Wonderful Feels Like This

Wonderful Feels Like This

Book - 2017 | First U.S. edition
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For Steffi, going to school every day is an exercise in survival. She's never fit in with any of the groups at school, and she's viciously teased by the other girls in her class. The only way she escapes is through her music-- especially jazz music. When Steffi hears her favorite jazz song playing through an open window of a retirement home on her walk home from school, she decides to go in and introduce herself. The old man playing her favorite song is Alvar. When Alvar was a teenager in World War II Sweden, he dreamed of being in a real jazz band. Then and now, Alvar's escape is music-- especially jazz music. Through their unconventional but powerful friendship, Steffi comes to realize that she won't always be stuck and lonely in her town. She can go to music school in Stockholm. She can be a real musician. She can be a jitterbug, just like Alvar. But how can Steffi convince her parents to let her go to Stockholm to audition? And how is it that Steff''s school, the retirement home, the music, and even Steffi's worst bully are somehow all connected to Alvar? Can it be that the people least like us are the ones we need to help us tell our own stories?
Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250095237
Branch Call Number: LOVESTA
Characteristics: 305 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Wideburg, Laura A.


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RDPL_Teens Jan 02, 2019

Superb YA taking place in Sweden, that brings attention to how isolating it can feel as a teen who doesn't quite fit in with their peers. This novel also highlights the value of intergenerational friendships, jazz music, and the importance of being kind. "Everyone you meet is fighting a battle of their own which you know nothing about" and this book does a brilliant job of demonstrating that truth from the perspectives of numerous characters.

Aug 31, 2017

So I tried really really hard to like this book,
But I couldn't.
It was a "Oh Boo-hoo nobody understands me" book.
And I really wanted to like it too.
But it was just SO PLAIN AND BASIC.

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