Monday 14 May 2018

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews

Book Title: A Thousand Perfect Notes
Author: C. G. Drews
Genre: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Contemporary (TW: Abuse)
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Source: Review Copy from Netgalley

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.

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Plot: 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?

What did I think?

I don't read as much contemporary or even young adult fiction, as I read adult fantasy, but when I heard about Cait's book I immediately requested a review copy. I read it in one sitting. It is gripping and gut-wrenching.

I really enjoyed my read, but I must point out just how dark this is. A Thousand Perfect Notes is the story of Beck and Beck really hates his life. Beck grew up with an abusive mother. Beck's mother is a monster. She's a human being, broken by life, bitter and sad. I feel sorry for Beck's mother, but that does not change the fact Beck is being abused every single day. The abuse is described in detail by C. G. Drews. The author does not shy away from it, and while I personally think it's handled extremely well, and realistic, I also do think it could be triggering for some.

Beck is a musician, an artist. I fell in love with his character. August is a girl full of life. I was worried she'd be too much and over the top, but it turned out that she's the perfect character to pair Beck with.

The prose is very much Cait, vivid and descriptive. If you read her blog @ Paperfury, you're familiar with her style. Sometimes, I found the metaphors a bit much, but overall I quite enjoyed it.

I recommend A Thousand Perfect Notes to everyone who loves contemporary young adult, or enjoys Cait's blog. Ultimately, it has the most terrifying antagonist/villain, I've ever encountered in YA fiction. Evil Queens have nothing on Beck's mother.


  1. This sounds like it could be a tough read - with it being so unflinching with the abuse. My heart hurts for Beck just reading your review.

  2. The subject matter sounds very hard to read, but the emotional payoff seems worth it. Great review!

  3. This has been on my TBR because I love Cait's blog, but I didn't realise yet it would be so dark. Sounds like a tough read, but still a very emotional one. To keep for when the mood is right :)

  4. Whew, I don't know if I'm ready for the level of detail in this abuse, but I'm thrilled for Cait, that this is a such a good book!

  5. Wow, this sounds like such an intense and dark read and Beck's mother sounds like an absolute nightmare. I'm looking forward to reading it though and am so excited for Cait!

  6. Brilliant review Olivia. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. I agree with most of your points, as you know, and I definitely think fans of Cait will love the book :)