Welcome to my stop on this awesome tour. A stop that includes a review, playlist and giveaway!
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Sunday Morning is nineteen and recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma. She finds it fair: a deathly cancer to pay for her sins.
The fourth of five daughters, Sunday could never overcome the jealousy she felt for her sisters, especially the youngest and her Rett Syndrome with all the attention she required. She knows her resentment and rebellion as a wayward teen brought tragedy to her family, but never learned exactly the extent. Self-exiled in Brazil living a hard life of penitence for five years, she finally feels it's possible to come back and try to mend things.
Scott Goodwin writes bestseller biographies and always dreamed of writing about his idol, Grandma's Eye's vocalist, Iris Morning. The singer and her husband, Douglas Oshiro, have been reclusive since 1984, when their famous psychedelic rock band announced a surprising halt. Scott is thrilled when Iris finally agrees to let him write the book and even more so when she explains why. She hopes the bio will help finding her daughter Sunday and rebuild her shattered family.
It is Sunday, however, who finds Scott. Still too mortified to face her family, she offers her story to Scott in exchange for inside information about them. Scott has no idea how intensely the deal will change their lives when he agrees.
Through her own family's history, from the first Oshiros and Mornings, WWII impact on her ancestors and the struggle to form the band despite Iris' abusive stepfather--the chain of events that led to the band's success, the birth of a new generation, and the night that changed everything--Scott will try to show Sunday that nobody is perfect, and perhaps everything happens for a reason.
Sunday and Scott may not have much time, with her diagnosis and the fact that she doesn't feel worthy of redemption, but he will not give up easily. Scott has become Sunday's only link to the past, and perhaps her only chance to have a future.
Sunday Morning (I love the name, seriously, just awesome hah) would firmly agree with anyone that she had not always been a saint. Be that as it may, the journey she experienced most surely helped her for the better and I enjoyed following her to the end. Sunday was a character I could sympathized and empathized with. One who could disappoint, yet still make you proud. She was craftly written to a point where I felt every emotion woven into the story.
Barcelos not only created a believable main character; she plotted out everything to near perfection. It was as if the reader was hearing the life story from real people. No fancy smancy gimmicks like a miracle cure, or complete happy endings for all the characters, past and present. The relationships were built or rebuilt slowly; nothing was rushed in an unreasonable amount of time. Barcelos knew what she was doing with Myself in Blue. Trust me, whatever she wanted a reader to feel at a certain moment, he or she was experiencing it. Now that is something few authors can do.
My Rating: four
Now for my little playlist I made ^^/ In my opinion, you should read the story first, then read the story with the songs I chose; after that read the story again finding new moments where the songs could fit. Lastly, read the story again and choose your own songs that you think fit. Am I trying to hint something here? Possibly cx
I chose the songs based upon moments in the book.
For the good/slightly good:
Michele Branch - I'll Always be Right Here
Daughtry - Crashd
Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply
Vertical Horizon - Mountain Song
Mariah Carey - Now That I Know
For the bad:
Ashanti - Foolish
Beatles - I Me Mine
Seether - Diseased, My Disaster
Creed - Torn
Saving Abel - Drowning
Theory of a Deadman - Villain
For the Needs/Desires:
Daughtry - Get Me Through
Nickelback - Savin' Me, Far Away, Gotta Be Somebody For Me
Savage Garden - Crash and Burn
Ne-yo - Let Me Love You
For the Meeting/Acquainting:
Max Schneider - You Don't Know Me, Perfect Harmony
For the Doubts:
Theory of a Deadman - Not Meant To Be
Three Days Grace - Animal I have Become, World So Cold
Renata F. Barcelos lives in Brazil with her teenager daughter, Maria, constantly complaining about the heat and dreaming of moving somewhere snowy.
She has a Law Degree, but promises never to use it. She prefers to study and teach languages and to write. Facing a three-hour daily commute, Renata uses this time to listen to audiobook after audiobook, plot, and write. Sometimes she hurts herself walking and writing at the same time—forgetting to look where she’s going.
Her characters usually don’t respect her wishes, taking the stories to places she never imagined they could go; she loves it when that happens. Renata is always working on a new novel, and so far has four published books: Mean, My Sore Hush-a-Bye, Merge and Myself in Blue.
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*written up on July 6th; published on July 8th