Saturday, July 3, 2010

Harmonic Feedback

Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly

Drea and her mom have been moving around her whole life. It's hard enough to make friends when you're always the new girl, but Drea faces another challenge: she has ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome. The meds she takes keep her body and mind in check, but they make her feel like a zombie, and they don't give Drea the social cues she needs to fit in.

So when they move once again and Drea starts a new school, she's not expecting to make friends. She has her music, which she's really into (she plays guitar and does production on her computer). Imagine her surprise when new neighbor Naomi thinks Drea is the coolest girl ever and declares them instant friends. Even more surprising is Justin, another new kid at school, who seems to really like Drea.

Without the social cues that most people are attuned to, Drea doesn't know whether or not she can trust their offers of friendship. She's been burned before and doesn't want to feel that pain again. But if she rejects them, she's not even giving herself a chance at happiness. Can a girl like her really have it all?

Recommended to romantics and indie music fans (who will love all the band references).

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