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Behind the Bars (Music Street Series) Kindle Edition
I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.
Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.
Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.
Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.
When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm.
- ASIN : B077WXFYNL
- Language : English
- File size : 4250 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 301 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 198143111X
- Best Sellers Rank: 170,492 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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5+ “You’re the music” stars!! Hands down my favourite Brittainy Cherry book to date!!! Ms. Cherry really pulled out the big guns with this story - part one was absolutely gut wrenching to read - I had to stop listening to my audiobook at one point as it was too much for my heart to take...but then I put my big girl pants on and soldiered on because I knew that the HEA would be worth all the heartache.
I fell in love with Jasmine and Elliott - I loved that it was them against the rest of the world for the most part. I loved the relationships they had with their family and friends. I enjoyed watching their relationship flourish and grow as teenagers, and then rekindle as adults.
I cried, I swooned and I laughed throughout this story. You will need tissues but the ride that Ms. Cherry takes us on was well worth the years!!
That is all I can say about this book. Buy it and read it, that is all!
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Behind the Bars is a beautiful, heartbreaking yet hopeful YA to NA second chance romance. Now, I am not one to read much YA/NA as I am an old fart and they often feel way to young for me, however Ms Cherry is an exception to that rule. I love everything I have read of hers to date.
Jasmine and Elliott's story is not an easy one. It is dark and full of hurt a lot of the time, however through it all I was full of hope that they would be together.
I hated most of the characters most of the time - not our lovelies, but those around them. I had such visceral reactions to people and things that happen. I was shaking with anger, screaming at my kindle, yelling at the characters.
That, my friends, is one of my signs of a great story.
I loved that this story is set in New Orleans, as I have been there and can picture it as I am reading. I could hear the music, taste the beignets, smell the smells (yes, Bourbon St does have it's own special odour lol).
I was drawn right into this book, from the first word to the last I couldn't put the book down.
I would love to see more of these characters in the future. Please make that happen Ms Cherry.
From this author but definitely not my last
New Orleans is the first time Jasmine felt at home, but her mother drags her away to England and carries on pushing Jasmine into being a pop star, something she doesn’t want. Finally she has enough and goes home to New Orleans.
They both start to live again, and it was lovely to read. There is heartbreak, and then there is Hope and Love. I can’t recommend this enough, but get your hankies out. I can say you will have a smile on your face at the end. This story had heart and a happy ending.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I thought the main thread of 'Behind the Bars', would be music and while it was an essential link, the story was more about life, seeking truth and personal growth. At times, Brittainy’s writing had a lovely, lyrical rhythm which was engaging.
The plot: New Orleanian teen, Jasmine Greene was being groomed by her mother to be a pop diva, but Jasmine's love was for soul music. Seeking her driven and harshly critical mother's approval, Jasmine acquiesced. Her need for her mother's attention became her fixation, for years. Solitary, skinny and awkward Elliot Adams played sax from the heart. He was a sweet, simple and kind boy. At school, he wasn't in with the cool kids, so he was cruely bullied (those scenes were tough to read). The MCs were initially drawn by their passion for music, but there would be consequences for their growing friendship/love. Then, Jasmine's potential career was launched, but sadly, tragedy struck Elliot and he ceased all contact with Jasmine and withdrew. Six years later, Jasmine found him again, but they were both very different people.
The storyline was broken into two parts (past and present) with dual POVs. The strength of the book was the characterisation, imo. It was rich and deeply drawn. The well-developed secondary characters added to the narrative, too (loved Jason, TJ and Ray).
The feel of this emotionally charged book was often raw, yet courageous. But, for me, the weakness was in the plot: the story jumped forward occasionally and at other times, circumstances dragged. In addition, there were a lot of coincidences, even for a book of fiction. Finally, I sometimes found the angst level so high, that the reality factor was diminished (and I just felt down rather than moved). Sorry to express these concerns, as I've read several of Brittainy's previous narratives and loved or liked them very much. I can only suggest readers try 'Behind the Bars' and see what you think.
Top reviews from other countries
It's one of those that will make you think and feel so many emotions.
I loved the shy younger Eli. I just wanted to wrap him up in a hug and never let him go.
He's the shy awkward kid at school that no one pays attention too, unless it's for all the wrong reasons.
The one thing that keeps him going is his love for Jazz music and playing the Saxophone.
I really liked Jasmine, she was a young popular girl that had everything but underneath it all to me she was a lost soul.
I loved how these two kids from different backgrounds just clicked its like they recognized the sadness in the other.
A beautiful story that will break your heart but then piece it back together again.
The story of Jasmine and Elliott was perfection. Their love was truly a diamond in the rough, a light in the dark and a smile through the tears.
Meeting at 16 and being wise beyond their years their souls melded together and despite time, distance and their own personal struggles, their love for one another was always there simmering away.
Brittainy has given us one heck of a love story. With music being at the forefront. I adore the passion and love these two characters had for jazz and how their journey into adulthood made them into the people they became.