May 27, 2010

Sing Me To Sleep - Angela Morrison

Young Adult
Sing Me to SleepPages: 320
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: March 4, 2010
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 not The Beast, she's The Beauty.
When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow 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.

Yet another summary that makes me think summaries like this should be banned for life. Very spoiler-y.

This book was stressful. It suffers from the bad movie disorder, you know, where everyone can tell what's going on, it's right in the character's face but she, sweet little Beth, is too busy obsessing about the guy and her own problems to figure out what was happening. And then, when you have like 20 pages to go, they try and placate everything when the character says "It seems so obvious now, how was I so blind" or something like that. Which of course, makes it fall into the not believable, I-Don't-Buy-It kind.

I liked the story, a little too depressing for my taste, but interesting. But the fact that Beth spent so much time obsessing inside her box (as in, she only thought of one possibility) makes it less of an enjoying read. I felt anxious at first about when she would find out, and rushed through the pages, but as chapters kept flying by, I just certified I hated her as a character. She was outrageously clingy, stupid and just plain boring. I have no idea what Derek or Scott liked about her besides her voice and her beastly-turned-super-model looks or whatever. The character development fell flat. It's like I read the whole book and I don't know any of them. Well, I do know Beth, I just wish I didn't. Plus, the book was about so many things that I'm not sure I know what it was really about.

Overall, I enjoyed the story because it hit my soft buttons in the ending and because it was (stress-fully) fast paced but it's probably not a book I would highly recommend.


  1. Great review, i liked this book but i had the same issues. Totally agree w/ u on the summary lol :D

  2. It sounds good, and hopefully I'll get around to reading it before it's in paperback ;)

    I agree about the summary too - I already feel like I know more than I should!

  3. I gave up on this book after about 30 or more pages. I skimmed it and I agree it was that "really? you can't see it?" sort of thing. It just didn't grab me like I thought it would.


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