Book Review: The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper

Published: 31/05/2018
432 pages
Format: Kindle Edition

If Melody hadn’t run out of de-icer that day, she would never have slipped and banged her head. She wouldn’t be left with a condition that makes her sing when she’s nervous. And she definitely wouldn’t have belted out the Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ in assembly at her son’s school.

If Dev hadn’t taken the kids to the zoo that day, then the accident wouldn’t have happened. He wouldn’t have left Flynn and Rose without a dad. Or shattered the love of his life’s heart.

But if they hadn’t seen the missing person report that day, they might never have taken the trip to Cornwall. And, in the last place they expected, discovered what it really means to be ‘Us’.


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You all know and probably used this phrase yourself – ‘I couldn’t put this book down.’ It usually makes you think of one or very few books you have read and won’t hesitate to share when someone needs new book recommendation. Well I’m about to give you one now.Β The Songs of Us is a real page-turner, you might have to put the book down to get some boring life tasks done but it won’t leave you. It’s in the back of your mind until you get that precious reading time again and get stuck between its pages. And how beautifully written novel! If you need an example of how to write a heartwarming and heartbreaking story at the same time, how to engage reader by humor situations just to deliver emotional blow that will make you choke up with empathy, you better read this book and learn!

Melody, lovable character with the biggest heart and so much care for her family, has developed a very rare and extraordinary condition after an accident at home. She sings when gets nervous or faces difficult situation. Her two children learnt to live with it and however embarrassing some situations might be for them, they always stay by her side. They are a strong family unit that is missing one piece, piece they decide to search for to feel complete again.

Story full of hilarious moments followed by emotional tearjerkers and heartwarming revelations. Characters are developed so well and are so deep. There is so much to be discovered about every each of them, plot is enthralling and won’t let you leave this book laying on side, you just have to read it right to the end, while of course, you don’t want it to end. This dilemma that only some books make you face.

I’m running out of words of praise, so will let you decide for yourself. Meanwhile I’ll be patiently waiting in my reading corner for another book by Emma Cooper.

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