Summary and reviews of A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley, plus links to a book excerpt from A Little Wanting Song and author biography of Cath Crowley. Rose is a restless, passionate science student who longs to flee the Australian bush. Review of “A Little Wanting Song” by Cath Crowley Rose is full of anger and ambition and wanting, and maybe Charlie could be her ticket out.

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A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crowley

At first, I felt much closer to Charlie, which I think was primarily due to her music. Yet, its ending is perfect and makes you feel completely satisfied. Charlie is trapped by her own grief and insecurity. You can read this review and lots of other exciting things on my blog, Wear the Old Coat.

Her lyrics are simple, but so incredibly full of truth and raw emotion; I could feel the power behind them. She’s got her iPod, her guitar, and all her recording equipment, but she wants more: And I imagined it pretty good.

Told in alternating voices and filled with music, friendship, and romance, Charlie and Rose’s “little wanting song” is about the kind of longing that begins as a heavy ache but ultimately makes us feel hopeful and wonderfully alive.


It’s about Charlie’s dad, too guilt-ridden and broken wabting move on past his wife’s untimely death. Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: She loves Luke but can’t wait to leave their small country town.

So, very very realistic. Maybe the beauty and truth and love that come out in her songs will bring everyone crowpey of their own private catacombs and back into the light.

A Little Wanting Song

Customers who viewed this item also viewed. There’s a lot of relatable humor in both Charlie’s and Rose’s narration. I think I wanted to believe them.

Crowley writes the accompanying feelings of uncertainty, hope, awkwardness and frustration with authenticity.

The only real downsides for me — and really, I was able to set them aside — were: One last thing I want to mention: She resettles her skin. This gorgeous little novel caught me totally unaware. She lost her mother in a tragic accident, but her father wating as well have died then too.


She’s about to fall in love,” she read. Her books just make me daydream. From the Hardcover edition. Like it’s saying, ‘Fuck the rules. Letters to the Lost.

Rose’s desire to get out of the small Australian town where she has always lived and Charlie visits for the summer as this is Australia, that summer is over Christmas break which was so weird to this American girl. She bent my handlebars. She thoroughly sucks us into their lives, makes us fall in love with them, appreciate them, understand them, and feel their every emotion as if ssong were ours. Rose longs to get away from the stifling small-town atmosphere and has won a scholarship to a prestigious high school in the city to study science.


There are, of course, exceptions, but, in littke experience, those exceptions are few and far between.

I found myself re-reading some of the passages through out the book. I have to say, it was a very smooth read for me. She’s shy and sort of timid, a bit of a wallflower type, but because this is told in alternating first-person accounts, the reader gets to enjoy the really rich internal voice that Charlie has.

I think the combination of unattractive cover and not being too invested in the plot kind of turned me off to it, and if I hadn’t been such a huge Cath Crowley fan after reading both Graffiti Moon and Words in Deep Blue I wouldn’t have even given it a second glance.