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The story continues in a sweet slow pace developing the characters and relationships with hints of what may come. Abby’s performance at the High School and she proclaims she’s going to be a concert pianist. A closer view at her parents, John her father and particularly her mother Sarah-Marie, reveals there is not much love lost between them with descriptions like their marriage of convenience had marriage vows that ended in a handshake. Her mother vehemently protests Abby’s love for playing the violin for some unknown reason that the reader doesn’t find out about until the very last gut-wrenching pages. So convincing is the writing we ache for Abby when she yearns to get away, determined that her mother’s “colorless life” wouldn’t be hers. As the mother’s resistance surfaces to Abby going away to study under a more experienced teacher, her relationship with Justin blossoms from a kiss, to a grazing of her breast, to the proclamation that he has become “her boyfriend.”
As Abby ages things change not all for the good. Her mother continues to protest her violin playing and when Abby has finally had enough she challenges her mother by playing to her in their kitchen. The outcome is shocking and motivates Abby all the more, to become a concert performer and leave. The conflict is created and the story moves on with the tension rising. More characters are introduced (Jess, the friend, and Clara, the snob, John the teacher, Brown dog, and Matt the love interest and from whom we learn and understand what the clever title of this book is all about, etc.); there are the good guys who support Abby and those creating barriers. Will she overcome the barriers? What choice will she make about her future? And how will it all turn out? The reader will be asking these questions while turning the pages and… No spoilers here. The ending is unexpected right till the last page. Unexpected but satisfying with the reality of the writing.
Reading this story is like reading a diary of a great grandmother I never met. It is so familiar, inviting curiosity into something unfolding to give me an understanding of a person/persons I’ve never met but yet oddly enough really want to get to know. The writing is endearing, and reminiscent of some of the classics (like George Elliot’s “The Mill on the Floss). A well-written prose that does not disappoint.
I’m writing this review immediately after finishing Music From Standing Waves—my mind is racing a million miles a minute. Basically, I can’t promise that this is going to make any sense but I’m going to try my best to explain how much I loved this book.
The moment I opened the e-mail from Johanna, I knew this book was going to be my cup of tea. It’s set half in Queensland, half in my home city of Melbourne. It’s about music. I was completely sold. I’m not a musician myself, but I’ve always loved books about music and art. I’m really interested, and awed, by the dedication needed to succeed. More than that, I love reading about characters with big ambitions, but I’ll go more into that later on in the review.
I loved reading about Melbourne. I’ve only read a few, and so the excitement of actually knowing the streets mentioned hasn’t worn off yet. There’s a part in the book where the characters are walking down Lygon Street, and I could the atmosphere perfectly. I love being able to do that—it makes the story that much more real to me. I don’t know how I would have felt about this story without the familiar setting.
The characters are great. Abby is definitely the one I connect the most with. She’d incredible ambitious, which is something I definitely understand. I might not be into music, but I understand her need to succeed. Just like Abby, I’d never give up my dreams for someone else. I haven’t read about a character that I’ve connected with on that level for a long time—it was very refreshing. She wasn’t without faults, of course. She made some really stupid decisions, but that’s what made her so realistic. I honestly felt like I was reading about a real person. I also really liked Abby’s friendship with Jess. They just had a really great relationship, which I’m always up for in books.
I have to admit, I don’t know a lot about violin, but I think that aspect of it was great. I was never bored by the details we were given, and I could understand what was going on even if I didn’t know the specific pieces. I am actually really interested to look up the pieces Abby played so that I can get a real sense of them. I probably could’ve done it while I was reading the book, but I just couldn’t tear my eyes away from the pages. I even lost track of time, and was incredibly surprised that it was a lot later than I thought it was when I actually finished. I felt like it just flew by so quickly, and I didn’t want it to end at all.
I would definitely recommend to this book to all of you, especially my fellow Melbournians. It’s a really incredible story so I hope some of you will pick it up in the future so we can fangirl together.
Thank you to Johanna for sending me a copy of this beautiful book.
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