Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat
Release Date: June 16th 2015 by HarperTeen
Genres: Contemporary, Music
When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.
And it isn’t pretty.
Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.
As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.
Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.
I’ve seen dozens of books filed under Realistic Fiction before but only few truly capture the moment of being in the real world. They’ll give you real-life situations but never real-life reactions. But this gem of a book surprised me with its honesty and reality.
Where have I read a book, especially in YA, that tackles the issue of poverty? None. It’s just passed around like a ball with no one ever really shooting it. And I am so glad that I read this book because it gave me a real hard time for a self-check. I should be thankful for what I have because in a blink of an eye, everything might just disappear. Just like what happened to Ivy Emerson.
I thought Ivy was a well-fleshed out character. She was real and her reaction to everything – from the time her father said they were going bankrupt or they had to move to the poorer area of the neighbourhood – was real. Sometimes being real can turn you into a bitch but that’s part of her development and I loved how she grew in the end.
The other characters were also very real. I thought the Lakeside people were chill especially Lennie. I thought he embodied and disproved the true definition of being a bad boy. I also really liked Molly – Ivy’s fellow musician friend. Wished there was more screen time with her though.
The story does end in a hopeful note though rather abrupt for me. (I NEED A NEXT BOOK PLEASE) Don’t miss out on the opportunity to read one of the many worthwhile YA debuts this year. Cannot recommend this enough.