by | 18 January 2019 | Books | 14 comments

For the first time in a very long time, I actually bought myself a book! This gorgeous little book has been on my radar for a while. Partially because it looks pretty cool, and partially because the author is Australian and that practically makes us next door neighbours. (Even though we’re not even in the same state.)


I had pretty high expectations for A Thousand Perfect Notes, and it totally blew me away. The music themes! The feels! The food descriptions! I laughed, I almost cried, I definitely got hungry. It was a good time. 😛


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



The Book

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?


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The Review


This book has me floored. The writing is beautiful. The characters are vibrant and alive. The feels are real. I read this book in one sitting (only interrupted by lunch), and left it feeling numb after that heart-wrenching story.


First the characters. They were so real and raw and I could see and feel them so clearly. Beck and August and Joey all had such distinct personalities and I was instantly dragged into their story with no chance of leaving.


The story itself is so intense. It’s heartbreaking. It’s sweet. It’s funny. It’s unique. It’s so packed with emotions on every single page, I couldn’t stop reading.


As an Aussie myself, I loved the little Australian references. The weather, a casual mention of a platypus, the settings—everything! It was so realistic and felt so close to home. We need more Australia-based books to be on the market as soon as possible.


Some parts of this book are so raw and so full of hurt, but then there’s other beautiful moments of happiness and hope, and it was balanced out perfectly. It’s written in third person, present tense, and that threw me off for the first little bit, but once I got into it I barely noticed it at all and was just absolutely sucked into the story.


Overall, I ADORED this book. I was so engaged in the story and it was just so real and full of so much hurt but so much hope as well.


Note that there is some content warnings/possible triggers in this book; see my Goodreads review for more info.


I’m so glad I picked A Thousand Perfect Notes as my first bookish purchase for the year. It was 100% worth every dollar.

And I just have to say again…Yay for Australian authors! I was so incredibly happy to see the subtle differences and the sheer familiarity of some aspects of this book.


Let’s hang out! Have you read A Thousand Perfect Notes? What was your last five-star read?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. MiddleEarthMusician

    My last five-star read was Blank Mastermind. XD It was AMAZING.

    • Jane Maree

      Yes, you totally should! 😍

      Aw, yess. I love that book a heap. What was your favourite part?

      • MiddleEarthMusician

        Hmmm…I liked the beginning when Wolfgang has no clue what’s going on. That was hilarious. XD I also liked when he was getting his memories back. IT WAS SO SAD!!! Rosey did an awesome job with that scene. <\3 <\3 And the end was amazing. Did you read The Powers that Be?

        • Jane Maree

          Yes — meeting the gang was hilarious! 😂 Agh yes, I cried during that scene. Saddest. part. ever. 😭

          I did! It was quite different but still good in its own way.

  2. J.A.Penrose

    Yay for Australian Authors!

    Sounds really good, and yes, the cover is gorgeous. <3

    Also, thanks for the content warning thing. *nodnod* Nice when people include them.

    Glad you found a good book to start off the year!

    • Jane Maree

      We’re not alone down here! 😛

      The cover is so cool — the butterfly is gloss, then the white is just smooth, and it’s just lovely. 😊

      No worries, it’s my pleasure. 😉 It is a general market book, but the main values of the story are still good.

  3. Kendra Lynne @ The Wanderling

    Great review! I’ve heard a lot about this book and its nice to read your take on it. 🙂

    Speaking of books written by Aussies, I’m about to begin The Book Thief; have you read it? It looks like a really cool book and I love reading about the World Wars, so I’m excited. 😀

    • Jane Maree

      Thank you! I’d been hearing a lot about it, and I was so pleased to finally be able to read it. 😀

      Oh nice — I have read The Book Thief! I really enjoyed it. And the movie is just as good too. I actually watched it before I’d read the book and it almost made me cry. 😭 You’ll totally love it!

    • Jane Maree

      Cool! I’m going to have to look that one up! 🙂

  4. NCStokes

    OH LOOK another person who was slain by this book! Man, this was a good one. I read it all in one day, too, and then just… *flails* I’m rereading it now, so just ReAPinG aLL tHe emOtIOns twICe!!!
    Who was your favorite character? Would you eat August’s deserts w/ vegetables in them?

    • Jane Maree

      HELLO HELLO, YES IT IS I. It’s so good and there’s just so many different feels. It’s definitely a reread sort of book because it’s so deep and raw I just need to read it again to truly experience it.

      Aw man, let me see. I really like both Beck and August, but probably liked August a little more. (Also Joey though, she’s adorable and feisty and hilarious. 😅) I’d definitely try them! Whether or not I’d actually like them…I’m not sure. 😂

      What about you? Who’s your favourite character?

      • NCStokes

        I think August was my favorite character. I loved Beck too, and his character arc was SO GOOD.
        I’m not genuinely convinced about veggies in deserts though. XP

        • Jane Maree

          Yes for August! I love how happy and bright she is, but so real at the same time. Beck totally ripped my heart to shreds though. 😭

          Same. XD I mean, it might be okay, but…I’m also perfectly okay with eating normal food so I’m not likely to change. 😆

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