Blues for Zoey

by Weston, Robert Paul,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Moon Township Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F WESTON Robert Paul
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA F WESTON Robert Paul
Northland Public Library Teen Paperbacks P/YA WES
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Teen Paperbacks
Call Number  P/YA WES
She walks in with her music and out with his heart. Kaz Barrett should be saving for college. Instead, he saves his pay from the Sit 'n' Spin Laundromat to send his mother to an expensive sleep clinic in New York. She suffers from a rare neurological disorder, and both Kaz and his kid sister worry that one day, maybe tomorrow, their mother will fall asleep and never wake up. But when pink-haired Zoey walks past the laundromat's window, Kaz's ordered life spins out of control. Smart, mysterious, and full of music, Zoey is unlike anyone Kaz has met . . . but there's another side to her that he can't quite figure out. When he goes looking for answers, he finds a whirlwind of lies, half-truths, and violence that could cost him everything he's worked for.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Kaz is a fixer. In the aftermath of his father's death and mother's illness, he is steadfast in his plan to fix it all by spending every moment earning money at the Laundromat his family lives above. So when enigmatic Zoey appears, with her quirky attire, passion for an underground-cult musician, entrancing skill on her handmade instrument, and a mysterious backstory with plenty of holes, Kaz is similarly determined to fix whatever Zoey needs, too. But as he falls deeper into her, he begins to see that some fixes are harder than others, and sometimes the person who truly needs fixing is hard to spot. Kaz is earnest, tender, and immediately likable, and his multiethnic neighborhood and family are full of interesting characters. This is a story about how love and music can overcome obstacles as well as better judgment. The twists and feints that lead the reader from a love story to a mystery are subtle enough that, like a good magic trick, you won't know you've been had till the deal is done.--Booth, Heather Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "From his first glimpse, 16-year-old Kaz Barrett is hypnotized by Zoey, a mysterious street performer with pink dreadlocks and an enormous crucifix-shaped musical instrument. While they explore their frenetic romantic connection, Kaz is also preoccupied with his mother's immobilizing sleep disorder, a job at the local Laundromat, and untangling the lies and deceptions of the con artists and vagrants he tends to associate with. Beyond a look that Kaz describes as "goth-rock Jesus freak, half Bob Marley, half Kewpie doll," Zoey is a standard femme fatale with a mysterious, ever-changing backstory and a brassy demeanor that separates her from the other girls Kaz's age. Although the Zoey he comes to know is an illusion, a shadow of reality steeped in inventions and half-truths, her genuine (if oft-resisted) care and concern for him are also evident. Writing in Kaz's voice, Weston (The Creature Department) strikes a balance between a teen with the weight of adult responsibilities on his shoulders and a youthful naivety, allowing a twist ending to take readers-and Kaz himself-by surprise. Ages 12-up. Agent: Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Additional Information
Subjects Racially mixed people -- Fiction.
Publisher Woodbury, Minnesota :2015
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 304 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780738743400
Other Classic View