Tempo Change by Barbara Hall (June 9th 2009—Delacorte)
Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5
Summary: “It’s tough enough defining your identity—imagine if your father was a rock legend.
Blanche Kelly's dad is a famous indie rock icon, but not many people at the private school she attends on scholarship know this. Her father left when she was in the first grade, and she can’t quite forgive her mom for not understanding that an artist like her dad needs the time and space to connect to his muse.
When Blanche creates an all-girl rock band, their sound captures a wide audience and the band is invited to compete at the Coachella Music Festival. Blanche feels this could be the perfect time for a reunion with her father. Won’t he be proud to hear her band? Won’t he be happy to get to know his only daughter?”
Review: I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I picked this book up. Will it be about the road to fame? Will it be about family troubles once her father leaves? And the biggest question of them all was will it be amazing? The answer to all the questions was yes…well to the last, pretty much, but not fully.
We start from the basics—band mates. The entire process was short, one line long. How? Blanche is a writer for the school newspaper so she wrote in her column that she and her bands (insert names here) will be joining the talent show. That’s basically it. The girls confronted her about it and they were fine with it. Yeah, that was not the best part of the book…
Anyway what was nice about this book was how the author included some lyrics and old songs. Some inspirations that helped Blanche. Not full blown lyrics, just a line or two.
Blanche was well rounded. She had motives, passion, and depth. Behind the music it was a ploy to bring back her father. For him to be proud of her. For her to show what she accomplished. Too bad her father ruined it all (is keeping my lips shut about that). But I thought she might have been too perfect in some areas. Straight A’s, writing songs, rehearsing, her job, she managed to excel in everything.
This book had a bit more religion than I expected. Angels, God, and prayers seem to play a big role. You can either love, hate, or ignore this part. I just ignored it. Not a big fan of religion in books.
The ending, without a doubt, was the best part of the book. Conflict ensues. Heated words, father and daughter bonding, deeper sense of emotions from both ends, and some resolution! I felt that in some way we never meet the father. Short, terse emails do not do justice to his true nature.
Overall: Not much actually happened in the book. Pretty good read. I do not really see “…the value of learning about your past to make your own future,” from the summary.
I like everything aside from the pink and orange. Something more dynamic would have been more appropriate.
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