You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About

Daniel Herborn

You're the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About
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You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About

Daniel Herborn

Funny, sweet and beautifully depicted, You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About is a startlingly fresh voice from a very talented new author.

Tim is repeating the HSC, but he’s more into music than studying. He is juggling playing in a band with handing in assignments and the music is winning. Mandy is taking a year off before she starts uni. Her problem is she doesn’t really know what she wants to study, so she’s working (sort of) and even by her own admission spends too much watching daytime TV and drinking tea with best friend Alice, with the tea being an excuse for talking - lots. Tim and Mandy meet at a gig. The attraction is immediate, but they are both so shy and self-conscious, but over time they slowly, awkwardly, move toward each other, meeting by coincidence, each unsure as to how the other feels.

Set in the cafes, pubs and dives of Sydney’s Inner West You’re the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About is a ballad to that time of your life when you are trying to work out who you are, what it is you want and what will it take to get you there.

Review

Tim and Mandy are both deeply passionate about music and they immediately connect when they meet at an old pub on a battle-of-the-bands night. They are both at a point in their lives where they are figuring out what lies ahead for them. Tim is a songwriter and musician, repeating his final high school year after some major and traumatic family disruptions. Mandy, in her gap year, is considering her future while she works as a sandwich artist and watches daytime TV. Their story is told through their alternating voices: there are plenty of fun references to and observations about musicians and bands, and thoughts about how music enriches our lives and can provide comfort during tough times. It’s a cute and unsteady first love with mixtapes and gig dates; music obsessed teenagers will love this novel.


Kim Gruschow works as a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.

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