TITLE: A Thousand Perfect Notes
AUTHOR: C.G Drews
TRIGGER WARNING: Poverty, violence, major injury, verbal abuse, fantasizing of suicide and self harm.
WHERE DID I RECEIVE THIS?: HachetteNZ sent this to me in exchange for an honest review!
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?
A thousand perfect notes is
A story of standing up for yourself,
A story of growth
And a heart wrenching tale.
This is a YA contemporary that rips out your heart and hands it back to you with a smiley face. It hurts, but the whole time you can see the characters slowly growing and getting their footing. You can’t help but continue to turn the pages to find out when Beck will finally be able to say enough is enough.
The plot follows a young boy who is a prodigy at the piano, but not by choice. His mother was one of the greatest piano players before an accident left her with shaking hands and she could no longer play. She forces her pain and wishes on Beck, bending him to be a replica of herself and leaving him bloody and bruised. But one day a girl who sees beck for more than what he tries to be, doesn’t give up on him. She becomes a friend to him, and his inspiration.
The best part of this novel, is by far, the characters. Our main characters are Beck, his younger sister Joey, and the girl they meet, August. They are such vivid characters, all unique in the way they act and handle situations. I admired all of them, and wanted to be friends with the,. C.G Drews painted such lifelike people, and a situation so many go through, that I could imagine this happening on the other side of town.
This novel deals heavily with abusive family dynamics, and if you’re uncomfortable with physical and verbal abuse from parents, please be cautious with this novel as it is littered throughout it.
But by god is this a powerful YA novel and I know I’ll be picking up C.G Drew’s next one.
Until next time,