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Music in Books

The books in my to read pile  have main characters that are musicians

1. If I Stay- A cellist with a drummer dad and a guitarist boyfriend (who is in a band)

If I Stay- Goodreads.com

If I Stay- Goodreads.com

“On a day that started like any other,

Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she’ll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.”


The Lucy Variations- Goodreads.com

The Lucy Variations- Goodreads.com

Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. The right people knew her name, her performances were booked months in advance, and her future seemed certain.

That was all before she turned fourteen.

Now, at sixteen, it’s over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. That leaves her talented ten-year-old brother, Gus, to shoulder the full weight of the Beck-Moreau family expectations. Then Gus gets a new piano teacher who is young, kind, and interested in helping Lucy rekindle her love of piano — on her own terms. But when you’re used to performing for sold-out audiences and world-famous critics, can you ever learn to play just for yourself?

The Lucy Variations is a story of one girl’s struggle to reclaim her love of music and herself. It’s about finding joy again, even when things don’t go according to plan. Because life isn’t a performance, and everyone deserves the chance to make a few mistakes along the way


This book was on my to-read pile (even marked on goodreads) and when I saw this book review and trailer   I started reading it last night (a quick read) and then I borrowed the sequel “Where She Went” from the library the moment I was done with the first book and yes I really want to see the movie.  I relate a lot to the love of/for music in this book.

The movie isn’t for a while yet (August) and I don’t know how it will compare to the book. Right now, the book will have to do.


Aside: Even though I play an instrument, I have never written about a character that’s a musician or a writer or an engineer? Do you write characters that have similar hobbies, interests and occupations to you?





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