Review: Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly

Summary of Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly:

Sixteen-year-old, music- and sound design-obsessed Drea doesn’t have friends. She has, as she’s often reminded, issues. Drea’s mom and a rotating band of psychiatrists have settled on “a touch of Asperger’s.”

Having just moved to the latest in a string of new towns, Drea meets two other outsiders. And Naomi and Justin seem to actually like Drea. The three of them form a band after an impromptu, Portishead-comparison-worthy jam after school. Justin swiftly challenges not only Drea’s preference for Poe over Black Lab but also her perceived inability to connect with another person. Justin, against all odds, may even like like Drea.

It’s obvious that Drea can’t hide behind her sound equipment anymore. But just when she’s found not one but two true friends, can she stand to lose one of them? (Source:Goodreads)

My Review of Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly:

First of all: this cover. I absolutely love it. And once I finished Harmonic Feedback, I loved it even more; I think it represents both the characters and what the book stands for. So awesome.

I really loved reading this, I couldn’t put it down. I don’t even think I changed positions once I sat down and started it. I checked it out from the library but I definitely plan to buy my own copy at some point now. This is a book I’ll be reading again (and again…and again…).

Drea has ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome. When Harmonic Feedback starts, it showcases Drea and how she is different – but also how she is the same. If Tara Kelly had just stopped there – just showing how Drea deals with being different and constantly self-concious – it would have been brilliant enough, but instead the book takes things much further. It becomes a testament to how everyone feels different than the “mainstream” at some point. You don’t have to be diagnosed with a syndrome or disorder to feel like you’re freakish and weird. Tara Kelly gives all her characters a voice, and they all had something to say.

I absolutely loved the relationship between Drea and Justin. There was so much power and meaning in their growing friendship, because Kelly showcased how Drea’s mental processes made her second guess everything he said and did…so once she started trusting him it really meant something.

The friendship between Drea and Naomi was so multi-faceted and complicated. In some ways, Naomi was a great friend for Drea, and in other ways it broke my heart to see some of the situations Drea was dragged into and didn’t know how to get out of.

I absolutely loved Harmonic Feedback by Tara Kelly and I think everyone should read it!

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Edna October 20, 2010, 5:50 pm

    Fantastic review! I read this last week and absolutely loved it! It's one of my favorite reads this year.

  • Sarah October 24, 2010, 2:45 pm

    This is the first time I am hearing about this book, but it sounds awesome. I am adding it to my TBR List 🙂

  • Ashley B November 19, 2011, 8:43 pm

    I just finished reviewing this for my blog!! 🙂 BUT, I’m not going to tell you when it’s going to post yet. Bwahahaha! 😛

    But thank you again for pushing this one. Because it’s AMAZING. Seriously loved it! And your review is freaking awesome! 😀 Love!
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