A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES
published 7th of June, 2018 with Orchard / Hachette Children’s UK
Beck lives for one thing: music. But it’s not his choice. His mother, a once famous pianist, is determined to live out her shattered dreams through her son. The tyranny of her passion rains down on Beck in a torrent of violent words and blows. Isolated from the world, he is the ghost of a boy – until August comes along.
August, with her bare feet and her blue-doodled hands, her eyes as complicated as the ocean. August, fiercely protective of those in need.
As Beck’s own music swells inside him, can August help him unlock it and say all the things he’s never said?
what people are saying…
…shocking, but ultimately hopeful, tale.
What an incredible book, truly magnificent – and it’s fantastic to see YA discussing issues it seems to have shied away from in recent years.
Viscerally violent from the opening sentence, authentically raw, and painful to read at times, this is a superbly told, emotionally charged story of obsession, abuse and the wonderful, terrible power of music both to destroy and, ultimately, to redeem.
Moving and hopeful and completely brilliant – this is a fantastic debut and I can’t wait to see more from C. G. Drews.
Music and its transformative power. First love and its intense sweetness. Domestic violence and its pernicious enforcing of secrets. How does one create a magical and powerful story from such disparate ingredients? Well, read on. A Thousand Perfect Notes is a read of great intensity on multiple levels.
…it’s heartbreaking and everything I never knew I needed.
A Thousand Perfect Notes can only be described as utterly disheartening and powerful. […] I can’t wait to read more of what C.G. Drews has up her sleeve.
This is a gripping story […] Please go out and buy this if you can. It is so heartbreakingly wonderful.
…it is hard-hitting at times, but it is also full of hope, possibility and determination and it will have you flinching, crying, holding your breath and rushing to turn the page.
…this was just flawless. It really outlined so many issues; physical and mental abuse, but the themes of hope balanced it perfectly.
A Thousand Perfect Notes takes a searingly powerful look at the theme of parental obsession… The book’s final notes will linger in the air long after the last page has been turned.