Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 14+, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes

Title: A Thousand Perfect Notes

Author: C.G. Drews

Genre: Young Adult Fiction.

Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ

Synopsis: Beck’s mother, a once famous pianist lives out her crushed dreams through her son.

Coerced into playing the piano, Beck spends his nights and days working studiously to play music his mother expects of him.

His hands bleed from the strain and yet he never seems to get the notes right.

All of this changes when August walks into his life. . .

Review: A thousand Perfect Notes centres around a boy who’s been raised to play music. His mother-the well renowned maestro, used to play before she had her tragic accident and could play no more. Beck’s mother expects the world of him and Beck can’t ever seem to deliver it to her, no matter how hard or long he plays the piano. No matter how many bloodied fingerprints dance along the keys of the piano, Beck isn’t capable of bringing the maestro’s notes to life.

Crushed under the weight of the world–or in this case the musical notes of the piano, Beck is struggling when August enters his life.

A girl with a bright smile, a slightly quirky sense of humour, and completely abhors wearing shoes.

Beck can’t be involved with August, friends or otherwise, he hasn’t the time and God help everyone if his mother ever found out but. . .Something about August brings out a musical side of him he’s never felt before.

Soon notes begin to ring loud throughout the walls of his broken home, but the song isn’t the maestro’s, they are his perfect notes.

A Thousand Perfect Notes has everything you could hope for in a book; humour, strife, pain, and much more. This book makes the reader stop and take stock of what really matters, what is truly important and who you are actually living your life for. Are you making decisions based on your own needs and desires? Or living out the dreams of others?

If you like the sound of this book, place a request on it on our Library Catalogue for pick-up at your nearest branch.

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