Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert – A stunning tale of suburbia’s darker underbelly by the critically acclaimed author of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone. Ballads are the kinds of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best. Not the cliche ones where a diva hits her dramatic high note or a rock band tones it down a. About BALLADS OF SUBURBIA: There are so many ballads. Achy breaky country songs. Mournful pop songs. Then there’s the rare punk ballad, the ballad of.

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This one comes with one hell of a warning folks. I didn’t want to see him. It was signed and shipped from Stephanie herself and I have no idea why. Ballads of Suburbia, the second novel by Stephanie Kuehnert, hooked me in from the start. She rolled another stop sign and we both laughed. Maya is suburboa Kara ,uehnert, first and foremost outgoing. But reality, guys, is never as simple as that. We get to really know them, feel for them and understand why they turned out the way they are.

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These characters are so incredibly real to me, so rich and raw, their stories so moving, that I don’t know how you can read this book and not be touched. Not Enabled Screen Reader: I liked the cover, definitely fitting.

The sky looked a sickly gray. Will you talk to Dad? I would have liked to see her expand her use of language and style.

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Oak Park doesn’t have cool public art like that. Up until I read Ballads, I didn’t think it was possible for a book to effect me so much. Also, every ballad or PART of the book starts with a set of song lyrics.


I finished it in less than half a day. Set up a giveaway. Read more Read less. Lastly, just a heads up, this is more of a “mature” book, and includes things like: I kept thinking to myself, if this book doesn’t make you look away in disgust at the mere stephznie of drugs, then nothing will.

Start reading Ballads of Suburbia on your Kindle in under a minute. As I said before, this book affected me in major ways. She left the school and moved to bigger and better things, but four years later, she returns to Scoville Park where her very dark past catches up with her.

I’d been gone for over four years. All I can say is that this is a fantastic book. Not the cliched ones where a diva hits her highest note or a rock band tones it down a couple of notches for the ladies, but the true ballads: She cuts herself— which Kuehnert admits to doing in her school days— and she hangs out in Scoville park, getting stephanle.

In grade school, it had only been the two of us, we could chatter all afternoon until stepbanie mother came home, but after Stacey had discovered boys and weed, she was always headed somewhere or had someone coming to her, so I had to catch her in the moments in between.

Ballads of Suburbia

No trivia or quizzes yet. Just like a real song. I wanted to read this because it’s about teenagers in the early 90’s in Oak Park, IL, my hometown, where I went to high school in the early 90’s so When she returns, she meets up with her old friends — and I use this term loosely — and revisits her old life.


He was a relic of the early nineties, of our crazy youth: She’d remind me that my mom missed me or point out that there was no chance for a white Christmas in Los Angeles. I was going to wait to write this review until tomorrow when I woke up, but I rolled around in bed for half-an-hour, unable to sleep, still thinking about it.

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The narrator Kara’s voice is impeccably convincing and hard to ignore. Oct 22, Sofia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mom tried to hug me, but I flopped over on my stomach, growling, “Get out of my room! Intensely powerful and utterly engaging, Ballads of Suburbia explores the heartbreaking moments when life changes unexpectedly, and reveals the consequences of being forced to grow up too soon.

Beth shouted at her to play it louder.

Kara’s gut-wrenching, honest narration will definitely invoke emotions in every reader. Sure, I’d fallen in love with screenwriting that year and that spawned the idea to go to USC, but it wasn’t like I’d been aspiring to it for years.

But it is something so completely foreign to me, something that is as completely balladz totally different from my own high school and life experiences as you can possibly get, that I had a hard time with that.

Books by Stephanie Kuehnert. And I think that there is something that everyone can relate to in these characters.