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Monday, February 17, 2014

Review: A Simple Song by Melody Carlson

A Simple Song by Melody Carlson
ISBN-13: 978-0800722258
Revell / 2013
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:
From Amish country to Hollywood, Katrina Yoder is in for the ride of her life!

Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her strict Amish parents view her singing as vain. Still, Katrina's best friend, Bekka, is convinced Katrina is good enough to try out for American Star, a televised singing competition that Bekka has been secretly watching. Katrina has a good voice, but really--try out for a TV show? Her parents would probably disown her!

But when her family faces a crisis, it seems to Katrina that the competition might be the way to get the money needed to cover the emergency expenses.

How will Katrina handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world? Is she truly good enough to win? Will her parents ever forgive her? And will she be accepted back into her community when it's all over?

My rating:
My thoughts:

A Simple Song was better than I had expected. Amish Fiction is not a genre I read often, because the blurbs/stories usually don't interest me, but I'm glad I finally read this one.

The story was interesting and fun. I really liked the singing competition aspect to A Simple Song. It reminded me of American Idol, which I think was the point, so it was neat to get a glimpse into what it might be like to be a contestant.

While I had thought A Simple Song was going to be very predictable, I was glad when some things didn't turn out as I had originally expected. I didn't, however, like the ending. I don't think this book is a part of a series, so I felt the ending shouldn't have left certain questions unanswered.

Overall, I enjoyed A Simple Song. Not everything in the story seemed believable to me, but it was still a fun read in spite of that. If you typically enjoy YA and/or Amish novels, you might like A Simple Song. It was a quick, easy read.

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1 comment:

  1. I read A Simple Song over the summer, while I was in Ohio Amish Country with my grandparents, and loved it. I loved how it incorporated a singing competition and some of the feelings that some Amish teens might have while still showing some of the Amish lifestyle.


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