Title: A Thousand Perfect Notes
Author: C.G. Drews
Category: Young Adult
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?
Hi. We finally have a book from paperfury! I’ve been following Cait on her blog for over a year and I’ve seen many snippets of her writing, I’ve been waiting for her books. And ATPN did not disappoint.
It’s sassy, sarcastic, funny, has dark humour and broke my heart. Cait is on the right track as an author.
“What he wants most in the world is to cut off his own hands.”
The book is about Beck, the son of a world famous pianist who can’t play anymore due to tremors and hence pushes Beck beyond limits to fulfill her dreams through him.
Beck is beyond tired. The Maestro (he refuses to call her his mother) spends all the money on the expensive af piano and doesn’t look at other needs like clothes etc. She also has huge tempers which become physical. Beck tries as hard as he can to not let Joey get the brunt of it. He takes all the burden on himself because Joey’s too pure and bright to be dimmed.
Beck doesn’t have friends. He spends all his time on the piano and friends aren’t encouraged by the Maestro. But one day, he is paired with August for an essay and he’s terrified. He tries to get rid of her but she sticks to him, wanting to know more about him. She’s the exact opposite of Beck—bright, cheery, optimistic and smiling.
Trigger warning: suicidal thoughts, self harm, domestic abuse.
OKAY SO BECK, JOEY AND AUGUST ARE TOO PURE FOR ME AND I LOVE THEM.
The book is in Beck’s POV and he’s very interesting to see. His thoughts and thought monologues are rambling and have dark humour. It’s also funny to see him being afraid of August and everything she represents. I love the amount of love he has for Joey and how he would do anything for his little sister.
Joey IS TOO DAMN CUTE. She also has a temper, knows how to talk back and say bad words, but she’s also such a bright child. You can see how much contrast there is between Beck and Joey, and it also shows how much Beck would let himself go for her.
August is the light that can drive away darkness. She’s persistent, curious, an animal lover and Beck is a mystery to her. She follows him around and is very surprised when she learns that he doesn’t know anything in trend. August follows him around, introduces new music to him and basically is a bright point in his life other than Joey.
My thoughts on the book:
- IT’S TOO PRECIOUS, OKAY?? Beck, Joey and August just settled themselves in my heart.
- IT BROKE MY HEART. I was left in bumbling pieces after I read the last line. *cries inside for days*
- I haven’t read a contemporary like this before. It’s about Beck but also his relationship with his mom but also him and August but also about his dreams and his freedom. It’s dark but also light. It has romance but that doesn’t take over the pot.
- The book is addictive. I read it as part of a readathon but even if I hadn’t, I would have spent every free second reading it and would have finished it very soon.
The hype about Cait’s writing is real and I was NOT disappointed. Definitely recommended if you don’t mind the themes of the book.
P.S. I’m super excited for Cait’s next book The Boy Who Steals Houses. It sounds more light than ATPN, is about a big, accepting family and is a new plotline that I haven’t seen yet.