Read Kaleidoscope Song Online Free - South Africa is loud. Listen. Do you hear the song and dance of it? The chorus of Khayelitsha life? Every voice is different, its pitch and tone and intonation as distinct as the words we choose and how we wrap our mouths around them. But everybody has a voice, and everybody sings…
Fifteen year old Neo loves music, it punctuates her life and shapes the way she views the world. A life in radio is all she’s ever wanted.
When Umzi Radio broadcasts live in a nearby bar Neo can’t resist. She sneaks out to see them, and she falls in love, with music, and the night, but also with a girl: Tale has a voice like coffee poured into a bright steel mug, and she commands the stage.
It isn’t normal. Isn’t right. Neo knows that she’s supposed to go to school and get a real job and find a nice young boy to settle down with. It’s written everywhere – in childhood games, and playground questions, in the textbooks, in her parents’ faces. But Tale and music are underneath her skin, and try as she might, she can’t stop thinking about them.
|Number of Pages||:||384 pages|
August 22, 2017
Everyone has a voice, and everyone sings. Oh, we all do it differently. (…) There are angry songs and sad songs and songs that make you want to dance. But everybody has a song to sing, their own personal story leaked into the world.
Fox Benwell has such a way with words – they don’t just paint you...
September 21, 2017
Review also posted on my blog, Books and Big Ideas
**Disclaimer: I received an electronic ARC of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Kaleidoscope Song is a new release from Fox Benwell centered around the South African music scene and treatment of LGBTQ issues. Now, it appears that...
November 06, 2017
We have to write the world we know, not just the world we are. If every author had to stick to their biographical or biological details, literature would be an impoverished place. That said, when you write another culture, you have to do it well and with great sensitivity, and Fox Benwell does do...
October 07, 2017
(I rated this book 3.5 stars).
I'm really confused about my feelings for this one. The story itself was beautiful, raw, and emotional, albeit incredibly difficult to read (as a victim of corrective rape myself). But something about it rubbed me the wrong way.
Normally I am incredibl...
September 27, 2017
I loved this book until the end. It was clear from the onset that homophobic rape would play a part in the story, but I'm incredibly tired of stories about dead lesbians.
On the plus side, I will now be seeking out media by LGBT South Africans (as I was under the misapprehension that this author...
September 23, 2017
This one gets a trigger warning: rape and major character death. There will be spoilers in this review. The no-spoiler review: I cried through the last 70 or so pages of this book. It is a hard read. That said, it is also a beautifully written and evocative book about music and the power of voice...
September 19, 2017
Full review here: http://www.thebookishsisters.com/kale...
I want to start off by saying that there’s no way in heck this review will do justice to this amazing, magnificent, beautiful book. So go buy it now. Even before you read this review because that’s how amazing it is. Trust me on this. You...
November 04, 2017
This book wasn't bad by any means, I think it sheds light on a disturbing/somewhat unknown part of some cultures. I guess the part I didn't like was the music, not that it was all bad it just got old after a while. I got the whole picture of "music isn't your future, but the main character does s...
November 28, 2017
The whole first half of this was kind of slow and then it swooped in out of nowhere and broke my heart, made me furious, completely sickened me, and gave me so much hope that I was a complete mess. Also, 10/10 for all the references to musicians—I used to listen to Mzwahke Mbuli, Miriam Makeba, a...
September 15, 2017
I didn't get to finish this one - Though I like music just fine I'm not a fan of YA books that are seeped in the subject; hence the 4 stars.
However, Fox Benwell has beautiful writing. Like the book's subject, their words flow like lyrics and the love story like a poem. It's worth reading for the...