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. 😛
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 paperfury.com
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?
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?