Guitar Notes Review


Unfortunately, this book didn’t hit all of the right notes.

Guitar Notes by Mary Amato follows two drastically different high school students as they bond through a shared music room. Lyla is a remarkable cellist destined for greatness, but questions her future after discovering a love of guitar and writing music. Tripp, on the other hand, constantly bickers with his mother who took away his guitar after his grades started slipping.

I picked up Guitar Notes on a whim at my local library because the plot sounded similar to P.S. I Like You by Kasie West which I really enjoyed. Even though I knew this would be slightly different since it sounded like younger YA, I thought it could be a cute and quick read. However, it took a lot for me to finish this book and I found several aspects of this book that I didn’t enjoy.

One aspect of this book that I did enjoy were the two main characters. I think the author did a great job characterizing Tripp and Lyla. While like several other characters in young adult fiction, they did seem realistic and all of their actions were consistent with their characters. As the book suggests in this description, this book is more focused on a friendship than a relationship. While the characters do crush on each other a little, this book is targeted towards younger YA, so the relationship never extends beyond that. I think the book is successful in this aspect, however, readers may be disappointed if they go into this book with different expectations.

I think my largest problem with this book is that many of the plot points were recycled throughout which made the book less interesting and boring as my time went on reading it. For example, the plot focusing on Lyla’s jealous and overbearing best friend or Tripp bickering with his mom about the guitar occurred quite a bit and it grew a tad repetitive. Even though this book is only a little over two hundred pages, it took me almost a week to read. I think I actually read another book in between reading this one because I constantly found myself drifting off and thinking about other things while reading.

My least favorite part about this book would have to be the ending. In the last fifty pages of this book, the plot drastically picks up due to a surprising event. However, this event didn’t really work for me. I felt like the ending didn’t fit the tone of the rest of the book. Additionally, this book was very character-driven, but the ending was completely plot-driven. In the end, I felt disappointed that the problem wasn’t be solved by the main characters’ actions, but a random event. This made the entire book weaker for me.

Overall, Guitar Notes wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read, but I didn’t enjoy it either. Between the slow-moving plot and the random ending, I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. I give Guitar Notes a two out of five stars.

Top Ten Tuesday: Songs That I Wish Were Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is music! I will be choosing ten songs that I wish were books. Here’s my list:

1.) Somebody that I used to Know–Gotye

This song has a creepy edge and I can imagine if this song was a book, it could be about someone getting revenge on an ex.

2.) Yellow Flicker Beat–Lorde

Even though this song was for one of the Hunger Game movies, I always thought it would be the perfect song for a zombie plot. I can just imagine someone slowly going crazy throughout the story until they turn into a zombie at the end.

3.) End of Time–Beyonce

Whenever I hear this song, I think it would be perfect for a fluffy-ish YA book that would be turned into a teen dystopian movie. I see the female heroine walking down the street with stuff blowing up all around. Then. she races into a building to find her love interest tied to a chair or something and she has to make sure she cuts the right wire.

4.) Love is Blindness–Jack White

If there ever was a movie of Dreamland by Sarah Dessen, I can imagine this song being in the trailer.

5.) Don’t by Ed Sheeran

I can also imagine this song becoming a book about someone getting back about their ex, maybe through blackmail.

6.) Addicted to Love–Florence and the Machine

I’ve never read Delirium, but I imagine if this song was a book, it would have a similar plot. Whenever I hear this song, I think of people being forced to stay in a creepy hospital because people think they are crazy because they are in love.

7.) Pompeii by Bastille

I don’t know why so many songs make me think they would be good revenge or zombie books. I think this would also make a great zombie book because “the nothing’s changed at all” makes me think of how so many people mindlessly use technology compared to zombies mindlessly walking down the street.

8.) Some Nights by Fun

I always imagined this as a story of several people in a war-torn country fighting for survival in different ways. I watched the music video right after I wrote this and it is exactly what I pictured!

9.) Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

Whenever I think of this song, I think of the book Blood Red Road. I can imagine this song being made into a book with a similar plot as that book.

10.) Take Me Home by Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha

Whenever I listen to this song, I think about a great and dramatic relationship, like the song suggests. If this was a book, it think it would end with the couple older and finally getting their happily ever after!

What songs do you wish were books?