A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews is a lot like bittersweet chocolate. There is bitterness at parts that will break your heart, but there is also sweetness at every other part of this page-turning debut novel.
My Rating: Four Perfect Notes out of Five
About the Book
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 I Loved
August, Beck, and Joey are characters that will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading. Characters are what make or break a story for me. In this book, the characters MADE the story. Seriously. Beck, August, and Joey could’ve sat around eating cake and I would have still loved this book.
CAKE CAKE CAKE. How could one not love a book with plenty of cake in it?
The simple moments in this story became rich and beautiful. I love when contemporary authors make real life magical. C.G. Drews did just that. Moments such as playing at an old playground and eating cake became whimsical and sad all at once.
“You are worth more than a thousand perfect notes.”–A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews
August didn’t fix Beck. Too often in fiction, and especially in romance, one character “fixes” the other. This is not the case in A Thousand Perfect Notes. August is always there for Beck, always offering hope and healing. She was there for him and she supported him no matter what.
The musical aspects of the story. If you know me, you know that I am not at all a musical person. I couldn’t sing or play an instrument to save my life. But I do love to listen to music. The music in A Thousand Perfect Notes leaps off the pages and into your ears and soul. I loved that Beck loved to compose music and how music practically flowed through his veins. And it was classical music. I for one enjoy listening to classical music (Handel and Mozart are two of my favorite composers). It was refreshing to find a teenager in fiction who does as well!
What I Didn’t Love
There was a smattering of foul language. Call me a grandma, but I’m not a fan of language in fiction. I feel like it takes more away from the story than it does add to it. The language in this book was mostly in German, but there were some other instances that were in English.
Content Warning: Beck suffers a lot of different kinds of abuse, including physical and mental abuse, at the hands of the Maestro, which is a big part of the story. The author gets into quite a bit of detail about the abuse. Some of the characters mention violence or are violent as well. And there is the bit of language that I mentioned above.
A Thousand Perfect Notes is a book that at times is hard to read because of the abuse Beck suffers, but it is also a book that is hard to put down because of the hope, healing, and love that he finds in a girl named August. For all of you who love vivid and fun characters, Beethoven, cake, and bittersweet stories–this book is most definitely for you.
About the Author
C.G. Drews lives in Australia with her piano and the goal of reading every book in existence. Consequently, her brain has overflowed with words and she spends her days writing novels to make you laugh or cry (or both). She never sleeps and believes in cake for breakfast. She blogs at paperfury.com. Find her on Instagram @paperfury.