An emotionally charged story about the power of dreams, and how passion can turn to obsession. 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? Thrilling and powerfully written, this is an explosive debut for YA readers which tackles the dark topic of domestic abuse in an ultimately hopeful tale.
Why I Read It
I originally learned about this book by C.G. Drews herself, because I follow her on Instagram and Twitter, but the hype comes from basically everyone who has read the book, which is what made me want to read it. Plus, it’s about a pianist, and the piano is the only instrument I play, so of course I had to read it. And I absolutely DO NOT regret it (obviously . . . ).
If you can get it, READ THIS BOOK. It’s heart-wrenching, it’s moving, it makes you want to hug Beck and love him forever and be August’s best friend and be Joey’s older sibling so you can take care of her and love her. It makes you want to be the Maestro’s son/daughter so you can tell her to go shove it. This book makes you feel things, good things but also sad things that you may not want to feel but should anyway. You feel a deep sadness for Beck and Joey and you want to just adopt them and take care of them and hold them and tell them it will all be okay.
August’s parents are the kind of parents that I want to be when I get older. They’re amazing, and it’s no surprise they raised a daughter as amazing as August. When her mom literally waltzes into the room I couldn’t help but smile and see myself in her, because I love dancing around the house and singing. They’re just such good people, these characters are all so well developed. I love them and I hate them when I should love and hate them.
The only thing I have to say is, I wish there was more. Not that the book wasn’t long enough by any means, or that there was anything missing. That’s not the case. It’s just that . . . I didn’t want it to end. It was THAT kind of book. I mean, I read it in a day because I couldn’t put it down. And when it ended, I found myself flipping pages wanting there to be more because I just couldn’t stand to see the end of Beck and August and Joey and even the Maestro, because I grotesquely craved the moments when she lashed out. It’s when we got to see the most vulnerable part of all the characters, and that’s what I love in a book and it’s SO well done here. Is that awful?
She honestly did such a good job with this book. I absolutely 100% recommend it to everyone. And while a kind bookish fairy actually sent me this copy of the book they received in a book box, a special edition with sprayed edges (which goes beautifully with the amazing cover art), I definitely plan on purchasing and reviewing C.G. Drews’s future books. I know she has one coming out in 2019, which I plan on buying, and anything coming after that is definitely going in my collection because this was amazing and there’s not a doubt in my mind that anything she creates from here on out will be just as amazing, if not BETTER.