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by Stephanie Kuehnert

eBook Ballads of Suburbia epub
  • ISBN: 1439102821
  • Author: Stephanie Kuehnert
  • Genre: Teens
  • Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: MTV Books; Original edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Pages: 368 pages
  • ePUB size: 1563 kb
  • FB2 size 1867 kb
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Ballads of Suburbia, the second novel by Stephanie Kuehnert, hooked me in from the start. Kuehnert's writing is absolutely beautiful and captivating. The book is distressful and memorable, and it has well developed characters

Ballads of Suburbia, the second novel by Stephanie Kuehnert, hooked me in from the start. The book is distressful and memorable, and it has well developed characters. The stories are very genuine and realistic; I didn't have to wonder if these things happen in life. Ballads of Suburbia include stories of teenagers who had been through a lot, and while facing problems, they all turned to things they know to cope - .

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Red Hot Chili Peppers November 1993 THANKSGIVING DAY 1989 MY DAD GAVE ME some unsolicited advice about girls: Don’t date chicks with small tits. He’d been out drinking because my stepmother, Claire, had just left him. Not because he wouldn’t pay for her boob job. No, Dad slept with a twenty-two-year-old intern and apparently she was in the market for some fake double D’s. When Dad didn’t pay up, she wrote a tell-all letter to Claire. Dad was a god to me when I was little. I was two when my mom died.

14 July 2009 ·. To kick off the Ballads of Suburbia Cyber Launch party Stephanie reads an excerpt from the book. Ballads of Suburbia Book Trailer. Related PagesSee all.

Intensely powerful and utterly engaging, Ballads of Suburbia explores the heartbreaking moments when life changes unexpectedly, and reveals the consequences . Ballads of Suburbia - Stephanie Kuehnert.

Intensely powerful and utterly engaging, Ballads of Suburbia explores the heartbreaking moments when life changes unexpectedly, and reveals the consequences of being forced to grow up too soon. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Publisher: MTV BooksReleased: Jul 21, 2009ISBN: 9781439126851Format: book. carousel previous carousel next.

Ballads of Suburbia book. Only a talented writer can pull you into a world you know nothing about and make you feel as if you simultaneously understand and yet can never understand that world.

0 5 Author: Stephanie Kuehnert. A stunning tale of suburbia's darker underbelly by the critically acclaimed author of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, Stephanie Keuhnert. Not the clichéd ones where a diva hits her dramatic high note or a rock band tones it down a couple of notches for the ladies, but the true ballads: the punk rocker or the country crooner reminding their listeners of the numerous ways to screw things up.

A stunning tale of suburbia's darker underbelly by the critically acclaimed author of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, Stephanie Keuhnert.Ballads are the kind of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best. Not the clichéd ones where a diva hits her dramatic high note or a rock band tones it down a couple of notches for the ladies, but the true ballads: the punk rocker or the country crooner reminding their listeners of the numerous ways to screw things up. In high school, Kara helped maintain the "Stories of Suburbia" notebook, which contained newspaper articles about bizarre, tragic events from suburbs all over America, and personal vignettes that Kara dubbed "ballads" written by her friends in Oak Park, just outside of Chicago. But Kara never wrote her own ballad. Before she could figure out what her song was about, she left town suddenly at the end of her junior year. Now, four years later, Kara returns to her hometown to face the music, needing to revisit the disastrous events that led to her leaving, in order to move on with her life. Intensely powerful and utterly engaging, Ballads of Suburbia explores the heartbreaking moments when life changes unexpectedly, and reveals the consequences of being forced to grow up too soon.
Comments: (7)
Ochach
Ballads of Suburbia, the second novel by Stephanie Kuehnert, hooked me in from the start. Kuehnert's writing is absolutely beautiful and captivating. The book is distressful and memorable, and it has well developed characters. The stories are very genuine and realistic; I didn't have to wonder if these things happen in life ... it just does.

Ballads of Suburbia include stories of teenagers who had been through a lot, and while facing problems, they all turned to things they know to cope - e.g. boys, alcohols, drugs... etc. Kuehnert portrayed truly troubled teenagers: teenagers that have lost their zest for life and become hopeless fools by putting their life endanger because of broken houses and unloving parents. They felt undiscovered and unloved.

(The narrator) Kara's voice is impeccably convincing and hard to ignore. Her role in the book, as a sister, girlfriend, daughter, best friend made her a strong protagonist (even in the midst of all, she was strong). Most of her decisions were frustrating, but I pity her anyway. After all, what's the point of iterating could've, should've, and would've after everything gone wrong. Not only Kara's, but all the other stories were troubling. Truthfully, I feel for all of them, and it's not hard to imagine what they're going through. Instead of blaming them, I started to pity them, wished I didn't misjudge them before--called them names.

Although there were things that I didn't understand (like: where do they get the money from; why parents aren't that involved (though some of them don't even care); why school wasn't discussed that much),I figured the aim was to reveal the stories of the suburbia--kids with family problems and how messed up they are because of drugs. Even the without the questions being answered, the book is exceptional.

Ballads of Suburbia evoke each and every imaginable feeling. Reading their stories -the ups and downs, the cries, the unrequited love, the family disintegration--it felt like I've been stabbed on a healing wound over and over. It's a heartfelt and an emotional read. The book is great--sensible and Kuehnert's intention is unquestionable. I wish I could say he/she is the worst character--some of their acts were stupid, callous, arrogant ... etc--but it's not easy to pass judgment after all. In fact, I admired them for sticking together--even for surviving that long. Everyone's story is gut-wrenching. I don't have a single word to describe this book... it's ineffable, except, y'all should read it and be the judge!
Hunaya
Ballads of Suburbia is among the most real YA fiction I have read recently.
Its not an easy read, so those wanting a light read should steer clear of the book.The book hits you hard with issues you may not want to acknowledge - drugs, cutting, death, suicide,family dysfunction.

Kara is such a heartbreaking character. I felt so sorry for her.She's a good person, she doesn't really want to do the things she does or make the mistakes she makes. She's a good sister, a good friend, just so lost. The sad thing is there are so many kids like her, good kids who somewhere along the path turn the wrong way and its too late to turn back.
Despite the dark atmosphere of the book, it really had me hooked from beginning to end. I finished it in less than half a day.

The best part of the book is that you get to see the world from each character's perspective. We get to really know them, feel for them and understand why they turned out the way they are.

Kuehnert is an incredible writer. Every word absorbs you into the book, into the lives of the protagonists, to the extent that you feel their pain as if its your own. I felt so involved in their lives, that I wanted to stop them as they made mistakes, ruined themselves..

I have read some books about drug abuse, but none of them have really captured the "why" of it, the story , the history behind it. Therein lies the beauty of the book - we get to know the "why" of each character's choices and mistakes.

There's so much of sadness throughout the book. Every character has experienced something horrible in life. At one point , it almost started to feel unreal. But it might be because I have not experienced such things .

I don't think I will see ballads the same way again, thanks to the author.
Everyone has a "personal ballad", a song that defines you, your life. Unlike what I thought, its not a love song. Its so much more personal. Every character in the book has a "ballad" - their own tales to tell.

There are certain very disturbing scenes in the book, even graphic. But I think they add to the realistic quality of the book. In real life , these things do happen and you cannot really censor them, can you?

Ballads of Suburbia is an honest look at the "other side". Growing up means a lot of great things, but it means a lot of other things too - difficulties that perhaps a grown-up may not fully understand.

The author has also raised a very important issue of parental neglect. So many parents forget to really listen to their children or really look at them, until its too late. All of us need someone who will listen to us, who genuinely cares.Its a basic human need - to be loved.Ballads of Suburbia captures accurately the horrific consequences of parental neglect.

This is a daring book that doesn't hold back with the truths.There are shocks after shocks, tragedies after tragedies. You feel a lot of emotions throughout the book - sadness, horror, anger...
Despite the negative tone of the novel, there's also an underlying hope - that everyone deserves a second chance and its never too late to rectify things.
All I can say is that this is a fantastic book. Read it if you can bear the ugly truths of life. Its a novel worth remembering..

Favorite Quote:
"I automatically assume people won't like me, so I don't talk to them unless they approach me first. I can't become a part of a crowd because I can't get past that feeling that I don't belong."

Overall:
A very original storyteller, Kuehnert has written a heart-wrenching story that will hit you hard and characters that you will never forget.

Recommended?
Yes! Craving for realistic fiction? This is perfect for you.
Kann
Up until I read Ballads, I didn't think it was possible for a book to effect me so much. Sure, I've cried while reading books and thought about them afterwards but no book has EVER had such an impact on me as Ballads of Suburbia did.

The first chapter (which is really an Epilogue) left me a little confused...what was the point of the story now that we knew the ending? But after the actual Chapter One, I left any thoughts of the "why" behind because I was completely sucked in the book. I think I put it down...three times? once I started to either get tissues or use the bathroom because I'd been reading for so long.

One thing about Ballads you should know is that it's either going to mirror your life or be completely foreign territory. For me, it was foreign territory and I'm sure that's the way it will be for many readers. I couldn't relate to ANYTHING that the characters did. At all. Kara and her friends are 100% different from me. But Stephanie writes in a way that will pull you in no matter what. It's crazy.

My favorite thing about the book was the ballads spread throughout the book. They were so honest and heartbreaking and gave you an insight on why the characters acted the way they did.

As I said before, this book affected me in major ways. I won't list them all here but let's just say that by the time I finished, I was bawling my eyes out. It was all I could think about that night, I had DREAMS about it when I went to bed, and it was the first thing that popped into my mind the next morning. Even now, weeks after I've read it, the book is still fresh in my mind.

The characters, the plot, the prose, EVERYTHING about Ballads is perfect. There's not a single thing I would change about it and I think that EVERYONE should read it. It will open your eyes in a way no other book can.
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