3.77 (4,035 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Expected delivery to the United States in 15-18 business days.

Not ordering to the United States? Click here.


Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen's whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn't just hot...what if Jeremy is better?

Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can't end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her--and riles her up--like he does. Still, she can't trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she's told, doing what's expected.

Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....
show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 28mm | 408g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1442420529
  • 9781442420526
  • 919,206

Review quote

"Riveting... A beautifully written story....The portrayal of Carmen's world, in which every performance is terrifying and even one stumble could end her career, is unique and convincing. The novel builds to a satisfying finish as the competition arrives and Carmen discovers a terrible secret. Even readers without much interest in music will enjoy this exceptional novel." -- School Library Journal
show more

Rating details

4,035 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 28% (1,141)
4 34% (1,384)
3 27% (1,087)
2 7% (298)
1 3% (125)

Our customer reviews

I grabbed the eGalley of this book 6 hours before it run out. It didn't need 6 hours. I read the prologue and was hooked. It's so powerful and enthralling. You don't know what happened but a girl in an evening gown is so desperate and heart-broken that she is about to let her 1-million dollar Stradivarius violin fall 10+ floors down. What an entry to this story! It was a strange kind of reading. I couldn't immediately connect to Carmen. I don't know if anyone who wasn't or still is a child prodigy can really relate. Carmen is home schooled, does concert tours and lives her life for playing her violin. She lives in this artistic micro cosmos, which is disconnected from the real world. Therefore she has very few people in her world she can rely on and interacts with. Jessica Martinez portraits these features perfectly and I began to understand Carmen though I, particularly in the first third of the book, didn't really like her. Her first few interactions which Jeremy, the other child prodigy in the Guarneri competition, are characterized by social awkwardness. Both Carmen and Jeremy are very strong characters, who especially in this circumstances, collide strongly. But at the same time they are very much alike. They love playing, they love the music and they share that almost nobody their age can understand this. They start to write each other emails. First, to impress and insult each other. But then they are both fascinated by each other and start meeting on their own. I enjoyed very much how they got to know each other better. They shared experiences. At the same time the competition is going on which makes their interaction sometimes strained. Since a very bad concert experience Carmen takes anti-anxiety medication before a performance. They make her calm, but also kind of numb and she loses her connection to the music. Indirectly Jeremy helps her with this issue. I loved how they supported each other. Not always knowingly but nevertheless. They fall in love and this is written so perceptively and insightful that I became really mushy inside. Then an unexpected event happened during the competition, which will separate Jeremy and Carmen and will have major impact on their future as musicians. Shortly afterwards Carmen gains some informations which will change everyone's life, especially hers, and she has to make a very, very difficult decision. During this part of the book you could literally feel how much Carmen grew up and developed during the story. I was proud of her and wouldn't wish even my worst enemy the moral dilemma she had to face. This part of the book was particularly tantalizing and I was suffering with Jeremy and Carmen and couldn't put the book down for even short breaks. So a few words about the ending. I was thinking about this for a few days after reading the book. I felt very unsettled, which shows what a deep impact this story made on me. In theory the end was perfect, but for me it was also painful in a way that I felt that Carmen lost too much. And though there is closure, the end felt unbalanced. As if some people gained to much and some gave to much. But I guess that's life and I have to give praise to the author for writing in this realistic style. Overall this was an amazing contemporary read, which gives you an understanding of the world of classical music, but most importantly this book has two fascinating main characters and a powerful plot. *** ARC courtesy of Simon&Schuster ***show more
by Nimue
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X