June 20, 2010

Review: Sing me to Sleep by Angela Morrison

Taken from GoodReads
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.

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 beauty.

When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. She she stand by sweet, steady Scott or folllow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek? 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.

My Review:
I can't begin to say how much I LOVED THIS BOOK! It surpassed my expectations and is definetly one of the best love stories I have ever read. I laughed, I cried, I felt everything Beth and Derek were feeling for each other.

Though she lived her life on the sidelines, Beth suddenly found herself thrust into the spotlight when she is chosen to be the new soloist for her all girls choir. With her beautiful voice leading the way, Beth's group wins a spot to compete in the 'Choral Olympics' to be held in Switzerland.

That's when the other girls in the choir decide to give Beth a make over. She receives special treatments for her face, highlights in her hair, and laser eye surgery to have perfect vision.

Now her outter beauty matches her inner beauty, but Beth still can't shake the painful identity of 'the beast'. On her first day in Switzerland, Beth meets Derek. He's handsome, friendly, and also very talented in the singing department. Derek makes it no secret that he likes Beth, just by hearing her sing on her choir's website he was in love with her. At first Beth is doubtful that Derek's feelings are genuine, but when she gets bad news via the phone, Derek is there to comfort her. One minute they're sitting on a bench and she's crying on his shoulder, and the next they're making out!

At that point I hugged the book, screamed a little, and then kept reading! With every page it got better and better. I fell in love with Derek just as much as Beth did! He opened her up and made her believe in herself like she never had before.

"We need to go back. You've got to go to bed."

"Sing me something you wrote first. I need a lullaby."

I shrug my shoulders. "You first."

He puts his arm around me and starts to hum, breaks into Ooohs.

His voice is rich with texture--not that pure choir voice he used at the concert. The melody is entrancing, winds into my heart, makes me want to smile and cry at the same time. It fades away.

"That's all I have.''

"I love it. What do you call it?"

"Beth's Song."

Well I don't want to give too much away....just go out and buy this book! It's been days since I finished reading, and I still can't stop thinking about it. It got to me in a way that very few books have. Anyone who reads it will be emotionally affected. I loved it so much that I would campaign for it to be a movie! If you go to the author's official website Angela Morrison - Sing me to sleep you can read the epilogue that she left out of the book. (But don't read it until you read the book.) There is also a link for the trailer, which is on youtube.

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