Guitar Notes

Guitar Notes

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On odd days, Tripp uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat-up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.

On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she's trying to become even more perfect--she's already a straight-A student and an award-winning cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him in between the strings of the guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected.

What starts as a series of snippy notes quickly blossoms into the sharing of interests and secrets and dreams, and the forging of a very unlikely friendship.

Challenging each other to write songs, they begin to connect, even though circumstances threaten to tear them apart.

From beloved author Mary Amato comes a YA novel of wit and wisdom, both heartfelt and heart-breaking, about the power of music and the unexpected chords that draw us together.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 25.4mm | 237g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1606845039
  • 9781606845035
  • 515,962

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"Perfect Lyla Marks signed up to practice her cello in one of the two small rooms available to students during lunch period. No matter that these days the thought of playing her cello makes her so tense she can barely breathe. Lyla has access to the practice room on even-numbered days. On odd-numbered days, the room--and the school's battered guitar--is used by scruffy Tripp Broody. The notes left in the strings of the guitar begin when Lyla complains to Tripp about leaving trash in their shared room, and the conversation continues from there. Like every good Romeo and Juliet story, there is class struggle and tragedy, but the musical focus is what sets this story apart. The couple's exchange of musical ideas is illustrated through scribbled chords, half-conceived lyrics, and brainstorming sessions. Lyla and Tripp's chaste relationship makes this accessible for younger tweens, much in the style of Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries books. Amato is able to produce both silly fiction for the juvenile crowd and poignant, realistic fiction for older readers without sacrificing humor or depth." --Booklist

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About Mary Amato

Mary Amato is the author of many acclaimed books for children including"Invisible Lines, "which was nominated for the California Young Readers Medal and was selected for the Missouri Truman Awards Master List. Of that book, "The Washington Post"states, you may come to learn . . . an important lesson about what really matters in life. But amid all that learning of important lessons, there will be a good bit of giggling, too.
A prolific songwriter, Mary sings, plays the guitar, and teaches songwriting. She also performs in the Washington, DC, area."Guitar Notes"is her first novel for young adult readers.
Mary lives in Maryland with her family. You can visit her online at and learn more about writing your own music and the joy of thrumming at"
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