Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: October 18th 2011 by Simon Pulse
Review Copy: GalleyGrab & ARC From Publisher
Decription From Goodreads:
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–and riles her up–like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected.Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall….
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
To be honest, I wasn’t sure I would like “Virtuosity” as much as I did…but the first few pages were able to pull me in almost instantly.
“Virtuosity” is the story of Carmen, a 17 year old violin prodigy. Her mother, Diana, is constantly pushing her to do better so that she’ll be able to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. But things don’t go as planned. When she meets Jeremy, her competition, she begins to fall for him (something her mother advises against, no mingling with the competition). As the relationship begins to unravel between Carmen and her mother, it’s hard to sympathize with Diana. She may be Carmen’s mother, but she doesn’t seem to care what her daughter wants out of life. That’s why those very last words of “Virtuosity” are the perfect way to end the story.
“Virtuosity” is a beautifully crafted story of a young girl finding out who she is and the struggles she faces along the way.Martinezis an author to watch.
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