Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be reviewing A Thousand Perfect Notes, the debut novel from our very own Paper Fury! I was over the moon when Cait announced she would finally be getting published; imagine my delight when I then discovered that her debut novel would be about a pianist?! Never has a blog been more suited to reviewing this book 😉
What the book is about…
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?
What I thought of it…
I just knew I was going to love this. As a musician myself, I found it so refreshing to read something this unique – I mean, how often do we get to see a retelling of a classical musician’s life?! It was utterly brilliant. The way it was done was so clever and had me grinning like an absolute idiot.
The characters were definitely one of my favourite aspects of the book. Joey was a little bundle of joy and I loved her to bits. The sibling relationship between her and Beck was great and shone right from the outset. It was obvious that Cait was writing the kind of characters she enjoys reading about: those cinnamon boys and sassy girls were giving me life. I also thought it was very clever to constantly use the term ‘the Maestro’ as it really helped with the depersonalisation of that particular character.
Everyone (including the author herself) said that this book would emotionally compromise its readers but I wasn’t expecting to have my feels shredded from the very first chapter! It was an emotional rollercoaster, at times genuinely brutal, and I just wanted to wrap everyone up in fluffy blankets and feed them all the foods.
I cannot express how much love I have for this book. Beck, August and Joey have all carved themselves a place in my heart and will remain there indefinitely. I knew that Cait’s debut would not disappoint; having been a long-time fan of her blog, I could see that her voice was delightfully clear in every sentence. This book was so authentically HER and I can’t wait to read more from her.
I wholeheartedly recommend A Thousand Perfect Notes for fans of YA contemporaries with lashings of feels or for anyone with an interest in music. (It’s like Cait wrote this book for me 😉 )
Is anyone else a fan of Paper Fury? Have you read A Thousand Perfect Notes yet?