My Rating :4 Stars
Genre : Young Adult
Released on : 7 June 2018
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Plot :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.
“You are worth more than a thousand perfect notes”
Yess!! I agree with this and I have to say that this is a beautifully written book with so much depth. This YA fiction deals with the serious issue of Child Abuse. I love how the author has taken such a serious issue yet maintained the innocence and vulnerability of the protagonist, Beck. Even though he suffered abuse from his Maestro (Mother), he still is loving towards his sister and his passion of composing music is never-ending.. Beck is a composer and pours all his suffering in his music but his mother wants to practice some songs all day and all night until his hands break. At 15 years of age,he shows a lot of maturity and will-power.
“He can’t care about anything else. He can’t. The music in his head is his pocket of relief, the only thing he passionately cares about.”
Beck is a character that I feel for so much , his pain and hatred for his mother .I at times got emotional as well as his mother is a real tyrant. He deserves happiness like all of us but his world turns out upside down when he meets August . August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, and love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. I totally loved their chemistry as it was sooo deep and so much happened without much talking. August is like sunshine as she dispels the darkness in Beck’s life and she helps Beck see the world from a new perspective and that what makes the difference. Well not to mention Beck has a beautiful name (you will have to read the book to find out.) I loved to say that the book has happy ending and Beck finally lives his dreams of being a composer and that made my day.
“If he were a piano, all his strings would have snapped”
I love the author’s in-depth knowledge of characters ,as there is a wonderful character development and plot development. I am happy to see such great books in this YA genre which are engaging and realistic as well.
This books was 20% heart breaking ,20 % heart rendering,and 50 % heart warming. I loved every page of it and it has found its place in one of my Favorite YA reads of 2018.
Thank you Netgalley for providing me the ARC in exchange of an honest review.