Title: Our Song
Author: Jordanna Fraiberg
Expected publication: May 2nd 2013 by Razorbill
Source: ARC courtesy of the author/publisher for an honest review
"Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she’s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.
Then Olive meets Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can’t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance—until Nick makes a troubling confession.
Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone."
First line: "'Almost home,' my father said, clearing his throat."
Thoughts: OUR SONG offers readers everything the title suggests: A memory lost, love undiscovered, and a song that desperately needs to be heard. Of all these things, what I wasn't expecting to experience was this girl's beautiful journey from who she use to be and who she's suppose to be. From innocence to outsider to redemption, Olive Bell has quite the story to tell.
I must admit, what originally drew me to this novel was the title and the cover. Who doesn't love a fabulous love story? Let's face it, that's exactly what the cover suggests. The only thing is, OUR SONG is so much more than that. Does it have romance? Sure, but it's minimal compared to the overall story. The novel begins with Olive returning home from the hospital. While people have their own assumptions as to what really happened the night of the accident, the only person who truly knows is Olive. Though Derek may know bits and pieces, he's not telling a soul.
The only thing Olive wants to do is get her life back in order like it was before. She wants to go back to being Derek's girlfriend, back to being the perfect daughter, back to being her. Alas, wanting and reality are two separate things and upon returning to school, Olive soon experiences a rude awakening. Lucky for her, she has Annie. Out of all the characters in this book, Annie was by far my favorite. She is Olive's best friend aka the sister from another mister every girl needs in their life. She's neither popular nor unknown. She's the ultimate individual who doesn't care what people think, and there's something to be respected in that. I love how she isn't afraid to tell Olive what she thinks or how she feels. Sometimes a girl needs that because let's be honest, boys can often blind us from what's genuinely going on. Though this was Olive's story, I think Annie undoubtedly shined in it.
One of the things I loved about this book was how much Olive's character grew throughout the novel. She started off as this weak person who I didn't really care for. As the story progressed, she finally cultivated into her own person, and I loved that about her. You also start learning bits and pieces as to what happened the night of the accident. Once that unfolded, I began to realize why Olive felt and acted the way she did. For where she came from and how she flourished, I tip my hat to you.
Boy chat? Okay. From the get go, I immediately hated (yes hated) Derek. I didn't understand what Olive saw in him and constantly wished she'd open up her eyes. It wasn't until Nick made an appearance that I finally started to swoon. Oh Nick, with his English accent and adventurous ways. "'Olive Bell. It has a nice ring to it, pun intended.'" So cute. I loved how he challenged Olive and basically saved her from herself. Between Nick and Annie, Olive really is a lucky girl. Sadly, sometimes good things come with a price. Nick has secrets of his own and eventually, the lies will start to be too much to handle. After all, what's a good love story without a bit of tension and drama?
Overall, I really enjoyed OUR SONG. At times, the pacing was a bit slow for my taste but right when I contemplated putting it down, it picked right back up. This book definitely satisfied my contemporary fix, and I recommend to it all fans of Elizabeth Scott and Susane Colasanti.