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Sing Me to Sleep Hardcover – March 4, 2010

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Grade 9 Up—This novel is mildly satisfying as a "girl blossoms and meets new boy while leaving behind the faithful childhood friend who has always loved her" story. It has a number of plot threads, most of which are woven deftly together. What makes it different is that the protagonist sings in a girls' youth choir, and a major part of the action takes place at an international competition with an elite boys' choir. Unattractive Beth sings like an angel. When rich Meadow loses her solo to Beth, she magnanimously arranges for Beth to have a makeover that transforms her into a beauty, just before they leave for Switzerland. While there, Beth meets and falls in love with Derek, a member of the Canadian choir (How convenient that she lives so close to the border in Michigan), but it is obvious that there is something he is not telling her. It turns out that he has cystic fibrosis, which alert readers will figure out before it is revealed. The story is sweet, although the scenes in which Beth and Derek are sucking face in a hospital bed while he is catheterized seem a little over-the-top. Buy where the demand for romances is high, or where the choir angle would draw readers.—Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX
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"The Nicholas Sparks-esque ending is sure to leave like-minded readers reaching for their tissues. " --Kirkus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (March 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595142754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595142757
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sing Me to Sleep was heartbreaking, raw, and original. It was a retelling at it's best. Now I haven't seen Beauty and the Beast in a long time, but the connections were definitely there. Beth was made fun to no end, and some of the teasing took an extreme turn, and her nickname was "The Beast". From the first page, Beth's personal look into her life drew me in and I was cringing while Beth held her head high when the bullying got particularly fierce. Beth was a very strong and likable main character. The reader felt for her, and her raw narrative made me like the book that much more. Morrison has a fantastic writing style that doesn't hold back. The descriptions were amazing, and transported me into the book, I could picture everything that was happening. I loved the song lyrics as well, I'm even more impressed by Angela Morrison's writing ability after reading the lyrics! The choirs added so much to the novel, I loved reading about Beth's adventure's with the choir and the girls in the choir.

The romance in Sing Me to Sleep was amazing. Torn between Scott and Derek, Beth is forced to make a choice. I really liked Scott, he loved Beth even when she supposedly looked like "The Beast" and he stuck by her side through all the teasing and tormenting. I also liked Derek, too. He was a real and sweet. I never saw the ending coming, but wow! I cried my eyes out!

There are a lot of tears shed throughout this novel. It's an emotional read, that draws you in and spits you out at the end in complete shock. I've never read anything like Sing Me to Sleep and I'm really looking forward to reading Morrison's debut novel, Taken By Storm, which is eyeing me from my TBR pile right now! I'd highly recommend this book to anyone, but be prepared with a box of tissues!
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*Some Spoilers Ahead*

Sing Me to Sleep started off slow, but the last few chapters were a ride. A ride that had me in tears.

I was bored and anxious for a good part of this book because of Beth and Derek's relationship. (Mostly Beth's attitude). She was super clingy, and also the fact that she felt like she couldn't live without him pissed me off. I hate girls who act as if their world revolves around their relationship.

Reality check: it doesn't.

And then to just throw poor Scott under the bus! He was there for her when no one else was and then once she gets a boyfriend (and some freaking eyeliner), it's like he doesn't even exist. Another thing I dislike that people do in relationships.

Beth was also the most clueless person I have ever read about. Even I picked up on the fact that Derek was sick! (Although, I was surprised about what he had and how that would end.) Furthermore, after Derek died, Beth said something about "leaving me was better" because she was still feeling like she was "The Beast. OH MY GOD! Dude, his death was NOT about you!

Anyways, I went into this book thinking it was about music. It was about way more and made me cry more than I would have liked too.
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An outcast teenage girl, a transformation in appearance (followed by a more important internal change), serious life choices to face, and lots of hormones in a clean romance with tons of heart.
Yes, the misspellings bugged ('nothing to stay' should be 'nothing to Say') but the overall story was amazing. I worried for a while it would glamorize a dependent relationship, but it didn't.
PG-13 for making-out, mild swearing. No sex scenes. Milder than a day in high school, but I wouldn't give to a daughter younger than 17.
Great read! Thank you
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I typically read several books at a time, this time I only read Sing Me To Sleep. I was so lost in the book that I forgot to highlight and bookmark my favorite parts. I have to say this is the second book in my adult life that has made me cry. This is an awesome, awesome book, please take the time to read it.
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No way! ¿Who recommended me to read this book? DEREK! Awww… I cry, I cry too much! No, no, no, there are too many tragedies in life to also read them in a book… Ok, easy July… I did like the book, I did like the moments when Beth and Derek were happy, and when Beth and Scott where happy, I liked the way they fallen in love, the way they met and became friends but, I would have liked a different ending, but then it would have been unfair for Scott…

PS I know this book is based in a true story, and many people wanted to share it, and I respect that but personally, I read to fall in love, to laugh, to dream, not to mourn for a sad ending… (Some will say that it was indeed a happy ending)

SPOILER AHEAD! SPOILER AHEAD! SPOILER AHEAD! SPOILER AHEAD! SPOILER AHEAD! SPOILER AHEAD! SPOILER AHEAD! SPOILER AHEAD! SPOILER AHEAD! SPOILER AHEAD! SPOILER AHEAD! SPOILER AHEAD! SPOILER AHEAD!

I’ll think about Derek and Beth all week, and yes, I went to iTunes to listen the songs, the free bits any way, but honestly, without inhibitions, I did not like the beginning because the main character feels like she is a beast, horrible, awful, etc, etc, there is her friend whom loves her but she doesn’t see it , then the magic comes, the transformation, she leaves her house to go out to sing and there she meets Derek, she loves him, he loves her, but there are secrets and at the end those secrets are unavoidable, I knew what was going to happen to Derek, I felt that something was wrong, so I kept reading and I wanted to dream, to be happier, NOT TO GET DEPRESSED! LOL it is my very honest opinion.
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