Release date – 7th June 2018
Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5 but rounding it up because I’m lush)
I absolutely devoured this book, guys and gals – Cait’s writing is addictive. It’s compelling and witty and beautiful. There were a few metaphors that made me pause and actually – gasp! – think about what they meant.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book, only that it was going to be one of those books – the kind that get talked about loads and splashed all over bookstagram, you know? And if you know anything about me, you’ll know that I can’t be left out of anything. If I see a fandom for a book on tumblr or bookstagram with more than five members, I’m totally on it. I’m nosy, can’t be left out of anything, and am a professional bandwagon jumper. It’s on my CV.
I also have a terrible habit of being the very last person to read a book, so I jumped at the chance of reading an ARC of A Thousand Perfect Notes.
And oh, I’m so pleased I did.
Beck has music inside of him; the notes bounce around in his head, but he isn’t allowed to let them out, instead being forced into the piano player that his mother can no longer be. He lives music, can’t quiet the songs in his head, and can’t imagine life without it; but he hates it, hates the practice he needs to do for hours on end and the abuse he suffers for never being enough. He hates the piano, hates his abusive mother, hates his life; his only light is his little sister, Joey. And, eventually, August.
I loved Beck, and I think there’s gonna be a whole lot of love for him coming up. I just wanted to cuddle him. He endures such abuse, both verbal and physical, and it beats him down until he has no self esteem. Cait did such a great job with Beck and his emotions, how conflicting and realistic they are.
Because, yes, he hates his mother – but he also wants her praise.
Yes, he hates the piano – but he also can’t imagine not being able to play again.
And, yes, he wants to push August away – but he also desperately wants a friend.
August was also very sweet, and her banter with Beck and Joey had me grinning like a complete fool. She’s free-spirited, doesn’t wear shoes, has dreadlocks, and kicks boys who harm frogs. And while I did like her, while I was hoping beyond hope that her and Beck would get their happy ending, she was probably my least favourite character out of Beck, Joey and her. I’m not even entirely sure why, she just…didn’t feel quite as realistic to me. Maybe it was because of the fact that Beck and Joey insulted her no end initially, and she still kept following them home. Maybe it’s because she didn’t wear shoes, and that’s just totally baffling to me.
Don’t get me wrong, I liked her, and she did get better as she went on. She just…I just can’t imagine being as cheery as August was all the time.
Now, let’s get to the real star of the show, shall we?
Joey, Beck’s five year old sister who dreamed of being a chef and a mermaid, and who bit her teacher on the nose and got excluded from school. Iconic. Legendary. Joey has blessed us all. She’s a total riot, and I can’t wait for you all to meet her.
The ending of this book probably won’t be for everyone, because it is quite open. I, personally, found it perfect (albeit a little sad) and hopeful. I’m going to make my own ending for this story, an ending in which Beck and August and Joey all live happy, carefree lives.
The ending of this book also explains the title, and it also gave me chills. So there’s that.
*thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the chance to read this book*