Thursday, March 24, 2016

Book Review | Radio Head by Rebecca Laclair

Title: Radio Head
Author: Rebecca Laclair
Publication: November 27th 2015 by Mill City Press, Inc.
Series: Standalone
Pages: 388
Genre: Contemporary
Copy: Gifted in exchange for an honest review
Summary: Shelby Rey can hear you like a song. With one touch, she's in tune with your every hope, every secret. When a celebrity psychiatrist takes an interest in her case, Shelby comes face-to-face with Zac Wyatt, the lead singer of the world-famous rock band, Grounder. For Zac, success isn't enough though. He wants a shot at his first solo album, fame above and beyond Grounder.But the genius behind every one of Grounder's hits is Stanford Lysandre, their heroin-addicted, self-taught lead guitarist. Zac is so jealous he could kill him. Determined to win, Zac realizes that Shelby can do what he can't-hear the music inside him, uncover his feelings, and help him create his own singular style.As Shelby gets closer to the band, she discovers Stanford's secret to writing his music. It's a power very familiar to hers, but life-affirming and not destructive. Can Shelby hide her connection to Zac's enemy?"

This book sounded really interesting when I first picked it up.  I love all things music, so I was immediately interested when I read the synopsis.  I went into this book expecting a typical YA book where the MC has a "power", in this case, the power to read people's thoughts or something along the lines.  The synopsis is kind of misleading in that way, and I guess I just assumed it was YA.  However, that was definitely not the case.

It's really hard for me to review this book because I'm honestly confused by it.  I don't really know what happened.  I don't know if Shelby actually has a power to "hear peoples' music", or if she's just insane.  Reading this book felt like a dream, like it was just a whole bunch of random thoughts and events put together that didn't make sense at all.

The other reviews that I read praised the characters for their realness.  To me, they all seemed extremely unbelievable.  Shelby was really confusing, and it seemed the whole book that she was very unstable.  Zac seemed almost bipolar with his emotions.  He went from one emotion to the next so quickly that I just couldn't believe that a person could act like that.  This is the same for all of the other characters.  Everyone's actions in this book were so outlandish that I was just left confused the entire book.

My main point: I'm confused.  The reason I rated this book a 3 is because the writing is absolutely beautiful.  It is a very well-written book, the story just didn't make sense at all.  I don't know if I'm the only one who feels this way, but I hope that other people have a different experience with this book than I did.