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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez
Pub. Date: October 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Hardcover , 304pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher (ARC)
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—or riles her up—like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes antianxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything onstage, and even sicker of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected.

Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....

With A perfect blend of drama, romance, and music, VIRTUOSITY lulled me into its pages. I enjoyed the whole concept of this book. The characters lived and breathed music and Martinez depicted every emotion in such a way that it was palpable. I felt the intensity of the music and its impact on Carmen’s life; I actually wanted to sit front row and center and experience the music.

Carmen’s lead an interesting life; she’s won a Grammy, and she’s considered one of the best violinists. But with the Guarneri competition looming over her head and the expectations that come with that, Carmen’s not so certain that she can beat the competition. Jeremy King is everything that Carmen is not but he does understand what she’s going through. As their relationship start off as just a curiosity of the competition, things start to change in Carmen’s life. She’s finally decided to stand up for herself and do what she wants no matter the results. I never would have expected this book to play out the way it did but it certainly packed a major punch as to what would become of these talented violinists. This book sheds light on child prodigies and the expectations that come with being the best.

Overall, this book was a nice surprise and a great read if you are a lover of music. I was thoroughly entertained and glad to see that this book was a bit unpredictable. The characters were a joy and the music that lived in their hearts played on to the very end.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


  1. The more I hear about this book, the more I want to read it! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the review!


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