Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
Good Reads Summary
Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen's whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn't just hot...what if Jeremy is better?
Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can't end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her--and riles her up--like he does. Still, she can't trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what's expected.
Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....
I have got a goofy grin pasted on my face right now because that ending has got me thinking about what could be. It's simply ripe with possibility!
BUT I'm also recalling what I initially felt for Carmen: CONFUSED. I mean, what exactly was the problem here? She had got parents who support her and an actual talent for her passion! But read a bit more, and I saw that getting where she was was not easy especially with a mother who drove her a little too hard and her issues on perfoming on stage. Am I making it so it sounds mundane and basic? It really wasn't either of those, but things did get more exciting and complicated with the entry of Jeremy into her life. It is this same fellow who had me at utterly shocked (and slightly indignant) at one point, only later to have me me at nodding my head in approval.
But other than that open ending, what else did I enjoy? Well, for starters there's an absence of false modesty. Both Carmen and Jeremy knew what they could do and avoided pretending about it. I loved that! But it's the fact that both of them are talented and in the same competition that caused the friction. Note, that I'd normally be put off by the blink-speed rate at which they got together, but I could let that aspect slide because the predicament they found themselves in was a novel one for me. A predicament that hinged on winning the contest because there could only be one winner right? And I seriously doubted that either of them would have taken losing to the other easily. Putting it simply, I wanted to know how things would turn out. Imagine it: They wanted the same thing, but also wanted each other. Could they both get what they wanted?
But I'll never know will I? Because when that thing took place, I was seriously angered! From being interesting and slightly different, VIRTUOSITY took a turn for the overly-dramatic! If that had not taken place, I seriously could have LOVED this book.
Still, I do love how the VIRTUOSITY allows me to come up with my own what could be's.
Thanks Simon &Schuster!