The first book I
completed read in 2017 kept me reading so that I wanted to finish it in one sitting. Instead of staying up all night as I wished to do, I relished each scene and word, stretching out my reading to two days. The language is authentic teen speech which resonates for any age.
Have I grabbed your attention? Guitar Notes by Mary Amato begins with a perfect title and cover. Don’t you love language with two meanings? You know this book is about a guitar player, probably a teen, and guitar music has notes. Notes also mean communications between friends. Paper messages, texts, or voice mails can also be short notes between the main characters- one who is almost perfect and one who has no friends. How Amato brings them together over a guitar is masterful.
How do I decide who will want to share this book? A teen, a singer, a parent who needs to understand teen angst? They will all enjoy it!
What a great title to begin my reading challenge of 2017. I will be reading many easy readers and early chapter books for my assigned judging project with CYBILs, helping to choose the best of 2016. Guitar Notes was a delightful start to my reading with a Meaty book offering genuine Language. (Check out the CAMEL reading rating in my previous blogs.) Since Mary Amato is a local author writing about Maryland, this book also fits the setting rating, too. (E=Exceptional time and place)
Happy Reading in 2017! Find your own reading challenge and enjoy every word.