Thursday, April 12, 2012


Title: Virtuosity

Author: Jessica Martinez

Rating: 4 stars

Summary: 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...

Review: I thought that the book was going to be about Carmen becoming addicted to the Inderal (anti-anxiety meds). It's not a big deal that it wasn't, but the misleading summaries need to go away. The sole focus of Carmen's life is violin, and in the book particularly the Guarneri competition. But she isn't in control of her own life. That job has been taken over by Carmen's mother, who makes Carmen take the Inderal (and is the one who decided that she needed it), scheduling what she does before big performances, and what she does in her free time. The book was really about Carmen taking control of her own life, and the choices she has to make to be free. I was rooting for her all through the book.

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