Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Review: Broken Chords by Barbara Snow Gilbert

Broken Chords by Barbara Snow Gilbert

Synopsis from Goodreads: "Chronicles 17-year-old Clara's struggle to live up to her musical potential yet avoid the pressure of the cutthroat world of young musicians.

Seveven teen-year-old Clara Lorenzo has it all: a great family, friends, Marshall-her love interest waiting in the wings. And to top it all off, she is a brilliant pianist, on her way to a career doing what she loves best.

But does she? Sometimes Clara gets tired of constantly performing. She knows that her ability is more skill than passion. But if she stopped playing, her family would be heartbroken. Marshall would never understand.

Clara must decide whether she can risk giving up a world where her forte is revered for one unfamiliar and uncertain."

My Review:  Broken Chords was a fantastic YA book.  I didn't expect to love it as much as I did, as I don't read  a lot of YA books.  The emotions that Clara feels and the amount of pressure she feels is all too common.  Almost all teens feel the pressure to live up to their parents dreams for them.  Barbara Snow Gilbert did a great job of bringing you a long on Clara's struggles, you not only feel her pain but it reminds you of pain you yourself have felt at one point in time, making it all the more real.  It was a beautifully written book, one that I couldn't put down.

My Rating: I am giving Broken Chords a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag. The characters were very personable and the story line on a whole was very believable.  If you have the chance I urge you to pick this one up!

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