Exile by Kevin Emerson
Release Date: April 29th, 2014
Katherine Tegen Books, 320 Pages
Source: eARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!)
Sub-genre: Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Exile #1
Other Books by Kevin Emerson: The Lost Code
Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.
Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself…
Okay, let’s get this out in the open: I am not musically inclined at all.
I’m extremely tone-deaf (just ask my mom, who has perfect pitch), I can’t read music, and the only claim to fame on my musical resume is that I played violin in 5th grade. And yet, I still love music – I love to listen to music and sing along – tap my feet. And I think that’s why I enjoyed Exile so much. It was written in a way that even those tone-deaf off-key people like myself could enjoy and appreciate the music. And I could tell that it was written by someone who loves music in a way that I will never understand but can still appreciate and THAT is cool. (Example: there is a scene where the band is riding in the car and yelling out notes with the lyrics of the song. It was such a fun scene to put myself into even though I know that I have no idea what E-sharp sounds like.)
Plus it was really cool to see things from the “industry” side; it is a business afterall. That, combined with a main character that I really felt akin to, made this book so much fun to read. I enjoyed how the plot combined the band’s progress, with the relationship of Caleb and Summer, and this really cool mystery that I won’t spoil here.
Side note: I love when male authors write a girl main character. It’s something that definitely takes guts and I’m guessing lots of research into the female psyche (eep!).
Exile by Kevin Emerson is such a fun read and I stayed up late to finish it!