Book Review: Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
I totally would have loved this book as a 15 year-old. At my library it’s cataloged as an adult title, and I don’t think that fits. It’s about Kara– our protagonist– and her coming-of-agey teenage times dealing with sex, drugs, music, divorce, independence, and more. Ultimately things go bad at home, she meets some new kids, gets into some bad relationships, falls into using heroin, and OD’s. The bulk of the book is her looking back on these happenings as a now-sober youngish adult. The story itself is pretty captivating, and those of us who grew up in the 1990’s will appreciate the alternative pop culture nostalgia.
For me, it got a little too Go Ask Alice-y near the end, which was kind of a drag. But hey, it’s only one story.
I think it would do really well as a series of interconnected artistic short films.
Find a copy here.