Thursday, May 12, 2011

Review: Sing me to Sleep by Angela Morrison

Sing me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
Published: March 4th, 2010
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 301
Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge
Other: NA
Video review: Youtube
Buy the book: Bookdepository

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.

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.

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.

 Beth has always been an outsider at her school. With her awkward height, thick glasses and facial scars, she's called The Beast and her schoolmates are a constant reminder. She only has one friend, Scott, who sticks with her no matter what. When Beth speaks up in her choir, claiming that she can sing the solo and nailing it, she's named the soloist of her choir and gets the makeover that will change her life. Beth and her choir travel to Switzerland to join a choir competition, where she meets Derek. Derek loves her right away. But when she comes home from the competition, Scott tells her he loves her, and Beth is torn between the two guys.

I decided to pick up this book because I saw someone reviewing it on Youtube. I hadn't heard of it before, even though it's only recently published (2010) and after reading the synopsis, I was curious. Boy, am I glad that I picked this book up.

Morrison does a great job in describing how Beth feels in the beginning of the book. You can feel how insecure she is because everybody tells her she's ugly. I could feel Beth really believed she was ugly. In the first couple of chapters, we also meet Scott. Scott is a sweet guy and Beth's best friend - even though he sometimes hints to something more. He was such a sweet and loving character, and he also tried to protect Beth. He wasn't afraid to speak his mind and I really liked that about him.

Because of Morrison's writing, I was able to really relate to Beth and feel what she was feeling. The insecurity stayed with her after her makeover, and that made it easier to believe that Beth was trying to cope with it. I have to say that I think the transformation was overdone with cosmetic procedures. But overall, I really liked her story and seeing how she developed.

Then there's Derek. Derek is pale and gorgeous, and he loves Beth from the moment he hears her voice. But the closer the two of them get, the further away he seems. I understand why he did what he did, but I think he's an ass (excuse my language) anyway. (Team Scott here from the beginning..) I completely understand why he was acting the way that he did. It's all explained in the book.

I would definitely recommend picking up a copy of this book if you haven't already. It was such a beautiful book, with a heartbreaking story. I would prepare by putting a box of tissues at the ready, because believe me, you're going to need it. I bawled my eyes out for the last 50 - 60 pages.

My overall rating:

Because I love this story. Instantly one of my favorite books of all time. Definitely recommended! (now pick up a copy!!)

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