Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
June 7th 2018
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?
My heart is broken into a thousand pieces
I cannot believe I have never written a review of this incredible book. I LOVED this book so much. A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews aka Cait (or Paperfury on Instagram) is a breathtaking masterpiece. Oh my gosh, the emotions that I felt while reading. MY HEART. MY SAD LITTLE BROKEN HEART. Oh my god.
This book follows the story of Beck. From a young age, he loved to play the piano. But he has to deal with his violent and cruel mother, The Maestro. She forces him to be the best. She does not want him to be a failure. He must play the songs that she wants him to play. Beck must not disappoint her. Even when his fingers burn and hurt, his mother will not let him finish until he is perfect. Until he meets August during a school project, his life is pretty miserable. But this meeting is vital to the plot because it starts showing Beck that everything isn’t as black and white as his mother makes it seem.
It is a beautifully lyrical book that is packed full of emotion and love and it will have you howling by the end. The pressure between Beck and his mother is tense and hateful and it makes you want to reach into the words and pull Beck out. You want to give him sweets and cotton candy and tell him everything is okay. You get to feel the effects of pressure and violence and fear from a strict mother to a son who just WANTS LOVE. It’s bloody heart-wrenching.
“If he were a piano, all his strings would have snapped”
As mentioned above, Beck grows into a character that you want to hug and protect. He is so isolated and withdrawn from the outside world because of his pressured piano practices. Incredibly quiet in case he disappoints his mother. But when August comes into the picture, we start to see the real Beck. The Beck that hides beneath the violence and the hate. Someone who just wants to create a thousand perfects. His little sister Joey (or Johanna) is also a wonderful character who made me laugh whenever she would curse in German. Beck is a super protective big brother and would never let his mother hurt her. Not even if it meant he got the beating instead. Just an incredible character.
“You are worth more than a thousand perfect notes”
August is also amazingly cute and I adored her. How she is carefree and wears no shoes. How she casually skips classes in order to go and buy cakes for her and August. Beck opening up to her is also so heartwarming that it made me cry with happiness. August is the light in Beck’s otherwise dark and depressing life. Their relationship growth throughout the book brought my heart so much joy.
“I’ll write you an entire symphony if you ask.”
Overall, this book is just an outstanding read. Filled with emotion, you can really feel how each character felt. The way the words just flow together and takes you on a journey. You start with sadness for Beck and end feeling something not even words can describe. Happiness? Excitement? A need for cake? Possibly all of the things. Cait has created a monster of a book. Simply fantastic. Buy this book!
(Also side note, I highly recommend picking up her newest son, The Boy Who Steals Houses. Comes out 4th April 2019 and is one of my most anticipated books this month!)