A heartwarming story about an unlikely friendship forged between a straight-A, classical musician and a bad-boy guitar player told through notes, lyrics, texts, and narration.
Awww such an amazing story. I simply wanted it to go on and on and on. :D
Guitar Notes starts with the beginning of the school year where we meet our lead characters Lyla (Ms.Even) and Tripp (Mr.Odd). These two couldn't be more different but find themselves coming together on the basis of their love for music.
Tripp and Lyla are such well thought out and admirable teen characters. Lyla begins our story laying in bed almost paralyzed with the fear and stress that comes from having to be perfect, and she quite literally begins to blossom as she sets aside that which has been pressed upon her and embraces that which speaks to her soul. And Tripp is a charismatic young man with deep thoughts about life and music, yet he has a fun, snarky, sarcastic wit (It was hilarious how he refers to his mother as The Termite in his head).
Tripp and Lyla develop a slow building, intimate friendship and musical partnership that may or may not eventually develop into something more, and that something more doesn't matter. This is just truly a beautiful friendship and musical partnership. In ways they save each other, but they are also saving themselves by being true to themselves as they learn to be honest with one another through their music.
Guitar Notes was a refreshing and uplifting read. At the end, I felt satisfied and inspired and just moved. Guitar Notes by Mary Amato gets without a doubt 5 out of 5 stars.
“Her checkbook catches his eye. He takes it and hides it in the back of the freezer, underneath a bag of frozen lima beans. If she can freeze his account, he can freeze hers.”
“They were lucky to find each other. Nobody could take that away.”