Title: Melody Burning
Author: Whitley Strieber
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books
Pub Date: 12/06/2011
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: Melody isn't meant to be a moody teenager, more a teenager who's learning how to be independent from a rather controlling mother while discovering what's important to her. Melody's relationship with Beresford is one of curiosity and perhaps slight vanity. Novels can be difficult to read when written from two different perspectives, but in Melody Burning, it gives the story more context. Yes, Melody is a bit superficial, but that's because of her upbringing. Melody Burning is a short, but sweet novel of simple teen love. The characters may be shallow at times, but it is still worth your time.
Memorable or Forgettable: Although the characters need to be better developed and the villains fleshed out, Melody Burning is a sweet and innocent tale about young love and learning who to trust.
Cover: Attractive cover, but a better image would be to have the girl facing towards the city and shot from a side view. Also, the red titling is difficult to read, an orange would be a better color.
Age Range: 12-15
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal