I have so much to write about this book. Because this book, A Thousand Perfect Notes, by C. G. Drews is incredible and amazing and fantastic. But why do I think that? Read the rest of this review to find out!
A Thousand Perfect Notes
Author: C. G. Drews
Release Date: June 7th 2018
Genre: Contemporary, YA, romance
*this review is spoiler free*
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?
I was excited and intrigued by this plot, and it only got better as the story went on. What I thought was the main idea, or plot, of the story changed multiple times, only making me more and more interested and excited to read on.
The plot of this book was very well done, and I had an amazing time reading it.
The writing in this book is remarkable. The dialogue and banter was fun to read, and the description and overall writing was beautifully done. I really loved reading this book for multiple reasons, and one was that once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down. The writing pulled me in, and wouldn’t let me go until I reached the very last page.
In some books, I can really relate to the characters, like with Hattie Brooks, in Hattie Big Sky. In this one, not as much. But that isn’t a bad thing. Just because I can’t relate as much to Beck or August doesn’t mean that I can connect with them. By the end of the book, I felt like I really knew them, and that was amazing. The same went for Joey, and even the Maestro.
Beck is a complicated character. He is portrayed in a way that really shows who he really is, while also showing what he’s feeling, and what he’s going through. He isn’t perfect; none of the characters in this book are. That’s one of the things that I appreciated the most. Sometimes, a lot of the time actually, the characters I read about are perfect, or have very few flaws. That doesn’t apply to Beck, or to August or Joey for that matter.
August is so kind, caring, and persistent. She also is determined to make sure that every living being in the world is treated fairly and kindly. If she hadn’t been so determined, she and Beck would never have ended up where they get to at the end of the book.
Joey is sweet and cute and is in preschool. Although she has Beck there to care for her, she hasn’t had a great childhood, and doesn’t have a kind, caring parental figure, which really makes it hard on her. I feel like often in books we don’t read about younger kids with that much personality, but in A Thousand Perfect Notes, Joey is just as much a part of the novel as August, or even Beck is.
C.G. Drews lives in Australia with her piano and the goal of reading every book in existence. Consequently, her brain has overflowed with words and she spends her days writing novels to make you laugh or cry (or both). She never sleeps and believes in cake for breakfast.
She blogs at paperfury.com.
I LOVED reading this book, and think that every aspect of it was done incredibly.
My rating: ★★★★★
To who? To those in search of an intense but beautifully hopeful contemporary YA romance!