The Tunes of Lenore

When You Go to Boarding School Bring Your Friends

Young Adult - Coming of Age
330 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2019
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Author Biography

I actually did inherit a violin from a loving grandfather. He played in the Ft. Myers Symphony Orchestra, which is notable only because he began playing in his late sixties. His love for creativity and music was inspirational. The character, Jenny, was my very intelligent golden retriever of the same name. Her interest in art history, however, was negligible, although she did like to go for long cruises in the mountains of Colorado.

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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

The Tunes of Lenore: When You Go to Boarding School Bring Your Friends by J.T. Blossom is a gripping coming of age story that features a compelling female protagonist. Set in the future in 2026, the novel tells the story of sixteen-year-old Ella, an intelligent girl caught in the constant conflict between her parents. Her dad runs a pot business which fuels the tension between the parents, but the looming divorce makes things even worse for her as she is sent to a school far from home and to live under austere conditions. Will getting the attention of boys fill the emptiness in her heart and abate the restlessness in her soul? Follow a tale in which a grandfather's wise fiddle and a mysterious friend help bring a young character home to herself.

This is a novel of unique beauty. The protagonist has a solid background, a young girl in a home filled with tension. The author does an impeccable job with the backstory, keeping it measured and using it to add depth to the character development. The prose is crisp and filled with a unique charm that keeps the reading exciting and engaging. While J.T. Blossom develops exceptionally good characters, it's the author's gift for storytelling that captured my attention. The Tunes of Lenore: When You Go to Boarding School Bring Your Friends is an exciting read for fans of coming of age stories and tales that are transporting. This novel kept me reading through the night; it is deft and balanced.