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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Beactive Books (June 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956750036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956750037
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,398,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jasmina Kallay is a novelist, screenwriter and transmedia consultant. Her vision of the future of storytelling is that of a sprawling, multi-platform fictional universe. In 2012, Jasmina wrote the EMMY-nominated BEAT GIRL, a YA novel which was turned into a webseries, a TV series, and a feature film. She has adapted her doctoral research into 'Gaming Film', which looks at the impact gaming has had on contemporary cinema. Jasmina has a number of scripts in development, mainly in the crime/thriller genre, and in April 2014 she has launched the first installment in her teen-noir detective Madison MacLane series, called TWEET ME DEADLY.

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I hope Jasmina will write more books because I am definitely a huge fan!
mariey
Like any readers (including me) who have experienced profound grief and loss, we often look to escape and do something that makes us forget our pain.
W. Michaels
Toby introduces her to a new kind of music and the life of becoming a DJ for dance music.
Michelle

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By mariey on June 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely love this book! You immediately are drawn into Heather's world and her incredible story beginning with her mother's death. Her decisions in this pivotal time will decide her future endeavors and she must decide where her priorities lie. The characters in this book are fantastically written and each character plays such a vital role that you love each one of them. I hope Jasmina will write more books because I am definitely a huge fan!
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Format: Paperback
This book is about dreams, conflicts and relationship issues in a young woman's life and how she resolves them. Heather, the main character in the novel, is a young woman who dreams of attending the renowned Juilliard school to train as a classical pianist. However, her dream is sidelined when her mother passes away and she has to live with her estranged father and deal with the awkwardness of that relationship. Then she meets and has an attraction to a guy who owns a record store which pulls her in a completely different musical direction, to the club scene, dance music and DJ-ing. Like any readers (including me) who have experienced profound grief and loss, we often look to escape and do something that makes us forget our pain. The "beats", the dance music, bring Heather further away from her dream of attending Juilliard and further into the club and DJ world. Heather is not just written into life by the author, but painted in shades of emotions and feelings, she comes to life on every page and I felt very drawn to her story and how she would resolve her conflicts and issues and what she would do about her musical dream. You'll just have to read the book to see how Heather reconciles her dreams and relationships in her life. A very beautiful story.
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Format: Kindle Edition
When Heather's mother dies, her life is turned upside down. She quickly learns that her mother left no estate, not even a dime, and because Heather is a graduate student with little free time, she doesn't have the option of finding a job in order to support herself.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Heather is grieving after the death of her mother. We first meet the 21 year old musician at the funeral. Her mother's death leaves her feeling alone and also penniless in London, with only her estranged father to turn too.

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.
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Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It really hits the heart. The main character, Heather, grew up always wanting to become a musician. But, when her mother dies, her musical career is put on hold. Before her mother died, she always wanted to go to Julliard and become a classical pianist. But, when she meets Toby, her entire world gets flipped around. Toby introduces her to a new kind of music and the life of becoming a DJ for dance music. When her audition approaches for Julliard, she must now face the decision of her new-found love of dance music or becoming a classical pianist. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who is into music and, like me, has had to make very tough choices in what career to choose, especially when family is involved. Give this book a try, you will not be disappointed!
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