by Lisa Orchard
My rating: 4 stars
Expected Publication Date: October 21, 2014.
relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a
musical competition that could launch her career, Lark also searches
for answers her mother would rather keep hidden. Throw into the mix the
fact her best friend Bean has been acting strangely, and Lark finds
herself launched into uncharted territory. Will her quest for answers
sabotage her musical aspirations?
Gideon Lee by Lisa Orchard
Not quite fitting in, not understood by her mother, seventeen-year-old Lark is struggling with a lack of identity, of feeling inadequate and only her love of music keeps her sane. Her only friends are her bandmates, Steve and Bean, who is her best friend. Never having met her father, having a mother who is only sixteen years older than her, yet acts like an octogenarian, is driving Lark crazy. Why won’t her mother tell her who her father is? Maybe she would feel complete, feel more human! The seeds of rebellion are growing and with an opportunity for her band to make a name for themselves at an upcoming competition, she pushes her mother too far. Will this be the end of her music career before it even gets started? Bean has become distant, is acting strange, but when confronted by Lark, the answers he gives almost bring the rest of her world crumbling down.
If not for the new friendship and support of the school’s most popular girl, maybe Lark’s eyes wouldn’t have been opened to the truth of the world around her. Maybe she wouldn’t have realized all that had been given up for her and the pain others are feeling. Maybe she wouldn’t’ have figured out that everything is not always about her. But how can she help Bean? He needs her and she is clueless as to what to do.
Lisa Orchard’s Gideon Lee is a tale of the coming of age of one young girl who is forced to stare life in the eyes and learn that her life is what she makes it. The inner monologue from Lark is priceless, painful and filled with every emotion, creating a chaotic storm that is threatening to overwhelm her. How sad that this angst-filled teen is so common in today’s society, too old to need constant supervision, too young to understand how to take care of herself in a world that will never be perfect. Well written, with a true feeling of coming from the heart and mind of a teen, Ms. Orchard has created a world that is easily identifiable for all ages.
I received an ARC edition from the author in exchange for my honest review.