Song for Julia by Charles Sheehan-Miles

Book Title: Song For Julia
Author: Charles Sheehan Miles
Genre: Romance / New adult
My Rating: 4 Stars
Book hangover: A moderate hang over, The characters are lovable and you will miss them.
Stand Alone / Series: Stand alone, but with other spin-off to the Thompson sister series Just Remember Breathe
Read if you enjoy: Struggling rock star / Love of complete opposite / Abuse-trouble past/ Romance with some political twist / heart warming read

Blurb: 

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.  

My honest review:

A heart-warming story. I absolutely love reading it. I adore the characters

The story line is so simple, a girl & boy with troubled past, troubled family and completely opposite of each other meet, and unexpectedly discover hope through their acquaintances. Julia is a highly respectable diplomat daughter, who can’t risk any public scandal that will jeopardize her family image.  Then she meets Crank (yes what a name) a care spirit , funny but struggling musician who is undeniably crazy for her from the start. She has her life course set out , although she’s has doubt things that she set up to do will make her happy. She struggle to come to term with her past and keep her secret to her self and pushed people away. Crank may be her complete opposite but share similar dysfunctional past. Together they learn & help each other with their struggles, even if it means rebelling out or letting each other go to find their own happiness.

 “Before you go, you need to know – I’d do anything for you. Even kiss you goodbye and watch you go.”
Charles Sheehan-Miles,
A Song for Julia

“I love you, and I want you to be happy, I want you to have the life you deserve. And if that means … if that means I have to stand here and watch you walk away, then I’ll do it. I won’t be happy about it. It’ll break my heart. But … if that’s what you really need, then we’re done.”

Charles Sheehan-Miles, A Song for Julia  


The stories is predictable in a lot of ways. May be because I have read too many similar trouble abuse stories before. However I still find reading their journey is just so inspiring & up lifting. The story was beautifully written, the dialogs are funny & so heart felt. It was flawless.  I laughed with them , I feel angry for them, and I cried for the pain they endured. 

“Sometimes things aren’t what they appear. We all have hurts that we don’t show.”

Charles Sheehan-Miles, A Song for Julia  

 Being a book written by Charles Miles, you should expect some political issue being addressed in his writing. I don’t mind it, it is refreshing to read some current political issue being addressed.

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