Thursday April 29, 2010
Sing Me to Sleep
by Angela Morrison
March 4, 2010Razorbill
From GoodReads: 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.
Review: I fell in love with Angela Morrison's writing when I read her first book Taken by Storm. She really proved to me that you can have all of the steamy tension between teens without actually taking it all-the-way...and also giving perfectly good reasons on why some teens make that choice...all wrapped up in story lines that will keep readers coming back for more!
Reading about Beth and her life before her "conversion" from beast to beauty has me looking at these kids at school walking through the hallways and wondering what their inner voice tells them (based on what they've heard others say.) It broke my heart to keep seeing Beth refer to herself as "The Beast" and "Da-amn Ugly" only to have it reinforced by the bullies at her school. Luckily she has her gift of singing to keep her afloat, it is the one thing she KNOWS she's good at and no one can take that away from her...that and her best friend Scott who's got her back 24/7.
When Beth meets Derek and he tells her he fell in love with her because of her voice and that she sings him to sleep at night with a recorded song he has, how can she not fall for that? From the very beginning they are both hiding their "real" selves from each other...Derek has no idea that Beth's beautiful appearance is only very recent and that her inner voice still tells her she is the beast she always was. Beth has a feeling there is something about Derek she doesn't know, although at times he gives himself to her completely and only reaffirms his love for her...she can sense that he is keeping her at arms length...what is he hiding?
When Beth and Derek arrive home from the choir competition in Switzerland the situation does not get any better. At first I was irritated at all the things that Beth overlooked when it came to Derek, she kept forgiving him time after time even though he kept hurting her. But if you have ever seen a teen in love people, this is reality! Teens in love will forgive a LOT if it means the person they love will stay with them...like it or not, its true. Especially for a teen who has never felt this way before. I did appreciate the fact that Beth's mom kept on top of the situation and there was actually a caring adult in the story for Beth to rely on.
This is a very emotional story about self-worth, first love, loss and acceptance. You might be irritated by Beth and Derek's actions in this book but just remember, they are just like most teens out there...inexperienced and led by their emotions! Beth also finds herself torn between Scott, who has always been there for her and charismatic Derek. The singing and choir aspect of the story is lovely and the lyrics that Beth and Derek write are beautiful...just like poetry!
Oh, and isn't the cover beautiful?!