Book Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes by CG Drews

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews

Posted July 16, 2018 by Amber in Reviews / 9 Comments

A Thousand Perfect Notes

A Thousand Perfect Notes

by C. G. Drews

Publisher: Orchard Books on June 7, 2018
Genre: Contemporary, Music
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★★

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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?


This story is made of heartbreak.

I wasn’t sure what to think of A Thousand Perfect Notes at first.  If you look through all the Goodreads reviews, 85% of them all start the same “AHH THE AMAZING CAIT WROTE THIS BOOK.” It’s really difficult to separate the author and the novel.  Cait has a great sense of humor and her blog posts are a delight.  When you have an author with much love and influence in the blogosphere, it’s difficult to know whether the reviews are coming from fans of A Thousand Perfect Notes or fans of Cait Drews.

I can’t speak for everybody, but I can speak for myself – this book was incredible.

In a far cry from her blog content, A Thousand Perfect Notes is horrifying.  This is a story of intense domestic abuse.  The main character, Beck Keverich, experiences mental and emotional abuse from his manipulative mother, and he is physically beaten on a regular basis.  Cait hold back nothing – your heart will crumble with this story.  You cringe every time Beck walks into his home and you want to scream and cry and pull him out of that terrible place and put him someplace safe and warm.

And yet, through all that darkness, there is some light.  It comes in the form of the quirky foul-mouthed little sister and in the flowing, optimistic August – both of whom I adore with all my heart.  The best parts about A Thousand Perfect Notes are the moments when Beck dares to find the courage in himself.  And the best parts about Cait’s writing is how she doesn’t let it get too cheesy and how the ending isn’t quite the sort of happily ever after you’ve been rooting for.

But it’s enough.

It’s a quick, intense read with characters that bleed off the page and a remarkable debut.  Gut gemacht, Miss Drews.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★
Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★★
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★★

5 Star Rating


A Thousand Perfect Notes Stays On The Shelf

There were points, while I was reading this book, that I thought when I finished with my hardcopy I would send it off to my brother and his girlfriend to read (they both enjoy YA Contemporary) but honestly?  I don’t think I’m ready to let this book out of my sight.  I’m afraid it’s going to get dogeared or broken and poor beck has been through enough.  I just want to keep this novel safe and loved and definitely in my own personal library.  This one stays with me.


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9 responses to “A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews

  1. Yes yes yes yes yes!! I loved this book so much! I’m so glad you did too!
    And I sort of agree, I was nervous starting this book, because I wasn’t entirely sure I trusted the reviews. I love Cait’s blog, but that just made me even more nervous… (because what would I do if I DIDN’T like it?!), so I was very glad to find that the reviews were right, and that the book was amazing.