Summary: Ruby isn’t known as just Ruby. She’s known as Ruby Chertok: daughter of a renown composer, a touring pianist, sister to three incredible musically gifted siblings, and future pianist. But after a terrible audition for her father’s musical school, Ruby needs a break from music. But that also means figuring out who she is without music.
Enter Oscar Bell, seventeen year old musical genius with 1.8 million YouTube views of his latest performance. When Oscar comes to live with the Chertoks for the summer and study in NYC, sparks fly between Ruby and Oscar. But can two people trying to figure out themselves figure out how to be together?
My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Jenn Marie Thorne’s The Wrong Side of Right stole my heart in March. That being said, I couldn’t wait to dive into her latest release, Night Music. I devoured this book up over two incredibly beautiful days outside (with plenty of sunburn as a result). How could I not love a summer contemporary set in NYC with such gorgeous writing?
Night Music follows Ruby’s summer in New York City as she tries to figure out a life without music, which is pretty hard when her parents and siblings are all famous classical musicians. Music becomes an even bigger reminder in Ruby’s life when Ruby’s dad takes seventeen-year old music genius Oscar under his wing for the summer.
Night Music blew me away for its amazing writing style. Jenn Marie Thorne’s writing style in the book reminded me of Morgan Matson, but with its own uniqueness. I’ve read books with protagonists who are musicians or have a deep appreciation for music, but this book especially features music, specifically classical music. The only other book I can think of is with a strong classical music presence is Gayle Forman’s If I Stay. Night Music is only told from Ruby’s point of view, which I appreciated because the book’s premise made it sound like it was told from both Ruby and Oscar. In addition, I also didn’t really get the official premise’s rom-com vibes. If I had to summarize Night Music, I would refer to it as a romantic family drama or just a romantic contemporary! Through Jenn Marie Thorne’s writing, readers are able to experience all the layers of Ruby’s life: her relationship with music, her family dynamics, her growing feelings for Oscar, her confusion about what she wants to do with her life, and yes, her feelings towards delicious-sounding French pastries.
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Summary: High school junior Kate Quinn’s life becomes all the more unexpected when she meets her birth father in her aunt and uncle’s living room. In light of her mother’s death, Kate’s year has been a reality that she never thought possible. Not only does Kate have a father, but he happens to be a very powerful senator who running to be the President of the U.S. Suddenly, Kate is moving in with a family she’s never met, joining a political campaign she hardly does anything about, and finding herself in love with a boy everyone tells her she should not be associating with.
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
The Wrong Side of Right is one of those books that I can’t believe didn’t pass through my TBR radar until 2019. I even consider myself to be a connoisseur of my local library’s YA section, where this book has been since 2015! Shoutout to one of my favorite BookTubers, Kristin of Super Space Chick, for sharing this gem in her ContemporaryAThon TBR.
Although I haven’t read too many books that involve the subject, I really enjoy books that feature politics. The Wrong Side of Right reminded of Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything. While Andie gets out of her father’s political spotlight inThe Unexpected Everything, The Wrong Side of Right is quite the opposite, as Kate is thrown into her father’s presidential campaign for the summer.
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