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A Thousand Perfect Notes


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A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews
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""Music is nothing unless it fills your soul with colour and pass"
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Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TW: physical violence, psychological abuse, physical abuse, blood, mild swearing.

Beck’s mother, a once famous pianist, lives out her shattered dreams through her son. Crushed by her violence, and forced to play the piano until his hands bleed, Beck is broken – until August comes along.

This is C. G. Drews’ debut novel to the world and holy crap was it phenomenal. I think one of my favourite things about this book is the imagery: it’s very hard to write something “original” but somehow Drews does it. She takes some very abstract ideas and weaves them in perfectly (see quotes below). The characters are so well written – I sympathise with Beck and Joey, I love August for bringing Beck happiness, and I hate the Maestro (his mother) for what she does to her children. The ending was bittersweet and realistic for the world/situation Beck lives in. Like with TBWSH, I desperately want a sequel but I’m also very satisfied with the conclusion to Beck’s story. As for which I prefer – ATPN or TBWSH – I love them both equally and you will never force me to chose!! I genuinely could go on and on about this novel, but instead I’ll finish this review by saying that if you haven’t read ATPN or Drews’ second book – please please go read it now!

“Being a pianist is stitched on his skin, but his bones are tattooed with whispers of you fake, you fake.” –17

“You’re like this overlooked shadow, always in the background, and you made me so curious. And your life obviously isn’t all peach pie and daffodils and I figure that equals a body needing a friend.” –100

“Music is nothing unless it fills your soul with colour and passion and dreams.” –108


An emotionally charged story about the power of dreams, and how passion can turn to obsession. Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music - because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence. When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it? Thrilling and powerfully written, this is an explosive debut for YA readers which tackles the dark topic of domestic abuse in an ultimately hopeful tale.

Author Biography

C.G. Drews lives in Australia with her dog, a piano, and the goal of reading every book in existence. Consequently, her brain has overflowed with words and she spends her days writing novel after novel. She blogs at, never sleeps, and believes in cake for breakfast.
Release date NZ
June 7th, 2018
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Orchard Books
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