Lark Singer’s relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a musical competition that could launch her career, Lark also searches for answers her mother would rather keep hidden. Throw into the mix the fact her best friend Bean has been acting strangely, and Lark finds herself launched into uncharted territory. Will her quest for answers sabotage her musical aspirations?
Review: Gideon Lee is a coming of age story with all the angst of being a teen in high school trying to find your place to fit in while finding the time to do what you like best which in this case is jamming, playing drums and guitars and writing music and lyrics and performing in the musical competition. Bean and Lark have a special friendship that they’ve shared since the third grade. Stevie has been friends with them for three years and music brought them together. We are never really told who Gideon Lee is except that he’s a musician and probably has a bigger role in the story than was addressed in this first book in the series.
The story held my interest throughout and brought back memories of what high school was like – friendships, lunch and sometimes eating alone, not being part of the “in” crowd or popular group, studying, doing homework, writing papers, taking tests and surprise quizzes. It was nice to see Lark’s relationship with her music teacher and how he instilled in her her musical ability with the guitar and her voice. There were family, friends, fear, punishments, sadness, drugs, secrets and highs and lows to the teens. There was a realism to the storyline in the problems Lark and Bean faced with their families but there were a lot of loose ends probably leading up to book two in the series. Not having closure was a hindrance in this book since it ended so abruptly I actually turned back a few pages in my Nook thinking I had skipped something.
Orchard is a new to me author and I do look forward to reading the next book in the series but hope that there will be better closure.
Favorite Quote: Shock crashes against my foundation like a tsunami crashes against the shore, obliterating all things in its path. It sends me reeling and I balance myself by leaning against a locker. “Nicely done.” I read this comment over and over. It’s a short sentence, but it’s an amazing one. I don’t think I’ve ever heard Mrs. Baker utter a positive comment during this entire school year. This is big. My heart beats faster as exhilaration sends a burst of adrenaline through my veins. Taking a jaunty step toward the door, a wide grin breaks out on my face, I almost laugh, I can’t wait to tell Bean.