Pippa Wyndham is a top cellist―she’d never settle for anything less. Determined to get into the nation’s most prestigious music college, nothing’s going to stand in her way . . . Until her senior year of high school when a new guy from a fancy New York conservatory transfers to her school.
Declan Brogan’s cocky, and he knows how amazing he is at the cello. He has every intention of knocking Pippa out of first chair and showing her who really belongs on top. Forced together when assigned a duet, their personal competition and mutual dislike transform into a teasing friendship.
Torn between her childhood crush and the boy who threatens her dreams, Pippa finds herself at risk of losing her best friend, her future, and the boy who makes her heart melt. Struggling to make things right, Pippa discovers that sometimes the thing you want the most doesn’t always end up being the thing you need.
♦ ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review♦
`Perfect Harmony` just made my list of Best YA Romance Novels 2018!
The cover is what stopped me in my tracks. The synopsis is what sealed the deal. For some odd reason I felt this novel was going to be a winner. And a winner it was!
I won´t bother summing up the story for you because the synopsis reveals more than enough. So, instead, I´ll focus on sharing my emotions and praises.
What I Loved
- The characters. Pippa was a bundle of book Heroine joy. She acted her age, her dialogue was also age appropriate and she´s a cellist. How exciting is that?! She´s a 100% relatable and lovable figure. Declan´s character was made for me. I loved the cocky side of him and the fact that he, too, is a cellist and and and…. He´s just someone I would have chased back in School. * sigh *
- The relationship between the characters. For me, sparks were constantly flying across the pages ( that´s how much energy there was )
- The music. There´s just something magical reading about musicians.
- The pace. Reading this book was hiccup – less ride I fully enjoyed. I didn´t feel bored nor did I come across slower parts that would have pulled the story down.
- The YA angst! Oooh, how I love myself some subtle angst.
- The writing. It´s not everyday I get to read a book that´s very well written.
Although I loved this book it can´t be ignored that there are a few things that others might find challenging.
What Others Might Find Challenging
- The romance. While a romance was definitely there, it wasn´t one in a classical sense. This can be because the story is categorized as YA and therefore not leaning on the heavy romantic side. The focus is on entirely on the romance. It´s divided between love, life and music.
- The story is nothing new. Yes, I hate to say this… I´ve read similar YA romances like this one before.
- The end. Although I´m a fan of the book ending others might not like it.
Personally, I believe`Perfect Harmony` is a perfect harmonious read that touches all the right buttons.
Would I recommend this book? I most certainly would. Anyone looking for a great, cute, light and entertaining Young Adult read will love `Perfect Harmony`.
Would I reread this book? Yes. I would.
The Cover – 5 stars ( The soft colors are eye friendly. The cover art is a total eye – catcher )
The Story – 5 stars ( The story is in all areas well balanced. Loved the romance. Loved the music. Loved loved loved. )
The Characters – 5 stars ( Perfect )
My emotional state after finishing this read – Completely satisfied! 100% happy that I found another 5 star read and a new author I can add to my fav list!
Don´t forget to mark your calendars!