Published by Orchard Books on June 7, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing; Physical Abuse shown)
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?
Oh, guys, I had such high hopes for this book, and I am thrilled that it lived up to every single one of them!
What Fed My Addiction:
- Be prepared to be put through the wringer. This isn’t an easy book, by any means. At points it’s downright traumatizing. You should just prepare now to have your heart ripped out and stomped on. (I love it when a book does this!)
- Beautiful writing. The writing flows beautifully, and I loved the gorgeous and understated use of metaphor. Plus, you can tell that Cait is a pianist herself because the way she describes Beck’s playing is masterful.
- The characters. There aren’t any undeveloped characters in this book. Every one makes an impression. Even the characters we hate (i.e. Beck’s mom) have a developed backstory that helps us understand them. I fell in love with Beck almost instantly (and his marshmallow of a little sister).
- The dialogue. Cait is a master of banter. I loved the interactions between Beck and August!
What Left Me Hungry for More:
- Nothing at all. I honestly can’t think of anything to mention here. I’m sure if I thought hard I could find some tiny, nitpicky things, but … nothing comes to mind.
For those of you who have been waiting for Cait’s book to come out, you won’t be disappointed. This one easily gets my ABSOLUTELY ADDICTED rating, and it just might end up being an All-Time Favorite (I usually give my brain extra time to percolate on the book before I decide that).
About The Author
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.
Since I was SO eager to read this book, I ended up pre-ordering a copy from both The Book Depository and Amazon, in case TBD took a long time to get the book to me. (It actually worked out the opposite—I got my TBD copy first—and I got it while I was gone at the writing conference anyway, so I still couldn’t read it right away. Such bookworm problems!)
Anyway, my eagerness means that I have an extra copy, which I will share with one of YOU! Follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter to win it. Sorry, US Only.