By Tara Kelly
(Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805090109, 280pp.)
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
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Sixteen-year-old, music- and sound design-obsessed Drea doesn't have friends. She has, as she's often reminded, "issues." Drea's mom and a rotating band of psychiatrists have settled on "a touch of Asperger's."
Having just moved to the latest in a string of new towns, Drea meets two other outsiders. And Naomi and Justin seem to actually "like" Drea. The three of them form a band after an impromptu, Portishead-comparison-worthy jam after school. Justin swiftly challenges not only Drea's preference for Poe over Black Lab but also her perceived inability to connect with another person. Justin, against all odds, may even "like" like Drea.
It's obvious that Drea can't hide behind her sound equipment anymore. But just when she's found not one but two true friends, can she stand to lose one of them?
"Harmonic Feedback" is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.