Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert – A stunning tale of suburbia’s darker underbelly by the critically acclaimed author of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone. Ballads are the kinds of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best. Not the cliche ones where a diva hits her dramatic high note or a rock band tones it down a. About BALLADS OF SUBURBIA: There are so many ballads. Achy breaky country songs. Mournful pop songs. Then there’s the rare punk ballad, the ballad of.

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In real lifethese things do happen and you cannot really censor them, can you?

I kept expecting to lose that connection when the book veered off into territory that included drugs and parties, but it never did. Sep 03, Sharon rated it it was amazing Shelves: She was supposed to flash me a gap-toothed smile, her plump cheeks rising, but of course, she had all her teeth and her face had thinned.

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But Kara never wrote her own ballad. Kara’s ex-best friend essentially pimps herself out to boys because of her waste-of-space dad and druggie mother.

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Modern history is just so fascinating to me. The characters do heroin, and they fall asleep; then they wake up, do more, and fall asleep ballas and then they wake up and guess what they do again?

It tried to suck life out of me. I can’t afford Oak Park rent anymore.

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The narrator Kara’s kkehnert is impeccably convincing and hard to ignore. It isn’t until Christian turns dark that Kara’s world truly blows up. There’s so much of sadness throughout the book. Kuehnert writes so honestly and painfully about universal teen feelings and issues, like lack of belonging, loneliness, friendships drifting apart, and balads things like deep boredom that other writers would just gloss over.


AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Stephanie Kuehnert has an amazing voice and talent. I accosted them in the kitchen one night while Mom prepared dinner and Dad thumbed through the files in his briefcase.

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I begged my parents to send me, too, even though we couldn’t afford it. These characters are so incredibly real to me, so rich and raw, their stories so moving, that I don’t know how you can read this book and not be touched. I was drawn in from the very beginning and was completely convinced that what I was reading was real and not fiction. She decides it is finally time to tell her story, and so begins her Ballad.

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It’s been haunting me for days. As I watched his life spiral out of control, once again my frustration leaned on his sister Kara. All of the characters seem to jump out of the page and walk around you like they are real, problems and all.

Just about everyone else just seemed to have a much deeper and more interesting struggle than Kara, and I couldn’t stay invested enough in her story to keep reading. It sounds like it is right up my alley with angst-ridden dribble but I guess it wasn’t There were quite literally, WAY too many characters to keep them all straight and made it really hard to feel like there was any real connection between any of them.

It’s one of those odd books that I couldn’t get away from the acknowledgement in Mark Z. This leads me to the only thing about this book that I can find fault with. Ballads of Suburbia evoke each and every imaginable feeling. We all know drugs, but we see it as the enemy. No one has ever liked her before, not in that way. Ballads are the kind of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best.


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Although there were things that I didn’t understand like: This is a daring book that doesn’t hold back with the truths. Kuehnert gets right to the heart of the teenage angst and struggles to fit in to any crowd. Buy the selected items together This item: Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

Get our latest book recommendations, author news, and competitions right to your inbox. Mournful pop songs about the heartbroken. It was a huge step up from the bottom half of the two-flat we occupied in the city. It isn’t until Kara ventures home after escaping the negativity of Oak Park that life comes full circle for Kara.

We cruised across Roosevelt Road into our hometown, Oak Park. I guess I was expecting something more detailed or relatable and instead it just seemed to be lacking.

Ballads of Suburbia really is an amazing, searing book for those of you out there. I ache for them. You guys would make each other happy.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Anyway, after every Verse or Chorus, the chapters start over in numbering which was just totally awesome. When her best and only friend moves away, she has no one left but her younger brother Liam who doesn’t really trust her, because they used to be close, and then she ditched him for the best friend. And he went off to his car to do his cop thing. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction.

Suddenly, I envisioned my high school best friend Maya standing behind Adrian. Kara’s current best friend is the self-harming child of a mother who committed suicide.