Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
Pub. Date: July 21, 2009
There are so many ballads. Achy breaky country songs. Mournful pop songs. Then there’s the rare punk ballad, the ballad of suburbia: louder, faster, angrier . . . till it drowns out the silence.
Kara hasn’t been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park. . . .
Amidst the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.
Ballads of Suburbia looks so good! It looks like something a lot of people could relate to and enjoy. I've heard nothing but good things about Stephanie Kuehnert's other novel and I'm sure this one is just as good. I'm thinking that this will turn out to be a must-read but I guess I'll just have to pick it up in July and find out for myself!
That cover + that synopsis = holy crap, I have to read this.
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