A simple song from your childhood, right? But have you ever wondered how Miss Susie got in to all those messes? Or what that song was specifically referring to? Imagine that the story of Miss Susie isn't an innocent, age-appropriate song. What if she was a party girl whose life intertwined with other campfire songs? Forget the eight-year old thrill of almost saying a bad word while chanting this song over slapping hands, and get comfortable, because you're in for a wild ride.
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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite The Tale of Miss Susie and her Steamboat: And Other Songs from your Childhood Explained is an amazing concept. Your favorites, Susie, Mary Mack and the Princess Pat, are all there, but they are young twenties, just out of college and starting their lives with their first jobs. Author Sonja N. Kreps takes common modern issues, and uses these childhood song characters to deal with those issues, from drug use, to abusive boyfriends, to bisexuality and more. The thing is that the songs fit with these themes so well, and it makes an amazing story. Sometimes serious and sometimes funny, it gave each song a new meaning and made me rethink singing each and every one of them. The Tale of Miss Susie and her Steamboat done this way is so amazing. Not only do the songs fit well with the themes that author Sonja Kreps has picked, they seem to explain the songs even. Plus, there is more than one layer to the story; you have the main story that is going one, but then there is more going on in the background that makes things even more involved. The issues that it tackles in domestic violence is something that needs to be addressed. The back stories are told in the way it began, the past victims and current victim and stopping it all make it clear that you can't give in to the abuser. Definitely more of an adult book because of the issues addressed, but well worth the read!
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite The Tale of Miss Susie and her Steamboat: And Other Songs from your Childhood Explained is a contemporary fiction novel written by Sonja N. Kreps. Susie has been finding that life after college took some getting used to. Her college romance with Evan didn't survive the demands of their different career goals and lifestyles, and it's been way too long since she's had a heavy date with a hot guy. Her career has also taken an awfully long time to get started. While her career choice was to be a party/event planner, she found herself taking a number of poorly paid and somewhat humbling positions, including being a sign spinner for a gold store, until she finally lucked into a planner job. Clarissa, her employer, is not the easiest person to get along with, however, and Susie's putting off returning to the office after setting up her first real party for as long as she can. While browsing a vendor's table, she's approached by a brash guy whose hotness overwhelms her instinctive sense of caution. Sonja N. Kreps's contemporary novel, The Tale of Miss Susie and her Steamboat: And Other Songs from your Childhood blends the chick lit and suspense genres in an enthralling and entertaining story. Kreps has an inspired touch with characterization, and Susie and her friends quickly became fully-fledged people. I enjoyed seeing how Susie, Pat and Mary, who are totally different people, somehow work so well together both as friends and as a support system. The author keeps the suspense building from the very first meeting between Susie and Will, and she deftly adds subtle clues and hints throughout the story that contribute to a most impressive and well-planned conclusion. I got caught up in Miss Susie's Tale from the first page and had a grand time reading this fast-paced and suspenseful story. The Tale of Miss Susie and her Steamboat: And Other Songs from your Childhood is most highly recommended.