a thousand perfect notes: book review


Title: A Thousand Perfect Notes

Author: C.G Drews

Genre: Contemporary, #LoveOzYA

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Pages: 282

Buy: Book Depository (affiliate), Booktopia

An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

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?

Trigger Warning: Domestic Abuse/Violence

My Review:

(Thank you to Hachette Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! This is no way affects my thoughts or opinions on this book.)

How do I even put my thoughts into coherent words? Honestly, I don’t even know what to say about this book without gushing and being completely useless at speaking. But I feel like that’s a fairly good indicator on whether or not I liked this book.

I freaking loved it.

I went into this story not really knowing what it was about, all I knew was that it was likely to break my heart and make me cry. It most definitely broke my heart, but I never cry whilst reading, though that doesn’t mean I didn’t want to. My heart ACHED for the main character and his little sister. Oh my god, what beautiful characters and I loved seeing such a strong relationship between siblings.

Beck (the main character) was such a sweet, cinnamon bun of a character who I just wanted to hug and protect and hug some more. And just how protective he was of his sister and wanting to make sure she was happy and okay I JUST… HE’S SO PRECIOUS. Their relationship was so cute and fun and it contrasted really well with all the dark, awful themes of domestic abuse throughout the novel.

I also absolutely adored August as a character. She was fun, determined, and so supportive and her and Beck’s friendship was so nice and needed in a story with such dark themes. I was worried at first like I was hoping it wouldn’t turn out to be a ‘love interest/friend saves broken main character!’ trope, and thankfully, it didn’t play out that way.

Honestly, I don’t know what else to say about this beautiful, heartbreaking book. It was an amazing, fast read full of real issues but without being too heavy. It’s definitely not a light, fluffy read, but it has a good balance of dark and light, and it works really well for the story. If you want a book with fun characters, strong relationships, but still serious and hard-hitting than this book is definitely for you. It will break your heart, make it ache, make you smile, make you want to cry, make you angry, make you just want to reach into the pages and hug the characters; It was just such a beautiful novel.


Have you read this stunning book yet? If not, WHY NOT??????? GO READ IT NOW!!!!!!!

Until next time,


5 thoughts on “a thousand perfect notes: book review

  1. It was just amazing! It’s been a while since I’ve cried reading a book but those last few pages, I cried through relief and just being able to release that tension gathered throughout the storyline. The friendship and companionship, it was beautiful to see two characters offering kindness and support with no expectations. I can’t wait to read it again! Beautiful review Dani, really enjoyed it ♥♥♥


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