It is book review time! Whoop, whoop! This week it is the turn of a book that I received in an Illumicrate box a few months ago, and that book is, A Thousand Perfect Notes by C G Drews. So let’s do this.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I honestly cannot make up my mind about it. some parts of it I really enjoyed, other parts I really didn’t. But I can’t quiet put my finger on how I felt about it in general. Was it good? Was it bad? Why didn’t I love it?
I think the main reason why I didn’t love this book is because elements of it seemed a bit unrealistic. For instance, the fact that no one questioned what was going on or gave a shit about it. this book is set now and nowhere would Beck’s treatment go unnoticed. It just isn’t plausible. Even in the most impoverished areas, this would not go completely ignored. It just wouldn’t. The school would step in or the preschool at the very least. This level of mistreatment would not go ignored. I mean at one point in the story the emergency services are involved, and yet things still go unreported. This just is not realistic. When the abuse is that noticeable, it doesn’t go unnoticed and wouldn’t be ignored. It just wouldn’t be.
If I ignored that fact (sorry that that turned into a bit of a rant) I did enjoy some of the elements of the story. I was pleased to see abuse being depicted in a YA book as that doesn’t actually happen that often and rarely happens to male characters. And I was pleased to see how well it was depicted. It wasn’t easy to read but it is an important topic that doesn’t really get covered in literature very often. It was also nice to see a book that focused so much around the piano. Not a lot of books focus on music and when they do they focus on bands or a character with a guitar. It is very a piano. So as someone who used to play piano as a child it was nice to witness a book focus on the instrument, even if it wasn’t in the most positive way.
I also found myself smiling a couple of times at the humour in this book, although those where very rare moments in the story. I will admit that I did really struggle to feel anything for the characters which I completely ridicules. this book should have made my heart wrench and given me all the feels. Made me want to fight for Beck and to save him from this world. But in reality I didn’t really feel anything for him. he just didn’t feel like a real character and I completely failed to connect with him.
As you can see, I have very mixed feelings about this book and conflicting ideas. For me this was an okay read, but wasn’t anything to write home about. I may give C G Drews second book a read when it comes out as I did like the writing, but I am not sure yet.
3 out of 5
And there we go. Have you read A Thousand Perfect Notes yet? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.