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 part of a series of novels centering around the Thompson sisters. Though the books center on the same family, they are standalone novels and can be read in any order.
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.
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 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.
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.