Operatic

Operatic

Somewhere in the universe, there is the perfect tune for you.It’s almost the end of middle school, and Charlie has to find her perfect song for a music class assignment. The class learns about a different style of music each day, from hip-hop to metal to disco, but it’s hard for Charlie to concentrate when she can’t stop noticing her classmate Emile, or wondering about Luk...

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Title:Operatic
Author:Kyo Maclear
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Operatic Reviews

  • Laura

    This is one gorgeous graphic novel.

    Charlie is taking a class about music, and one of the assignments is to find your song. Not quite your theme song, but the song that speaks to you. The teacher goes over all sorts of song, over the years but none of them speak to Charlie.

    And then she hears Maria Callas, and realizes that she is her singer, and she listens to everything she sings. Her friends accept her for what they think is a weird obsession. And she uses Maria's music to draw out Luka, who ha

    This is one gorgeous graphic novel.

    Charlie is taking a class about music, and one of the assignments is to find your song. Not quite your theme song, but the song that speaks to you. The teacher goes over all sorts of song, over the years but none of them speak to Charlie.

    And then she hears Maria Callas, and realizes that she is her singer, and she listens to everything she sings. Her friends accept her for what they think is a weird obsession. And she uses Maria's music to draw out Luka, who has stopping coming to school because he showed to much of himself in class, and feels he can not sing any more.

    It has all the middle school feels. Luka is a closeted gay, until he outs himself with his love song. Charlie is one of only a few Asians at the school. There are mean kids, and sympathetic kids, and as Charlie says, you just have to find your tribe.

    There is a lot going on here, and is a quick, delightful read. Highly recommended for libraries and home. I wish there were more books about Charlie.

    Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  • theo

    this book was super duper fab and i loved every second of it!! my only complaints were that a) it was honestly too short (not much of a gripe but i just mean it was that good & life affirming that i wanted to stay in the world longer) and b) it felt a little bit too much like jane, the fox & me. which is great because i love that book too, but it had a very similar vibe and the author of this book has worked w the illustrator of jtfam so theres a connection there, and the illustration st

    this book was super duper fab and i loved every second of it!! my only complaints were that a) it was honestly too short (not much of a gripe but i just mean it was that good & life affirming that i wanted to stay in the world longer) and b) it felt a little bit too much like jane, the fox & me. which is great because i love that book too, but it had a very similar vibe and the author of this book has worked w the illustrator of jtfam so theres a connection there, and the illustration style was also similar...i don't know. i loved the illustrations in this one too, especially the use of colour, and the actual physical book is just SO PRETTY that i couldn't stop squealing when i got my hands on a copy. i won't say much more because it isn't out yet but i can't WAIT to sell this one and talk about it w everyone in the new year!

  • Calista

    I appreciate this little novel. I was browsing the library and found this and snatched it up.

    I do enjoy opera. I have seen a good number in person and I have a good collection of Opera. This story is about Maria Callas and I have to admit that just listening to her really was not my favorite thing. I know she was very popular, but there are other divas out there that I prefer more. I do like a big voice and Maria Callas has a big voice, but it isn't my cup of tea. Maybe I need to give another op

    I appreciate this little novel. I was browsing the library and found this and snatched it up.

    I do enjoy opera. I have seen a good number in person and I have a good collection of Opera. This story is about Maria Callas and I have to admit that just listening to her really was not my favorite thing. I know she was very popular, but there are other divas out there that I prefer more. I do like a big voice and Maria Callas has a big voice, but it isn't my cup of tea. Maybe I need to give another opera she sings a chance, who knows.

    This takes place at a middle school in music class. I love the music teacher in this story. Each week or day, he introduces the kids to a different genre of music. He does punk, disco, pop, 80s, rap and hip hop. He stretches the kids and what they know of music. Plus, there isn't a whole lot of good music now-adays anymore. They knew how to write music in the past and now it's mostly music by committee. The teacher also does a Beatles and you have to have a Beatles. I am very eclectic in what I like musically.

    The end of year assignment is to find a song that you deeply love and to talk about it or write about it. There is a lot going on in this story. I was a little disappointed at the end. I didn't feel like it was all pulled together all that well and the last assignment was glossed over. I was a little disappointed.

    Still, I was so glad that there is a story out there about Opera and Maria Callas. It really made me happy. It was also about being brave enough to admit that you like Opera.

  • Becca (Coffeebooksandjournals)

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy.

    I gave this a 3.5/5 stars.

    I liked the art style of Operatic. I liked the storyline of the Opera singers life. The main characters storyline confused me it jumped around. I still did enjoy it though and would still recommend it. I liked that the main plot was about music. There was lgbt characters but we don't get pov they're side characters.

  • Jen

    Beautiful book and good storyline, though it did jump around in parts that were somewhat confusing and the timeline wasn’t overly clear at points. Good diverse voices. 3 solid stars.

  • Rod Brown

    Interesting, if overstuffed. The author throws in a lot of elements into her middle school drama, like beekeeping, opera, '80s nostalgia, musical genres, bullying, and LGBTQ issues. And there are a lot of pages devoted to the life of opera singer Maria Callas. I don't think all these ingredients come together as well as they should, and the writing seems a little too subtle and obtuse for the younger audience it is trying to reach, but I did enjoy the story. The art is a little rough in places,

    Interesting, if overstuffed. The author throws in a lot of elements into her middle school drama, like beekeeping, opera, '80s nostalgia, musical genres, bullying, and LGBTQ issues. And there are a lot of pages devoted to the life of opera singer Maria Callas. I don't think all these ingredients come together as well as they should, and the writing seems a little too subtle and obtuse for the younger audience it is trying to reach, but I did enjoy the story. The art is a little rough in places, but really succeeds in the moments when the artist tackles the difficult task of illustrating the swirl and lift of music.

  • Erin

    A graphic novel,

    features a young protagonist, Charlotte ( Charlie)Noguchi, a middle schooler who navigates the ups and downs of being a teenager while also trying to find her own place in the world.

    Most of Charlie's narrative takes place in the

    A graphic novel,

    features a young protagonist, Charlotte ( Charlie)Noguchi, a middle schooler who navigates the ups and downs of being a teenager while also trying to find her own place in the world.

    Most of Charlie's narrative takes place in the music classroom and this shapes much of her story as she discusses the boy that once sat in the now empty desk, her crush on a fellow student, and her interest in opera singer, Maria Callas. The latter's story becomes a bit of a mini-biography within the contemporary storyline. I actually listened to Maria Callas'"Una Voce Poca Fa", the song that stirred Charlotte in this story. Wow, what a beautiful voice this woman possessed!

    I felt that the images were good, the storyline a bit choppy, and the encouraging moral of the story a bit light for some of the situations presented.

    Review Date: 30/03/19

    Publication Date 02/04/19

  • Lata

    A story about kids in junior high/middle school. And what music means to people and the effect that it has on them. And about crushes.

    I liked this, but it felt like it took a while to get to explaining what had happened with one of Charlie's classmates, and because of this, I kept imagining horrible things, that it turned out didn't happen. I did like Charlie's burgeoning interest in opera, and specifically in Maria Callas.

  • Elizabeth☮

    This book drew my eye at the library and so I picked it up.

    The story follows Mr. K's music class in a middle school. Our narrator, Charlie, is tasked with the assignment of picking a song that is meaningful to her and explain her connection to it. We get a small study of some genres Mr. K likes (he grew up in the 80's, so I like his music choices) and we get Charlie's growing interesting in Opera, specifically Maria Callas.

    The book seems to want to tackle a lot of concerns at this age: identit

    This book drew my eye at the library and so I picked it up.

    The story follows Mr. K's music class in a middle school. Our narrator, Charlie, is tasked with the assignment of picking a song that is meaningful to her and explain her connection to it. We get a small study of some genres Mr. K likes (he grew up in the 80's, so I like his music choices) and we get Charlie's growing interesting in Opera, specifically Maria Callas.

    The book seems to want to tackle a lot of concerns at this age: identity, fitting in, sexuality. But, none are explored in depth and while I had a lot to look with beautiful sketches, I wanted to know these characters better.

  • La Coccinelle

    I don't know what to make of this one. I almost feel like I was dropped into a blender with a couple of different books, and I only caught glimpses of pages as they whizzed by. As a graphic novel, this lacks focus. The narrative jumps around too much. And, unless I missed it, we don't even get to find out what song Charlie picks for her project (which was supposedly the whole point of the assignment).

    This book tries to cover the life of Maria Callas, friendship, bullying, sexuality, nostalgia, m

    I don't know what to make of this one. I almost feel like I was dropped into a blender with a couple of different books, and I only caught glimpses of pages as they whizzed by. As a graphic novel, this lacks focus. The narrative jumps around too much. And, unless I missed it, we don't even get to find out what song Charlie picks for her project (which was supposedly the whole point of the assignment).

    This book tries to cover the life of Maria Callas, friendship, bullying, sexuality, nostalgia, music, growing up, beekeeping... well, you get the idea. It's a

    to try to smoosh into 160 pages. There are some threads of story that I think could've worked better had they been developed more (such as Charlie's relationships with her friends), and ones that took up too much space (the biography of Maria Callas that's basically sneaked in like broccoli in a kid's macaroni and cheese).

    Those who are passionate about music might get more out of this one, but even so, I think it lacks enough focus to make it a truly engaging read. (Older readers will likely be able to relate to the music teacher and his love for 1980s music, but I'm afraid younger readers might feel even less enthused by the "old" music.)

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