Hi friends! I’m here to review a book that should have been read a YEAR AGO but I got busy and am eternally broke, so it didn’t happen. Luckily, a friend let me borrow her copy and I’ll just not-so-subtly hint towards wanting it for Christmas lol. ANYWAYS IT WAS REALLY GOOD so let’s just get on with my thoughts*!
*and hope that they’re more coherent than that intro because dang past me, that was a mess
An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.
Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.
When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?
Where should I, could I, begin? I read this all in a single evening, basically one sitting, which is something that I never do. Y’all may remember how much I enjoyed the show Your Lie in April.
well, this filled the empty place in my heart that that show left me.
I will say, this is not a light book. It deals with abuse, and abuse is never a light thing. Please be careful going into this!
But if you want to know my thoughts…
Music is nothing unless it fills your soul with colour and passion and dreams.
THE CHARACTERS. Can we just
scream rant politely discuss their dispositions over a cup of tea?
Beck is a boy with music thrumming through his veins. Yet, he is forced to play, day after day, non-stop at the piano. He does this for his mother, in fear of his mother, for the good of his little sister. The development he shows is so well-done? TEACH ME HOW TO DEVELOP CHARACTERS LIKE THIS. Drews is so deft and subtle with how Beck is changed, and it is done in a way that feels so realistic. I JUST FEEL FOR THIS CINNAMON ROLL HE NEEDS A HUG OKAY BYE.
August is my new favorite hippie. I mean, hello, excuse me, but can someone feed me healthy cake and introduce me to their weird parents and throw their favorite band in my face? Because if you do, you shall be exactly like August and therefore amazing. Far too often, it can feel like certain characters are used as a convenient plot device, lacking in personality and quirkiness. But August is a ball of sunshine and she’s done so well and AGHHH.
Joey is an adorable five-year old whose culinary confections are perhaps a little more than slightly questionable*. Her innocence yet not quite innocence (the German swearing I can’t) added a layer of humor and sweetness to the novel.
*are they as questionable as mine though? that is the question…
The Maestro is evil and she can go live in a grand piano for the rest of her life if that’s what she wants. Although, the piano doesn’t deserve such horror.
How come the author can write dialogue so well?! She writes characters like they’re in real life and she throws in some snarky humor and witty banter as well.
ahem. we shall pause for a moment to appreciate the moment of cake in this novel. a round of applause for the cake please. thank you.
The way music was written was everything. It’s hard enough to put how the words used to describe music made me feel, I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must have been to come up with them. The contrast between the description of the music the Maestro wanted Beck to play and Beck’s own notes was so wonderfully done??? I bow to this master of words. And the romance was so sweet and clean and was integrated so seamlessly with the plot!
As for the ending, it was perfect. There’s nothing else I can say. The way everything is wrapped up so perfectly with love and loss and inspiration and pain and hope is just…incredible. Especially because this is a DEBUT novel!!! I am obviously putting this on my favorites of the year!
You are worth more than a thousand perfect notes.
I could probably talk for forever about how much I adored this but I’m just going to shut up now haha. Tell me: have you read this? Have you read the author’s other books?