A Thousand Perfect Notes
Why hello there! My name is Kendra, I’m That Reader Girl, and today I’m coming at you with a book review for A Thousand Perfect Notes C. G. Drews.
The way this review is organized is in different sections. The first section is for characters. Each Character has his or her own section and description. Then, we have a section for plot. In this section, it explains a little of how the plot went, and why or why no I liked it. This section has all the story’s content. The next section is writing. It discusses my thoughts on the author’s writing style and what I liked about it, and then what I didn’t. The final sections are my favorite and least favorite parts in the book. Of course, these are all my opinions and if you disagree, feel free to tell me! Just please don’t be rude or send hate. I’m trying to radiate positive vibes, and share my opinion.
Now, Spoilers Ahead!!!!
I rated A Thousand Perfect Notes 5 out of 5 stars. I read this book for Booktubeathon 2018, and I am so happy I was able to read it within a day. I wouldn’t have want to put it down if I didn’t have to.
A Thousand Perfect Notes follows our main character Beck who is forced to practice the piano for hours on end due to his harsh mother, the Maestro. He hates the piano with a passion, and only enjoys the music when it’s his own. However, there is no way that he can perform this music with the Maestro’s knowledge. When Beck is assigned to complete a school paper with a young girl, August, he is thrown into a new direction with defiance and determination to do what he wants with his life.
Beck: Beck was a very inspiring character. He struggled through so much and still found it in him to care for his little sister. He could have very easily turned her over to the Maestra, but he refused and tried everything he could to keep his sister from the piano. He was such a strong character to be dealing with this and still refusing to tell anyone about his problems at home. Although he did not think the Maestra was a good person, seemed to understand, or find a reason why he was being punished. It’s all quite sickening. However, I did love Beck’s sense of humor and his devotion to things he loved. Like creating his own music and his younger sister. I think Beck got so much stronger in the book after meeting August. He opened up and I think August was really important in helping him to get out of his situation.
August: August is like to best person in the world. I loved her so much. Her light-heartedness and devotion to helping other was endearing. I so want to be August’s best friend. Although the Maestra said August was just there to “fix a broken toy,” I admired how she wasn’t. I understand honestly where the Maestra was coming from with this statement, considering August’s love of saving animals, but I loved how it wasn’t true. Also, although Beck tried to push August away on countless occasions, she was so strong willed, and I loved how she refused to leave Beck behind or le him fail his paper. One of my favorite things about August was her devotion to doing what she thinks is right. Her humor and ability to brush off Beck’s harsh remarks were hilarious. I think years of working with animals who may have been in the same position helped her with Beck. She is honestly one of the best friends anyone could ask for.
Joey: Joey is a spitfire. She is such a little diva but knows when to pull back if something isn’t right. I love how Joey was a girly-girl, but still was into “guy” things as well. She honestly was such a doll. I think Joy was really important to this story. She wasn’t the main character, but her innocence to the situation with her brother was dire in making sure that Beck had something to lose. Also, she seemed to know a little about what was going on, but not enough to make Beck hide her away to keep her safe. I loved her independent style and how, although Beck was by her side constantly, she was able to make her own decisions. I think Beck may have lived slightly through Joey, as he never got the chance to live his own childhood like she did. I could one day picture Joey rocking out on an electric guitar for some reason.
Maestra: The Maestra… what a poop nugget. Listen, I get it. Your dreams were destroyed because of a stroke and you can no longer play the piano but stop trying to live through your son who clearly wants nothing to do with it. She represented so much lost hope and despair, and her head is so messed up. You have two kids and you think it’s okay to treat them like this. I honestly wonder if Beck would have enjoyed playing the piano more had she not tore anything happy about it out. I think the Maestra honestly is such an awful person, and not just to her children, but to herself. If she had just tried a little harder to pull her life together and practice the piano and regenerate the nerves in her hands, she might have been a much happier person.
I adored the plot of this book. It was so gut-wrenching in all the right ways. Everything that happened in this book was perfect. Although the book seemed to follow along the same plot as Your Lie in April, I loved this so much more. The novel was beyond compare to anything I’ve ever read. Every new line was more remarkable than the last. I loved the way all the characters were introduced and how they influenced the story in their own special way. I think it was so important to have beck play his own piece at the one competition, because it opened doorways for the characters in the future. It wasn’t necessarily the big and aggressive scenes that made the story. It was the small ones, like Beck going to August’s for dinner or August waiting outside of Beck’s house every day before school.
The writing style in this book was amazing. C.G. Drews did a remarkable job of putting together the characters and the plot and the emotions. One of my favorite things about her writing style was the personification of things. The thoughts that the piano really was a monster in that household. Even I feared the piano. Also, the simplicity of the writing. The blandness that was “this is what happens,” but the raw component of the emotions packed in between was so well done.
Although the book wasn’t long, I wanted it to take me longer to get through. I wanted to read more of C.G. Drews in any way possible because it influenced me so much. I wanted to scream at the end because I wanted more.
I’d like to say my favorite part was everything that had to do with August, but that’d be almost the entire book. I think my favorite part was definitely when Beck was taking his “hiatus” from playing the piano and lying in bed, and outside of his house, swinging on the lamp post, was August. Every day. I adored this part because it was so cute and it suddenly made August so much more important to the story.
Least Favorite Part:
I honestly don’t have one. I loved the entire book. I suppose the ending could have had a bit more between August and Beck. I really wanted more between them, but I don’t have much bad to say about the novel.
So thank you all for reading my short review of A Thousand Perfect Notes. This review was written while and after I read the book, so it was all fresh in my mind. If you have any recommendations for how I can improve my reviews, please let me know. I’d love to get better.
After all this, everyone, have a lovely day.
Remember, you are beautifully and wonderfully made.
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