Monday, April 6, 2009

Review: Ballad of West Tenth Street and Giveaway!!

I have been very fortunate lately to be able to read some great books. The one I am about to review is no exception. The Ballad of West Tenth Street by Marjorie Kernan is a debut novel that grabbed me from the minute I picked it up.

It follows the family of the late rock star, Ree Hollander, his wife Sadie, and children Gretchen, Ondine (Deen) and Hamish (Hames), making their way through the life that their father left behind after a drug overdose. Sadie, a devoted mother, is also quite devoted to her vodka. Gretchen is fighting a battle with some inner demons and has been taken to an institution. Deen and Hames, who are both quite musically gifted are given reign of the house and are free to roam New York on their own.

There are several other characters who are introduced along the way. Brian Brain, a band mate of Ree’s, Cap’n Meat, a bum who lives on the streets of New York with his cat Titus, and the Colonel, a southern gentleman who welcomes the whole lot into his life are just a few of these memorable and lovable characters.

This book took a hold of me from the start and didn’t let go. I finished it wanting more – I definitely didn’t want it to end!!! I felt like I was a part of these kids’ lives, a part of the family, seeing their struggles and going through their trials with them. These people are all so good-hearted, but in a totally realistic way – like they could be your neighbors and friends. I love it when you feel a connection to the characters and the story, there really is nothing better.

I definitely recommend this thoughtful and captivating novel to everyone. In fact, I'm gonna do one better. How about a giveaway?!?!?! I'm gonna give away my gently used copy of this fabulous novel to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, WITH your email address!!! Yup, that's it! So, leave me a comment, leave my your email address, and I'll pick a winner. Last day to enter is Wednesday, April 15, and I'll announce a winner on Thursday April 16. And, why don't we open up the contest to anyone, how does that sound? Good luck!!!! (p.s. If you don't leave your email address or a way for me to contact you, then your comment will be deleted and you won't be entered. Sorry!!)

Thank you so much to Danny at Harper Perennial for sending me this book to review for my blog!!

47 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Sounds good - count me in. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

LisaMM said...

I have this one already so don't enter my name in the contest. I skimmed your review because I haven't started it yet, but I'm very happy to hear you liked it! Might have to move it up a couple places in the TBR!

Bridget said...

No need to enter me either. Just posted this on Win A Book.

mindy said...

sounds like a great read thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

bridget3420 said...

I'd like to read this.

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scottsgal said...

This sounds great - please enter me for this one!

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Janel said...

This is the first time I've heard of this book and it sounds wonderful. Please enter me!

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MJ said...

I'd love to read this.

Thanks!

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Lady Roxi said...

Love to have this.

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kalea_kane said...

Considering how highly you recommended it, please enter me! It really sounds great. I love when a book is so good I don't want it to end. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Susan said...

This sounds like a good read! Thanks.

Nicole said...

My friend lives on West 10th Street. I would love to read this.

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Pissenlit said...

Sounds great! I'd love to be entered!

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Jake said...

sounds like a good read, please include me in this giveaway contest.

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nfmgirl said...

I'd love a chance to win! Please count me in. Thank you!

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BUSY BEE said...

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VioletReads said...

Sounds like something worth checking out! Thanks for sharing!

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Llehn said...

Oooooo ... this sounds intriguing! Count me in! Thanks!

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gautami tripathy said...

I too like the review! Please do count me in!

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NotNessie said...

haha... I love the character's names in this book. I would love to read it. Your review was great!

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Liyana said...

I'd love to enter this. (:

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Kat Bryan said...

Interesting review that makes me want to read the book.

malleycc said...

Sounds like a good book. I would love to win.

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Teenage Librarian said...

Sounds really awesome.

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Amber said...

This almost sounds like it could be based on a true story.
Thanks for the giveaway :)
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violetcrush said...

The title of this book is really interesting. Please do enter me.

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Please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

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Leslie S. said...

I really want to read this book after reading your review,sounds like my kind of book.Thanks!

olympianlady said...

Oh cool. Please count me in. Thanks!

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Blodeuedd said...

I am in when it's open to all :D

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traveler said...

Thanks for this enthralling novel giveaway.
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Mystery Robin said...

Thank you for the recommendation. I heard about the giveaway on Teddy Rose's blog and had been eyeing this book at B&N, so here I am!

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LuAnn said...

Sounds like a great book! Add my name to the drawing, please!

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
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Amy said...

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Sandra K321 said...

Please enter me for the book. It sounds like a different story line than usual.
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Sheri S. said...

Please count me in - I featured this book in one of my Friday Finds because it sounds so great. Thanks!

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Jessica said...

I live on an island in Maine and I grew up in New York City. I have not been back in a year and I really really miss it. I saw this book in a bookstore today and read the jacket and had such a longing both to read the book and to be in the city. I would love to have yours. Thanks. jessburton@gmail.com

jwx4 said...

I'd like to read this one. Enter me, please.
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tatertot374 said...

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Anita Yancey said...

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thebun said...

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Wanda said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book.

Book Spot said...

wherever it was I saw this posted had it ending today and it sounds great so I'm still going to try to enter...

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