Songbird

Songbird

by Angela Fristoe

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ISBN-13: 9780615470498
Publisher: Little Prince Publishing
Publication date: 06/25/2011
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 1,034,487
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Songbird 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
love_of_books on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Dani¿s life has been troubled from her childhood with an abusive father and alcoholic mother to her being shifted from foster home to foster home. She finally settles in with an older couple who give her the stability she has never had. But it is her best friend Reece who becomes her salvation. He¿s always been by her side, and has been a substitute for the dead brother who always protected her. Over time, her feelings for Reece have grown from friendship to romantic inclinations but he only seems to see her as a friend. Threatening calls and a foster brother from the past move the action from romance to potential danger. Dani¿s life has been filled with violence, tragedy and loss and one¿s heart goes out to her for the strength and resilience she shows in handling the horrors of her young life. The story is plot driven and really holds your interest. Teens will be impressed with the romantic triangle aspect and the unrequited love story. Reluctant readers will find this an easy, compelling read that is fast paced and satisfying.
njmom3 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
I really enjoyed this young adult story. It is a very quick read. The book pulls you in with characters and the way it tells the story weaving through the present and the past. You feel for the main character and everything she has had to face in her young life - abuse, death of her brother, loss of her family, life through the foster care system, and yet more abuse. The impact her past has on her current relationships is evident, and how she works through that to overcome it comes through. The story deals with some very serious issues and yet is at the same time a love story. I look forward to reading more from this author.*** Reviewed for member giveaway ***
tamelyn521 on LibraryThing 23 days ago
This is an excellent YA book but an adut can enjoy it too. The story line flowed well even with the past recollections.
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing 23 days ago
This is another one of those books that tells about what comes after. There are tons of stories that lead up to this monumental event describing how the character got to that point. This story isn't like that. This story starts after a tragic event, showing how the main character is coping, developing and how she is still plagued by the memories of her past. I felt mixed things with this novel. On one hand I felt that not much happened, that it wasn't exciting enough. But then I though, that's not really fair. This book isn't supposed to be exciting - it is supposed to be real, and it was. I appreciated Dani's struggles and the way flashbacks are tied into triggers in the present the way that memories often come about in real life. I like Dani's friendship/romance with Reece. I like how it was so many different things at once and how they both felt weary of it, afraid to ruin such a long friendship. I really liked how they both needed each other, and that they knew it - even when they wanted to kill each other. This may not necessarily be an "exciting book", but it didn't really need to be. There were many other emotions present and just enough suspense to keep me reading.
staffoa on LibraryThing 23 days ago
An enjoyable young adult novel (Even though I'm not a young adult!) This novel was full of emotions traditional to any teenager today--so many will relate to Dani's turmoil of risking revealing feelings she has for her best friend, Reece. Can the "bad boy" Colin fill the shoes and can she force herself to love him instead? Delicate issues are nicely handled and do not overshadow the love story.
siobhant on LibraryThing 23 days ago
This story is told from the point of view a girl names Danni, who is struggling with her troubled past and confusing friendship with her best friend Reece. Initially I felt like it was one tragedy after the over drudged up from her past.However I thought the way theflashbacks are woven into the present was excellent. There was the typical YA romance love triangle foe awhile. However it wasn¿t dragged out too much. There was an interesting slight twist at the end. The message of the book is to appreciate life and the appreciate loved ones. Overall I enjoyed reading this book.*** Reviewed for member giveaway ***
Cottontail on LibraryThing 23 days ago
Songbird is a very compelling book. Dani struggles with the death of her beloved brother who was shot by her father; her mother turns to drinking instead of caring for her only daughter. Dani is moved from foster home to foster home until she at last is placed in a home where she's secure. Her best friend is also her true love, until a boy from her past suddenly appears. Unnusual phone calls start and unveil a disturbing secret Dani had once forgotten. She must make a hard decision about who she truly loves, the boy who's been there all along or the new arrival who's brought up the past.
CourtneyVail More than 1 year ago
Songbird is a sweet story that perfectly captures the quest for love, laced with moments of pain and suspense, and you end up being sucked in from the very first words. The first chapter is so horrific and gut-wrenching and helps readers instantly sympathize with poor Dani, as the then six-year-old witnesses her brother's murder by her father from a playground tube she's hiding in. Now, at seventeen, Dani yearns to escape her past and find love in the eyes and arms of her best friend, Reece, but right when the bonds of her friendships with him are strained, her life gets chucked into further turmoil at the resurfacing of a former foster brother in her school and threatening phone calls she begins receiving. She must make peace with her past and self-reflect to discover if her heart's desire is really her true love or just a replacement for her brother. And by the time the haze clears and the caller mystery plays out, will it be too late to follow her heart? Some YA authors use empty, bland first person narrators, but Fristoe's use of Dani's voice immediately strikes chords of confidence and surety. Aside from a couple of grammatical slip ups, there's no hesitance or clumsiness or amateurism anywhere in sight in this debut novel. It's rich in detail and characterization and is packed with plenty of showing actions. Songbird is light on plot, but it's the perfect read if you're looking a story that will tug at your heart and stay with you long after you close the cover ... or turn off your eReader ... or whatever your word-addiction vice may be. :)
tamelyn521 More than 1 year ago
This a a YA romance/suspense novel. The characters were interesting and once you start reading, you'll want to keep on to find out what happens. The suspense part of the book was a little underdeveloped and almost seemed tacked on but this is a minor problem that doesn't detract from the overall feeling of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Songbird is a beautiful story about growing up, loving, and moving past tragedies. Dani is a realistic character who is constantly struggling to put the horrific memories of her past behind her. She loves her best friend Reece, but she can't separate him from the image of her dead brother. It takes a former foster brother and a series of mysterious calls for her to take a step into the present. The characters are wonderfully written and I cried a number of times, realizing that the situations Dani has been in are not as uncommon as people would like to think.
Cate_T More than 1 year ago
Songbird is about 17-yer-old Dani Mays and her struggles with her past and present. She had a turbulent childhood; going from one foster home to the next, dealing (or trying not to) with an alcoholic mother and a convict father. It all started when she witnessed her own father murder Jace, her beloved brother. She was six years old. Eventually, Dani settled in with the Thompsons and led a somewhat normal life. But it was her best friend, Reece Tyler who made it all better. Reece was good-looking, popular, but he chose to be Dani's friend nonetheless. He had been there with her always. Sort of like, another brother to take the place of the one she lost. Her future was looking bright until her past comes back to haunt her. This is my second Young Adult book in a row. I must admit, I am still a reluctant reader. Let me tell you what I liked about it. It is well written. Easy to read, easy to understand. It is also very plot driven. Everything, from Jace's death to Dani's struggles with her friends melded together nicely in the end. I must say, the funeral for Jace, as told in a flashback, was very good. I teared up a little bit. It dealt with heavy emotions and situations - abuse, murder, family dysfunction - but it is balanced by happy thoughts such as love and friendship. The thing between Reece and Dani was so cute in the beginning. I was rooting for them. Even when Colin, the new kid in school, came around, I was still hoping they would end up together. But it became old so fast. Nothing happened for the first few chapters other than Dani pining for Reece, thinking he's cute and he'll never go after a girl like her, all that jazz. Colin comes into the picture and Reece goes all possessive. Then it becomes this constant "will they or won't they" among the three characters. When one gives in, the other shies away. and vice versa. It eventually got so tedious that I found myself rolling my eyes, thinking, "not again". I felt that the book could have used less of that and still would be an effective story. Then came the weird phone calls. That plot line, to me had so much potential. If developed earlier/better, it would have been a good B-story. But it was lost in the sea of the Reece-Dani-Colin drama that you could take that whole part out and it would not affect the ending very much. I could see the author's struggle between keeping the mood light and fun (with all the teen romance aspects) and inserting a bit of a suspense/thriller aspect. I just wish she took the risk of developing the darker plot point further. I could have used more of that and less filler. Recommendation: Teens would like this and find that they can somewhat relate to what Dani is experiencing in high school.