Book title: A Thousand Perfect Notes
Author: CG Drews
Target Audience: Young Adult
“Chocolate is a substance worth existing for”
Why I chose this?
When I found out that Cait from Paperfury I just had to have it. I love reading her blog posts and its nice to see someone who is just if not more obsessed with cake than I am. So I have had this on my TBR list on Goodreads in what seems like forever but I finally got round to reading. So how did it go? Well…
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?
What I thought
I’m going to start by saying how much I agree with the quote I chose. Chocolate is definitely a substance worth existing for, even if I’m trying to lose weight.
This story hit me in places I didn’t think it would. It was truly awful to read about Beck and Joey’s mother and how Beck being her protege meant more to her than her children’s health and well-being. If that was a child in my area or even a teacher at the school they should have noticed something out of the ordinary. I’ve been called to the school because my daughter lied about me to the teachers but at least they were on top of it in case it was something. the Maestro disgusted me with her antics. In fact, the majority of the adults did, the only exceptions were August’s parents and Beck and Joey’s Uncle Jan.
Now other than what I already mentioned I loved this book. I love the fact that August and Beck were polar opposites and THANK YOU CAIT FOR NO AWKWARD LOVE TRIANGLES unless you count the piano of course.
I love that Beck was a moody teenager, that August clearly doesn’t give a shit about other peoples perceptions of her and I love that Joey was a feisty five-year-old. Each character was different but they worked so well together and Beck well done you for not chastising Joey when she said insults in German (also thank you for the translations as my German is very rusty). All this responsibility shouldn’t have been on Becks shoulders. What five-year-old should be left with the responsibility of making their own and their older brothers packed lunches because he’s not allowed to leave the godforsaken piano until Chopin was as good as his mother’s version!!!
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and struggled to put it down (would have been finished a lot sooner if it wasn’t for “mam I need a drink, mam i’m hungry etc) even if like Heartless the cake made me hungry and I don’t even like fruitcake (too much fruit for me if your wondering). I was upset when it finished as I wasn’t ready for it to end but looking forward to Cait’s next book.