Songs For A Teenage Nomad Review

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After living in twelve places in eight years, Calle Smith finds herself in Andreas Bay, California, at the start of ninth grade. Another new home, another new school…Calle knows better than to put down roots. Her song journal keeps her moving to her own soundtrack, bouncing through a world best kept at a distance.

Yet before she knows it, friends creep in-as does an unlikely boy with a secret. Calle is torn over what may be her first chance at love. With all that she’s hiding and all that she wants, can she find something lasting beyond music? And will she ever discover why she and her mother have been running in the first place?


While the overall plot is wanting, Kim Culbertson incompasses new and refreshing writing techniques throughout the book. Each chapter begins with a song and a memory triggered by it which helps build up the backstory in a way that doesn’t distract from the story at hand. However, it cannot make up for the spiraling storyline that ends up being predictable, boring, and feeling unfinished. Much like her other book, ‘Catch a Falling Star’, the original idea was a good one, but the execution ended up being its downfall. A good book for elementary at most, but not for anyone over the age of 12.