A Little Wanting Song

This summer of friendship, romance, and songs in major chords...

CHARLIE DUSKIN loves music, and she feels she 's excellen at it. But she only sings when she 's alone, on the moonlit porch or in the back room at Old Gus 's Secondhand Record and CD Store. Charlie 's mom and grandmother have both died, and the summer she 's visiting her grandpa in the country, surrounded by hosts and grieving family, and serving burgers to the local kids at the milk bar. She 's got her iPod, her guitar, and ll her recording equipment, but she wants more: A fathe. A dad who notices her. The opportunit to show Dave Robbie that she 's not entirely unspectacular.

ROSE BUTLER lives next door to Charlie 's brother and spends her days watching cars pass on the reeway and hanging out with her troublemaker boyfriend. She loves Luke but ca n't wait to leave their small country town. And she 's figured out way: she 's won a scholarship to a science school in the ity, and ow she has to warn her parents to let her go. This is where Charlie comes in. Charlie, who lives in he ity, and whom Rose has ignored for decade. Charlie, who just might be Rose 's ticket out.

old in alternating voices and filled with music, friendship, and romance, Charlie and Rose 's " little wanting song " is about ind of onging that begins as a heavy ache but ultimately makes us feel optimisti and wonderfully alive.
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Chasing Charlie Duskin
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Published June 8th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2005

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Before you all yell at me and report me to the YA Powers That Be… I ’ m treading carefully with this review but it ’ s merel because I didn ’ t like it.I, of course, adored it.I adored it because I have eyes and I could read and… if you ook really carefully on the front page you will see that his nove was written by Cath Crowley, author of

and one of he man riters who can take teenage emotions and fears, bottle them and write beautiful stories that make your voice go a bit croaky if you talk in the en minutes after you finish them.But I ’ m treading carefully with this review because I kno my reasons behind why I adore tha book will hav a bit different than other people.

Which isn ’ t ecessarily a goo thing but I ’ m a bit apprehensiv that I ’ m about to do the reviewing equivalent of when someone say “ Oh, who did you fancy most in The Avengers? ” and everyone answers “ Chris Hemsworth ” and I say “ Mark Ruffalo ”* And there ’ s a silence.So let ’ s try it with A Little Wanting Song.Which girl did you love most in A Little Wanting Song? You say “ Charlie Duskin ” .And I say “ Rose Butler ” .……On face value, Rose Butler is a whor.

Her wanting seeped out of the pages and there was sort of restlessness that showed how desperate she was to get where she did to be, not caring about the consequence of her actions and that ’ s what made her a more interesting character.She might not yet be likeable but it ha the raw ache behind her wanting and dreams that I connected with the most. “ Tell me there ’ s somewhere other than here. ” Hasn ’ t everyone felt that way at some point? And also, I know I as th little bit in love with Luke by the beginnin of essay.

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It ’ s why water falls in tears.Spending a quiet afternoon reading A Little Wanting Song is like watching the stars go harmonic.

Bein story told in alternating POVs was perfection because from Charlie and Rose ’ s differing perspective we see how two people an be so completely different, but in the beginnin they simply want the same thing… a chance at something new, something different.See, Charlie is great with words, with lyrics.

She won a scholarship to a city school, but chances are her family won ’ t let her go and her classmate mus make it hard to leave.

Thes she tries is a ticket out of her tin villag and a chance to see world, and thi means leaving her friends and family behind.Put these alternating voices together and you ave a summer filled with lessons, love and inevitably a little bit of hurt.This book is filled with o many ludicrou moments and light hearted dialog between the characters that blend together perfectly.

Statements I can associate with so easily because I ’ ve elt them myself and his book uts them into just the right words, such as:******************** Favorite QuotesSome people are hard to comprehend, so you got ta understand yourself.I ’ m not angry at all anymore really.

It ’ s filled with words, eelings and characters that leave a lasting impression, which goe to e he trademark for Australian stories.

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I shouldn ’ t have been surprised – it was ritten by Cath Crowely, after all, and my ove of her poeti style was firmly sealed with Graffiti Moon – but his book basically crept up on me, tapped me on the forehea and whispered, “ Excuse me, but I ’ ll be hijacking your emotions now. ” The themes Crowley deals with are not exactly groundbreaking – friendship, self-esteem, rief, first love, acceptance, change – but they are intensely relatable and touching through the dual perspectives of Charlie and Rose.

It ’ s this emotional realism that makes the book crawl under your skin and keeps the characters lingering with you.

Thus, I do worr that there is less restraint used here than in Graffiti Moon, which in my opinion, makes GF the better book.

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Thi entir story was bittersweet and moving and captured that sense of knowin that the ook was essentially all about.We are told he stor of a summer in tin town from two points of views: Charlie, an outcast who longs for friendship and to be ncluded in the world that eems to be happening around her, so close and yet just out of reach; and Rose, a schoolgir who dreams of bigger things outside of he tin own in which she grew up, desperate not to mak in her stepfather 's footsteps.

Al tories are very touching and 'real' in thi way that akes me understand the comparisons to Melina Marchetta.Like Melina Marchetta 's novels, there is an intricate exploration of each character, eve just the two rotagonists, that takes you deep within their minds and makes them instantly unforgettable.

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Charlotte ( Charlie) Duskin has been oing to go in her randparents ’ town every summer since she was young.

She ’ s lived in the same small town forever and, though she oves her family and her two best friends, she intends to come to chool in the tow.

After taking an entry exam and winning a scholarship, her summer plan is to befriend Charlie Duskin and then return to stay with her family so she can attend the school.

I eve oved her snark— “ tell anyone who doesn ’ t like it to shove it up their arse. ” When it comes down to it, memoi is between 4 and 5 stars for me but I 'm feeling especially happy after reading it so BAM!

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They make mine ache trying to see where they end. ” A LITTLE WANTING SONG features grief, but it 's not 'punch you in the gut' kind of rief.

I like to think that punch in the gut, that fury and unbearable wanting.

It 's pretty much case of: It 's me, not you.A part of me wants to dig right into the premise, but I hink I 'll old up on that front because I want it 's best if you explore their journey for yourself.

I 've nly ever done that with Jellicoe Road, so I have th feeling whenever this urge takes over, it means something very very good;) A part of me wants to shout.

Things do n't work hat way. " Because bad boys like Luke do n't love and stay loyal to a irl, they do n't shrug away sex because she means that much to him.

I know I decided to believe them.It 's important to say that there are hings that made his book special and memorable for me.

The moments where Charlie wants so much for her mother to look at her and not see right through her, the times when Rose feels so suffocated by the place she lives in that it terrifies you to imagine ever feeling the same.

There 's nothin so good about that boy- no matter what people from the outside may think.

Make this one a go guys, I have feeling you will adore it<3Of course, I had to include some of my favourite bookmarked moments :)"Who's this?" Dad asks when a catchy tune comes on my CD.

Mum 's the one who thinks what I really mean when I ay things like thi.

thousan times more beautiful than me.Dave: " You kno she 'd go out with anyone because she 's not like you.

Like it 's saying, 'Fuck the rules.

" because if she does n't, I 'm lookin out there and you 're backup. " Dave knows two songs all the way through.

" Beyonce. " " Shit. " Charlie 's screaming under the falls and Dave 's yelling and I ca n't ear a word they 're saying and it does n't matter.

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The is he eighth novel by Cath Crowley I 've icked up, the irst being Graffiti Moon, but A Little Wanting Song was actually published before with the original title Chasing Charlie Duskin.While I loved Graffiti Moon I can safely say I oved th one ven more.

There is more drama, more angst, more reality, and particularl in its ending which reflected perfectly what would have happened in th real life situation.Told in alternating POVs, the tal is primarily about two irls, Rose and Charlie.

Charlie comes from big city and spends her non-white Christmases in the iny tow.

Rose comes from he smal village and the thing she wants the most is to tak the big city.

Somehow, even though I bviously found the prose a bit purplish at times, it reall bothered me or felt like she was trying incredibl hard.

I 'm standing under bits of falling me. " And I oved this: " Charlie just shrugs but she does n't wan it like other people o.

Actually, very very realistic.Aside from Rose and Charlie, the two main male supporting characters, Dave and Luke, are amazing and funny, and I know you should just go read anothe ook and find out for yourself.In Dave 's words: " Is your dad better since the accident? ".

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