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Chained Melody [Paperback]

Debbie Martin
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  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Pink Press (18 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780035470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780035475
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,948,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Inveterately curious, and having experienced rather more tricky situations in life so far than she might have wished on herself, Debbie writes about the things that make you change - out of choice, or otherwise. She calls it writing 'on the edge' - the edge of change - and that could happen to anyone at any time. Consequently her stories are edgy, twisty and always surprising.

Debbie also writes as Lily Stuart - teen detective and all-round 'wannabe' - quirky, outspoken, funny, poignant. Make you laugh, make you cry, make you question...

Debbie is the Chair of the Wantage (not just Betjeman) Literary Festival and when she's not writing herself, she's encouraging others to do so. 'All the world's a reader - so that means potentially all the world is a writer too.'

You can find out more about her adult fiction writing as Debrah Martin at: and about her teen detective at

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3.0 out of 5 stars Chained melody 14 April 2013
Chained Melody has a very strong story line and deals both well and sympathetically with difficult subject matter. There is a good twist at the end. However I did find it overly long and it could do with some careful editing. Despite these criticisms, it was a good reading experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody should read this book 10 Nov 2013
By W.B.
Format:Kindle Edition
Chained Melody is a story about self discovery and transformation.
Set mainly in the '70s and '80s, it is still relevant today, maybe even more so, because shouldn't we have learned from our society's shortcomings in the past and become better people, less judgmental, and more open to accept love for what it is?
I feel ashamed and troubled that I live in a world today that despite "equal opportunities" is still limited and exclusive, where it is still so utterly unacceptable to be at all different.
The story of Will, Billie and Tom leaves me deeply saddened. A life defined by a series of missed opportunities and regrets must be the greatest sin of all.
I wish everybody would have the chance to read this book. No matter how you feel about the subject matter, there is something in here for every reader to take away.
Chained Melody is wonderful, Debbie Martin did a truly remarkable job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great story and superb insight 10 Feb 2013
I really enjoyed the story about Tom and Will and to some extent, strangely, could empathise with what Will was going through. I particularly enjoyed the description of a woman's point of view, beliefs and attitudes which I think will help make me a better man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 8 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book exceeded my expectations. It is the first novel I have read which has dealt with transsexualism and gender issues and I found the author approached the subject with an informed and empathetic attitude. The story was well paced and I found it hard to put down. The main characters are completely believable and become people you can relate to. The situations they find themselves in and how they deal with them, are also very true to life; they have choices to make and each choice affects the direction of their lives.
The story follows both the main characters from their early schooldays, through adolescence and into adulthood.
I particularly liked the way that Debbie wrote about Tom's marriage and the problems the couple had coping with the IVF treatment which altered their relationship so dramatically.
The book is extremely thought provoking, and enables the reader to look at 'taboo' issues in a sympathetic and non-judgmental way.

The only problem I found with this book were the editing mistakes. They were only minor irritations, 'form' instead of 'from' and 'to' instead of 'do' , but they interrupted the flow and I came back to reality with a bang as I came across each one.

I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to all open minded adults.
(However you will probably have 'Unchained Melody' as an earworm after reading this book, I know I did!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful and touching story 30 Jan 2013
Chained melody is a beautiful love story. This is the story of two friends, Tom and Will. Tom is very strong and masculine, and Will is more unsure of himself. He struggles to understand himself and his own emotions as he is growing up and trying to make the difficult and turbulent transition from boy to man. He eventually realizes that he can't be a man in the conventional sense of the word and gradually discovers and experiments with his urges to cross dress and truly become the person he feels he is on the inside.

Tom has always been a "play boy" and a ladies man. Will has never been sure what he is. He tries to have a successful relationship with a girl and fails. He then experiments with homosexuality but is unable to have a successful relationship with a man, either. This leaves Will very rattled and even more confused about what he is. He eventually realizes and accepts that he was meant to be a girl. He starts living as a woman and finds that his soulmate is Tom.

Chained Melody also follows Tom on his path as he grows up. Will was always his closest friend growing up, and now he must explore his own emotions and determine how he feels about Will throughout every stage of his transition. Tom must deal with deep and conflicting feelings as he continually redefines his friendship with Will. This book is anything but one-sided, and you will find yourself relating to and agreeing with both characters, even when they are in conflict. This book definitely makes you think.

This book is modern and hard hitting, but the writing is eloquent and poetic. The prose really draws you in, and the gentle writing allows you to put yourself in Will's shoes and see things from his perspective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most beautiful story I've read 26 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
"Chained Melody" is a much complex book, more than the blurb lets us know anyway. It's a beautiful book about love, acceptance and self-discovery with a couple of taboo subjects such as drugs, sex and Transexuality.

It starts off with the simple friendship relationship between Tom and Will and even then I found their friendship so beautiful. It was nice to walk along Tom and Will in the story, to see how they grew up and how much they changed. I usually read books that have the action developed in a couple of days or months, but Debbie Martin successfully unfolded right in front of us years that closely followed Tom and Will's evolution in life.

So if you want to read a beautiful story about friendship and love and you don't care about the entire taboo subject I just told you about, I recommend you "Chained Melody". It is fresh and easy to read, it is simply perfect.
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