Review of All the Wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso

  • Title: All the Wrong Chords
  • Author: Christine Hurley Deriso
  • Publisher: Flux
  • Publication Date: December 12, 2017
  • Pages: 280
  • Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Goodreads Synopsis:

Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy–a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can’t pass on an opportunity like this, and she can’t take her eyes off the band’s hot lead singer either. Is real happiness just around the corner? Or will she always be haunted by her brother’s death?

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ARC of All the Wrong Chords provided through NetGalley for an Honest Review.

All the Wrong Chords is a very interesting story. Scarlett loses her brother to a drug overdose and decides to spend the summer before going off to college with her grandfather. While there she joins a band and finds out some things about herself, her brother, and her feelings for a certain boy.

Scarlett is a great character who goes through a great coming of age journey. For the most part, she knows who she is and is pretty confident with it. Sometimes she questions herself but I think that’s all a part of a coming of age story. Reading about her losing her brother and how she is dealing with his loss is truly touching. For some one who experiences such a strong loss, she does an amazing job of keeping it together. The one thing that stood out the most to me though is that she still has a lot of growing up to do. For someone who is so well put together, she does have her moments of naivety.

Some of the biggest highlights for me were Scarlett’s relationships with her family and friends. It was amazing to see how she could lean on those closest to her. The relationship with her grandfather was great too because they were able to lean on each other. She was his rock as much as he was hers. They didn’t agree on everything but it was the fact that even with their differences they still loved each other deeply. It was beautiful to read.

I won’t lie, I felt like this book had a very slow start. It wasn’t till about half way through that I really started to get into it. Once I hit that half way mark though, I couldn’t put it down. The only other complaint I have is that at that half way mark Scarlett’s feelings start to do a complete one eighty. I enjoyed the change and the direction she was starting to go in, it’s just that it literally happened over night. It felt a little strange for me for Scarlett’s feelings to go from 100 to 0 so quickly. Again though I was happy her feelings were changing. I also felt like this book could have had just a bit more drama in it to spice it up. but that’s just me.

Regardless of those minor issues, it was still a really good book and I would definitely recommend it.

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