I’d been reading and following the author’s blog paperfury.com and loving her posts when I heard about her debut novel. Took me ages to finally read it I have so many books. And…. I should’ve read it sooner! Look at the amazing cover:
Synopsis from GoodReads:
“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?”
Becks mother wants him to be a famous pianist and she pushes him so hard that on the first page he’s fantasises about cutting off his hands. I felt so sorry for Beck because of the way his mother treats him that I could’ve cried. How she could not see how great he is?
I think that C.G.Drews dealt with the issue of abuse very well, showing us the horrors of it but also why his mother is the way she is. Not giving her an excuse but just an explanation. Beck’s inability to seek help is also something that victims do when they are being abused by someone they love.
Beck’s life does start to change when he meets August. August is a happy person and full of energy. Beck doesn’t understand it but I like that about her, that she can be that happy all the time: “he likes her because there’s sunshine in her eyes and she knows the secrets to smiling.”
I was hooked from the start. The style of writing draws you into Beck’s mind whilst also being so full of imagery. I loved the characters and the relationship between Beck, his sister and Beck and August. Beck’s sister is so funny and sweet.
This is a book you could read all at once because you won’t want to stop. I was sad to stop reading and leave the characters behind but the ending felt right. I loved this book.
C.G.Drews has another book out in April ‘The Boy Who Steals Houses’ which I am looking forward to.