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Guitar Notes

In YA Book Reviews on June 19, 2014 at 3:46 am

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by Mary Amato

YA Realistic Fiction/©2012/273 Pages/Stand Alone Book/Recommended for 7th Grade and Above

Publisher’s Notes (Amazon):

A “sweet story of two different loners finding their counterpoint” (School Library Journal) from a star of state master and children’s choice lists making her YA debut. Clean YA with the emotional resonancy of John Green and Sarah Dessen.

On odd days, Tripp Broody uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat-up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.

On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she’s trying to become even more perfect—she’s already a straight-A student and an award-winning cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him in between the strings of the guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected.

What starts as a series of snippy notes quickly blossoms into the sharing of interests and secrets and dreams, and the forging of a very unlikely friendship.

Challenging each other to write songs, they begin to connect, even though circumstances threaten to tear them apart.

From beloved author Mary Amato comes a YA novel of wit and wisdom, both heartfelt and heart­breaking, about the power of music and the unexpected chords that draw us together.

My Thoughts:

This is one of those books that has it all – memorable characters, engaging plot, fabulous writing. I couldn’t read it fast enough! It grabbed me from the beginning with its unique format. Each chapter is a date followed by subtitles that state location and time, with most of the story unfolding via notes between the main characters. I just never wanted it to end. sigh….

My Rating: 5/5

Additional Reviews:

http://evesfangarden.com/blog/2014/03/25/book-review-guitar-notes-by-mary-amato/

http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2012/08/book-review-guitar-notes-by-mary-amato.html

http://bookreviewsatlyrics.blogspot.com/2012/12/review-guitar-notes-by-mary-amato.html

 

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