Book Review- A Thousand Perfect Notes

Thursday, 9 August 2018
Title: A Thousand Perfect Notes
Author: C.G Drews
Published: 7th June 2018
Pages: 282
Genre: YA, Contemporary

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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? -Goodreads

My thanks to Net Galley and Hachette Children’s Group for the review copy.
I was super excited to receive a Net Galley eARC of this novel, I have followed Paper Fury on her blog and social media for a few years now, and I was really excited to read her novel.
This is a really emotionally charged novel. The author deals with some big, heavy hitting subjects, including physical and emotional abuse, so beware of this.
But, saying this, this novel is incredible, I was so drawn in by the premise, and the novel kept me hooked the whole way through. This is a unique novel, especially in YA, and it stands strong and proud.
The writing style is so beautiful. For a debut novel the author shows an incredible talent for writing beautifully descriptive and lyrical prose. She also writes a moving and emotive novel. Her ability to write and describe the sound of music is quite wonderful to read, and this is a real talent the author has. I cannot wait to read whatever Drews writes next.
I loved the characters in this novel a lot. Beck is an amazing boy who cares for his sister so much, and although he appears to have a very tough shell he is very sensitive and caring. He has so much to deal with in his life yet he is still able to think of others, and consider the effect he and his decisions have on others. The relationship between him and August was so well crafted, and they just seemed so right for each other, and fitted together so well, it was amazing!
Although this book dealt with some pretty hard hitting topics it was also very funny. Beck and August have a lot of witty and sarcastic banter, and Beck’s little sister is another source of hilarity. The humour woven throughout the narrative allows this novel to glow; the novel is both sad and happy simultaneously.
The end of this novel did make me cry, but it wasn’t just tears of sadness, they were also tears of hope, and I think that’s the most important aspect of this novel.

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