First and foremost, Happy Aussie Release Day to A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews, aka Paper Fury. I hope you all pick up this amazing book, because it deserves all the love and attention.
Title: A Thousand Perfect Notes
Author: C.G. Drews
Genre: Young Adult: Contemporary
Format: Paperback ARC
Publication Date: 7th June 2018 (12th June 2018 in AUS)
My Rating: 4.75/5 stars
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?
Thank you to Date A Book (Hachette Australia) for sending me an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Before I start this review, I’m going to mention that this book has a couple of trigger warnings, including: domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, scenes with blood and self-harm fantasies (that are not acted upon). Please take care of yourselves when going into this book!
OH MY GOSH! WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT THIS AMAZING BOOK? C.G. Drews has an amazing way with words and the first sentence of her book immediately captured my attention. The entire first chapter was beautifully written, but was very emotional that my heart strings were tugged to the point that I nearly cried (and I rarely cry because of books, so that’s saying something). C.G. Drews’ writing is so fluent and descriptive that’s its almost lyrical, thus it is easy to get into her book. And for a debut novel, that’s an amazing feat – to be able to entice the readers immediately. C.G. Drews’ story was fast-paced and there was never really a dull moment. If I had the time, I probably would have devoured this book in one sitting – that’s how amazing it was.
I adored Beck, he’s literally a cinnamon roll, and I just want to wrap him up in a blanket, cuddle with him and protect him from the Maestro. Like he doesn’t deserve what was happening to him at home. Joey is his little sister, and I absolutely adore her. She’s so cute and her dialogue is the best – they never fail to make me laugh. The relationship between Beck and Joey is sweet and loving, and I love how protective Beck is of her, and how much he cares and looks out for her. Like, even though their mother doesn’t pay attention to her, she’s still bubbly and outgoing. I wish they had gotten a better childhood.
August is the sweetest and coolest girl ever. I’d be down to be friends with her. She’s outgoing and kind and bright and thoughtful, and the friendship between her and Beck is the best. It’s like she knows how much Beck is suffering when she cheers him up, and their banter is amusing. August’s parents are even more awesome, seriously. I literally laughed out loud when August and her parents joked around and playfully argued with one another. I think the dinner scene is my favourite.
Paper Fury is well known for not only her amazing book blog, but also her obsession for cake. And it wouldn’t be a book written by her without any cake. The cake scenes in this book sounded delicious and made me crave for cake and sweet desserts. She also posted a cake recipe on her blog and I think I might try it out because who can say no to cake?
Music is a major component of the book. I’m unfamiliar with most of the piano related jargon, and sometimes found it hard to follow along with that, but I still found it interesting how music was incorporated into the story and how deeply ingrained it is in Beck and his family. His uncle Jan is a famous pianist, and is definitely the opposite of the Maestro. Actually, this book made me want to listen to some piano pieces.
The ending was heartbreaking yet satisfying. I guess it’s considered a happy ending, considering the circumstances Beck found himself in. But the book is overall emotional and sometimes I had to put it down because my heart couldn’t take the sadness.
Can we also stop for a moment to admire the beauty of the cover. I am obsessed with it, and when I get the time, I’ll definitely be taking photos of it.
I’d definitely recommend this book to everyone because it’s such a wonderful read, despite its emotional side. The book has beautifully portrayed sibling and friendship relationships, incorporated with humour that makes you want to laugh out loud. And it’s a short book too, so you could probably read it in a day.