Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fangirls Spotlight Review: Guitar Notes by Mary Amato (finally!)

This book is part of this months featured Fangirls Spotlight which includes a giveaway where you can enter to win an ebook copy of Guitar Notes and a pre-order for the authors newest book Get Happy.

12951695Guitar Notes
by Mary Amato
Release date: 2012
How I got it - bought it
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link
Buy it: Amazon
Description -

Tripp, who plays guitar only for himself, and Lyla, a cellist whose talent has already made her famous but not happy, form an unlikely friendship when they are forced to share a practice room at their high school.

My Rating: All The Stars! (plus 5)

I'm going to be honest here, this is the fifth time I've read this book, every time I have fallen in love with it all over again and every time I have tried(and failed) to review it. How can I put into words all the feelings this book gives me? How can I explain it's awesomeness in an organized and coherent review and convince all the people to read it, without gushing my heart out and simply babbling on and on? It seems impossible, but I will try.
   The best way I can think of to explain my feelings is by explaining the Thrum Theory, which is a theory the main character, Tripp Broody, explains in this book. In a recent interview I asked the author(Mary Amato) to explain Thrumming to people who haven't read guitar notes and this is what she said:

"Thrumming is the word I use to describe a feeling I get when the vibration of my soul matches the vibration of something I’m experiencing. For example, it might be the vibration of my soul matching the vibration of a song that I’m singing or the vibration that occurs in a dramatic scene of a book that I'm reading or the vibration of the sun in the sunrise I’m seeing or the vibration of a friend’s soul in a heart-to-heart conversation. It’s a moment of connection that brings me to tears."

   Basically, this book makes me Thrum. I connect with this book in every way imaginable and having now read it 5 times I can safely say it is one of my all time favorite books and every time it just gives me all the feels.
   This book at first glance is a fast, fun, heartwarmingly funny fluffy contemporary, but at the same time there are the more serious parts that grab onto your feels and twist and turn them while they try to pull your heart out. Even though this might not be the best contemporary ever or have the sweetest romance or the most heartbreaking message it's stuck with me since the first time I read it, it's the kind of book you want to re-read when your having a bad day. There's no denying that this book has everything I look for in a YA contemporary, great lovable characters, an epic friendship, parts that make me laugh out loud and heart breaking parts that get to me every time I read it even knowing how it ends. It also has songs about friendship and Tell Tale Hearts, Guilt and Bonnie and Clyde, what more could you want?

Let's Talk:

Characters -

Tripp - Tripp is one of my all time favorite characters, I'm a little bit in love with him and he's just awesome. He's funny and quirky, charming and sweet, he calls his mom a termite(which might sound bad but trust me it's adorable), and he has the most epic friendship in YA contemporary history(in my opinion) with Lyla.

Lyla - deep and bottled up, and one of my favorite things about reading this book(every time) is seeing Lyla discover herself and learn to live for her and be her not what everyone else expects her to be. I don't have quiet the same love for Lyla that I do for Tripp(because hello, swoon worthy) but she always gives me all the feels!

Relationships -

Lyla and Tripp - This isn't a story about two strangers bonding over music and falling in love, it's much simpler and much more meaningful than that(though I still love me my romance). It's two strangers meeting and bonding over music and becoming best friends. And while in my mind they definitely end up as something more, I'm glad the book is focused on their friendship because it makes seem so much more...meaningful?(See I told you I would fail at this review!)

Tripp and his mom - Some of my favorite parts in this book(which is basically all of the parts) is Tripp and his mom, all the times he calls her termite, I just can't help, but smile when I think of them.

Music - I think by now it's pretty obvious I love music, I love listening to it, I love discovering new bands, I love going to concerts and I especially love when it is mixed with my other love, books. Having said that whether you share my love of music themed books or not this book is for all fans of contemporary, okay?
Anyways, I love books that have song lyrics and I love every song in this book, it adds a whole new level, a whole new way of seeing and connecting to these characters that you can only get through seeing these song lyrics. Not only the completed song but the bits and pieces they write down that become the song. It's one of my favorite things about this book.

Overall - I'm done trying to explain the pure awesomeness that is this book, I'm just going to say that this is a book that I don't doubt I will be re-reading once a year for the rest of my life. It will always hold a special place in my heart right alongside Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Fangirl. And whether you love YA contemporary or you're simply having a bad day I urge you(read: yell at you until you do it) to pick up this book and read it immediately.

Would I Recommend This? No....YES!!!!
Who To? All the people! (more specifically anyone who read and loved...any contemporary ever.)
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yup!

Don't forget to check out more of this months Fangirls Spotlight and enter the giveaway below!
Also, if you've read/loved Guitar Notes make sure to pick up Get Happy next month!
And let's discuss the awesomeness of this book in the comments, or if you haven't read it let me convince you to in the comments!

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  1. I can't pick one favorite song, but I'll list a couple of my favorite singers instead! I really like Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Billy Joel, and Bruno Mars.