The Songs Of Us by Emma Cooper
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’.
Paperback and ebook published by Headline 20th September 2018
Melody King is my new heroine. Her condition may be a huge embarrassment, and at many times inappropriate, but oh my god did it make me laugh. Be warned, this book causes severe cases of snorting (and sobbing) in public!
I actually think that sometimes the books we pick up are perfectly suited for the things we are experiencing, do you ever find that? I’ve had this happen a few times, and this book was just ideal for me last week. It explores many issues, but the overwhelming theme I picked up on was the way we raise our children to become independent, confident, and to overcome challenges, and that this happens whether we are ready or not. Flynn and Rose go on their own individual journeys in the story, and by the end of the book you feel like they are a part of your family, and the pride that comes with that.
I don’t want to say too much about the themes and events within the book because you absolutely have to read this to experience it for yourself, but if you’ve ever lost someone important from your life you’ll connect on such a deep level with this story.
Emma Cooper’s delivery of such a unique and clever plot is hilarious and heartbreaking; it is so much more than a love story, it is special. I devoured this book in 2 days and that was only because things like school runs and sleeping rudely interrupted. It really was an addictive and moving experience reading The Songs Of Us, and it is a book that will stay with me.