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A Thousand Perfect Notes

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?...

Title : A Thousand Perfect Notes
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ISBN : 9781408349908
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 282 pages
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A Thousand Perfect Notes Reviews

  • adaline

    *banging pots together*

    Y'ALL, THE EVER FABULOUS CAIT IS HAVING A BOOK PUBLISHED. I'M SO DAMN EXCITED. ALL HAIL THE QUEEN.

  • ilsa ➹

    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

    original review:


    "If he were a piano, all his strings would have snapped"


    I AM NOT OKAY

    This FREAKING book?! This book?! THIS BOOK . My heart is broken and these are only small tears I'm swallowing down. I feel like my insides have just been ripped out and the air has been stolen from my lungs and someone has taken my soul and has let it crumble because of this book. OH HOLY FRICK.

    "Life is rubbish. It’s cure and unfair and it always kicks the feet out from under you"


    I kind of just stabbed my Kindle, like "why won't you turn to the next page?" but I came to the realisation that I had finished the book...and THERE WAS NOTHING I COULD DO. I... I am deceased.

    MY FEELINGS.

    I was only a little worried that I wouldn't like this because...it's contemporary. But I mean IT'S BY THE QUEEN CAIT, I had to love it. But pffftt, WHY WAS I EVEN SCARED?!? I loved every moment of it, and excuse the pun, it was perfect .

    Okay ENOUGH OF ME BEING A HUGE SLOPPY MESS OF HEARTBROKEN-NESS AND TEARS AND GUSHING, onto the review

    Beck is a precious cinnamon roll and I love him so much omggg. He's grumpy but smol and soft on the inside and asdfghjkl I NEED TO PROTECT HIM. I kind of just wanna give him hot chocolate and cake and a blanket and be like "YOUR DOING AMAZING SWEETIE" because he just deserves everything in this entire world. NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN TO HIM. ever.

    "If people cut him open, they'd never accuse him of being empty"


    But the thing is his mother abuses him. She forces him to play the piano, every day, for excruciating amounts of time. Beck is not allowed a life because he has to practice the piano. He refers to his mother as the Maestro because she's evil and over-powering and watching him suffer was such a heartbreaking experience. I just wanted him to be okay? JUST FOR ONCE. My feels.

    "Music is nothing unless it fills your soul with colour and passion and dreams."


    Beck hates it. Hates playing the same pieces over and over again. He has this music inside of him and he wants to compose HIS OWN MUSIC. But his mother forbids it and forces him to play what SHE wants.There are so many times when I wished death upon Beck's mother. So many times when I just wanted to hug Beck because it wasn't okay.

    And then we have August. I had slight worries it would be “love-interest-saves-you-from-your-abuser tope” or that she'd fall into a “manic pixie girl “stereotype so I was scared. But again, why?? August was amazing and i ADORE HER SO MUCH?!?? She's just so vibrant and full of energy and smiles and her house is basically stuffed with animals and she's just great okay?!! I do not have the words to describe how fantastically AWESOME August is.

    AND BECK AND AUGUST TOGETHER. ASDFGHJKL: LKJHGFDSASDFGHJKL KJHGFD SASDF GHJKLK JHGFDSASDFGHJKL I HAVE NO WORDS I AM NOT OKAY THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL AND MY HEART IS EXPLODING WITH LOVE AND I AM JUST SO FULL OF HAPPINESS AND STARS I AM BURSTING. Agh okay. It's a slow-burn romance and it's cute and awkward and alive and beautiful and perfect and I just can't It is actually painful for me to even talk about them because of THE ENDING. But later. Let me just pretend that they live happily together with eating cakes in strange shops and sharing music together and playing songs for each other on the piano and holding hands and watching the stars and MY. HEART. I SHIP THEM SO WILDLY IT HURTS. My. Emotions.

    "You are worth more than a thousand perfect notes"


    Agh, they're SO INCREDIBLY cute. And I would honestly wholeheartedly read a book about them just being happy cinnamon rolls. PETITION FOR CAIT TO WRITE THIS BOOK PLEASE AND THANKS.

    "I'll write you an entire symphony if you ask."


    And there are snippets of GERMAN in here. His mother speaks German so like there's a few German insults and such and I love it??? If you don't know already, GERMANY IS MY FAVOURITE COUNTRY EVER. Brb, Fangirling forever.

    I love the writing. I love how there are such beautiful lines in here that just give me chills because they're that good. I especially loved the way Beck described how he felt when he played his music. Those experiences and descriptions. DOWNRIGHT BEAUTIFUL.

    And it's SUCH a Cait book?? Not in a bad way, in the best way possible. Like there's CAKE (I mean would it be her book if there wasn't cake) and there's chocolate and there's so much food, MY STOMACH IS RUMBLING. And there's banter and strange parents and such witty lines, I'm falling over in appreciation?

    "Chocolate is a substance worth existing for" THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH ONLY. And I have never read such a relatable sentence: "Pairing? Group projects? Is the world intent of being cruel today?"

    JOEY IS BECK'S LITTLE BROTHER and SHE'S FANTASTIC!! Excuse me while I just fall in love with every single character but she's really something. I love their sibling relationship and she's just so fiery and bubbly and ahhh. She’s annoying and lovable at the same time. Gah, siblings.

    "He's pretty sure glitter is an evil substance that is magnetically attracted to people who hate it most."

    THE ENDING TOOK MY SOUL, CRUSHED IT, PUT IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN, AND THEN LET IT CRUMBLE AGAIN. (view spoiler)

    I have ranted for way too long. I WANT TO GUSH ABOUT THIS BOOK FOREVER. This happily took my expectations and blew them apart because I WASN’T EXPECTING THIS. This book is a book about soft, sweet boys and magical, brave girls and cake and chocolate and hope and escaping and being happy and being trapped and music and pianos and it’s heartbreaking and everything I never knew I needed.

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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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  • Gabriela Paige

    EVERYONE! CAIT AT PAPERFURY IS PUBLISHING HER FIRST BOOK! *SCREAMS*

    UPDATE: OMG!!! NOW THERE IS A GORGEOUS COVER!!! EEP!!!

  • Sky

    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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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