As you may have heard (since I’ve mentioned it once or twice) my debut novel, A Thousand Perfect Notes, is nearly here!
Somehow it’s only 26 days to go?!?? WhEn dID thaT happEN. I swear this has taken forever and absolutely no time at all, which just proves I’m probably a magical writer wizard creature who manipulates time and you should all read my book.
“But, Cait,” you say patiently while building a house out of cake because reading my blog usually gives you that kinda feel, “it’s not here yet so we can’t read it.”
Which is a good point, I’ll give you that. So I’ve very cleverly decided to put together a list of books you can read while you wait! These are a bit like comparative titles too! And they were actually really hard to find because music-themed-books ARE RARE UNICORNS. Clearly I am filling a void here with my book. Someone award me.
Although obvious reminder…my book is still pretty different to these in style/presentation of topics. lol lol. Have you met me. I am always different.
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?
A List of Cages is one of my favourite books of last year! It totally smacked me in the feels which is, obviously, just what all good books are supposed to do. I mean, who is here for happiness?! HA. ADORABLE. Anyway, this one is about Adam (who has ADHD) and Julian (who has dyslexia) and their unlikely friendship coupled with Julian’s very dark secrets of the abuse he suffers at home.
My heart turned into an emotionally damp piece of bread reading this because my book was under contract in early 2017 but still a secret (!!) so it was hard to explain why this book meant a lot to me!! But I definitely think ATPN would get on well with this book.
Starfish is such an incredible book! I don’t even know if I’ve yelled about this one on the blog yet?! Which is a true dire shame, but it is heartwrenching. It’s got such a good representation of social anxiety too (although my book doesn’t, just to clarify!) and it’s also an #ownvoices story about being biracial! Also Kiko is an ARTIST! And my protagonist, Beck, is a PIANIST. So ya know. It works.
This one features a poisonous mother/daughter relationship, while ATPN features a mother/son relationship…both are BAD NEWS. So like read this if you just want to bawl and plot to kidnap characters from their mean authors. *
* um wait…that’s me…
Tell Me Something Real is probably one of the only (!??!) pianist books I’ve read!?? What is this world. I mean apart from Jace from Shadowhunters but I don’t think I could get away with comparing that ahhhh ahha. Ahem. Now this one is actually about a girl who wants to go to the Conservatorium for classical piano, buuut her mum has leukaemia so her attentions are elsewhere. It’s also lots of sibling/sister rep in it! And the romance is so soft™.
ATPN stars two siblings, Beck and his 5yo firecracker of a sister Joey who would probably eat you. So that’s lovely. *
* Also fun fact, I have FIVE siblings and exactly ZERO of them have read my book lol lol sob. They are all for sale.
Someday Somewhere is a newbie debut I just read this year and FUN FACT: this author and I have the same literary agency. Like, isn’t that just super cool!? I didn’t know until I was reading the acknowledgements, and then I geeked out. Like the professional I am. I swear nobody gave me a How To Be An Author handbook so I’m going to continue functioning * as a blogging fangirl. tRY AND STOP ME.
Anyway!! Like my book, this is about that line between being passionate vs obsessed with music. This one deals really heavily (and I thought really well!) with mental illness too. It also has a girl who loves to dance! I do not have that! But I have a girl who loves dogs, so that’s like very very important.
* Looooool. Dubious use of that word
The Dangerous Art of Blending In was soooo good and soooo heartbreaking ASDKFLADSJ I DIDN’T ASK FOR EMOTIONS. Ahem. I only read it earlier this year and was immediately like: “This book should be friends with my book.” Which is weird. But hello. I am a writer.
Anyway, the boy in this book has a most horrible mother + he uses art to escape! In my book, Beck also has a horrible mother, but uses composing music to escape. Although this one also has #ownvoices Greek and queer rep and it’s just so so gooddddd. The cover is covered in sprinkles too, so basically it is a cake! I’m such a fan!
The Raven Cycle is my #1 favourite series of ever AND YOU KNEW I’D SQUEEZE IT ON THIS POST. YOU KNEW IT. Any excuse to remind you to read it, OK?!?! Now my book does not have dead Welsh Kings, magic, cars, friendship squad goals, or even obsessive amounts of yogurt. I know. My book is a complete failure. However Adam Parrish, who has a crappy home life with an awful father and PTSD, is definitely the kind of person my protagonist Beck could relate to.
Minus the magic. I’m sORRY, Beck, I could’ve given you magic and I messed up.
Anyway this is like 78% wishful thinking but I’m putting it on here because no one can STOP ME.
This is the kind of retelling that you might not be able to pick! But my very very first smidges of inspiration did come from making A Thousand Perfect Notes —> a genderbent Cinderella retelling. It did change in rewrites of course, and mutate like the X-Man it should’ve been but wasn’t because no one’s let me write a Wolverine retelling yet (SOMEDAY???) but the thought is there!!
It’s also a little smudge of a retelling of a famous classical composer BUT I SAY NO MORE BECAUSE OF POTENTIAL SPOILERS.