A Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles

From the bestselling author of Just Remember to Breathe

Everyone should have something to rebel against.

Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he's still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn't ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job.

The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.

Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father's career and dominating her family's life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she's haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.

When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.

The Thompson Sisters

A Song for Julia is the first novel of the new-adult contemporary fiction Thompson Sisters series.

A Song for Julia
Falling Stars: A Thompson Sisters Novella
Just Remember to Breathe
The Last Hour
Girl of Lies (Rachel’s Peril #1)

What Bloggers and Readers Are Saying:

★★★★★ -- Sean and Crank's relationship was also one of the most real and loving relationships I have ever read.

★★★★★ -- It was such a beautiful, meaningful, inspiring, heartbreaking, heartwarming and thought-provoking story about love, friendship, family and forgiveness. There are so many great messages, themes and stories woven together in this one story. I am hereby officially declaring myself a fan of Charles.

★★★★★ -- This book is such an awesome story of courage, family love, hardships, strife, and success for setting goals and fighting to achieve in the face of adversity.

★★★★★ -- 5 SPARKLING STARS.. ❤❤❤❤❤ - Definitely a beautifully written book.

★★★★★ -- Yes, this is a beautiful love tale between Julia & Crank, but along the way, readers are also taken through real issues as the characters face them. You encounter topics of suicide, abortion, bullying, Aspergers syndrome, parental strife and all of this is done with political undertones. But don't let this overwhelm you. All of these "issues" are so intricately woven into the writing in such an informative & beautiful way that is easy to follow.
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Release date January 18, 2014.

It’s not often that a male writer of romance or should I say, love story, would surprise me in a good way. I mean not after Nicholas Sparks anyway. Not comparing the two authors as each has his own charm into laying down the story chapter by chapter.

It is surprising actually, and it is a good thing. I admit, it was only after I read the ebook that I went back an read to answer the question in my mind… “Who was the author again?”  This is the first Charles Sheehan-Miles book that I have read and definitely will not be the last.

The Cover

When I bought this copy, admittedly it was the cover that made me do so. I just looked at the cover and not read any excerpt at all and said to myself it is a good looking cover and migh be a good read.

The Story

I will not be listing down a chapter by chapter gist of A Song for Julia as there are a lot out there already i.e. Goodreads, Amazon, etc.

The story is between a Harvard student (Julia) and a high school drop out rock artist (Crank). A classic plot to a love story that show a massive distance between heaven and earth, you-and-me-against-the-world kind of turmoil.

Losing Sleep

And guess what, as a reader it still worked. I got hooked and finished the book even by losing the night away till dawn. Looking back on what made it a compelling read for me is the totality in how the various characters of the book created the love story. Yes, not romance but a love story.

It defined the love between the main protagonists Julia and Crank, the love for family, parents, siblings, friends, and self. It upended a stereotype of a common plot to a higher dimension that exuded genuine emotions as in real life- letting go, forgiveness, acceptance, humility, hope.

My take is that it’s about time books with realism be among popular trends of paranormal, mysterious, fantasy teen flicks in bringing back the essential lessons in life.

Buy it, it’s worth the sleep I lost in finishing A Song for Julia. This is one in a series of Sheehan-Miles called Thompson Sisters.

Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres

Seriously...I'm Kidding (Kindle Edition)

By (author): Ellen DeGeneres

I've experienced a lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?
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My Kindle was whacked when accidentally I lost it somewhere under the covers one night and I just heard the crashing sound, with some sort of slomo (slow motion) of how it all happened… and then BAM! All of the remaining sleepiness just evaporated and realized that it was not the sound of another car crash or revving motorcycle on the highway outside my bedroom window. My Kindle was broken. Instead of sending them over to Amazon for replacement, all the logistics, blah… blah… blah… I installed Kindle for iPAD.

The above story is no way related to the book in the title post. This is the part where it comes in. I had the ebook copy of “Seriously…I’m Kidding” for a while now in Kindle for iPAD… but it was only today that I got to read it. I don’t regret not being able to read it before. Let me just say that it was just the proper time. Besides, the colorful cover is better in a tablet reader.

I knew the book will be funny. It’s by ELEEN DEGENERES for one. You see, she is Dory in the movie Finding Nemo. Remember her? Maybe not? Remember Dory, the blue fish with memory issues? Not yet? Doesn’t ring a bell perhaps. Google her okay.

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