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CEFS is a blog and podcast. Established in , we are now a serialized site, with new content generally published monthly. We hope you enjoy! You see what there is to learn in every song you hear. You take chances on shows. The back half of the restaurant turns to scowl at me. She also befriends another intern at the record label, Jade who has so issues of her own , and a hipster boy, Sebastian, who loves the exact same indie rock music that is so important to Quinn.

Except Russ, not Sebastian, is the one who pushes Quinn out of her comfort zone, the one who helps her buy a beater to get around Austin, the one who takes her swimming at Barton Springs. He encourages her to not make assumptions about people based on the labels she assigns them, exposes her to country music and helps her see beyond the surface of herself and others.

If she likes the music, she likes the music. When Russ leans over to give me another history lesson, I turn to face him. Against my better judgment, I turn to him. The smugness is gone, and he has a look of sincere hope. I feel my heart melt a tiny bit. When I give in, Russ instantly envelops me with his arms, which feel even stronger than they look.

She puts on a facade of who she wants everyone to think she is, creating a barricade between herself and her new friends. And when they understand the music that I like, it feels like they understand a big part of who I am.

I found myself giggling out loud as a read Lovestruck Summer straight through on a too-hot summer evening. Can we have more of this, please? High school memories and all. Austin comes alive as nearly a character in and of itself, and the music-filled, hot and humid Texas nights add so much to an already-strong story. Lovestruck Summer seems to be a bit of a sleeper, and I imagine that a lot of folks who would normally love this book, with its older teen main character and lots of talk of music and a relatable exploration of self-identity, maybe skipped it because of the cutesy cover and generic-sounding jacket blurb.

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Lovestruck Summer

One of my biggest responsibilities as a librarian is purchasing books for teens, including the fiction, graphic novels and manga, and non-fiction. I try to stick to materials reviewed in the professional journals, but sometimes I think it would be valuable to purchase a couple of things that have gotten strong reviews in the blogosphere because many of the bloggers I enjoy reading are teens themselves. I figured, too, I should give it a read before shelving it in order to get an idea who it would appeal to and to get an idea how to sell it. Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker has all the signs of a classic summer romance story: a fun cover, a character bent on having a summer love story, and lots of music. But this book is so much more than your typical summer read.



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