Monday, May 3, 2010

Sing Me to Sleep

Title: Sing Me to Sleep

Author: Angela Morrison

Pages: 301

Rating: ****1/2

Beth has always been “The Beast”—that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.


When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.


When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?


The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.

Review: Ah. Maze. Ing. I absolutely LOVED this book. I so wanted to give it five stars! Beautifully written, relatable characters, interesting plot--this book has it all! It is so beautiful, it has joined a very prestigious, small group of books that made me cry (the others being Nory Ryan's Song, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, New Moon, and I think there was another one...can't think of it though!). I will say I predicted Derek's "big secret", and I'm sure most other readers did too.

What kept it a half-star away are two miniscule issues. First, Beth is a bit whiny in the beginning. All she talks about is how ugly she is; she never once compliments something about herself. It got a little annoying; I mean, I'm not drop-dead gorgeous either and I don't go around moping. But it got better. A little cliche on the whole "makeover" bit too, but oh well. My other issue was with the VERY LAST PAGE! I loved the ending, until the very final thing (which I won't reveal). It nearly spoiled the book for me.
In a word, this book is beautiful. Derek and Beth's relationship is enviable of every girl--whirlwind, sweep you off your feet, leave you breathless love. Who doesn't want that? It made me a bit jealous!
A fabulous read. I can tell you right now this book will be on my "Top books of the year" list. READ IT NOW!!!

Recommended for: romance lovers, high school age+

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