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Don't Blame the Music Paperback – 1 Mar 1987

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Pub Group (Mm); Reprint edition (1 Mar. 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425096424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425096420
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
When I bought this book I thought that it looked a little old fashioned and in some ways it is but this book controls your feelings so strongly that you are compelled to read more and more. I read this book in less than a day I just couldn't put it down the feeling was so strong.
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By Amisha on 30 July 2009
Format: Paperback
Read this as a child was a little worried it wouldn't be the same but it was even better. Story of a girl not only having to deal with growing up but with a sister who is very definately mentally unwell. Have re-read this many times now and by the end there is always a lump in my thoat.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book was really great! 9 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Library Binding
I enjoy almost all of Caroline B. Conney's work, and I must say, this book was one of her best. It is written in the first person by a girl who's older sister returns home on her 25th birthday. Her sister creates a crisis in the family by controling her parent with crazy antics. While the narrorator is having a great emotional struggle at home, she is trying to sort out feelings for two different guys at school. This story has a great ending. I definately recommend this book as well as the rest of Conney's work. Although this book is out of print now, it is probably available at your local library.
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Definitely Don't Blame the Music 2 Nov. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Library Binding
A Review by Carrie
Seventeen year-old Susan Hall is excited about her senior year in high school. She is the music editor for the schools yearbook. Susan has the biggest crush on a boy names Anthony, but she has some competition with the chief editor of the yearbook, Shepherd. When everything is going fine for Susan an unsuspected visit from her twenty-five year-old sister, Ashley, turns everything upside-down. Ashley holds a grudge against the family because she was going to be a famous rock star, but everything went wrong and she failed at success. Susan came up with a great idea for the yearbook so she has to ask her scary classmate Whit for help. When Susan starts to talk to Whit she realizes he is not a bad guy at all, and she develops a crush on him. Things at home are not going good for Susan though, Ashley keeps ruining things, and she even tries to kill Susan.
I like how the story has a twist at the end. It is a very happy ending too. Everything leads up to the climax perfectly. It is a very fast read. Even if you don't have a psychotic sister you can find something to relate to in the story. Like trying to make things better in your family or trying to impress a guy at school, you can somehow relate.
I recommend this book to mostly girl teenagers that like to read about the everyday feelings that we encounter. Also I recommend this book to people that like to read about family issues and people that like happy endings.
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Impressed 12 Oct. 2011
By Michelle D Kercheval - Published on
Format: Paperback
(I am a student and my assignment was to write a review for this book and publish it on here)
First of all, this book exceeds my expectations. Judging by its cover, "Don't Blame the Music" looks like the type of book that would be short and thrilling with a weak plot and characters. "Don't Blame the Music" is about a girl whose sister leaves home and tries to achieve fame (through rock music) but fails. Ash, the main character's sister, blames her parents for her lack of success and says and does rotten things to her family and their home. I love how Caroline B. Cooney manipulates the reader's empathy for the characters throughout the story. I also appreciate the point that was made later in the story on account of Ash, which is: Don't blame the music. Before then I had believed that the music scene had somehow ruined Ash, but later in the story I realized that nothing had ruined Ash but herself and she had just abused music in an attempt to achieve fame. In the end I was incredibly impressed but the book over all and I was glad that it didn't turn out to be as disappointing as I had expected it to be. I recommend this book mostly to any teen or young adult who enjoys the topic of music.
I blame the publisher 14 Jan. 2006
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for making this book so hard to find. It was a great read, funny, thoughtful, and unique, and yet, it has disappeared from my library and is unavailable in my local bookstore. All I want is to re-read the story, and can I do this? Can I re-read Susan's realistic dealings with snobs and A-boys and losers (who just might not be)? Can I once again feel the pain and terror and sadness involved with having a sister like Ashley, burned out and destructive and volatile? Can I indulge again in the great romantic scene between Susan and *cough* the guy who she has a romance with? NO, I can't, because some stupid publisher decided to stop printing this excellent book and now it is impossible to get ahold of. As sad as this may be for me, however, it is sadder for those who have never had the chance to read the book at all. Make More Copies!!!!
An Enjoyable Read 29 Jan. 2001
By Catalyna Reid - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book years ago when I was 14 years old and wish it were still in print! The characters are believable and the plot draws the reader into the story. A must read for any teenager!
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