Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on July 1, 2014
Genres: Young Adult
The best songs come from broken hearts.Sixteen-year-old Bird Barrett has grown up on the road, singing backup in her family's bluegrass band, and playing everywhere from Nashville, Tennessee to Nowhere, Oklahoma. One fateful night, Bird fills in for her dad by singing lead, and a scout in the audience offers her a spotlight all her own.
Soon Bird is caught up in a whirlwind of songwriting meetings, recording sessions, and music video shoots. Her first single hits the top twenty, and suddenly fans and paparazzi are around every corner. She's even caught the eye of her longtime crush, fellow roving musician Adam Dean. With Bird's star on the rise, though, tradition and ambition collide. Can Bird break out while staying true to her roots?
In a world of glamour and gold records, a young country music star finds her voice.
Don’t you just love a light, sweet summer read? I know I do. And Wildflower satisfied that need quite nicely. Since a family tragedy, Bird and her family have been on the road, playing their brand of country music. Bird usually sings backup, accompanying her father vocally and with her fiddle. But when her dad gets sick and loses his voice (temporarily), Bird steps up…and gets discovered by a big-time A&R guy. The rest of the story follows Bird as she attempts to navigate the crazy world of country music while still trying to retain a sense of who she is.
I don’t think this book would have worked quite as well if it weren’t for Bird’s family. They discovered music and formed a band after a member of their family passed away, united in love and sadness. Music saved them and love kept them together (I feel like that’s a line in a cheesy movie…but I’m going with it!). But everything gets put on hold when the baby of the family, Bird, gets discovered. Her whole life changes and, therefore, the band and her family has to change, too. Her older brothers, one of whom put off college, are in a holding pattern while Bird runs around, writing and recording her music. This, of course, leads to some family tension as the parents try to make everyone happy and the boys and Bird try to deal with their sudden change in circumstances. It was nice to see such a strong family dynamic.
Books filled with music, love and growth make me happy. Watching Bird grow as a person and a singer, developing her songwriting, finding a style that works for her and making good choices for her future — all that gave me a glow of happiness as I read the story. I even liked the ending, though it wasn’t quite what I expected (very realistic, though).
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