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A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

Thousand Perfect Notes

Thousand Perfect Notes

A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

I have been so excited to read A Thousand Perfect Notes. Excerpt from my June TBR post where I flail around in anticipation: C.G. Drews (aka Cait @Paperfury) is an extremely popular book blogger (slightly obsessed with cake and stabbing) who writes fun blog posts, laugh-out-loud Twitter feeds and is an amazing photographer as seen in her Instagram posts. 

Sharing music is personal because music speaks, it feels, it breathes. 

But with that anticipation came a bundle of anxiety – what if I don’t like it, and it’s Cait. Everyone knows the Paperfury and who am I to judge… I shouldn’t have worried. It was Cait’s voice, a little tamer than her blog posts, but recognisable and I loved it.

The characters are brilliant! I am so in love with Joey and August – they totally stole the show.

“… I want a knife.” Of course she does. Tiny, scary, violent child.

Is possible C.G.Drews aka Paperfury is more marshmallow than world dominator? As I anticipated cake, chocolate, knife-brandishing and stabbing are featured in the book, but not quite in the way I expected.

It’s like fruitcake but also has almonds and small explosions of chocolate…

The cover is beautiful! I bought the Kindle edition when it first came out, but when I saw the paperback in a bookshop at Singapore’s Changi airport. I just had to have it and I have been carrying it around with me just because I am not ready to let the story go.

What he wants most in the world is to cut off his own hands.

I questioned one aspect while reading (in the spoiler box below), but this didn’t detract from my overall experience of the story.

Spoiler Alert!

It was out of character for Beck to leave Joey to go to the hospital with their mom.  All the time he was with August I couldn’t stop worrying that social services would step in and separate the siblings, wanting to scream at Beck to go back and get her! Although I do also realise that as Joey had called the ambulance it would be difficult to explain why she wasn’t there.


He floods the house with music that shook the world a hundred years ago.

PS Cait’s second book is called The Boy Who Steals Houses (due 4 April 2019), Have you ever seen such a brilliant title? I love it!

People can betray you, but the piano does not.

5 star




Title: A Thousand Perfect NotesThousand Perfect Notes

Author: C.G. Drews 

Publication Date: 7 June 2018

Publisher: Orchard Books

Source: Purchased



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An emotionally charged story of music, abuse and, ultimately, hope.

Beck hates his life. He hates his violent mother. He hates his home. Most of all, he hates the piano that his mother forces him to play hour after hour, day after day. He will never play as she did before illness ended her career and left her bitter and broken. But Beck is too scared to stand up to his mother, and tell her his true passion, which is composing his own music – because the least suggestion of rebellion on his part ends in violence.

When Beck meets August, a girl full of life, energy and laughter, love begins to awaken within him and he glimpses a way to escape his painful existence. But dare he reach for it?  — Abstract from Goodreads.com


  1. Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    Yep yep yep, couldn’t agree more! I had those same worries because of course it is scary to read a friend’s book, but it was FABULOUS. I laughed, I cried, I devoured it basically! I too had an ebook and a physical copy because of COURSE! I cannot wait for her next book either, eep! Great review!!

  2. Kimberly Sabatini

    This looks fabulous!!!

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