she’s been asking herself all her life. Wren is a character I liked very much from the beginning. So lacking in love and so full of sensitivity and contradictions. She seeks to be loved, she needs love but at the same time she shuns it for fear of finding it and losing it again. She’s always the different one and the weird one, wherever she is. The one that goes so unnoticed that you barely notice it and everyone forgets it’s there. She’s such a special character and she’s given me such grief and tenderness. A life full of emptiness and absences Wren feels that in his life there is only pain and abandonment, so one day she starts asking questions. She needs certainties, roots, people to somehow link her to reality and get her out of her inner world of imaginary friends. She needs to somehow mend that dysfunctional family that keeps cracking with every passing day. Written in short chapters that change topic quickly and with some varied characters that I really liked, of which Olga is the one that surprised me the most. She’s the woman who’s always looked after Wren and her sister while the father was working. She is a woman who hardly notices and with few and few interventions throughout the novel, but who nevertheless plays a very important and even determining role I would say. From Postcards for a Songbird I really liked the cover and premise of which the novel starts, however I did not expect it to develop in this way and it has disappointed me a bit. Everything happens between the present and Wren’s memories with her sister. In some moments the plot stagnated, in others it advanced but I had difficulty discerning which part was real and which fruit of the imagination of the protagonist. And although in the end it all takes its place and is very well explained, I had a lot of things left over or maybe I did not like how they are counted. From my point of view, this is clearly a novel for young people so it counts and from the way the author tells it, I don’t think the message reaches all kinds of audiences the same.
SallyH 29 days ago
This was a very "floaty" book in that it's filled with the MC's thoughts and fantasies while still carrying the reader through the story. Lots of imagery and similes. The teenage MC is well portrayed, and her relationship with her dad is done well too, with a clever twist on it all near the end. Nice bit of writing.
Fátima Figueira 3 months ago
You know that sensation when you are reading a poetry book and you can stop at any page because the poems are not connected, each one of them is a story in itself? That is what reading this book feels like. This is perfect for people that like short chapters that can be picked up at any time without making the reader feel lost. All the characters are incredibly complex and nuanced, I loved the transitions from one scene to the other and the writing is absolutely beautiful. Shout out to Lucas that has the best pick up line in history and to Baby Girl who has one of the best names in literature. Thank you to Net Galley and Skyscane for this ARC and Rebekah Crane for this amazing story.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I had such high hopes for this book (How could I not, the cover is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!) But unfortunately, it just didn't work for me. Idek what it was, the overall storyline and characters were just confusing. Lizzie was so confusing... She is the sister who left, and first of all I thought she was imaginary but then I was like wait no, she's an actual person?? I'm still not sure how I got that idea into my head, maybe I'm just an idiot ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But it made the whole reading experience quite confusing. Also Wilder, not sure what his purpose was? I just felt like he kinda existed for the duration of the story and did nothing???? But Luca was a gorgeous human being, and big picture-wise it was a very cute story. The side characters are pretty adorable, and it's just overall really sweet!! It was really cute, but too much purple prose and confusing metaphors for my liking.
SaraOxo 3 months ago
Postcards for a Songbird by Rebekah Crane a four-star read that will take you on a journey. This did take a long time to get into, so don’t give up as you will enjoy it in the end. As soon as I read the blurb, I was desperate to read this one, it just seemed to have a mild level darkness and a drama that I thought I would enjoy. The dialogues of the story were well written, and they made the story for me, the flashbacks let it down as on a couple I was left so confused wondering what it was about. There was a great balance to most of the characters and you may not feel compelled to know more about all, but some will compel you to read their story’s.
kozbisa 4 months ago
Until a month ago, Wren lived in her own little bubble with her sister, Lizzie. But, like everyone else, Lizzie left her. Determined not to make any new attachments, Wren shut herself up in her house, watching Wheel of Fortune with her dad. She soon began to make some connections and reconnections, but would she choose the safety of her loneliness or take a chance on these new friendships? My love affair with Crane's books continues. I was immediately swept up into Wren's world via the beautiful and lyrical prose. I found her struggle with abandonment and loneliness very relatable, and thought Crane did a wonderful job illustrating those feelings. There was a bit of mystery in this story, which somewhat intrigued me. What happened in Idaho? Where did Lizzie go? What's Wilder's story? And, Crane addressed each and everyone of these questions for me, but what really kept me reading were the complex and well developed characters, who inhabited Wren's world. Leia was such a force. Her rants about hormones and artificial colors amused me, and I love that she was able to light a fire under Wren and get her to spread her wings a little. Baby Girl was a link for Wren to her sister, but she ended up being a fantastic friend. My favorite, though, was Luca. If I were younger, he would be my newest book boyfriend, because his charm, wit, persistence, affection, kindness, and generosity were a thing of beauty. That kid brought a smile to my face every time he came on page, and I definitely basked in his yellow aura. Then, there was Wren. Her pain was palpable. Her loss, so profound. She was a shell without her sister, and I really wanted her to grab onto these opportunities, to connect with other people, and open herself up to possibilities. I wanted her to discover the truth, and free herself from the blame and guilt she carried about the demise of her family. I wanted her to shake her father awake from the sleepwalking life he had been living, because she needed a parent, who was both physically and emotionally present. I wanted so many things for her, and I was elated to make this healing journey with her, because it was important for me to see all these things happen. Overall: A gorgeously written story of healing and gaining freedom from the past, in order to make connections and move towards the future.