Gideon Lee by Lisa Orchard
Release Date: 10/21/14
Synopsis: Lark Singer’s relationship with her mother is prickly to say the least. As she enters a musical competition that could launch her career, Lark also searches for answers her mother would rather keep hidden. Throw into the mix the fact her best friend Bean has been acting strangely, and Lark finds herself launched into uncharted territory. Will her quest for answers sabotage her musical aspirations?
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Personal Thoughts: This book was a pretty good read overall. I was excited to read it due to the musical aspect of it and I couldn’t wait to see how it would turn out. There’s Lark (the main character) who in my opinion was hard to relate to. She would like nothing better than to get out of her small town and go start her music career. She loves to play her guitar and sing ( I loved that she’s in a band) and we get to see how she behaves when she enters a music contest with her band.
There is also Bean (what a funny name 🙂 ) who is Lark’s best friend and a member of the band. He has been friends with Lark for 8 years and for the first time in her life, he’s behaving strangely and keeping secrets. I loved his character throughout the book and how things developed by the end. However, I wish both Lark and Bean were more developed as the story line progressed. It felt like there was a piece missing and I was just waiting to see it show up. Maybe in the next book?
Also, I wasn’t able to really relate of how she kept pushing the issue with her mother about her father and his identity. Some times there are reasons why something is not done, but in this case it was just a bit much and it made me dislike the character a bit. Lark focuses too much on her music and finding her father, instead of the things that are happening all around her. She soon starts to clue in and things begin to fall into place.
Overall this was a fast and enjoyable read, but there were a few places where the character annoyed me or it was a bit slow. I am curious to see where the next book leads. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good coming of age story and who loves YA fiction.
Rating: 3/5 Stars
About the Author
I am the oldest of four children and grew up in a small town in Western Michigan. I grew up reading mysteries, starting with “The Bobbsey Twins” and “The Nancy Drew” series.
By fifth grade I was writing my own mysteries and illustrating them as well. I’ve always known that I wanted to be a writer and I tucked that little piece of information into the back of my brain; determined to take it out and use it when it was time.
After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree, I landed a sales job. I was on my way! After spending 13 years in the Insurance industry, I met my husband. We soon married and had two beautiful boys. I decided to stay home with my kids. A tough decision, but one I don’t regret.
I did, however, miss the hustle and bustle of work – and working toward a goal. That is when the little voice inside my brain said, “It’s time to write.”
So I did, and “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer” was born, followed by my new book, “The Super Spies and the High School Bomber.”
I am very excited as I begin this new “chapter” in my life.
I want to be like Gideon Lee. My lips move as I read the title of my essay. They
twitch as I stifle a snicker. Looking around the room, I make sure no one has seen
my facial tic. My eyes light upon the Presidents’ pictures lined up on the wall.
They face me, each with a unique expression, and I wonder what they were
thinking while they posed. They are above the clock so my gaze naturally falls on
it. It’s almost time for lunch.
I settle back in my seat and my lips twitch again. A feeling of defiant exhilaration
washes over me like a tidal wave.
Montgomery’s going to freak when he reads this.
Despite my best efforts, a giggle escapes and the boy in front of me turns around
and gives me the evil eye. I return the glare. He is slumped over, and sweat beads
on his upper lip. I think this is odd — it’s rather chilly in the room — but dismiss it
before I turn back to my essay.
I bet old man Montgomery doesn’t even know who Gideon Lee is. This thought
sends another giggle to the surface, but I quickly squash it by biting my lip.
I picture him searching Gideon Lee’s name on the Internet. I see his expression
changing from confusion to disgust. I imagine him taking off his black, thick-
rimmed glasses and shaking his head. I hear him mutter, “Lark Singer, what are
you doing?” He rubs his face. I can actually hear the rough sandpapery sound as
his hand finds his day old stubble. He sighs and puts his glasses back on. “What
am I going to do with you?”
I remember when Mr. Montgomery first told us about the assignment. We were
supposed to write an essay on someone we admire, someone who has contributed
to society in some way. I know when he says this he wants us to write about an a
historical figure. After all this is history class, but I raised my hand anyway.
“Lark,” he called out as he stood at his lectern.
“Do they have to be dead?”
He cocked his head as he studied me with his piercing blue eyes. Then he ran his
hand over his military style crew cut, and I watched as his salt and pepper hair
flattened then popped back into place as if each hair was standing at attention. I
could tell he wasn’t sure where this was going. “Well… I guess not.” That’s when
he froze, as if he realized he had just opened a door for me and he wasn’t going to
like what was on the other side. He shifted his weight, and looked down at the
floor before he backpedaled. “But they have to have made a positive contribution
to society. It can’t be about a mobster or anything like that.” Pursing his lips, he
stared at me, fiddling with those glasses. “This is one half of your semester grade,
Lark. I wouldn’t pull any funny stuff.”
“Oh, I won’t. Scout’s honor,” I answered sweetly, placing my hand over my heart
and giving him the scout salute, while inside I planned my rebellion.
I have him. I’m going to write about Gideon Lee, and there’s nothing he can do
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