coming-of-age meets The Voice (the tv show, not the referendum!) story,
taps into the zeitgeist that is music, fan-dom, celebrity, being seen and heard,
personal integrity , teenage angst and connection.
And it’s truly
One Song tells the story of 17-year-old Eva, an introverted
songwriter who is obsessed with Cooper, the son of a genuine rockstar.
of them used to have something going on before the pandemic, but now it seems
they’re just buddies. Although he HAS just invited Eva into his band, with the
hope of winning Triple J’s Unearthed Songwriting competition.
there’s a lot on the line.
Her heart – which still holds a flame for Cooper.
And this is her fourth year of entering the competition, so she’s decided it’s her
last. The previous knockbacks in the form of no response at all, have taken a heavy
toll on her.
There is so much to love about this riveting, page-turning book with clever
twists and reveals throughout. It is set over one weekend during which the newly
formed band must write a killer song, deal with each other’s obsessions and
flaws, and recognise some home truths that are not easy to swallow, One Song
is a page turner from start to finish.
The book is
beautifully written, with characters who are flawed and outrageous and normal
and selfish and totally relatable – we care about them as we read and we think
about them when we put the book down, IF we put the book down.
Cleverly capturing the energy of young musos and placing this brilliantly into
a contemporary song competition, is nothing short of genius – as is writing a
book about the creation of music when there’s nothing to hear but the sound in
your head as you read!
It totally works – it’s spell-binding, spine-tingling stuff. This story is one
for the ages. Actually, it’s one for ALL ages. So much to think about. So much
to dive into.
Title: One Song: Sometimes A Song Presses Pause On The World
Author Illustrator: AJ Betts
Publisher: Pan MacMillan, $19.99
Publication Date: 25 July 2023
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult Fiction