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A Thousand Perfect Notes

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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 moth
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Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 7th 2018 by Orchard Books
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C.G. Drews
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My debut is officially out in the world! (insert endless soft screaming) I'm just so ridiculously happy after spending years working towards this so....OK WOW. Emotions. So many of them. More than 3 for sure.

Also pleeeease remember not to tag/link me to negative reviews! Not expecting everyone to love it, but I don't need to read those reviews. 💛

♪♫♪ Blog post on how I got my agent and book deal with Hachette!
♪♫♪Blog post on me flailing over release day!
♪♫♪ It's available at most online retailers
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ilsa ➹
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SUCH SUBTLE WAYS OF WORLD DOMINATION CAIT

REREAD UPDATE 3/03/18: I only read this last month but guess what! I got a physical copy and accidentally reread the whole thing. Whoops.

Things I noticed in my re-read
-It seemed a lot more fast paced this time
- THERE IS NOT ENOUGH BECK AND AUGUST I AM SORRY THIS IS TORTURE (view spoiler) THEY'RE SO INSUFFERABLY CUTE THOUGH. August calls Beck a marshmallow with a burnt outside!!
-August...is even weirder t
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Hamad
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Music is nothing unless it fills your soul with colour and passion and dreams”

🌟 Drews is one of the best reviewers on GR and that’s why she knows what is the importance of an honest book review. Before reading this I saw many reviews mentioning that they are “biased” because they know the author, that just made me even more critical while reading this!

🌟 A few pages into the book and I was so into the story, the author does not need her status as a best reviewer or anything to succeed because sh
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Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

„No doubt you’ve painted me the monster. Well, fine. I shall be your monster.
But I will also get you into the greatest concert halls in the world, get you the best tutor, make your name be known, make you a famous pianist who will want for nothing.“


Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
When we grow up we have dreams. Dreams of being an artist, an author or a pianist.
We’re dreaming of being the best, the greatest, the most famous.
But sometimes dreams do not come true and some people destroy, forget their dreams.
But
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Sky
Oct 20, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: my-shelf
THE DRAGON QUEEN OF CAKE HAS A BOOK AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED I SQUEALED AND MAY HAVE SCARED AN OLD MAN IN THE PHARMACY.

UPDATE WE HAVE A COVER AND OF COURSE IT’S GORGEOUS WHY IS THIS BOOK NOT OUT YET I NEED IT IMMEDIATELY.
Inge
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you’re thinking, “Oh, I bet A Thousand Perfect Notes is going to be funny because Cait’s blog is funny” then HAHAHA <--- I’m sorry but that was your last laugh. Ever. I hope you enjoyed it. Because this book is 50% heartbreaking and 50% soul destroying and 50% gut wrenching and trust me the math adds up.

Still, as a long-time reader of Paper Fury, I have become familiar with her unique way of writing, and it was fun to find some of those “Caitisms” throughout the story, like:
• cake
• using “
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joanna ☽
"If people cut him open, they'd never accuse him of being empty."

Listen, do you ever finish a book and just stare up at the ceiling, smiling because you just read something so beautiful and simultaneously feeling tears roll down your cheeks because now there is a deep fissure line running through your heart and you don't know if you'll ever be okay again?

this review (and an explanation for my recent absence) can be found here on starburnt reads


I was slightly scared to read A Thousand Perfect N
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Lara (Bookish_turtle)
I AM BASICALLY SCREAMING AS I WRITE THIS REVIEW AND ALSO I AM DEAD INSIDE BECAUSE THIS BOOK KILLED ME, BUT THAT'S FINE... These things happen I guess...

I just want to put in that I had to take my glasses off to read this, because the tears make them foggy and salty and then I can't keep reading. One of the ultimate struggles of having glasses. I'm so thankful that I don't need them for for reading, otherwise I don't even know how it would have been physically possible for me to read this masterp
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destiny ☠ howling libraries
One huge step forward for Cait's world domination plan and I could not be any prouder!
Taneika
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honestly this book was SO GOOD. However I am now a sobbing mess. This book explores abuse, domestic violence and friendship so beautifully and I LOVED all of the characters so freaking much wow (except for Beck’s mother of course). Beck’s little sister was such a joy, August was amazing despite my not understanding HOW she manages to get away with not wearing shoes and Beck. Beck was such a heartbreaking, realistic and beautiful character. I love him
julianna ➹
Oct 20, 2017 marked it as to-read
I (almost) NEVER DO REVIEWS OF BOOKS BEFOREHAND BUT I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK BECAUSE THE QUEEN (CAIT) IS WRITING IT.
emma
Oct 22, 2017 marked it as to-read
QUEEN OF BLOGGING IS PUBLISHING A BOOK. I REPEAT, QUEEN OF BLOGGING IS PUBLISHING A BOOK.

giveittomenow.
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
I am intensely flapping my arms and squawking like a poor abandoned pterodactyl baby at the excitement of actually having been able to read a review copy of A Thousand Perfect Notes! (Thanks for staying with my review after that sentence.) My emotions towards Cait's book can be described roughly as such, starting from when I found out she was publishing a book at all:

- oh wow! Cait is finally publishing one of her books, something I've been asking her about for ages (...WHEN, WHEN, WHEN)

- T
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Gabriela Paige
Oct 20, 2017 marked it as to-read
EVERYONE! CAIT AT PAPERFURY IS PUBLISHING HER FIRST BOOK! *SCREAMS*

UPDATE: OMG!!! NOW THERE IS A GORGEOUS COVER!!! EEP!!!
Emily Mead
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Being in the extremely privileged position of a CP to the glorious CAIT, I have in fact already read and loved this. You all will as well - trust me.
Fuzaila
Feb 18, 2018 marked it as to-read
Update June 8 - I've never been more aware of my country's underdevelopment as when this book got published and I don't have it yet.

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Wait whatt?? Cait has written a book????

Y'all,

CAIT (aka, my favourite book blogger/reader) FROM Paper Fury HAS WRITTEN A BOOK.

Can anyone coach me on how to survive till June???!
Kael
Okay, now that I’ve pulled myself together I can write a proper review for this glorious work of fiction. Although, usually when I love a book this much my “review” is actually just a bunch of incoherent screaming so proceed with caution....

Beck Keverich (the most precious boy in all the world I would die for him ohmagoshndjsksk don’t touch me), is the son of Ida Magdalena Keverich, famous German pianist who, because of health reasons, is no longer able to play. And for as long as Beck can remem
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Alice Cai
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-5-star
4.25*
I thought I wasn't going to like this when I read the first 30 pages, but then the story and characters grew on me.

The first character that grew on me a lot was Joey (Beck's little sister). Aw she's so cute. I was kind of meh on the main character Beck the whole way though because I just wanted him to rebel already. I did think he was going to fight back harder in the end. I feel like Beck didn't really have that much of a personality because he was so clouded with his situation the entire
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Alyssa Carlier
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I only read a draft, and tbh Cait is fantastic so I could be biased. I mean, I haven't used in Goodreads in FOREVER but I just HAVE to review this.

Guys, I don't even like contemporary. But Cait's book is just freaking amazing. It has music! cake (of course)! angst! All the characters were spectacularly, beautifully written. The romance was—to use a writing cliche—like great makeup: hardly noticeable but absolutely stunning. AND THE PLOT AND THE HEARTBREAK. *muffled spoilers* just. re
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Sheharzad ⚘
Oct 20, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-romance
THIS IS CAIT'S BOOK
YA'LL CAIT WROTE THIS
IM SO HAPPY YAAASSSS
gr friends getting published makes my heart CRY skjdhfsdkhfv

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now june 7, 2018 DEFINITELY needs to come faster!!

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this sounds like heartbreak. i'm so ready
@ june 7, 2018 come faster
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

Today, since this is a "let's flail" review, we're going to just discuss the reasons I loved this, because when you're flailing, there are probably not any negatives, right? Right. So, here are some of the reasons that if you haven't already obtained this book (and why haven't you?) you really, really should.

The characters are precious and adorable and believably quirky. Okay, maybe I
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Dannii Elle
Feb 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual rating 3.5/5 stars.

Beck's violent mother stifles his daily live and his creativity. Her imposed rules of piano coming before school, friends, and happiness leads him to feel estranged from his peers and the world at large. But when Beck meets August, he is introduced to a life lead by happiness and is given the option to approach what is missing in his own life, and figure out exactly why.

It is hard to separate a book from its author and my initial interest in this stemmed from the person
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ambsreads
thank you Hachette Australia for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. all thoughts are my own.

Trigger Warnings: physical abuse, emotional abuse, anxiety, depression, PTSD, lack of food, poverty, major injury, graphic violence

YOU CAN ALSO FIND MY REVIEW FOR THIS BOOK OVER ON MY BLOG

I was beyond excited to be able to receive an Australian authors debut novel. I absolutely love supporting other Australian’s and if I was still in high school I definitely would have chosen to do an ana
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Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
Fifteen year old Beck has been playing the piano for as long as he can remember. He longs to play the music he composes in his head, but is forced to play the classics by his violent mother. The more mistakes he makes, the worse the consequences are. As Beck strives for perfection to please his mother, he begins to resent playing the piano all together. 

When Beck is forced to partner with a girl named August for a school project, he is drawn to her eternal optimism, but feels forced to push her
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Maraia
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
**Disclaimer** There's no way to not write a biased review when one of your best friends publishes a book, especially when you first read it way back in the beginning, before it was even a Real Book. So, in my completely biased opinion, I love this book, and I think everyone should read it!

In my less biased opinion, I still love this book. It's darker than I prefer my YA contemporaries, but it also has a lot of heart, and it's nothing if not an emotional roller coaster (i.e. my favorite kind of
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adaline
Oct 20, 2017 marked it as to-read
*banging pots together*
Y'ALL, THE EVER FABULOUS CAIT IS HAVING A BOOK PUBLISHED. I'M SO DAMN EXCITED. ALL HAIL THE QUEEN.
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

Trigger warnings: domestic abuse (physical and emotional), thoughts of self-harm, starvation, child abandonment

This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence, check it out for the full review and author Q&A!

It’s always hard to read a book that you’ve been anticipating for so long, especially one written by one of your friends, but it’s safe to say that A Thousand Perfect notes absolutely and completely took my heart into its cruel, cold hands and crushed it. I
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Lin
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy... I need some time to recover...
lucie
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
ABSOLUTELY HEARTBREAKING!
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pre-read:
If I had birthday between now and June, I'd be willing to skip them just to have this book in my hands already!
I just love the cover and the synopsis so much
Janani
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
‘You are worth more than a thousand perfect notes.’
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WHY AM I THE LAST PERSON ON THIS PLANET TO KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK?

blaming on myself: why i went mia at an unnatural time?

ANYWAY, I'm so ready to be broken and I'm gonna enjoy every minute of it.

I'LL FORGET ABOUT HER EVIL CACKLE WHEN I'M GASPING FOR BREATH.
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C.G. Drews lives in Australia with her piano and the goal of reading every book in existence. Consequently, her brain has overflowed with words and she spends her days writing novels to make you laugh or cry (or both). She never sleeps and believes in cake for breakfast.

She blogs at paperfury.com.
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