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?
A thousand perfect notes is a powerful look at abuse and pressure, and it will make you (hopefully!) feel grateful for what you have.
Beck is very cowered, as a character, and this does make him hard to connect with, but it also felt true to his life. And I loved Joey, she’s an adorable little violent child hehe.
I liked that it dealt with an abusive mother, and how we learn about her. For me, there wasn’t really enough motivation, but the parts with Jan do she’d some light on it all.
August is adorable too – though blimey I wanted her to wear shoes and have warm clothing! Her family and her attitude made me smile.
Overall I did enjoy it, but didn’t fully connect. It’s very powerful in places, and the lack of a happy ending feels very honest. 3.5 stars.
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