Thursday, May 23, 2013

My POV: A Song For Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles

Paperback, 374 pages
Published December 5th 2012 by Cincinnatus Press
 Everyone should have something to rebel against.

Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.

Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father's career and dominating her family's life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she's haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.

When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.



A Song For Julia is a powerful and moving story about a young woman trying to deal with her tragic past and break free of her parents overwhelming control. Taking charge of her own life and career is what she desperately wants most and control over her heart is something she not willing to give up.

Julia is an extremely bright young woman but has no idea what she really wants to do with her life. The only reason for this is because she has never been allowed to make a decision for herself since her parents have always dictated her every move. She comes from a distinguished family with loving sisters but distant parents. As a top student at Harvard she has many options for a respectable career but her true passion lies with music. Not to say that a career in music is not respectable but it’s one thing to convince others of this and a whole other to convince her parents. 

Crank Wilson is no saint. He's lived a wild and rebellious life seeking the attentions of his parents and has found the perfect outlet for his aggression by forming the punk band, Morbid Obesity. Never one to take things too serious except for his band and his brother, he wonders to himself what is so different about Julia that has him instantly captivated and curious as to how he can spend more time with this mysterious girl. Having a relationship beyond the bedroom for Crank has never interested him until he meets her and he doesn’t understand it especially since she comes off a hostile and seams so unhappy. 

The first time these two meet you can see an immediate connection. As they get to know each other things seem to go forward one step and then two steps back since both of them have so much baggage and really have no idea how to be in a relationship.

The thing these two have in common is music and how it has help them get through the hardest times in their lives. So when Crank and the band need a huge favor from her not only does Julia find a great opportunity to do what she is passionate about but now she is frantically trying to protect her heart and keep her distance in order to control what she is feeling.

Crank finds himself desperate to find a way into Julia’s heart while she is desperate to hold on to her control. As these two fight for what they want while also dealing with major family issues their lives are change forever as they both realize that they must let go of the things the hold dearly in order to have at least an amicable relationship.

Other Books in the Series
Just Remember to Breathe The Last Hour

My Recommended Reading Order and Review Links
Please keep in mind that this series really does not have a reading order and each book can be read as a stand alone but after reading these books I have come the conclusion that I would have been better informed about the all the characters in this series if I would have reading the books in the order above.

About the Author
Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive. He is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America's Future.

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