Published by Peachtree Publishing Company on September 1, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
A moving story of grief and healing - sure to be a pure joy for any musical theater aficionado.
Nettie Delaney has just been accepted into a prestigious performing arts school--the very same school her superstar mother attended. With her mother's shadow hanging over her, Nettie has her work cut out for her--and everyone is watching. To make matters worse, Nettie hasn't been able to sing a single note since her mother died. Whenever she tries, she just clams up. But if Nettie's going to survive a demanding first year and keep her place in a highly coveted program, she'll have to work through her grief and deliver a showstopper or face expulsion.
All may not be lost, however, when Nettie stumbles upon a mysterious piano player in an empty studio after class. Masked behind a curtain, can Nettie summon the courage to find her voice? Or will the pressure and anxiety of performing come crashing down?
All about finding and raising your voice, and not throwing away your shot, Vanessa Jones's well-crafted journey of grief and healing will pull readers along with its strong narrative voice and satisfying sense of mystery.
Sing Like No One’s Listening is a young adult contemporary by author Vanessa Jones. I really enjoyed the story in Sing Like No One’s Listening. It was an emotional and heartfelt journey, and I really loved getting to know out main character Nettie. If you are a fan of emotional young adult contemporaries, then I think Sing Like No One’s Listening is a good book for you to check out. It releases today.
In Sing Like No One’s Listening we meet our main character Nettie as she is accepted into a prestigious performing arts school. The very same school that her mother once attended. We meet Nettie at a tough transition in her life. Not only is she going to a new school, but she is also still dealing with the loss of her mother. I felt Nettie’s emotions so poignantly throughout the story. Her grief manifested itself in different ways, but one of the most pressing was that it robbed her of her voice. Nettie has been unable to sing since her mother’s death, which is quite problematic when she is attending this school for her singing.
I love an academy school setting because as I have mentioned in past reviews, I think it lends itself well to learn a lot about our main characters. Not only Nettie, but with the other students and the way they all interact. Nettie faces all of her inner demons, but also some drama and hurdles from the other students and some resident mean girls, including a certain piano playing friend/romantic interest (Fletch). I loved Fletch! I thought he was great for Nettie. Everything that Nettie faced at school was important for her journey of healing and growth. I really loved this book. It felt like a warm hug while I was reading it. I wanted to grab Nettie and hug her through her pain, but watching her journey was sad at times, but overall it was really satisfying.
If you are a fan of realistic fiction stories that deal with topics like grief and emotional healing, then I think Sing Like No One’s Listening will be a satisfying read for you. I enjoyed reading Nettie’s story.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- ARC August 2020
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020