Saturday, June 8, 2019

Book Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

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Goodreads Summary:

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?

Language: ✩✩✩✩  There's one s-word and maybe some mild swearing in German. (I wouldn't know because I don't know any German.)

Abuse: ✩✩✩ This book is heavy on the abuse, both physical and verbal, but it's all put in a very bad light. In fact, the abuse is central to the story and its theme. The 3-star rating is a trigger warning in case abuse is something you know wouldn't be good for you to read about right now - again, A Thousand Perfect Notes does not shy away from this topic. If you want a good example of abuse handled well in YA fiction, though, this book is it!

Lust: ✩✩✩✩✩  Expect non-vulgar attraction between two characters that is SUPER clean and sweet. <3

Content review: ✩✩✩✩🟉(4 1/2 stars)

Personal review: ✩✩✩✩

If I had to describe this book in three words, they would be POOR PRECIOUS BECK.

There are a lot of books out there with male protagonists - and fantastic male protagonists at that - but I don't know if I've felt for one as deeply as I felt for Beck Keverich while reading this book. He is SUCH a well-developed, beautiful character with so much hurt and brokenness and love and passion brimming in his soul.




All the characters were fabulous, in fact - either fabulous in general, like Joey and August (<333), or just fabulously developed, like the Maestro (who was terrifying).

A Thousand Perfect Notes made me grin hugely, smile softly, and cover my mouth in a mix of horror, sadness, and anticipation. My feels were EVERYWHERE.

Have you read this book? Do you want to? ;D Comment below! And you can check out A Thousand Perfect Notes on Goodreads HERE.

Fight on, rebels.


  1. I LOOOOOOVE this book! <3 And I completely agree with your assessment. Poor Precious Beck *sobs*

    1. ME TOOOOOO!

      He's so precious. *sobs with you*

  2. Ah, now I really, really, want to read this! Great review, Lila!

  3. THIS book. And your three words. Yes, love this book so much. And yeah, most of those German cuss words were basically our equivalent for swearing by God's name, so they weren't the best ;p

    1. I know, right?! And ugh, that's unfortunate. It's soooo hard to avoid nowadays... :P

  4. I LOVE ALL OF CAIT'S BOOKS!! And yes, my heart just about broke for Beck. *cries for him*

    1. I STILL NEED TO READ THE BOY WHO STEALS HOUSES! But I do love this book. <333 My heart broke for Beck too. *much crying*

  5. I want to read this book soo badly<3 <3

  6. I've been wanting to read this book for so long!

  7. This is still on my TBR! Although my library just ordered The Boy Who Steals Houses so I am excited for that!