Sweetwater Books (Cedar Fort)
Published Feb 11, 2014
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
I was itching for a good story when I picked up this book. I began reading it and was immediately hooked. There’s something quite special about first love and the big emotions that come with young love. Reading contemporary YA reminds me of that and this book especially had me immersed in it.
Aria is still mourning the loss of her mother and the change in her father since his wife’s death that has led him to become abusive. Aria dreams of going to Juilliard like her mother did and pursuing her piano playing, which is her great passion. She meets Thomas one day when he discovers her secret hideout in the old tree house on his grandfather's property. They become close friends as Thomas helps Aria come out of her shell and eventually they fall in love.
But Thomas has secrets of his own and when tragedy strikes, he must come to terms with his past. When Thomas disappears and Aria loses all contact with him, she musters up the courage to move on. But the past keeps coming back and Aria must once again face it and learn to deal with all that was her past and what could now be her future.
Beard’s writing is vivid and flowing, with great dialogue, well-developed characters and perfect pacing. I loved Aria and Thomas’ strong yet fragile characters.Thomas was certainly swoon worthy, but it’s his unselfish ways that stood out for me. Beard tackles many themes in this story, from parental loss and forgiveness to pursuing musical talents and learning to love with all the risks involved. It’s an emotional book but not overwhelming. I enjoyed every minute I was reading it.
Furthermore, I was so pleased this book managed to be squeaky clean without sacrificing any heart-pounding romantic tension. Way to go, Beard! This book is perfect for all fans of contemporary YA romance and for those who love music. I am now Beard’s newest fan and can’t wait to read her next book.
Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
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Reviewed by Laura
Disclosure: Thanks to the author for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.