BW • 6 x 9 • 280 pages
Grades: 9 to 12 / Ages: 14 to 18
978-1-77138-931-0 | Apr 3, 2018
USD $17.99, CAD $18.99
978-1-5253-0042-4 | Apr 3, 2018
USD $10.99, CAD $12.99
“That’s the thing about music, I guess. It begins, it consumes you and then it ends.”
Dominique is a high school junior from a gritty Trenton neighborhood, where she and her mom are barely getting by.
Ben is a musical prodigy from the Upper East Side, a violinist at a top conservatory with obsessive talent and a brilliant future.
When Dom’s class is taken to hear a concert at Carnegie Hall, she expects to be bored out of her mind. But then she sees the boy in the front row playing violin like his life depends on it — and she is transfixed. Posing as an NYU student, Dom sneaks back to New York City to track down Ben Tristan, a magnetic genius who whisks her into a fantasy world of jazz clubs and opera, infatuation and possibility. Each sees something in the other that promises to complete them.
As Dom’s web of lies grows, though, so does Ben’s manic need to conquer Beethoven’s famous Kreutzer Sonata. Ben’s genius, which captivates Dominique, conceals a different kind of struggle, and the challenges of Dom’s life may make it difficult for her to help him.
Alternating perspectives and an unreliable narrator create suspense and momentum, romance and heartbreak. Author Lindsay Champion’s deep roots in theater and music are evident on every page — structured like a sonata with hints of West Side Story, her debut novel hits all the right notes.
“Teens will root for Dom and Ben and won't want to leave these characters.”
— School Library Journal, January 2018
“A miraculous debut.”
— Marc Snetiker, Entertainment Weekly, January 2018
“I’m in love with these characters! You will root for Dominique and Ben like they’re your best friends.”
— Michelle Levy, January 2018
“Big dreams of love and music beat through the heart of this mesmerizing story of two teens taking New York City by storm.”
— Donna Cooner, author of Skinny, January 2018
“Champion, in her debut novel, effectively balances a whirlwind romance with sobering realities …”
— Publishers Weekly, February 2018
“Readers will get lost in the musical romance Champion has created …”
— Booklist, March 2018
“Romance — and a lot more besides.”
— Kirkus Reviews, March 2018
“Champion’s novel serves as a good marker for what a contemporary teen love story should be: entertaining and focused on a broader human betterment …”
— Cleaver Magazine, March 2018
“… readers who like romantic stories of first love will enjoy this book.”
— VOYA Magazine, March 2018
New York City
preparing for the future