Thursday, August 18, 2011
Sing Me To Sleep by Angela Morrison
Good Reads Summary
Beth has always been "The Beast" - that's what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth's only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she's selected to be her choir's soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.
THE LOVE AFFAIR
When Beth's choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek's untethered passion - for music, and for Beth - leaves her breathless. Because in Derek's eyes? She's not The Beast, she's The Beauty.
THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE
When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?
The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek's been hiding a dark secret from her ...one that could shatter everything.
Sing Me to Sleep is very emotional but sometimes overly so. And being perfectly honest, the story should read hokey, in a soap opera over the top kind of way. Take each element on it's own and everything could have become too much. There's a make over, a boy who's special for reasons unknown, and a love that starts in another country. Then there's another boy pining over his bestfriend. And bullies!!! But I suppose this is my kind of drama because enjoyed it and am not even embarrased to having cried twice: once when he was explaining what was and the other when she finally sang him her song. Thinking about those moments have me teary eyed again! Anyway, this is my kind of drama; I'd much rather have a girl who feels, and feels deeply over a girl who's caught in a triangle. Or even a boy who isn't so perfect, in his secrecy and wanting to keep his realities separate.
That it's told in her POV added a bit more to me liking this book. Her voice is crystal... I got what she felt. I felt her frustration over Derek, but I also understood why she felt so deeply for him. But she confused me a little too, I know she'd been isolated and was unpracticed in the how-to's of boy's and girl's, but that she'd jump to conclusions and make all these theories had me chuckling and head desking too. So she frustrated me with her naivette. But her loyalty and passion had me reading on.
And speak of frustration, oh my... Derek could be so frustrating but a lot of the drama came in because of him. I loved that he wanted her separate despite knowing full well that doing so would be impossible. My curiosity was piqued even more given his reactions to Scott. Derek is so far from perfect but there's simply something about him that I can't get over.
Then Scott. Talk of loyalty I was relieved to see some real reactions fom him. While his loyalty was heartwarming his reactions close to the end of the book made him more plausible.
There's a lot of drama and emotion in this once, but given the simple way it's told as well as the little bonuses of lyrics, well, I loved it.