Thursday, May 24, 2012
The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
Mary Beth and her younger sister Leeann are trying to support themselves in their small Southern hometown. To make ends meet, alongside her job at the diner Mary Beth works by practicing her own unique talent : song reading. By making sense of the song lyrics people have stuck in their heads, Mary Beth can help them make sense of their lives. In no time, Mary Beth’s reading have the entire town singing her praises, including scientist Ben, who falls hard for Mary Beth and her unearthly intuition.
When her gift leads to a secret truth about a prominent neighbour the pain of the past threatens to overwhelm the sisters’ future. And without Mary Beth’s music, the town’s silence is louder than ever. Could it be that the lyrics to all those foolish love songs really aren’t so foolish after all?
I have mixed response reading this. It’s a rather bittersweet story about growing up and the joy and pain that come with it. Leeann is the narrator of the story and it’s through this teenage girl’s eyes that we see how her life is, growing up with just her sister as her family. Mary Beth being the older sister tried to protect her sister the best way she knows how.
Along the way and always there for each other, they learnt about themselves and their family and what all these mean to them. Secrets were kept and secrets were revealed and readers discover the truth as when Leeann discovers it too.
While it wasn’t really that great a book, it has its poignant moment that tugs the heart string and you can just feel so sad for these sisters for what they have to go through and yet happy for them that no matter what, they have each other.