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Fans of music get to inhabit the mind of an artist, to struggle along with her through her process of being and becoming. Beyond the travel-lit dimension of the story, this is the other dimension enfolded within each page. The coming of age story of an artist, I would like to think, being one myself, is ripe with insights into our humanity and what it means to live a life consciously and with passion. Something not everyone achieves. Whether our heroine has something to teach you or just ways of validating your own experiences and lessons learned, it’s a worthwhile read.
Abby’s struggles with her family dynamic, and a mother who vehemently doesn’t want her to pursue her dream, are all too easy to empathize with. On the one hand she sees the price paid by her mother, living a colorless life in a loveless marriage. This is the path of people who settle. But in pursuing her dreams, she risks complete failure, and sacrificing any life at all for her music. At no time is that fear greater than when she actually reaches the music conservatory and realizes what she’s up against.
It’s a story of a teenage girl living in suburban Australia… and hating it. She feels miserable, confined in a tiny community when all she dreams about is becoming a famous violin player and performing with an orchestra in a big city. Despite her mother’s resentment to her music and her teenage best friend turning into her first boyfriend, Justin, reproaching her that she puts her music before everything, Abby’s teacher Andrew keeps pushing her towards her dream, partly because he can recognize her incredible talent and partly because he had to abandon his own career to take care of his new family.
Through a lot of struggle Abby finally gets into the Conservatorium, but now she has to face even a bigger challenge – her own fears, fears that she’s not good enough, that it’s not what she really wanted, fear not to get anywhere and lose everything on her way. But isn’t that what every dream is about, the ultimate sacrifice which one has to make to prove to the world and to oneself that the dream was worth it?
I was biting my nails towards the end of the book, when Abby was asking herself all those questions, and I couldn’t be happier with her decision (which I’m not going to give away). A highly inspiring novel, which I will definitely be re-reading many times.
The tale begins with a little bit of a mystery. Abby disembarking the aircraft and wondering whether to leave her precious violin on board.
This is not a fast paced roller coaster ride but more of an even paced, page by page development of relationships with various character who are introduced and lovingly developed.
I loved the way in which we earn about Abby's inner feelings. She does not want to end up with a life similar to her mother, Sarah Marie, nor does she want anything like her parents' cold marriage.
Not wanting to give too much of the story away, I will leave it there and finish by saying that this was a refreshing, lovely story that will linger with me for a while to come.
Abby is a small town girl with big dreams. In spite of her horrible mother who does everything in her power to stop Abby from reaching her dreams, Abby decides to try her luck and moves to Melbourne. However, the grass rarely is greener on the other side…
This is a gem for young adult readers. Something different… A book that matters… The language is vivid and the writing style easy going. Love for music is leaking through the pages, and you can almost hear the voice of a violin as Abby concentrates on her music. This book has a taste of life in it, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes quality growing up stories or/and books by John Green.
Abby grew up in a small beach town in Australia, spending her childhood years alongside her best friend, Justin. As they grow up, they realise that their interest in one another is more complicated. They have a good chance of starting a beautiful romance, but Justin simply isn’t as mature as Abby and a bit of a jerk. Also, Abby has big plans for her future and thinks that her plans and dreams wouldn’t go hand in hand with Justin’s.
I enjoyed reading this novel very much. The story weaves in different faces of love - being friendship, romance, and love between siblings. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Abby and her brother Nick. I thought her romantic feelings for Justin were very real and I was touched by it. I liked how the author decided to approach that relationship, even in the end. The story really follows Abby as she’s growing up, learning, maturing into a wise, strong woman. Having never been in Australia, I was enticed by the settings. I felt like I’m learning something new about places I’m not familiar with, but would like to visit one day.
The novel managed to surprised me, as there were certain things I didn’t expect to happen. And the fact that it wasn’t predictable was what I liked most about it. I look forward to read more books by this author in the future.
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