Title: Sing Me to Sleep
Author: Angela Morrison
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, , Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: March 4th, 2010
My Rating: 3 Stars
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.
THE LOVE AFFAIR
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.
THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE
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 that could shatter everything.
Beth was called "The Beast" in her high school because of her physical appearance. Because of that, she is constantly bullied by her classmates. When her voice is discovered and wins an audition, she is selected to be her choir's soloist. One of her choirmates sets out to give her a makeover before their trip to Switzerland, and there, she meets Derek.
The synopsis of this book held so much promise, but when I read the book, I must say that I was disappointed. I requested this book through a site called Book Lending, and when I was lent a book by an Amazon user, I was very excited and delved into the book immediately. Unfortunately, at about 20% of the book, I started getting annoyed at how whiny Beth was.
I get that Beth went through a lot, but that does not excuse how whiny and clingy she is to Derek. Derek, on the other hand, was very annoying as well. From disappearing at certain times, lying and not picking up his cell, he was a good example of what a jerk is, no matter his reasons.
I was very much tempted to not finish this book, but seeing as how many people loved it, I was determined to give it a chance. And I am very glad, because the ending salvaged the book for me. Beth and Derek weren't annoying anymore, and it was beautifully executed. The last 20% of the book had me in tears, and it was just amazing! I'm really thankful that I got to see the ending because no matter how much I hated the first part of the book, I really really loved the last 20%.
This book was not really for me, but many seem to have liked it, so I still recommend giving this a shot. I may not be able to vouch for most parts of the book, but I can vouch for the latter parts.
“I’d rather be miserable loving you than happy with anyone else.”
“It isn’t true what they say about mothers. We don’t hate our sons’
girlfriends. The sleazy ones—maybe. But we’re mostly delighted and a little startled when a wonderful girl loves our son. And relieved the son is smart enough to love her back. I’m grateful,
Labels: 3 Stars, Contemporary, Review, Romance, Young Adult