The piano is Beck's obsession, and his curse. When he's paired with August for a school assignment, he finds it impossible to keep up the walls he's erected around himself and his home life.
Beck's mother, termed the Maestro, is physically and emotionally abusive, forcing him to play Chopin for hours and putting his playing above school, friendships, and even his health. Through his friendship with August, Beck discovers that there is more to life, but how can he convince the Maestro of this?
Drews handles a difficult subject well in this heartbreaking, but ultimately satisfying, debut.
Content warning: physical and emotional abuse, self harm ideation.
This book is incredible, by page 13 it had me sobbing. The writing style is so easy to read, it flows elegently like Becks music.
The psychological elements to this novel will keep you thinking long after you turn the final page. This book stays with you, makes you think. I love that about it. I love that Drews hasn't shied away from writing the hard stuff, that it is all represented within this book.
This book is raw, gritty, honest, heart breaking and uplifting. Definitely one of my favourite reads of 2018.
Everyone needs to read this book at some stage of their life. It will ruin you but you will love it
All Beck has ever known is the piano. Ever since his mother had a stroke and can no longer perform, she has been living through him. Day in, day out, all his spare time is spent practicing. Learning the notes. Perfecting the pieces. All for her. Until he meets August. And she changes everything.
Can she save the music that he has hidden away?
As a musician and a music teacher, this book made me angry. The way his mother treats him. Forces him to practice, it made me so angry. I felt so sorry for Beck. But I was hooked. I had to know if he managed to get his music out. I had to know what happened. It was so well written and made you fall in love with Beck.