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Beat Girl Paperback – June 13, 2012
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She must move out of her mother's apartment, but her only option is to move in with her father. Their relationship is estranged, as her father walked out on Heather and her mother many years ago. The blame has remained, though Heather doubts her father feels any guilt.
Regardless of their poor relationship, she has no choice but to live with him, and they try to make it work despite their differences. Heather is very much like her mother, since they were both completely driven by music, and Heather's father seems to disapprove of this. Heather has a half-brother she never had a real relationship with, but learns to live with him and tries to form a friendship between them.
Heather is working on a degree to further her music education, and she also wants desperately to be accepted into Juilliard. She has a strong support system in terms of her friends, namely Amy.
This novel, in a way, is a coming of age story though Heather is not a teenager. She is, however, grieving the loss of her mother and trying to find her way in life. She learns to accept responsibility for herself, and she is lucky enough to find a romantic interest along the way.
This is a solid story, and it's written very well.
A promising pianist Heathers ambition is to study at the Juilliard School in New York. In the meantime she has to temporarily move in with her Dad, Tom, and step brother, Mike.
Heather seems quite immature for a 21 year old and doesn't seem very streetwise for her age.
The book is a love story both about music and people. It's an easy read and is most likely to appeal to a female YA readership.
There is a feature film of the book in the works and it will be interesting to see how the book translates to the big screen.