Funny, sweet and beautifully depicted, You’re The Kind of Girl I Write Songs About is a startlingly fresh voice from a very talented new author. Tim is repeating the HSC, but he's more into music than studying.
He is juggling playing in a band with handing in assignments and the music is winning. Mandy is taking a year off before she starts uni. Her problem is she doesn't really know what she wants to study, so she's working (sort of) and even by her own admission spends too much time watching daytime TV and drinking tea with best friend Alice, with the tea being an excuse for talking - lots.
Tim and Mandy meet at a gig. The attraction is immediate, but they are both so shy and self-conscious, but over time they slowly, awkwardly, move toward each, meeting by coincidence, each unsure as to how the other feels.
Set in the cafes, pubs and dives of Sydney's Inner West You’re The Kind of Girl I Write Songs About is a ballad to that time of your life when you are trying to work out who you are, what it is you want and what will it take to get you there.
You’re The Kind of Girl I Write Songs About is a Sydney based novel following the lives of Tim, the musician and Mandy, the music lover.
Tim is repeating Year 12 due to a large family problem which we begin to understand as his story progresses and is a musician songwriter who is getting a few gigs.
Mandy is having a gap year, working in a café and regularly frequenting many concerts and pub band nights, uncovering all sorts of eclectic, new bands.
Their paths cross when Tim is playing at a pub and they fall for each other without passing on contact details. When they finally meet again, they become inseparable.
But could it be true love? They have to cross many personal hurdles first.
A bit of swearing and sex, which is never detailed, make this a story best suited to your older music lovers, Year 9 and up.
Reviewed by Rob