A Song Apart

Rated 4.67/5 based on 6 reviews
We all must come of age and find out who we are as individuals. A Song Apart tells the story of Kevin Derow, a 19-year-old college student, and Shannon Kistler, the 17-year-old pop star he idolizes, as they embark on a journey of love and self-discovery. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Coming of age
  • Words: 77,050
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781458017406
About Jeffrey H. Baer

Currently unemployed, unless you consider promoting my novel a job. Although I read many bestsellers since 1990, I like to write about ordinary people making their ways through everyday situations.

I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in April 2002, which explains why I was such a social fumbler as a kid and racked up 27 jobs in the last 21 years. I don't let my disability stop from doing what I please--within reason, that is.

I live in Coney Island with my wonderful girlfriend Karen. Pay me a visit, and I might treat you to a Nathan's hot dog.

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Review by: Kaylee Stevens on June 12, 2012 :
(4.5 stars)
Okay so to be honest, at first I thought the main character (Kevin) seemed like a crazy stalker guy and thought it was pretty unbelievable that a celebrity rock star would want to date him because she saw him wearing her t-shirt. I mean, hello! That’s probably the last guy she’d want to date, especially one who calls himself her “number 1 fan” (“Misery” anyone?) Yet for some reason when Kevin and Shannon come together, their relationship is sweet and believable. Kevin grew on me and I really liked the way he handled himself in situations, even though he makes mistakes. I liked that the characters weren’t cardboard cutouts but three-dimensional human beings with flaws and all. Yet they were all very likeable (well, not the jerks), and there were many subplots to this overall story that kept me flipping through the pages of my kindle as fast as I could. In the end I can say that I really liked it and think others will to. It’s a pretty original spin on the average “boy meets girl” storyline, and the writing is strong, compelling, and from what I saw, free of any glaring editorial errors (always a big plus in my book!) I give “A Song Apart” by Jeffrey H. Baer 4.5 stars.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Samantha Ryan on June 12, 2012 :
Right away I was sucked into this book by the interesting opening, clear narrative, and great dialogue. Then it slowed down considerably for my as the author did a bunch of “telling” back story that in my mind would have been better shown in bits and pieces throughout the novel instead of info dumping right off the bat. But then it picked up again and was very good! I felt like I was a part of the story (instead of outside looking in – I hate that!) and the pace was nice and quick. I finished this book in the course of an evening and was happy with the ending. It was a satisfying and sweet conclusion that was natural and not forced. This novel will definitely appeal to music fans and teens, but I also think it has qualities that an older audience can appreciate – there are many layers, each with its own lessons to be learned. I’d be interested in reading more form this author in the future and recommend this novel to others.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Claire Middleton on June 12, 2012 :
Kevin Derow had dreams of being a musician, but after 9/11 decided on being a numbers cruncher instead. I have to say I disagreed with his logic on this, as I would think one would realize how short and precious life is, so one should live life to the fullest and follow your dreams, but his attitude was the opposite. But to each his own… Then one day he comes across the hottest new thing in music (I pictured her as being like a Taylor Swift), and a relationship develops between the two. I appreciated that the romance took its time in unfolding, and it wasn’t a case of “insta-love” that we see so often these days in teen books. Instead, it developed naturally…first as a friendship, and then something deeper. You can’t help but root for these two as they navigate their way through increasingly difficult conditions regarding both her fame, and his ordinary existence. Both have problems, the celebrity and the plebeian. But both manage to find a way to connect in a very endearing and charming way. I recommend this book to fans of contemporary fiction who enjoy a good story, great writing, and a sweet romance that is not over done and cliché.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Anabella Johnson on June 11, 2012 :
From reading the description, I expected this book to be told from Shannon’s point of view (the pop singer), when instead it’s told from the ordinary boy Kevin’s perspective. While it would have been interesting to see the story through Shannon’s eyes, we still experience many of her trials and tribulations, and the high price of fame. Kevin’s life is much less interesting, in my opinion. He’s a regular kid unsure about his future, unhappy at home and work. He meets the singer Shannon and his whole world gets turned upside down. I like this story and thought the writing was very good. I only wish it focused more on Shannon’s and Kevin’s relationship (which was very interesting), and less on the day to day happenings of Kevin’s world, which was less interesting, in my opinion. Still a good read that I liked.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Stacy Decker on June 11, 2012 :
I read this book in one sitting! It was a fast, light read, but packed with drama and growth. It’s not what I’d consider “fluffy”, as there were some serious themes and moments that made this novel deeper and more complex than it may first seem. I like that there was a depth to the characters, and even though Kevin is living out sort of a “fantasy” life, he stays grounded in reality. Sure he meets and hooks up with a rising pop star, but the novel also touches on things like 9/11, autism, family conflicts, and harsh judging. I’d even go so far as to say that Bullying and intimidation were themes here, along with the difficulty of standing up to those intimidators and doing the right thing and believing in oneself.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Sophia Renee on June 11, 2012 :
Kevin is just a normal kid minding his own business when he happens to catch the eye of his dream girl. This is no ordinary crush, this girl is the biggest sensation in music since Brittney Spears (I’m gathering). Shannon Kistler is a celebrity, sure, but she’s also down-to earth and she and Kevin connect. What follows is a friendship turned romance that faces unusual conflicts and threatens to tear them apart at every turn.

I genuinely enjoyed this story. Mr. Baer is an excellent writer and storyteller, and I found it to be an extremely easy read. The dialogues were real and funny, and felt authentic. I liked how I was able to picture everything that was happening, feel the city scenery, imagine the characters as they were – and not once did I feel bogged down by an overabundance of needless descriptions. To me this is a sign of a great writer, one who can paint the scene perfectly while utilizing word economy. I recommend this book not just to music or romance fans, but to anyone who has ever been young and dreamed of bigger things…and to have those dreams come true.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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