Thursday, September 20, 2012

Twang by Julie L. Cannon (Review)

Twenty-three-year-old Jennifer Clodfelter believes she is destined to be a country music star. When her passion, determination and homemade demo tape were rejected by every music label in Nashville, she refused to give up. In just three years, a combination of guts and raw talent have propelled her on a journey of fame beyond her best dream. 

Now Jennifer has all she ever wanted, only to discover that there is a dark side to the glitz and number one hits. She will have to decide whether to sing her pain to a loving audience or find the courage to face the music in the private studio of her heart.


First of all, I have to say that Twang is definitely not my kind of book. I thought I was going to like it, but I didn't. The story is mostly told as someone reflecting on their past and that made it very hard for me to get into it; in fact, I was only able to for short snipets of time. I felt like an outsider throughout most of  the story and that doesn't make for a very enjoyable read. However, I did think the way the chapters were divided was very cute (first verse, second verse , bridge, third verse , etc.).

The characters in this book were very one dimensional (at least to me) and so they were very boring. I think to like a story you have to connect with a minimum of one character, but I didn't connect with any of them.

The story was kind of depressing at times and that feeling didn't ever really leave. There were also some parts that went against my beliefs (e.g. the baptism scene) - this alone wasn't that big of a deal (it is fiction after all), but I didn't like it.

I personally didn't like all the referencing to Taylor Swift. I love her music and all, but it felt like she was the only female country singer that the book thought was successful - which isn't the case. Almost every time the story needed a reference to show how successful Jenny was, it was Taylor this and Taylor that.

Overall, while I personally did not care for this book, if it sounds like something you normally like, you should give it a try.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***

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Product Details
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (August 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142671470X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426714702
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Available to purchase at: Amazon/ Barnes & Noble/ Christian Book


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