Review: Signal to Noise

Recommended for: fans of Stranger Things, music lovers


Set in Mexico City, Signal to Noise alternates between 1988 and 2009, weaving the story of Mercedes “Meche” Vega. In 1988, Meche is a teenager: lonely, awkward, and obsessed with music. In 2009, Meche is a successful programmer living in Norway, home for her estranged father’s funeral. As she tries to reconcile her feelings about the past with the reality of her present, Meche’s memories lead her into a past full of first loves, old hurts, and magic records.

Signal to Noise is a coming-of-age story that is at once wholly unique and reminiscent of genre classics like Stand By Me. Garcia-Moreno gracefully conveys the life-or-death seriousness of teenage emotions without adopting the cynicism that the lens of adulthood so often creates.

Check out Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno Garcia on the New Books shelf in Library 200.


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