Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker
Release Date: June 30th, 2014
Poppy, 320 Pages
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: I HOPE SO!
Other Books by Alecia: The Queen of Kentucky
The best songs come from broken hearts.
Sixteen-year-old Bird Barrett has grown up on the road, singing backup in her family’s bluegrass band, and playing everywhere from Nashville, Tennesee to Nowhere, Oklahoma. One fateful night, Bird fills in for her dad by singing lead, and a scout in the audience offers her a spotlight all her own.
Soon Bird is caught up in a whirlwind of songwriting meetings, recording sessions, and music video shoots. Her first single hits the top twenty, and suddenly fans and paparazzi are around every corner. She’s even caught the eye of her longtime crush, fellow roving musician Adam Dean. With Bird’s star on the rise, though, tradition and ambition collide. Can Bird break out while staying true to her roots?
In a world of glamour and gold records, a young country music star finds her voice.
This book reminds me of Miranda Lambert’s first album, Kerosene. It’s fun and fresh – very country singer-songwriter with a nod to bluegrass (banjos!) and the slightest hint of pop – those catchy hooks (Notice Me!).
Alecia Whitaker has the ability to create such an authentic and genuine voice for her southern protagonist and, for me, that was the best part of this book. Bird Barrett is so real – she’s someone I could relate to. She wasn’t a cookie cutter character and I loved reading about her journey from member of family band member to rising star. Did she always handle situations the way that I would have? Nope, definitely not – but that’s okay! (Also, that’s a totally separate post called: “When characters do things readers don’t want them to do, IT’S OKAY.”).
Side note: I love it when books have original song lyrics in them.
Here’s a little taste of Bird’s sound (in my head):
Should have ended us before we ever started
Daddy knew about my pride so he stood there
And he smiled inside and I pretended that I
Didn’t notice a little tear that fell when I said I was going
Pack the good and leave the rest
I’ll drive until I find the missing piece
You said I wouldn’t get too far on a tank of gas
And an empty heart
But I have everything I’ll ever need
I got this old guitar and a brand new set of strings
If it’s arriving right on time
I guess if you don’t jump
You’ll never know if you can fly