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Wonderful Feels Like This

Wonderful Feels Like This

Sara Lövestam

Flatiron Books

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Sara Lovestam's Wonderful Feels Like This is “a coming-of-age tale of a young artist and is as soulful as it is triumphant” (SLJ) that celebrates being a little bit odd, finding your people, and the power of music to connect us

For Steffi, going to school everyday is an exercise in survival. She's never fit in with any of the groups at school, and she's viciously teased by the other girls in her class. The only way she escapes is through her music—especially jazz music.

When Steffi hears her favorite jazz song playing through an open window of a retirement home on her walk home from school, she decides to go in and introduce herself.

The old man playing her favorite song is Alvar. When Alvar was a teenager in World War II Sweden, he dreamed of being in a real jazz band. Then and now, Alvar's escape is music—especially jazz music.

Through their unconventional but powerful friendship, Steffi comes to realize that she won't always be stuck and lonely in her town. She can go to music school in Stockholm. She can be a real musician. She can be a jitterbug, just like Alvar.

But how can Steffi convince her parents to let her go to Stockholm to audition? And how it that Steffi's school, the retirement home, the music, and even Steffi's worst bully are somehow all connected to Alvar? Can it be that the people least like us are the ones we need to help us tell our own stories?

"Sensitive and deeply moving: outstanding."
Kirkus, starred review

"Empathy, identity, and the transformative power… More…

Sara Lovestam's Wonderful Feels Like This is “a coming-of-age tale of a young artist and is as soulful as it is triumphant” (SLJ) that celebrates being a little bit odd, finding your people, and the power of music to connect us

For Steffi, going to school everyday is an exercise in survival. She's never fit in with any of the groups at school, and she's viciously teased by the other girls in her class. The only way she escapes is through her music—especially jazz music.

When Steffi hears her favorite jazz song playing through an open window of a retirement home on her walk home from school, she decides to go in and introduce herself.

The old man playing her favorite song is Alvar. When Alvar was a teenager in World War II Sweden, he dreamed of being in a real jazz band. Then and now, Alvar's escape is music—especially jazz music.

Through their unconventional but powerful friendship, Steffi comes to realize that she won't always be stuck and lonely in her town. She can go to music school in Stockholm. She can be a real musician. She can be a jitterbug, just like Alvar.

But how can Steffi convince her parents to let her go to Stockholm to audition? And how it that Steffi's school, the retirement home, the music, and even Steffi's worst bully are somehow all connected to Alvar? Can it be that the people least like us are the ones we need to help us tell our own stories?

"Sensitive and deeply moving: outstanding."
Kirkus, starred review

"Empathy, identity, and the transformative power of music bind this tale of an atypical friendship between a teenage outcast and a jazz musician."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year


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Steffi is becoming happy jazz. She lies on her striped bedspread, eyes shut, while deep down inside, she’s turning into an upbeat happy blues, a going-crazy-with-happiness...

Praise for Wonderful Feels Like This

Kirkus Best Book of the Year
ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults List
Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
Global Literatures in Libraries Initiative Translated YA Book Prize Honor Book

"Sensitive and deeply moving: outstanding."
Kirkus, starred review

"Empathy, identity, and the transformative power of music bind this tale of an atypical friendship between a teenage outcast and a jazz musician."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A coming-of-age tale of a young artist and is as soulful as it is triumphant."
School Library Journal

Reviews from Goodreads

Sara Lövestam

Sara Lövestam lives in Sweden. Wonderful Feels Like This is her first novel to be translated into English.

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Sara Lövestam