Sunday, June 1, 2014

Claire's Song by Ashley King Book Review~

Claire's Song by Ashley King
Self Published
Published Date: March 2014
Source: Author
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Eighteen year old Claire Watkins is still reeling from the tragic loss of her best friend, Jamie Morgan, and is learning to navigate being an outcast without his help, learning to live with regrets as she realized she should've told him how she really felt about him, and she's learning how to deal with the fact that all the rumors swirling around school involve her being the cause of his death.
Claire is one step away from a breakdown when Ryder Andrews comes into her life, rough around the edges, a former golden boy fallen from grace, living on his own borrowed time. He's not looking to get attached, seeing as how that's never gotten him anywhere and he's decided that he's tired of living and is just biding his time until the right day comes. But Claire complicates things and the two quickly realize the beauty that is life, love, and learning to live again.



Told in dual POV's , "Claire's Song" tells a story of hope, despair, suicide, and love married with music. 

Claire lost her bestfriend, Jamie to suicide and instead of dealing with it she buries it. Until she meets Ryder. Ryder is known for an attempted rape and he has the same viciously sad eyes Jamie had before he took his own life. 

While I wasn't blown away by the novel I found it enjoyable enough. The characters are particularly deep but I think their emotions and feelings come across pretty clearly. It's not a happy go lucky romance but I'm not sure that it was intended to be.

Although the romance was a little insta-love-ish somehow it works for the two characters who are in a sort of race against the clock unbeknownst to one of them.

I appreciated the references to both contemporary and old music. I also liked the way the author dealt with the subject of cutting. She never got too gore-y but she never downplayed the emotions attached to it. She tried to keep it as realistic as possible, which I liked.

It was a bit angst-y and at some points depressing but it doesn't exactly ruin the story, at least it didn't for me . It has it's shining moments and it has it's down moments. All in all it's a decent novel that's worth reading. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm trying to get into contemporary books a bit more and this seems like the perfect book to do so. Great review, Jazmen! :)