Title: Between the Notes
Author: Sharon Huss Roat
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
Blurb: When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.
And it isn’t pretty.
Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.
As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.
Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.
This is a tricky one to review for me. The MC has tons of issues and does a lot of things that would normally make most of us want to turn another direction. But this is a story about growth. And Ivy’s character definitely goes through a lot of it. She’s grown up looking through a very narrow lens. But then her world is flipped upside down and she’s forced to see things differently. And it’s at the perfect pace. There’s no overnight flip in her character. It’s all very genuine and organic. And for me, I’m a lover of second chances when it comes to genuine change in a person, so I loved this story. I’m a bit bummed for the guy that didn’t get an HEA out of the deal because he is a great guy. But, you don’t feel too bad because he brings it on himself, too. I really would like to see a story for him, though!!
The guy that does ultimately win Ivy’s heart is just quite frankly amazing. His unending patience, understanding, and willingness to overlook all her past prejudices is just beautiful. And there’s Molly. Molly was once in Ivy’s shoes and offers an invaluable friendship. I also enjoyed watching Reesa, Ivy’s best friend, who has to go through her own transformation.
I also want to comment on the dynamics between Ivy’s parents. They are going through some very overwhelming circumstances. They are under tremendous stress and that comes between them at times. But, I still thoroughly enjoyed seeing that at the end of the day, they loved and supported each other, and were willing to sacrifice all their worldly possessions for their family.
While there are a lot of heavy issues dealt with in this book, I appreciated that it never felt heavy. Hope and growth always seemed to be lurking around the corner. I thoroughly enjoyed this. And I would recommend it even for younger teens. 4.5 Stars!