by Mary Amato
Published July 24th 2012 by EgmontUSA
(first published January 1st 2012)
1. A heartwarming story about an unlikely friendship forged between a straight-A, classical musician and a bad-boy guitar player told through notes, lyrics, texts, and narration.
2. On odd days, Tripp Broody use a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.
On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she's trying to become even more perfect–she's already a straight-A studentand an award-wining cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him between the strings of his guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected.
What stars as a series of snippy notes quickly blossoms into the sharing of intrest and secrets and dreams, and the forging of a very unlikely friendship.
Challenging each other to write songs, they begint to connect, even though the circumstances threaten to tear them apart.
From beloved author Mary Amato comes a novel of wits and wisdom, both heartfelt and heartbreaking, about the power of music and the unespected chords that draw us dogether.
The story began with Tripp Broody waking up on the first day of school to find that his mom took away his guitar, so Tripp replaced his mom's coffee powder with dirt as revenge. That same day, Lyla could hear her heart beating abnormally loud, and with it came the thoughts of throwing her cello out the window and it blowing up while she played in her school orchestra.
This book was about friendship, choosing your own path, and...MUSIC! Need I say that I loved it from page 1?
I'm a big fan of paranormal and sci-fi novels, and those usually have 'love at first sight' or 'soul mates'. But this book? I just loved how Ms. Amato didn't do any of those things, and instead, wrote on a different path.
Tripp and Lyla never anything about each other except the other's name. They only knew what they thought they knew by judging the cover. But as the first notes of exchange turned to secret meetings and later on, music writing, they began to notice how off their judgments were, and how much they had in common. Awwwwwwwww, they were just so cute together. I was grinning through the whole book.
But at last, secrets (secret meetings) can not stay a secret forever.
If you've read other reviews of this book, you might have heard about the big, dramatic U-turn in the story that led to the ending. But I will not spoil the story.
In a review that I've read, it said that he/she believed Mary Amato wrote this book with only the ending in mind, and that the story didn't went anywhere in till the ending. But I don't think believe the to be true. Not all friendships have to happen fast, and love shouldn't be at first sight. It should be knowing a person, in and out, and loving them as they are, not thinking someone is cute/hot and want to marry that person for it. If you pay attention, you'll see what this book is about as you read each page and hear the music in each word. All you need is to understand the friendship and music to enjoy this book; after all, not all books are packed with adventures, fighting, guts and glory, and boys like The Hunger Games or Divergent or City of Bones.
Amato didn't wrote only about music; she wrote a story of friendship, in a way everyone can enjoy. I read this book without knowing anything about guitar or cello, yet I enjoyed it more than I thought possible–because I lose patience when I do not understand something. Even if you've never been in the school band/orchestra or played guitar, you'll still love this book.
I recommend Guitar Notes to grade 7 and up, high schoolers, and everyone who has a love for music–even if they don't understand how music works or the history of it.
Mary Amato's website: http://www.maryamato.com/