This week's can't-wait-for-it release is a debut author's book that hits VERY close to home:
Author: Jaye Robin Brown
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected publication: December 9, 2014
Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.
When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.
Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.
If there were ever a book that sounded like it was ripped out of the story of my life, it would probably be this one - like Amber, I was a churchgoer in high school, I sang in a lot of choirs, and I was a SERIOUSLY nerdy good girl. I was also looking to go into music after high school...but some stuff happened with my family and I had to make a choice between going to the school I wanted to go to or going to a school I hadn't even considered going to before.
No regrets, I went to the latter school, and I think it was meant to be - I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have made a very good professional musician (for one thing, I lack the talent to be one!), and I love keeping music as my hobby. But suffice to say, this book is me in a nutshell. And I'm curious to see what similarities and differences there are here.
That was probably more than you needed to know about me! As a more general thing, I LOVE books about musicians and people who are auditioning for things - it's inspiring, and this one sounds like a self-discovery journey that I want to be a part of.
Does NO PLACE TO FALL have similarities to your life? Is this the kind of contemporary book you crave, ones that really relate to your life? Do you like music books? What book are you waiting for this week? Sound off in the comments!