I know, I’m late. Oops! Better late than never, though. 

Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert

7.21.2009 from MTV Books

Amazon hasn’t posted a cover or summary for this one yet (which is why I included a picture of the author rather than the book’s cover) but here’s Stephanie Kuehnert‘s inspirations for the book, from her website:


  • Greek myths (the epic fall and rise out of the ashes that makes you a person) 
  • Suburbia (the place and the 80s movie)
  • Punk Rock 
  • Family (the one you are born into and the one you chose, which often mirrors the problems of the original family but also fills the void) 
  • “Fitting in”/Jenga/house of cards 
  • And then the main characters:

  • Adrian is imagery of the worn cuff of your jeans slowly being worn away as you walk without you even knowing it. 
  • Maya is scarlet lipstick stains on a cigarette butt. 
  • Liam sang Johnny Cash as a little kid not the Beatles like everyone else. 
  • Kara is the bastard child of a PJ Harvey song and a Screaming Trees/Mark Lanegan song. 

    Doesn’t that sound great??? And knowing what an awesome writer Stephanie is (I loved her first book), I’m sure it’s not just great but FANTASTIC. I absolutely cannot wait for July!