In this sexy and intriguing novel, an intense--and passionate--bond between a high school senior and her music teacher becomes a public scandal that threatens the reputation of both. Bea has a secret. Actually, she has more than one. There's her dream for the future that she can't tell anyone--not her father and not even her best friend, Plum. And now there's Dane Rossi. Dane is hot, he shares Bea's love of piano, and he believes in her. He's also Bea's teacher. When their passion for music crosses into passion for each other, Bea finds herself falling completely for Dane. She's never felt so wanted, so understood, so known to her core. But the risk of discovery carries unexpected surprises that could shake Bea entirely. Bea must piece together what is and isn't true about Dane, herself, and the most intense relationship she's ever experienced in this absorbing novel from Nancy Ohlin, the author of Beauty.
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 140 x 210 x 25mm | 374g
- 01 Dec 2015
- SIMON & SCHUSTER
- Simon Pulse
- New York, United States
- f-c scuff-proof matte lam jacket w- spot UV
Gr 9 Up-Between all of the lies she tells at school about her nonexistent piano teacher and her supposedly okay home life, Beatrice Kim has a lot of secrets even before starting her senior year at Andrew Jackson High School. Then Bea meets her music history teacher. Mr. Rossi is young and good-looking and completely believes in Bea's potential as a professional pianist--something Bea hasn't ever allowed herself to consider. When their shared passion for music turns into something else, Bea and Rossi begin a sexual relationship that could ruin them both. Bea thinks she knows what she is doing and what she wants. She thinks Rossi understands her and loves her. But with the threat of discovery looming, she will have to confront uncomfortable truths about herself and her relationship.This work, reminiscent of Sara Zarr's The Lucy Variations (Little, Brown, 2013), explores how Bea lost her love for the piano and how she can reclaim it. It also is an often uncomfortable examination of a relationship that never should have happened. Despite the problems Bea hints at in her home life and the lies she tells, everything comes very easily to her. She is at the top of her class despite having no real interest in college. She is a piano prodigy with perfect pitch, although she has never had formal lessons. She is conveniently at a recently rebranded "Campus for Baccalaureate and Performing Arts," despite having a nearly pathological desire to avoid the piano at the beginning of the novel. Readers who can get past these contrivances will be rewarded with a layered and thoughtful contemporary novel. The push and pull between what is perceived and what is true throughout the narrative adds another dimension to the unreliable first-person narration as readers and Bea contemplate Rossi's agenda. VERDICT Despite some heavy-handed moments, Ohlin delivers an open-ended novel ripe for discussion as readers follow the plot's twists and turns.--School Library Journal "September 2015"