Buddy-Read Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes, C.G Drews

Hi friends! I’m back today with another book review for a wonderful book that’s been around the book blogging community this year and… I’m glad that it was and so, so proud of this book, too, strangely, even if I did not write it. Anyway.

I buddy-read this book with the lovely Tiffany, one of my favorite book bloggers and dear friend, therefore my review will be a little different… filled with her questions that I answered. I hope you’ll enjoy it! Head over to Tiffany’s blog to check out her review and her answers to my questions about the book, too.

There are no spoilers in this review.

1. This book was filled with a range of emotions. What were your feelings while reading? (Describe with GIFs if needed)

It’s so hard to think of A Thousand Perfect Notes, because, well… it kind of hurts. This book made me feel so powerless while reading, while seeing all of the terrible things Beck’s mother did to him mentally, emotionally, physically. Honestly, I felt hurt, powerless, sad, hopeful at times, too, but just. so. very. angry, too.

Don’t get me wrong: this book was a FANTASTIC book and I loved it and, to me, the fact that it managed to give me so many emotions about the characters and what was happening to them, even if it was anger and sadness, just showed how powerful this was.

Accurate depiction of me trying to hold all of my tears and anger inside while reading this book:

2. We learn a lot about the different characters throughout the story. What did you love (or not love) about each person?

  • Beck was a great main character that I just wanted to protect, really. His anger, his hope, his musicality, his work, his exhausted mind and heart and everything else jumped off the page with every interaction with the Maestro and I really liked that. He is such a sweet bean and lovable character.
  • Joey is one adorable little sister I ADORED with all of my heart and wanted to protect and hug all the time. I just loved how she always spoke her mind and how incredible and energetic she was and her big, big adorable heart. I was craving more Beck and Joey scenes.
  • August was a ray of sunshine, filled with originality and little quirks I adored, she was just so much fun to read about and I liked her and the way she cared about Beck a whole lot. I wish we got to know her a bit more deeply, though.
  • The Maestro was terrible, as she should be, I guess? I couldn’t stand her behaviour during the entire story and there were moments where I would have teared up my book (if I were this kind of person), because she annoyed me so. I really liked the glimpses we got at her past and family and own struggles leading her to who she had become, but wished we could have had more on that, too.

3. What did you think of the romance in this book? Do you think it was necessary, or did it complement the story?

I thought that Beck and August’s relationship was well-built and I had such a fun time seeing it develop on the page, too. It’s my favorite kind of romance: slow-burning, slow-building, slowly making you swoon. It was really sweet and made me smile more than once and it didn’t quite overshadow the main point of the story which was with Beck and his mother, something I appreciated a lot. That being said, I don’t feel like it was necessary for it to be a romance? For me, Beck and August could have been friends and it would have been great, too. Let’s be honest though, I’m a marshmallow at heart and I loved that it was a romance.

4. This book definitely doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of violence and obsession over perfection. Why do you think these messages were vital to the characters’ growth and story overall?

I have to say, this book was hard to read at times. Like, really hard and huge trigger warning for domestic abuse -physically and emotionally. Yet, I also feel like it’s so important for these kind of stories to be shared and talked about, even in young adult books and even if they seem a bit harsh to read, because they are part of reality. The author didn’t sugarcoat anything about it and I think that was a good thing, too.

I admired that the main character’s growth felt realistic, given the circumstances and the realities of the story, too. It was realistic from beginning to end and I think that’s important, too.

5. Finally, A Thousand Perfect Notes was written by fellow book blogger, C.G. Drews also known as PaperFury. How does it feel to be able to support a book released by someone in this community?

It feels absolutely thrilling and way too exciting to be able to support a book by a fellow book blogger. I’ve said it before, the book blogging community is my favorite part of blogging and being able to follow the author’s journey as a writer on her blog, to her publication announcement, to holding a book in my hands felt incredibly exciting and so great.

It also feels, well, to be completely honest, hopeful. As someone that’s been… sort of writing, let’s put it that way since I never really feel like a writer, it feels hopeful to imagine that I, too, could make it someday, maybe. Who knows.

Final rating: 4 drops!

Trigger warnings: domestic abuse (physically & emotionally), thoughts of self-harm, starvation & abandonment.

C.G Drews, A Thousand Perfect Notes, Published by Orchard Books, June 7th, 2018.


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?

Did you read A Thousand Perfect Notes? Do you want to?

What’s the latest book that just destroyed all of your emotions? Let me know in comments!




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48 thoughts on “Buddy-Read Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes, C.G Drews

  1. I love book blogger books too. We’re all here because we love writing so it’s great to have something to aspire to.

    This plot sounds amazing but heart breaking. Books like this can be so important though, especially for kids that are going through it. Sometimes it takes someone else showing you what abuse looks like to recognise that it’s happening to you – for so many kids these things just become so normalised, and a huge part of emotional abuse is the abuser making you feel like you can’t trust your own interpretations of events. I want to read this one but I think I’ll have to spend some time preparing myself emotionally!

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    1. Agree! 🙂
      It really is heartbreaking and at times, difficult to read because of the topic but it was ultimately worth it, I really liked it! And I so agree with you, it’s so important to have these kind of stories in the world for teens, too ❤
      I can't wait for you to read it 🙂 thank you so much for your comment!


  2. I loved the format of this review! 😊 I’ve been meaning to pick up this book forever but now I’m nervous because I am fragile and don’t want my heart smashed to pieces. But isn’t that kind of the best part of reading? I love when printed words on a page make you feel so strongly. 💛 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. OH I get that – it is the kind of book you have to be emotionally ready for, but ultimately it is so worth it. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! 🙂
      thank you so, so much Madeline! ❤

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  3. marie your reviews are so thoughtful and well written, how do you do it?? 😭😭 i seriously enjoyed this book so much like beck and joey’s relationship was SO WHOLESOME and sweet (even tho joey is a little scary at times 😂)

    im so proud of cait for being such a well known blogger and publishing her first book, man, what a dream. amazing review 💖💖

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    1. Ahh what, you’re too sweet thank you so much 😭😭
      I LOVED Beck and Joey’s relationship they were adorablee and Joey was so much fun aha I wanted more of her!
      Agree, I’m so happy and proud of her, that is so, so, so, incredible. ❤
      Thank you! ❤

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  4. YAYAYAY! I’m so happy to see your answers to the questions and that we were able to read this book together ❤ It was definitely pretty hard to read at times, and the overall mood left me sometimes really sad too.

    and yes!! You will most definitely make it as a writer, Marie ❤ I have full confidence in you, and if it makes you feel better, you have me guaranteed to by your book (and I'm sure a bunch of other bloggers who love and support you also will ❤ )

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    1. Agree, sometimes it made me so sad to read it, too and I just wanted to protect these characters. ❤ I'm SO happy we got to buddy-read it together and I had a lot of fun answering your questions, I hope we'll do that again 😀

      Aww 😭😭 you're way too sweet, thank you so much for your words, that means a lot 😭

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  5. I like that you did the review for the book with questions posed to each other. That spices things up really nicely 😀 I absolutely agree that it is super thrilling to have someone from the book blogging community release a book that we are able to support. Here’s to hoping that many more get to make that step in the future ❤ (maybe even we ourselves?)

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    1. Agree, it was fun to do a review that way, but it works best when it’s a buddy read of some kind haha 🙂
      Yes, here’s to hoping we’ll get to support more bloggers like Cait going down this path and us someday, too! ❤ ❤
      Thank you! ❤

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    1. Oh I’m sorry you didn’t fall in love with it, but we can’t love everything, can we 🙂
      I heard SO much about Sadie, I’m happy you enjoyed it so much! I haven’t read it yet and don’t know if I ever will because of all the trigger warnings, but I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  6. i’m so glad you enjoyed this! i don’t have much to comment since you’ve seen me scream about this eternally on my blog but i’m so happy that you liked it and cait being an author and a book blogger also gives me a strange hope too. maye i’ll make it one day! and pfft marie we all know ur gonna be on the nyt bestseller list in the future ❤

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    1. I’m so happy I enjoyed this book as well, to be honest I was a little nervous because of the hype, but I ended up really loving it ❤ ❤ and agree, it gives us a lot of hope that it's not impossible to make it there ❤
      (also what you're way too sweet I don't deserve you 😭❤️)


  7. I haven’t read A Thousand Perfect Notes but I’ve heard so many things about it (largely because it was written by a book blogger). They’ve all been amazing things that I’ve heard so one day I’d love to get around to this one myself (I say that about so many books but my TBR list is just too large to get around to everything instantly).
    I love how you’ve written this review, the questions you answered. A Thousand Perfect Notes sounds like a very emotional read, I can’t imagine the domestic violence parts were easy to read without breaking down like in the gif but it sounds like it was well represented and well written too. Also a slow burn romance is the best kind right?! It gives the characters a chance to develop as individuals and I guess friends before the relationship becomes romantic.
    Great review Marie. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Oh I get that, it’s impossible to get to every book right away, even if we would love to! I hope that, whenever you read it, you’ll like it as much as I did 🙂
      It was an emotional read for sure, but it felt realistic, poignant and heartbreaking and I loved it all the more for that, too 🙂
      Thank you so much Beth! ❤

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  8. Marie, I loved this review format. It was interesting seeing the answers for each questions.
    I’m definitely looking forward to read this one. The plot reminded me a lot of A List of Cages, which I read recently, and was also an emotional wreck by the end of it. Both books deal with domestic abuse and great characters, so I think I’ll enjoy this one just as much.
    Also, thanks for leaving the trigger warnings! They’re incredibly helpful and I really wish more people would leave them on their reviews as well.
    Lovely review as always! 💛

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    1. Aww thank you, I’m so happy you liked it ❤
      Now that you mention it, the themes and emotional wreck parts are similar in both books haha. I hope you'll enjoy that one just as much then, it was a heavy read at times, but I loved it 🙂
      Oh thank you, I'm so happy to hear they can be helpful! I'm doing my best to track every trigger I can find, I know how difficult some reads can be, so I think it's important to highlight these things beforehand ❤️
      Thank you so much! ❤️

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  9. I loved this too!
    I was surprised that i even liked Joey, cuz i don’t normally enjoy child characters all that much.
    This book portrayed abuse in such a realistic and honest way, i thought it was really well done.

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  10. I love your review for this, Marie! Such a cool format as well ❤ I haven't read this book yet but I'm really excited to, especially knowing Cait as a blogger! And I love that last question, about supporting a book blogger, and your answer was so sweet. (We all believe in you too, Marie!! 💖)

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    1. Oh thank you so much May, I’m glad you enjoyed it! ❤️ I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it, if you ever get a chance to read it.
      (and you’re way too sweet, that means so much 😭❤️)

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  11. Lovely review, Marie ❤️
    I loved the question and answer approach! This has been on my TBR, I’m glad you loved it because I know I can always trust your reviews.

    It sounds really interesting and like something I would enjoy. I’m happy you loved all the characters – they all sound great. I love a slow-burn romance so that will be right up my alley.

    Hopefully I can read this book this year xx

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  12. This is such a beautiful review, Marie! ❤ I agree with pretty much of all of thoughts. I LIVED for the Beck + Joey scenes, those were everything. *cries* It was just so amazing to see such a lovely sibling relationship! And I also agree that while I ADORED the slow burning romance between Beck and August, I also would have been satisfied if they had just stayed friends (with the hint of maybe something happening in the future). Great post@

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      1. Aww thank you Olivia, so happy you enjoyed it! ❤ I agree that August and Beck could have been friends, with the hint of something more, that could have been great too, but the marshmallow in me is so happy anyway with how it ended up ❤
        Thank you! 🙂

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  13. I’m so glad this was full of emotion- I really need to read this already!! And I really love slow burning relationships as well. I think it’s fantastic to see a book published by a fellow book blogger as well (which is why I immediately bought it- but doesn’t explain why I still haven’t read it lol- again why am I so slow?! 😉 ) Anyway awesome review! Really looking forward to it!

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    1. It’s one of the biggest mysteries, why are we so slow to get to the books we’re anticipating 😂 I hope you’ll get to read that one soon, it really was a GREAT read 😀
      Thank you so, so much for your comment! ❤


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