I've been fortunate to have gotten to know Tara Kelly over the last year. She's a great person, one who's unafraid to be honest, even when it comes to sensitive issues, and her debut novel, HARMONIC FEEDBACK, is no different. I'll admit, it took me out of my comfort zones at times. But in a good way. And it inspired me to be a more honest person.
Harmonic Feedback has recently been named as a finalist in the Cybils Awards (deservedly-so) and has been garnering praise from all sorts of high-profile places...
Kirkus Reviews says: "Complex and multifaceted characters give this story warmth, heart and maturity. Drea's diagnosis informs her experiences and behaviors but refreshingly does not define her character..."
New York Bestselling Author, Ellen Hopkins says: "Alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking, Harmonic Feedback is a book about acceptance, exclusion, joy, pain, loss, and finding your way in a world that makes no sense to you. In short, it is a very real view of what it means to be a teen today and a fine first novel for Tara Kelly."
And Author Stephanie Kuehnert says: "Harmonic Feedback is an impossible to put down, must-read book. Brilliantly written and filled with music, but even more so with emotional truth. Anyone who felt like an outsider will relate to Drea's story, which is not just about Aspergers, but finding love and true friendship and trying to hold on to it. We've all been there, but you get a fresh and honest take on teenage life through Drea's eyes."
I couldn't agree more! Harmonic Feedback was one of my favorite books of 2010 (and I'm seeing it on all sorts of "favorites" lists out in the blogosphere). If you haven't read it yet, I hope you'll pick up a copy. It's well worth it!
Here's a little bit about the book:
Sixteen-year-old music and sound design obsessed Drea doesn't have friends. She has, as she's often reminded, issues. Drea's mom and a rotating band of psychiatrists have settled on "a touch of Asperger's."
Having just moved to the latest in a string of new towns, Drea meets two other outsiders. And Naomi and Justin seem to actually like Drea. The three of them form a trip-hop band after an impromptu jam session. Justin swiftly challenges not only Drea's preference for Poe over Black Lab but also her perceived inability to connect with another person. Justin, against all odds, may even like like Drea.
It's obvious that Drea can't hide behind her sound equipment anymore. But just when she's found not one but two true friends, can she stand to lose one of them? (From Henry Holt)
Aside from being a fab author, Tara is also a one-girl band!
You can check out some of her music at the link above, or check out the dedicated Harmonic Feedback website at www.harmonicfeedback.com - Tara has some really fun character interviews up there!
If you've already read this book, I'd love to hear some of YOUR highlights from it! And you can look forward to Tara's next book, C-Side Tales, coming later this year.