Name: Unwritten Melody
Author: Tessa Emily Hall
Summary from the back of the book:
Does breaking free require breaking the rules?
Cassie Gilbert lives every day in the shadows of her deceased mom’s rebellion. But now that she’s seventeen, she finds herself longing to break away from her grandmother’s suffocating rules, experience what it’s like to be a regular teenager, and fulfill her songwriting dreams.
James Russo, former American Spotlight contestant, escapes to small town Willow Creek, SC hoping to flee from his tarnished past. When a school project pairs him with the shy principal’s granddaughter, he’s determined to get to know this Emily-Dickinson-obsessed and typewriter-using girl. His plan? Convince Cassie to co-write songs for his demo album.
As Cassie gets to know James over “project meetings” (more like opportunities to match her lyrics with his melodies), she becomes intrigued by his sense of adventure and contagious passion for music. But soon, his past becomes exposed. Cassie’s left to wonder—did she make the same mistake Mom did by falling for the bad boy?
Then, Grandma’s control pushes her over the edge. Cassie must choose between remaining in the chains of yesterday, or delving into her own freedom by completing the melody her mom left behind.
I’ll start off by saying that I loved this book! It started out so sweet and the character development was great. I quickly became attached to all of the characters. As the book unraveled and the plot thickened I was surprised at how deep it got. I wasn’t expecting that!! But I loved it because my mind loves delving into topics that are difficult to talk about. I won’t go too much into what the book is about but I will say this. It portrayed the love of a parent/grandparent so well. It’s so tough because as a parent, all you want to do is protect your children from harm. However, sometimes keeping them “caged in” can do more harm than good. I’ll stop there because I don’t want to give away any of the book! You’ll have to get it to find out for yourself what happens 😉
Great job, Tessa and thank you so much for sending it to me for review!! I highly recommend that everyone read this.