Review: Between The Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

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Title: Between The Notes

Author: Sharon Huss Roat

Publication Date: June 16, 2015

Excerpt from Goodreads:

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 received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

*Warning…Spoilers Ahead*

Ivy Emerson is rich, crazy rich. Then one day, her parents sit her down and tell her they are losing their house. Ivy and her family pack up and move to the other side of town. The part of town she wouldn’t want to be caught dead in. Ivy tells her best friend that she moved, but keeps it a secret from everyone else.

Honestly, I couldn’t stand Ivy for most of this book. Ivy was constantly complaining about their situation, she was constantly worried about what others would think of her, and started dating a gut secretly that her best friend, Reesa, liked. I think that it is silly that her best friend called “gibs” on James, but I was more frustrated at the fact that Ivy never told Ressa that she had a thing for James also. I also could not believe how absolutely rude Ivy was to her new next door neighbor, Lennie. Needless to say, Ivy was a spoiled brat.

It wasn’t until I was towards the end of the book that I began to like Ivy. I was finally beginning to see some major character growth! Ivy begins to realize that life isn’t about how much money you have or who your friends are, but what truly makes you happy. Ivy overcomes her stage fright, starts to make up for her past mistakes, and finally chooses the right guy! I was so proud of Ivy!

If it wasn’t for the major character growth, this book would have a lower rating. The main character really pulls through during the later half of the book. This was such a wonderful book and I am so happy to have read Between The Notes! Be on the lookout for this book soon!

4 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Sharon Huss Roat lives in Delaware with her husband and two kids. When not writing books for young adults, you might find her reading (YA of course), planting vegetables in her backyard garden, or sewing costumes for a school musical. Between The Notes is her first novel.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

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