Title: The Right Song
Author: Shane Morgan
Release Date: July 31st 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pain never truly goes away, until you find something deeper and meaningful that cures the heart and fills it with love.
That is what Aurora desperately wants to believe. That somehow her music can save her, or even touch the unreachable heart of the guy she has liked for years.
Rora yearns for his attention and wants to experience this so-called love that could possibly end her long suffering and inspire her to chase after her dreams.
In deeply understanding the feelings of others and herself, will Aurora give up on ever finding true happiness, or will an intriguing soul teach her about the greatest song ever written?
For many people, music can be a source of therapy, with lyrics evoking certain memories and different genres suiting the moods of the listener. In The Right Song, Shane Morgan captures this sentiment perfectly whilst also telling a story of change, acceptance, pain and romance.
We begin with a short prologue which promises a happy ending but prompts so many questions before the reader is whisked back into the main narrative, beginning a year prior to this event.
Aurora is the “girl with the guitar”; the lead guitarist in Days End and a high school student. She has been infatuated with the same boy for eight years, the same amount of time she has spent grieving for her parents who were killed in a freak car accident.
Aurora is a complex character whose best friends are the 3 male members of Days End and the very bubbly Emma. Aurora writes the band’s songs on her black Fender which is her prized possession and though she is confident on stage with Alex, Chris and Drew, she suffers from stage fright when asked to sing alone.
In many Young Adult romances we would expect Aurora to find love with her best friend Alex or Milo, the recipient of her unrequited affection, but here Shane Morgan breaks the mould and introduces the dark and brooding Daegan, who is the only one able to encourage Aurora to step up to the microphone. Despite his social status as a loner, their friendship develops and we are left wondering if he will be “the guy who inspired me to reach this point“.
The Right Song is not without its drama, but Shane Morgan finds a balance; gripping her reader without overloading us with angst.
The song lyrics written by the author make Aurora’s story even more unique. They capture so many emotions and if there is ever an audiobook version of the story recorded I would love to hear these put to music.
The Right Song is definitely one of my favourite books of 2014 and I think that again Shane Morgan has proved her talent as a writer.