Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert – A stunning tale of suburbia’s darker underbelly by the critically acclaimed author of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone. Ballads are the kinds of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best. Not the cliche ones where a diva hits her dramatic high note or a rock band tones it down a. About BALLADS OF SUBURBIA: There are so many ballads. Achy breaky country songs. Mournful pop songs. Then there’s the rare punk ballad, the ballad of.

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Stephanie Kuehnert got her start writing bad poetry about unrequited love and razor blades in eighth grade. In high school, she discovered punk rock and produced several D. Learn more at StephanieKuehnert. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Ballads are the kind of songs that Kara McNaughton likes best. In high school, Kara helped maintain the “Stories of Suburbia” notebook, which contained newspaper articles about bizarre, tragic events from suburbs all over America, and personal vignettes that Kara dubbed “ballads” written by her friends in Oak Park, just outside of Chicago.

But Kara never wrote her own ballad. Before she could figure out what her song was about, she left town suddenly at the end of her junior year. Now, four years later, Kara returns to her hometown to face the music, needing kuehner revisit the disastrous events that led to her leaving, in order to move on with her life.

Intensely powerful and utterly engaging, Ballads of Suburbia explores the heartbreaking moments when life changes unexpectedly, and reveals the consequences of being forced to grow up too soon.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Ballads of Suburbia is among the most real YA fiction I have read recently. Its not an easy read, so suburbiz wanting a light read should steer clear of the book. The book hits you hard with issues you may not want to acknowledge – drugs, cutting, death, suicide,family dysfunction.

Kara is such a heartbreaking character. I felt so sorry for her.

She’s a good person, she doesn’t really want to do the things she does or make the mistakes she makes. She’s a good sister, a good friend, just so lost. The sad thing is there are so many kids like her, good kids who somewhere along the path turn the wrong way and its too late to turn back. Despite the dark atmosphere of the book, it really had me hooked from beginning to end. I finished it in less than half a day.

The best part of the book is that you get to see the world from each character’s perspective. We get to really know them, feel for them and understand why they turned out the way they are.

Kuehnert is an incredible writer. Every word absorbs you into the book, into the lives of the protagonists, to the extent that you feel their pain as if its your own. I felt so involved in their lives, that I wanted to stop them as they made mistakes, ruined themselves.

I have read some books about drug abuse, but none of them have really captured the “why” of it, the storythe history behind it. Therein lies the beauty of the book – we get to know the “why” of each character’s choices and mistakes. There’s so much of sadness throughout the book. Every character has experienced something horrible in life. At one pointit almost started to feel unreal. But it might be because I have not experienced such things.

I don’t think I will see ballads the same way again, thanks to the author. Everyone has a “personal ballad”, a song that defines you, your life. Unlike what I thought, its not a love song. Its so much more personal. Every character in the book has a “ballad” – their own tales to tell. There are certain very disturbing scenes in the book, even graphic.

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But I think they add to the realistic quality of the book. In real lifethese things do happen and you cannot really censor them, can you? Ballads of Suburbia is an honest look at the “other side”.

Growing up means a lot of great things, but it means a lot of other things too – difficulties that perhaps a grown-up may not fully understand. The author has also raised a very important issue of parental neglect. So many parents forget to really listen to their children or really look at them, until its too late. All of us need someone who will listen to us, who genuinely cares. Its a basic human need – to be loved.


Ballads of Suburbia ballaes accurately the horrific consequences of parental neglect. This is a daring book that doesn’t hold back with the truths. There are shocks after shocks, tragedies after tragedies. You feel a lot of emotions throughout the book – skburbia, horror, anger Despite the negative tone of the novel, there’s also an underlying hope – that everyone deserves a second chance and its never too late to rectify things.

All I can say is that this is a fantastic book.

Read it if you can bear the ugly truths of life. Its a novel worth remembering. I can’t become a part of a crowd because I can’t get past that feeling that I don’t belong. A very original storyteller, Kuehnert has written a heart-wrenching story that will hit you hard and characters that you will never forget.

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This is perfect for you. Ballads of Suburbia, the second novel by Stephanie Kuehnert, hooked me in from the start. Kuehnert’s writing is absolutely beautiful and captivating. Ballacs book is distressful and memorable, and it has well developed characters. The stories are very genuine and realistic; I didn’t have to wonder if these things happen in life Ballads of Suburbia include stories of teenagers who had been through a lot, and while stfphanie problems, they all turned to things they know to cope – e.

Kuehnert portrayed truly troubled teenagers: They felt undiscovered and unloved. The narrator Kara’s voice is impeccably convincing and hard to ignore. Her role in the book, as a sister, girlfriend, daughter, best friend made her a strong protagonist even in the midst of all, she was strong. Most of her decisions were frustrating, but I pity her anyway. After all, what’s the point of iterating could’ve, should’ve, and would’ve after everything gone wrong. Not only Kara’s, but all the other stories were troubling.

Truthfully, I feel for all of them, and it’s not hard to imagine what they’re going through. Instead of blaming them, I started to pity them, wished I didn’t misjudge them before–called them names. Although there were things that I didn’t understand like: Even the without the questions ,uehnert answered, the book is exceptional.

Ballads of Suburbia evoke each and every imaginable feeling. Reading their stories -the ups and downs, the cries, the unrequited love, the family disintegration–it felt like I’ve been stabbed on a healing wound over and over. It’s a heartfelt and an emotional read. The book is great–sensible and Kuehnert’s intention is unquestionable.

In fact, I admired them for sticking together–even for surviving that long. Everyone’s story is gut-wrenching.