Author : Jeffrey Baer
Published March 15th 2011 by Createspace
Paperback, 354 pages
ISBN : 1456492926
Shannon and Kevin's lives are far different. One is a pop star, the other is a fan and an aspiring singer/songwriter himself. Their lives are about to get intertwined. First, Kevin gets a wave from Shannon who notices he is wearing her concert t-shirt. - Before going any further, let me tell you something about this t-shirt. It's bringing drama EVERYWHERE it goes. Co-workers and fellow classmates are making fun of Kevin for wearing it which makes me wonder why is he still wearing it in public? That t-shirt even puts his job in jeopardy! On the street, strangers are stopping to make fun of him. All for one concert t-shirt. Pretty dramatic, don't you think? At first I thought it was highly unlikely that this would happen but then I remembered the Beliebers. I've witnessed kids being ridiculed because of some Justin Bieber merchandise they had. It's far from being similar to Kevin's situation but even if it could be a plausible scenario it still doesn't ring true to me. Let's continue on with the story, shall we? - Kevin then decides to attend an autograph session, one that he will never forget. Shannon gives him more than a simple autograph, she gives him her phone number. (Shouldn't she be more careful who she's handing out her number to?) He gives her a call and they hang out together. Are their worlds too far apart for them to fall in love? You will have to read it to find out.
Shannon is a great character. She seems genuine and likable. I don't understand why some of the people, including Kevin's parents, had trouble being in the same room with her. It's clear they don't like her. They judge her on her celebrity status without really knowing her. I felt bad for her. I was glad she had Kevin to spend time with and do normal things. As for Kevin, he's going to college instead of pursuing music. Shannon is having the career he always wanted. It's evident he has a strong admiration for the pop singer. Shannon is really getting him out of his shell and helping him gain confidence with his music. Both Shannon and Kevin are lovable characters and I was rooting for their relationship to work.
Autism and Asperger's are also made reference of in this book. Shannon's brother has autism and she is the spokesperson for an autism organisation. As for Kevin, he thinks he might suffer from Asperger's after reading the symptoms and being asked if he's autistic by his boss. We are left wondering if he really suffers from Asperger's as it is never mentioned in the book. I would've like to learn more about this.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading A Song Apart despite the unlikely scenarios. The book offers a glimpse into the music world and the drama that celebrities and their fans may face.