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Intervention by Mia Kerick

Publisher: Harmony Ink 
Genre: Young Adult / GLBT / Romance


As a musician at the popular college café Coed Joe’s, high school senior Kai Manter is never lacking for male attention. Out, proud, free-spirited, and sexually aware, Kai sets his sights on his darkly Gothic and undeniably bad-tempered coworker, Jamie Arlotta, a freshman at the local arts university. Sporting long hair and alluring hippie style, Kai expects his interest will be reciprocated, with satisfying sex as the end goal. That’s what usually happens. But Jamie’s lessons in life have been harsher. Having been sexually abused by his older stepbrother for several years, Jamie has grown an impenetrable outer shell meant to keep the world at a safe distance.

Kai is angry at first when he takes the brunt of Jamie’s bad temper, but after Kai accidentally discovers the abuse Jamie has suffered, he wants to fix things. Kai’s plan is based on what he knows best—music—and he stages a “musical intervention” to let Jamie know he’s not alone and things can get better. When Jamie’s perspective changes and he emerges from his shell, Kai changes, too, gaining a whole new understanding of what sex can be when love is there too.

You can read the first chapter on Mia Kerick’s website:

Top Ten!! Songs in Intervention. By Mia Kerick

Music, and in specific, pop music, inspired me to write my first YA novel, Intervention.  I wish it was some type of super cool, unconventional musical selection like “Eclectic Prog” that served as my muse, but alas, it was the American Top Forty. In my defense, I included songs from the top forty lists of the past twenty years’ (and more), so I’m pretty sure you will find them catchy.

My challenge was to encapsulate the entire meaning of the song in less than two lines. And in order to work the message I wanted to relay into the text of the novel, I had to study the lyrics and be very selective over my choice of phrase. That was kinda fun, but incredibly hard to do. And so I invite you to take a look at ten songs—there are many more—from Intervention, and the lyrics I chose to help Kai speak to Jamie.

Kai is a high school senior who works as a musician in a college coffee bar. Jamie is the very broken college freshman who is a server at the coffee bar and will only listen to Kai’s words when they are in song.

1.Sara McLachlan’s “Angel”—the first song Kai performs during which he notices Jamie noticing him. You’re in the arms of an angel, may you find some comfort here. Jamie desperately needs comfort.

2. Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” performed Adam Lambert (American Idol) style—the dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had. When Kai performs this song Jamie literally runs away. It hits too close to home.

3. “Freedom ’90” by George Michael—Kai performs this song to underscore both Jamie and his need for freedom from those who want to control them. All we have to see is that I don’t belong to you and you don’t belong to me.

4. Nine Inch Nail’s “Hurt” performed Johnny Cash style—I focus on the pain, it’s the only thing that’s real. Kai tries to show Jamie that he understands his pain.

5. Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”. Kai wants Jamie to know it is okay to be angry. It’s not fair to deny me of the cross I bear that you gave to me.

6. R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”. When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on… Kai tries to show Jamie that he should hang onto the hope that things will get better.

7. The Beatles’ “Long and Winding Road”—The long and winding road that leads to your door ... This song is in Kai’s mind as he tries to fall asleep one night after he meets Jamie, because he knows the road to Jamie’s heart is going to be long and winding, with no shortcuts.

8.”Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield—I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned. Jamie asks Kai to sing a song of inspiration to a long lost friend.

9. Elton John’s “Your Song”—My gift is my song and this one’s for you. Music is all Kai has to offer Jamie and he knows it.

10. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel—I want to be that complete; I want to touch the light the heat I see in your eyes. You will need to listen to the audiobook to find out where and when and why Kai sings this to Jamie.

Bethany-Kris's Review of Intervention 
****Four Stars****

High school senior Kai Manter, a musician at a popular campus cafe is out, proud, and overly confident. When he turns his sights on Jamie Arlotta, a usually quiet, ill-tempered coworker and college freshman, he believes his interest will be easily reciprocated. After all, that's how it's always been for Kai. Jamie proves differently. His troubled past with a sexually abusive step-brother has left him wary and broken in ways Kai can't possibly understand, but he wants to. Trying to figure out a way to get through to the hardened Jamie when he doesn't seem to have a lick of interest in anything coming out of Kai's mouth certainly won't be easy, but Kai has to try. A musical intervention just might be the thing to get Jamie to finally listen, but that doesn't mean it'll be enough to heal the past and present wounds. 

Intervention was the first Young Adult I'd picked up in a while. Perhaps nothing had caught my interest in that genre enough to get me reading, or maybe I'd been too focused in on the more adult side of novels. Either way, I'm happy something about the blurb caught my attention and I gave it a chance. I have to say, the novel was the first ever YA GLBT I've ever read, also, so that's something new to add to my list as well. Interestingly enough ... while I'm at it, I should point out this was the first audiobook I've listened to. I prefer ebooks or, even better, a physical copy in my hands, so I wasn't quite sure how this was going to work out for me reading/listening wise. However, once I figured out the speed of the reader I preferred, and settled in, I really enjoyed listening.

Kai and Jamie are both interestingly complex characters, and complete and total opposites. They just are. From their styles, to their lives, to their attitudes, behaviors, and outlooks, the two guys are just at way separate ends of the spectrum. Given Jamie's bringing up compared to the much more open, lax way Kai was allowed to spread his proverbial wings in a healthy, honest way, it's not really a far stretch when it comes to wondering why. Some readers might find Jamie to be ... without sounding completely insensitive ... juvenile. In some ways, a lot of them, he is. Mentally, emotionally, he's definitely stuck at a younger age because of the experiences with his step-brother. Frankly, that's a more truthful and real approach for the victims and survivors of sexual abuse than most people realize. Once that situation takes place, it's happened. There is no magic wand to wave and make it go away. It's a personal and public struggle a person battles with for the rest of their life. I was incredibly impressed the author didn't simply wave that wand and make Jamie all better. He had to work, and he still has to work to get better beyond the happily ever after the story provides.

By no means is this story a easy read. There's some trigger warnings that should be taken into account. Jamie is so tragically broken you can't help but want to shield him from everything. Kai just happens to be the one person willing to take on that giant task and get the job done.

I genuinely enjoyed reading Intervention. I thought the story and characters were relate-able for their age group and situations. I felt the author handled the *many* difficult topics in the novel with care, sensitivity, and understanding, but not necessarily with a kid gloves sort of attitude that would have totally turned me off. As the title and blurb suggests, there's quite a bit of musical suggestion and influence to the story, so that gives it an added appeal as well. And as for the narrator, that was a great choice in voice to read this tale. He was perfect for it, really.

This audiobook has me scrolling through the lists for my next read/listen from audible. Well done to the author. 
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