June 04, 2018

#ReadByTheSea2018 #BookReview of When the Beat Drops by @heckerbooks @BookSparks #WhenTheBeatDrops

About the Book:

Seventeen-year-old Mira has always danced to her own beat. A music prodigy in a family of athletes, she’d rather play trumpet than party—and with her audition to a prestigious jazz conservatory just around the corner (and her two best friends at music camp without her), she plans to spend the summer focused on jazz and nothing else.

She only goes to the warehouse party in a last-ditch effort to bond with her older sister. Instead, she falls in love with dance music, DJing…and Derek, a gorgeous promoter who thinks he can make her a star. Suddenly trumpet practice and old friendships are taking a backseat to packed dance floors, sun-soaked music festivals, outsized personalities, and endless beats.

But when a devastating tragedy plunges her golden summer into darkness, Mira discovers just how little she knows about her new boyfriend, her old friends, and even her own sister. Music is what brought them together…but will it also tear them apart?

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Contemporary (Music) 
How I Acquired this book: BookSparks
Overall rating: ★★★★★
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About the Author:
Anna Hecker grew up at the dead end of a dirt road in Vermont. She holds an MFA from The New School and spent a decade writing ad copy and chasing beats before returning to fiction, her first love. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and fluffy bundle of glamour, Cat Benatar. Follow her @HeckerBooks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: My little one had a blast with taking the pictures for this one and when I started it I was sucked in for the ride of my life! 

Check out author's other books? Yes
Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions:  Music is one topic that I just LOVE reading about! However, things can go bad very quickly when talking about it in a book.  This one though didn't do that the author did an amazing job with the story, characters, and plot!  This was a well paced story about darker themes, and music so much music! 

This one starts off with a band playing for a class and right then and there you are sucked into the jazz that revolutionized the world of music!  Then spins into something so much more!  Were taking on a journey with a girl who just wanted to play music but is sucked into the party scene with drugs, sex, drinking, and more.  I did like that this book didn't shy away from these. This is one for older teens and I think the author did a great job with dealing with these issues.  

I think a lot of older teens where music is their life will releate to a lot of the characters in this one. Djing is a big thing in this one as well as it just wrapped you in the story. But even if music is not your life this book was still fabulous!  I couldn't put it down and stayed up reading it until 2am when I finished. It was a great coming of age story that I found heartbreaking and uplifiting at times.  

Reading this one you will feel the music! 

Go Into This One Knowing: Substance Abuce, Music, Coming of Age

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