Sing Me to Sleep

Sing Me to Sleep

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THE TRANSFORMATION 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 HEARTBREAK 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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 310 pages
  • 147.32 x 213.36 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
  • RAZORBILL
  • United States
  • English
  • 1595142754
  • 9781595142757
  • 265,743

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Beth, one of those girls who suffer a miserable life at school for being ugly, becomes beautiful and finds love. But the end may not be a happily ever after, because (prince) Derek has a secret. Beth is a nice girl, but has low self-esteem, is submissive and too dependent for my taste. Obviously, to live your life by accepting the name of The Beast is not pleasant, and that is why a major change in her appearance really helps her. Gradually, Beth stops thinking she is ugly, gets out of the shell and become something else. Derek is the prince of the story, and probably you will fall in love with him. He is nice boy; sweet, loving, and way too sexy to be the good guy. It's almost perfect. Almost. Although it's obvious that he loves Beth, he disappears many times, and every time he goes away, his little secret becomes more and more uncomfortable. Of course, there is a love triangle. Scott, Beth's best friend, who sees beyond her outside. I didn't really liked him, he was way too intense, insistent and even cruel. But in the end he was just another boy in love. I liked the fact that the characters sing. They have a great voice, and participate in choirs. It is an activity that it's never taken into account for young adult's books (first time I read about it. Also, I liked that the author include some lyrics, which sometimes appeared out of nowhere, mixed with the thoughts of the protagonist and helps you understands how she feels. The only thing I'm not convinced is that the story doesn't focus on a single topic. First, its Beth's transformation, then she finds love, but her best friend starts to bother, and finally Derek's big secret comes out. When I finished the book, Beth's beauty problem seemed so far away. I think that if the author had focused only on the love story, it would have been better. The writing grabs you and doesn't let you go until you finish the book; And although it started being unoriginal, the ending left me surprised. I wasn't expecting it at all! Overall, I enjoyed Sing Me To Sleep, and at the end, cried a lot. So if you decide to read it, be prepared (with tissues!).show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
Beth has felt ugly for all of her life. She's now seventeen and is frustrated that everyone sees her as "the beast." She has a few good friends, including Scott. Yet when Beth sings, the most beautiful sound emerges from inside of her. She's the star of the competitive all-girls choir, and her group has been chosen to compete in Switzerland. Beth's outer transformation is helped by a friend, and now the world can see all the beauty she has inside and out. Derek is also a singer in a boy's choir and finds Beth through her choir's website. They chat and get to know each other well. While in Switzerland together, their romance blossoms. They writes songs together about their feelings, hopes, and dreams. Yet something is constantly between them. What is Derek hiding, and is Beth strong enough to handle it? SING ME TO SLEEP is a novel that is full of joyous moments and sad times, as well. It is inspired by a young man who was a wonderful singer and faced the same issues as Derek. It's a story about love, trust, and seeing inner beauty.show more
by TeensReadToo
Heartbreaking, sad and touching, that's what Sing me to Sleep is. In this beautiful and powerful story we get the chance to meet Beth aka The Beast. She's ugly, damn ugly, she has only one friend, Scott, and some guys in school always bully her. Her only escape is choir, not the school choir, something bigger, something better, a girl choir in Ann Arbor, and there she can be who she wants, an amazing singer with the voice of an angel. Beth feels and thinks she doesn't deserve to be loved, not even by her father, who thought she was ugly from the minute she was born. But the music is her world; she stands there, sings and forgets everything else. And then she ends up being the main soloist, and everybody notices she's an incredible singer. And that's how the transformation starts. Now she's a new Beth, different hair, different skin, different look, but the same old Beth in the inside, insecure. When she travels with the choir to Switzerland, to an international choir competition everything changes because she finds what she wasn't looking and doesn't know if it's even real. Him. Derek, so gorgeous, so sweet, so fantastic, she thinks she doesn't deserve him, but he wants to try even when they are miles away. However, there are secrets between them that are better not to say, or at least that's what Derek thinks and Beth is dying in the inside. And Scott, poor Scott, who could she not noticed what was going on? I don't usually like stories with love triangles like Edward-Bella-Jacob, but Angela manages it in such a touching way that you totally get the characters. Like I said before, SMTS is a very powerful, gripping book, Beth's insecurity is something a lot of girls can relate to, not to feel worthy of being loved. And while the story develops you are with the lump on your throat for a lot of reasons and in the end is nearly impossible not to cry or at least sniff, a lot. The story is very well constructed, I loved the entire choir world thing, and I wish I could be there listening to them singing. It also has very well developed characters and the final part is very beautiful. Something I really liked is that you can see the pureness of a magic love rising in front of your eyes, and that makes it unique, is very romantic, but no mushy, just enough to feel compelled by the story. I highly recommend it, is a great book you should not miss.show more
by Mariana Sanchez Rico
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