A song for Julia by Charles Sheehan- Miles Book Review
Saturday, December 7, 2013
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.
Charles has been a soldier, nonprofit executive, short order cook, IT manager and run a restaurant. He doesn't believe in specialization.
This was my first book by mr. Miles and I'm honestly thinking what the heck to me so long to open this one up! Dang you the life of a resident. Sometimes I seriously wish my job was reading all day...oh well maybe one day once I reach retirement 20-30 years from now lol.
This was Julia and cranks story. Who knew meeting at a war rally would lead to tabloid reporters trying to take over your life. Well Julia knew this was an option but crank not so much, to say these two were from two different worlds is an understatement. Julia is the daughter of politician and not just your local councilman, think more like an ambassador with White House invite dinners. So she is no stranger to being in the lime light of nosey reporters. She has had her life's path laid out for her by her parents but Julia has demons that she has tried hard to overcome. Unfournately that came with the price of trying to distance herself from her family. To say I hated her mother was an understatement. Despite all she went through reading how much she cared for her sisters was refreshing.
Knowing that she didn't want to go down the life's path already laid out for her, her relationship with crank that blossomed just showed her how strong she really was. Julia is a survivor hands down. She is a rape victim but doesn't let her circumstances define her. She is a fighter and I loved her character. Crank was good for her. His character was polar opposite of anything she ever envisioned dating in her life. His family became her family and the love they showed her was heart wrenching at times. I loved majority of the secondary characters in this one. I loved her sisters , his father and his brother. This book flowed so well. It was a great choice for my holiday read list.
Great job mr. Miles. I can't wait to read books 2 and 3.