Dominique is a high school junior from a gritty neighborhood in Trenton, where she and her mom are barely getting by.
Ben is a musical prodigy from the Upper East Side, a violinist at a top conservatory with obsessive talent and a brilliant future.
When Dom's class is taken to hear a concert at Carnegie Hall, she expects to be bored out of her mind. But then she sees the boy in the front row playing violin like his life depends on it and she is transfixed.
Posing as an NYU student, Dom sneaks back to New York City to track down Ben Tristan, a magnetic genius who whisks her into a fantasy world of jazz clubs and opera, infatuation and possibility. Each sees something in the other that promises to complete them.
As Dom's web of lies grows, though, so does Ben's overwhelming need to conquer Beethoven's famous Kreutzer Sonata. But Ben's genius, which captivates Dominique, conceals a secret that may tear them apart. Alternating perspectives create suspense and momentum, romance and heartbreak. Author Lindsay Champion's deep roots in theater and music are evident on every page structured like a sonata with hints of West Side Story, her debut novel hits all the right notes.
|Publisher:||Kids Can Press, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Lindsay is a YA author living in the best place on earth, New York City. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she spent most of her time doing high kicks and eating falafel. After a stint as a closed caption writer, she served as the Features Editor at Broadway.com, where she managed to interview her celebrity crushes Paul Rudd, Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal without fainting or peeing her pants. She is the Food and Wellness Director for the digital media company PureWow, mostly for the snacks. Someday, Somewhere is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A lovely debut novel by Lindsay Champion. I loved her writing and even though there were parts in the story I'm not usually a fan of, I still enjoyed the book much more than I expected to. It was sweet, fast paced and filled with music and I'm one of those who actually liked how it all ended.
Maybe more of a 3.5, but I like to round up. This was one that I wasn't sure if I wanted to pick up. The publisher sent it to me without me requesting it, so often I won't read it if it doesn't sound good. But I did pick it up and get sucked into it pretty quickly. However, it didn't hold up all the way through to impress me as much as I'd thought it would based on the beginning. I will say that it was a very unique story, even with all the obvious things you have in stories that frustrate me, even while I know they are used in stories to add the drama. I think this definitely had some surprises in it with what happened with Ben. Things that we weren't really given a clear view of even when we got chapters from his point of view. Definitely the way it ended was a bit of a surprise, but in what I think is a good way for characters of this age to get a story. I won't say what happened, because it is worth a read for you if it sounds good to you, and I would want you to discover it naturally as the author intended as reading.
Between that cover and the synopsis, there wasn’t a reason for me to not devour this book. Dominique and Ben are both interesting characters. They’re both struggling with something and even though their backgrounds are wildly different, they’re both yearning. I really enjoyed the scenes with them together. Dom’s BFF, Cass, was a fantastic secondary and I wish we would have gotten something more of substance. I wasn’t a fan of how Dom treated him. Plot wise, it was what I expected. The music portion on Ben’s side is frantic and obsessive and I absolutely loved it. Dom’s POV is maybe a bit whiny and needy, but her wanting was palpable. It was fairly obvious to me what the secret was going to be, but it didn’t take away from the story. The writing sounded more like someone’s actual stream of consciousness and I’m not sure that’s a proper description or a good thing. The page long sentences didn’t help. Overall, it was an easy read, but there was still something in the back of my head that kept me from loving it. Oh and I definitely wanted more from the ending. **Huge thanks to KCP Loft for providing the arc free of charge**