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Unwritten Melody Paperback – July 11, 2017
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About the Author
Tessa Emily Hall spent her teen years writing about an imaginary girl whose life was far more interesting than her own. This resulted in Purple Moon, a 2014 Selah finalist. She is also the Founder and Editor over Pursue Magazine, a magazine that encourages teens to embrace their potential and pursue the impossible. Other than writing, Tessa enjoys making lattes, cuddling with her Teacup Shih-Tzu, decorating her insulin pump, blogging, and acting in Christian films. She's passionate about writing inspirational yet authentic YA fiction and speaking to teens, en-couraging them to pursue their dreams.
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As a musician, the premise interested me greatly--I mean, a songwriter who doesn't play music? I musician who can't write to save his life? It sounded like the perfect story.
And it was! I really loved it! There were just a few things that were slightly unrealistic, but nothing severe enough to make me dislike the book.
If you're looking for a cute, relaxing read, with deep characters and a sweet storyline, look no further!!!
Unwritten Melody introduces Cassie, a sheltered teenager dogged by her dead mother's mysterious past, and James Russo, teenage heart throb and struggling musician with a past of his own. The two team up and create music that neither could do on their own. Despite evil Monica's conniving and Cassie's grandmother's strict rules, Cassie unearths the truth about herself, James, and her mom.
This YA book is an easy read that deals with depression, school drama, and dreams.
Sometimes, the story seemed to get bogged down in back story, and I experienced a tiny bit of whiplash between scenes when time did not pass at the same speed for Cassie and James. I also failed to recognize that Cassie had dealt with depression until halfway through the book. I'm not sure if I just missed that cue. But over all, I did enjoy this book, and I appreciate that the author dealt with hard subjects, such as depression, death, and suicide, while keeping the tone of the book light.
There are some of us at that age that were lucky to take all of our rollercoaster emotional teenage mess, and channel them into something productive. While I can't speak for someone who used athletics as a means of escape, I can say that writing truly helped me.
And this is where I connected with Cassie. She's a goody two shoe - just like I was, and much like all of us at that age, yearned for freedom. I love how Cassie's poetry and snippets of Emily Dickison's poetry is laced in little pieces throughout the book. I can only imagine how Cassie’s sheltered world fed her poetry, and how much her poetry made her feel connected and isolated, at the same time.
I love her. I love the passion brewing underneath her silent resolve. I could feel the anger, the hurt and her wants and needs, when I read her poetry. Poems can say more about who and how a person is, than anything descriptive they tell us.
If I was a teenager, I would call James dreamy - ha! But what a sweet guy to give Cassie pause amid her internal battles.
Tessa Hall takes us back into our high school, teenage drama years but in a sweet, heartfelt tone. I had to stop reading for a bit, as I had become so invested in these two. This book is great for anyone who still haven't quite figured out how to channel something internal into something productive. I'm a firm believer that we all have a story to tell, whether that comes across through our writings, our spoken words, our actions, or the notes we play on a piano.
If we just listen for a moment to the world around us; the silence, the sounds of nature, the tones in people's voices, their footsteps, the breaths we take...... just maybe that Unwritten Melody that we've written in our heart, just may reveal itself.
To say that I was blown away by this book is an understatement. I had heard great things about Tessa's books, but I was not prepared for one that showed both such literary skill and a keen understanding of human nature-one that was totally beyond the author's years. Some sections and quotes were absolutely inspiring and reminded me of questions and situations that even older people experience-not just teens. True love is tested.
From the synopsis: Does breaking free require breaking the rules?
Cassie Gilbert lives every day in the shadows of her deceased mom’s rebellion. But now that she’s seventeen, she finds herself longing to break away from her grandmother’s suffocating rules, experience what it’s like to be a regular teenager, and fulfill her songwriting dreams.
James Russo, former American Spotlight contestant, escapes to small town Willow Creek, SC hoping to flee from his tarnished past. When a school project pairs him with the shy principal’s granddaughter, he’s determined to get to know this Emily-Dickinson-obsessed and typewriter-using girl. His plan? Convince Cassie to co-write songs for his demo album.
As Cassie gets to know James over “project meetings” (more like opportunities to match her lyr-ics with his melodies), she becomes intrigued by his sense of adventure and contagious passion for music. But soon, his past becomes exposed. Cassie’s left to wonder—did she make the same mistake Mom did by falling for the bad boy?
Then, Grandma’s control pushes her over the edge. Cassie must choose between remaining in the chains of yesterday, or delving into her own freedom by completing the melody her mom left behind.
I really, really enjoyed this book. Both James and Cassie were likable, understandable, and completely real. The setting of the book felt real. Descriptions were weaved easily into the story, transporting me into the world of the characters without feeling weighed down by detail. I knew the characters, understood them, felt for them, laughed aloud, and cried for them. The latter was on a plane, and I hope my fellow passengers understood my trauma of being swept away by the beautiful story of James and Cassie.
I will definitely be recommending this to my teenager friends and all those who love a sweet, thought-provoking story.
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Tessa Emily has created a magical story and it's hard not to fall in love with the characters she's created.Read more