“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
Book Title: A Song for the Road
Author: Rayne Lacko
Number of Pages: 239
Genre: contemporary, music
Release Date: August 27, 2019
I wish I could put more quotes in here, but you’ll just have to get yourself a copy of “A Song for the Road”
When a tornado destroys his Tulsa home, fifteen-year-old Carter Danforth is trapped in the pawnshop where his daddy hawked his custom, left-handed Martin guitar six years earlier―and then took off, leaving Carter with nothing but a hankering to pluck strings and enough heartache to sing the blues. Injured by the storm, Carter’s mother is laid up in the hospital. She wants Carter to fly out to Reno and stay with her sister. Too bad Carter already spent her hidden cash stash to buy his dad’s guitar. Rather than tell her the truth, he embarks on an epic road trip in search of his father in Santa Monica. But Carter isn’t a runaway. He reckons he’s a “running to.”
On his way west, Carter picks up licks, chord changes, and performance techniques from a quirky cast of Southwestern charmers: a rock star, a thief, a bluesman, a chanteuse-turned-chef, and the dream of a girl back home. A Song for the Road reads like a mash-up of The Wizard of Oz and Easy Rider―by the time he reaches the end of old US Route 66, Carter has learned how to deep-fry yucca blossoms and tell the truth of his life through music. (From the publisher)
This is the second book written by author Rayne Lacko (aka Rebecca Leclair), her first book being Radiohead. Just like her first book, she did not disappoint. I absolutely loved this book. The concept of this book was really interesting. Carter, the main character, goes on a journey along route 66, to find himself and learn about his past through music after a tornado rips through his hometown in Tennessee. I enjoyed that this book was written as third person limited, where you saw the thoughts and actions through Carter’s point of view.
It was really cool to see the progression/growth of Carter through each person he met. Each person he met during his journey across route 66 helped Carter to recognize parts of himself that he never realized before. In turn, Carter takes a piece of each person along the way. This absolutely reflects what happens in real life. Each person you meet throughout your life leaves a piece of themselves with you, both good and bad.
As I sat down thinking about what to write for my review, I realized that the author incorporated another main character, but one that people may not pick up on. I consider music to be the other main character in the story. You can see how the music is a reflection of Carter. As Carter learns more about his past and his walls break down, you see how the music he plays becomes better and better.
What I love about Rayne Lacko’s writing is that she incorporates music so much in her stories. You can really see how passionate the author is about music. You see how much of an impact music has on each of the characters throughout this story, which I love. As someone who had difficulty expressing myself, I could always pick certain songs that reflected exactly how I was feeling. That’s what I love about music.
As a whole, I really loved this book, for the writing, the characters, the plot, just everything about this book leaves you feeling incredible. One of my favorite quotes says “music didn’t ask where you came from, Carter thought, but it made neighbors out of strangers”. This quote makes me think that this book doesn’t ask where you come from, but it also makes neighbors out of strangers. This is how much I loved this book. I would highly recommend this book to those that love a good story and who values and appreciates the impact music can have on someone.