In just a few months Harp Evans will be officially coming of age and graduating from high school. She will be free from the mother that never wanted her, the house that never felt like home, and the disappointment of the last seventeen years. What she doesn’t know is that her mother has been holding onto a secret that has the potential to derail her dreams and destroy her already faulty sense of self. A self-proclaimed recluse, Harp spends most of her time practicing the cello, in the hopes of earning a full scholarship that will grant her freedom, but will also send her away from her best friend Connor Williams, who is becoming more than just a friend. As revelations are made, will Harp still feel the same way about leaving everyone that cares about her behind? Or will she continue to pursue the life she’s been dreaming of, for as long as she can remember?
Let me start off by saying this, this is NOT your typical high school romance novel. It doesn’t start of with boy meets girl they fall in love and live happily ever after. I LOVE that about his book! Harp Evans is the most strongest young lady I have ever come across. Connor Williams is her best friend and knight in shining amour! They spend as much time together as they can. Which is understandable, seeing as her mother is a complete mess! I couldn’t help but to want to hate Ann Evans(Harp’s mom). I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but Ann has her own demons that need to be dealt with. This book was beautifully written. Even down to the main characters name! Now we’ve all heard Harper as a name but I have never heard of just Harp and it fits her perfectly. Once I was getting close to finishing this book I didn’t want it to end, there were so many unanswered questions I had and at the very last couple pages Cassie Shine leaves us with a huge cliffhanger! I can’t wait for her second book Harp’s Voice! If your looking for a great YA romance novel with some family secrets you have to read this book!
Rating: 5 STARS
Just and FYI there is a bit of abuse written throughout the story. Normally I cringe at that thought and don’t like reading about that type of violence but I want to thank Cassie for adding the abuse help lines and phones numbers at the end. Abuse of any kind is never ok!
Cassie Shine released her debut young adult novel, Harp’s Song November 2013, finally finishing the short story she had started in her college creative writing class….many many moons ago. She has always been an avid reader and lover of music(yes, she was in the high school marching band) While she has a weak spot for all things teeny bopper, especially boy bands, she also loves classical, country, rock and well pretty much everything. After living in St. Louis for more then 10 years, she and her husband packed up a U-haul and headed west. They currently live in Orange County with their fur kids Finnegan and Molly.