Harp's Song (2014)
Harp's Song (2014)
4.08 of 5 Votes: 2
Cassie Shine
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***I received this book in exchange for an honest review ***Harp's Song is a beautifully written breathtaking account of a young girl named Harp and her story of coming to terms with the abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother as well as first love.When we first meet Harp she is a bit of a band geek who just so happens to be best friends with the high school jock Connor. Connor and Harp have been friends through thick and thin, and really Connor and his mom Catherine are the only people that know about the truth surrounding Harp's home life. Harp isn't part of any social group at school really, and her main focus is to play her Cello and to get out of Iowa, away from her mom, and to music school.Harp's mother has always been lacking in the motherly department. She is constantly verbally abusing Harp and a couple of times even physically abusing her. Harp just knows she doesn't deserve the life that's been dealt to her and she has to get out. The way this book is written is that instead of having your typical chapters, the author uses them as a countdown to graduation. It's a very different approach to take and I love the way the author uses her "chapters" as a timeline for the reader. It helps you immerse yourself in the story even more. Not only that but your senior year I bet you counted down the days too, I know I did.Connonr lets it slip that he wants to be more than friends with Harp, and how he's cared about her for so long. He doesn't want to see anything bad happen to her, and what he really wants is to do nothing but protect her. For the most part their relationship is comfortable and easy for them until Vincent shows up, and he becomes a snag in an otherwise smooth relationship. Connor perseveres and swears his love to Harp.These characters are so beautifully written and so vibrant that I feel as though I know them outside of their pages. Harp's story is one that rips your heart out, and then replenishes your faith in humanity, and along the way raises awareness about abuse (both verbal and physical).If you haven't read Harp's Song yet, or if you're debating about possibly reading it, let me do you a solid... Read it... I'm begging you. You won't be sorry. This story is both beautiful and poignant. This book will definitely make my top list of the year, maybe even ever. Bravo Cassie Shine, bravo! Harp Evans is counting down the days until she turns 18, graduates highschool and is finally able to leave her abusive mother behind her. For as long as she can remember her mother has hated her. She has physically, emotionally and verbally assaulted her more times than Harp can count. Her Dad isn't in the picture and the only person that Harp can rely on is her best friend Conner. Harp spends half of her free time practicing the Cello in order to get a scholarship and move as far away from her home town as possible and the other half spending time with Conner who is the only person she can confide in when it comes to her mother. When old secrets are revealed and the lines between friends and something more start to blur Harp is forced to not only discover who she is and where she came from but where she'll go and who she will become because of it. I was happily surprised by this book, I read it in a matter of hours and although there were a couple of things that I wasn't a fan of the good truly outweighed the bad. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel. Until next time, Ginger GingerReader22.blogspot.comIn compliance with FTC guidelines I am disclosing that this book was given to me for free to review. My review is my honest opinion.
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