Music From Another World by Robin Talley


Genre: Young Adult, lgbt, historical
Pages: 384
Publisher: Inkyard Pres
Rating: 4.5 stars

Summary: It’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk…until she’s matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything.

Sharon Hawkins bonds with Tammy over punk music and carefully shared secrets, and soon their letters become the one place she can be honest. The rest of her life in San Francisco is full of lies. The kind she tells for others—like helping her gay brother hide the truth from their mom—and the kind she tells herself. But as antigay fervor in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Sharon and Tammy must rely on their long-distance friendship to discover their deeply personal truths, what they’ll stand for…and who they’ll rise against.

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First of all i gotta say that i recieved an arc of this book in exchange of my honest opinion.

When i asked to read an arc of this book i thought it sounded very interesting. As i started it though, i found it, at first a little difficult to follow and to enjoy. But i’m glad i ive it a second chance because it ended being one of the best books i’ve read in quite a while.

The story of the two girls it’s interesting. We get to know them both as they write to “diaries” (actually one writes letter to Harvey Milk, as her imaginary friend) and also as they write to each other.

The letters start fine, but i never had a penpal to know if you can build a trust so fast and without talking about much personal stuff.

But even so, there’s a point in which the book just exploded for me, and it became so interesting i just couldn’t put it down until i finished it. The writing felt right and heartful, the characters felt real, more than cartoonish premade characters which i find a lot lately and it was nicely delivered.

I think the time the book is set on is wisely used, and i enjoyed knowing more about the time. LAst year i read another book set about the same time “We Are Lost And Found” and it was nicely done too (Maybe i should write about it too). 

Anyway, the story that develops between these two girls is so wonderful, i loved every second their (when looking back at the book) and would totally enjoy if again if i reread it (which i probably will).

I’m sure i’ll be checking more books by the author because i totally loved what she did with this story.

So do i recommend it? Of course i do,  i enjoyed it so much. I think this is a story that is worth being told. The author did an amazing job and i think many many people would enjoy the book.

Overall, a great reading, you just need to give it a minute.

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