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?
Why I Bought It
I’ve been following PaperFury for a while on Twitter, so when I saw that she had a book coming out, I was over the moon! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!
I initially picked it up for holiday reading but as I’ve mentioned in a lot of my previous posts, I had to narrow down the amount of books I was taking which meant that I didn’t end up taking this. But it didn’t take me long once I was back home to pick this up.
I was so excited to start this. To begin with, I liked Beck and I loved August and I really felt for both of the characters.
But overall, the book just didn’t feel right. The language used was very poetic, almost as if C.G. Drews was just trying to make Instagram-worthy quotes. The language seemed really forced and really out of context. I can’t understand how a story about an abused teen would use very romanticised and literary language.
In any other context, I think I would quite like her writing style, but I feel that it really didn’t fit in at all here.
And then there’s the way that every few pages the lines
For absolutely no reason at all, and then for about fifty pages you see no use of this writing style almost as if the author has forgotten that she was trying to use this as a feature.
I get that this is a debut, but it just seemed really amateurish and didn’t flow at all. I started off liking the characters, and I finished hating them.
The only reason that this is two stars instead of one is that I did actually manage to finish it.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Recommended to: Fans of John Green and Gayle Forman
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