It was trying very hard to be that sort of weird, depressing but beautiful thing that, if you ask me, only the Perks movie manages to pull off. She was unmotivated and stuck in a monotonous routine that is so incredibly hard to shake. They have taken time to look harder and deeper to know who you are. Oh, yeah yeah Cause I believe that true love is a just a stone throw away I believe that true love is a just a stone throw away Oh, yeah, true love, I think I love you. But behind the music lies a troubled young man and a life before Mandy threatens to tear the two apart. Some scenes weren't really relevant to the book's overarching plot, but I understand this was probably meant to cement just how the main character's lives were really like.
I can do without the television ; On another note, You're The Kind of Girl I Write Songs About does sound charming Kelly! Directionless school leaver Mandy meets aspiring musician Tim in a moment of serendipity charged with the delicious possibility of their mutual attraction developing into something more. The book is filled with name dropping of bands, brands, vegan food and other things that apparently appeal to hipster musicians. Throughout the book their relationship isn't over bearing and kind of takes a backseat to the music and friendship that the pair share. That way you'll be able to tell who is reviewing as well. I also liked how the author made their friends prominent characters in the book as well, and not just sidekicks in the background.
All in all, this wasn't by any stretch a bad read. I was ready for nostalgia, for flashbacks to the venues that were like a second home during that time, for remembering the rush of going out to a different gig every night, the instant camaraderie, the talent. But in a city of millions and a scene overrun with wannabes, can they ever get it together? The final verdict You're The Kind of Girl I Write Songs About was superbly entertaining and overall, a lovely and fluffy feel good read. Tim's character was nothing short of lovely. Excuse me, how many times did I just say contemporary? The author includes many musical references which, most of the time, I didn't get, but that's ok because it refers to music more in the late 1900s in the story which is fitting of course as both Tim and Mandy are clearly passionate about music and m You're the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About revolves around two central characters, Tim and Mandy and their lives when they meet.
I read it in one sitting after all. While Tim was li You're The Kind of Girl I Write Songs About is a lovely coming of age about finding yourself and finding that person that makes life suck a little less. She works in a sandwich shop and sneaks out meals to a homeless man she constantly sees outside begging for food and money. There is an ageless maturity in some of his thinking that is quite touching, mixed with humour and a little poetry. This book failed to deliver in every single instance. This really missed the mark for me. I know the reviews I saw really liked the writing, but it just annoyed me.
The ultra short chapters of alternating narration may throw some readers out of the rhythm of the story, or prevent them from getting properly invested in Mandy and Tim's narrative voices, though I didn't have the experience myself. This meant that I related more. Might be classified New Adult. In 2014, he provided additional vocals for the James Brown biographical movie, Get On Up. I enjoyed the short chapters because sometimes long chapters can seem to drag on forever. His plan is going well unti Sometimes I think that the difference between the happiest people and the most miserable bastards is only one thing; the ability they have to control their memories. His writing has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Time Out Sydney, Australian Book Review, The Big Issue, Eureka Street and many others.
A lot of the story made me feel sad and hopeless, but it also reminded me of this time in my life and I really connected with Mandy. Tim and Mandy made mistakes and were flawed, and this made them not only relatable but likeable as well. You're The Kind of Girl I Write Songs About was superbly entertaining and overall, a lovely and fluffy feel good read. I don't feel their chemistry - like the only thing they are able to bond over is music. Mandy is a barely employed sandwich artist, preferring to spend her day sleeping or watching mindless daytime television. The Australian setting was well drawn with the writer accurately capturing the heady days of young adulthood, right down to their slang and abbreviations. But in this book…well, not so much.
While Tim was likable, I think everyone has had a Mandy in their life. On that note about Perks, I felt like this was trying a little too hard to be like that. The good about this book: - Loved the Aus setting. It was down-to-earth and realistic, to the point that this could've been a true story about real teenagers from Sydney. I total This book was a winner for me - I read it in two sittings and felt full and satisfied at the end. This book is a lovely ode to Sydney, to its music scene, and the suburbs of the inner west.
Life is amazing at any age but from 18 onwards new experiences are huge. Most of all I loved Tim and Mandy two young people who share a passion for music who are a little lost, who find each other, fall in love and find their way. This book makes me want to stock up on music T-shirts! Unfortunately; the rating should be taken as a reflection of 2. We say what we shouldn't and don't say what we should. Excited to see what he's working on next. Then there is one of my pet-peeves, insta-love.
Although meeting Tim isn't her saving grace, it allowed her to break out of her former life and find a sense of meaning again. Such a joy to read, this book felt so real, I was right there living every moment with Tim and Mandy. Uuuuh Oh, yeah yeah Oh, you're the kind of girl Wear your heart on your sleeve And you're the kind of girl That sets my mind at ease And you're the kind of girl Makes a man believe That true love's not as hard as they say Oh, true love is just a stone's throw away Oh, true love is just a stone's throw away I never met a girl So cool, so fine and in control Looking like a centerfold And when I have thoughts That makes my heart want to stay I just think of you And all those thoughts are chased away Cause you're the kind of girl Makes a man believe Oh, true love is just a stone's throw away Oh, true love is just a stone's throw away My heart beats just for you My heart beats just for you Can you feel it now? She hits small local establishments that feature up and coming music artists in the hopes of running across the next big hit. He recorded his first single in 1969 and is still active. He never comes across as too cheesy or clichéd.
I know the few people that have rated this on Goodreads have given it pretty high rating which is the only reason I made it to page 107 at all. Thank you to Harper Collins for my review copy. Of course they do experience a few conflicts throughout the story, but these were still realistic and could've been anyone's problems. I think we all have stages in our lives where we feel like Mandy don't we. Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal.