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SOMEBODY EVERYBODY LISTENS TO by Suzanne Supplee

SOMEBODY EVERYBODY LISTENS TO

By Suzanne Supplee

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: May 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-525-42242-6
Publisher: Dutton

“Dolly or Loretta or Tammy or Emmylou…my voice is just like Play-Doh: it can take one any shape I want,” says recent high-school graduate Retta Lee Jones. Now the country-singer hopeful is ready to leave behind her best friend, a potential boyfriend and her dysfunctional parents to find her own voice in Nashville. She thinks she is prepared for the hard road ahead, until she’s faced with hunger, living in her car and a mugging. Constantly doubtful, Retta draws inspiration from previous country stars before making her way to open-mic night at the Mockingbird (which is based on Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Café) and claims the attention of a local critic. Her hardships and lucky breaks may seem far-fetched until they’re compared with the real-life bios that open and frame each chapter. From Retta’s cravings for Sundrop soda to the twangy speech of the auto mechanic who rescues her from homelessness, this chick-lit story with a Southern flair features a host of characters from all walks of life. It begs for a playlist. (Fiction. YA)