Night Music
A romantic comedy that sweeps you up with breezy writing and canny social commentary, set behind the scenes of the classical music world during one hot, anything-can-happen, New York City summerRuby has always been Ruby Chertok future classical pianist, heir to the Chertok family legacy, daughter of renowned composer Martin Chertok. But after bungling her audition for the prestigious Amberley School of Music--where her father is on faculty--Ruby is suddenly just . . . Ruby. And who is that again? All she knows is that she wants out of the orbit of her relentlessly impressive family, and away from the world of classical music for good. Yes? Yes. Oscar is a wunderkind, a musical genius. Just ask any of the 1.8 million people who've watched him conduct his own compositions on YouTube--or hey, just ask Oscar. But while he might be the type who'd name himself when asked about his favorite composer and somehow make you love him more for it, Oscar is not the type to jeopardize his chance to study under the great Martin Chertok--not for a crush. He's all too aware of how the ultra-privileged, ultra-white world of classical music might interpret a black guy like him falling for his benefactor's white daughter. Right? Right.But as the New York City summer heats up, so does the spark between Ruby and Oscar. Soon their connection crackles with the same alive, uncontainable energy as the city itself. But can two people still figuring themselves out figure out how to be together? Or will the world make the choice for them?

Night Music Details

TitleNight Music
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 19th, 2019
PublisherDial Books
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Music

Night Music Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I really, really enjoyed this! It was incredibly well written and WAY more complex than I expected it to be. I thought this was just going to be a swooney summer romance, and tbh it was, but it also ended up talking a lot about privilege and racial inequality in the classic music world and I really appreciated that. This book also has A LOT of musical elements that went far over my head (similar to the sciencey bits in The Martian), but I still could not bring myself to put this down and I read I really, really enjoyed this! It was incredibly well written and WAY more complex than I expected it to be. I thought this was just going to be a swooney summer romance, and tbh it was, but it also ended up talking a lot about privilege and racial inequality in the classic music world and I really appreciated that. This book also has A LOT of musical elements that went far over my head (similar to the sciencey bits in The Martian), but I still could not bring myself to put this down and I read it in basically two sittings. Which, tbh is saying something coming from someone who's knowledge of classical music begins and ends with Edward Cullen's Clair de Lune obsession ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ TLDR: read this book!! it has the swoons and the smartsTW: racism
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  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    January 1, 1970
    This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 starsWhen I first heard about Night Music, I thought I must have been dreaming. A YA contemporary by one of my favorite authors in that genre, centering around teenagers pursuing classical music careers over the course of one New York City summer? This book seemed made for me. And while Night Music This review originally appeared on Novel Ink.I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.ACTUAL RATING: 4.5 starsWhen I first heard about Night Music, I thought I must have been dreaming. A YA contemporary by one of my favorite authors in that genre, centering around teenagers pursuing classical music careers over the course of one New York City summer? This book seemed made for me. And while Night Music was not at all what I anticipated it would be, it ended up grabbing my heart in fresh, unexpected ways.“It’s love.” Oscar peered at the ceiling again. “Most classical music is. Not all, but most. You know…” He rolled over to face me. “I can appreciate all kinds of music, I really can. I think there’s something there. But hip-hop, pop, it speaks to front, you know? It’s the face you show to the world, what you want to project. Classical speaks right to what you’re feeling. What you long for.”*Our protagonist in Night Music, Ruby Chertok, is the daughter of one of the classical music world’s most beloved conductors and composers. Though she has trained as a pianist her entire life and has grown up immersed in this world, she’s quickly realizing her future might lie outside of music. We follow Ruby both mourning the loss of music as the part of her life she always expected it to be, and her finding her footing in the “real world” outside of her family’s shadow.A teenage composer named Oscar Bell, who is the rising star of the classical music scene after a video of him conducting an original arrangement went viral on YouTube, shows up on Ruby’s doorstep at the beginning of the summer to study with her father. Ruby and Oscar bond over their shared love of (and their shared complicated feelings toward) music, and their feelings for each other grow into romantic ones pretty quickly.“Okay,” Oscar said, hopping up on the counter. “How about, Mozart nails what I want falling in love to feel like.” He let his legs swing out, back in. “If I could choose, I’d much rather have that purity, that peace, that grace to come home to than any drama, however gorgeous and sweeping and complex and… you get it.”*A huge thread in Night Music revolves around the racism, both overt and covert, in the classical music world. This is something that, as someone who has studied music all my life, has deeply bothered me. Even though I went to an incredibly diverse university, I did not see that racial diversity reflected in my School of Music, where my colleagues were disproportionately white. This could lead into further conversations about the inherent privilege it requires to study music, but we’ll save that for another day. 😉 In Night Music, we see the way the people in power on the classical music scene in New York City (donors, managers, press, etc.) constantly manipulate Oscar’s identity as a black man and use it to further their own ends. The book really highlighted the microaggressions people of color face on a daily basis, both inside and outside of the music world. It shows how the odds are automatically stacked against POC trying to make careers for themselves in music, and it did so without feeling tokenistic or preachy. (I am white, as is the author, so take my opinion with a heaping handful of salt. I cannot speak to the quality of the racial rep.)The part of this story that struck a chord-- pun definitely intended-- with me most was Ruby’s journey of trying to find her identity outside of music. Not to get too personal, but ever since I left school and took a job outside the music field, I’ve felt intensely disconnected from this part of me that was pretty much my entire life for a decade. Reading about a character dealing with these same struggles– a character who still had such a deep love for music, and who didn’t lack talent, but whose heart just wasn’t in it anymore, no matter how much she wanted it to be– meant more to me than I can express. It made Night Music an extremely cathartic read for me, which I totally wasn’t expecting. We also get discussion of Ruby trying to forge her own identity outside the looming shadows of her parents and her older siblings, all of whom are classical celebrities.“I mourned belonging to this. I probably always would.”*I loved Oscar and Ruby’s romance so very much. Seeing them navigate the challenges in their individual lives together was a joy to read, and their relationship felt very true-to-life. They make mistakes, they apologize, they communicate– all very refreshing in YA romance. There is no shortage of witty banter between the two MCs– who, by the way, are both SO FUNNY on their own, too. Plus, I mean, come on: can you think of a better backdrop for a teenage love story than a summer studying music amongst the elite of New York City?Of course, I also loved all the music talk. Every time a piece was name-dropped, anytime Ruby and Oscar got into a discussion about Mozart, whenever there was talk of pedagogy– all of the little things that only people whose lives have revolved around music would catch– it made my heart soar. Night Music feels like such a love letter to the classical music world (but also acknowledges that the things we love are not without flaws). Reading this book gave me a sense of home and comfort that I hadn’t realized I’d been missing since music school ended. Also, the last paragraph of the acknowledgements made me cry.Overall, I felt an intensely personal connection to this book, but it’s also just a cute YA contemporary with excellent social commentary I think so many readers will fall for. I highly recommend picking this one up this spring!*all quotations are taken from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change in the final copy
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  • Mackenzi
    January 1, 1970
    hello adorable classical music rom com of my dreams.
  • Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
    January 1, 1970
    This is a must-read for anyone who’s a musician or just fiercely loves music. As I’m neither of those things, I had some trouble connecting to this story. The discussions of privilege and inequality in exclusive institutions like classical music were necessary and well done, and I’m intrigued to read more from this author.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I like it. Full review to come. ;)
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful, heartfelt, aware, and raw, NIGHT MUSIC is a melody I never want to leave my head.
  • Reyes
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.5 starsI picked up this book because I was promised "To all the boys I've loved before"-levels of cuteness, and it did deliver, but in my opinion this lacked the charm of Lara Jean & co. I loved Ruby's struggle to find her own path outside her family and outside her relationship with Oscar, but everything regarding her dysfunctional and astonishingly talented family was way too much, and the racial issues promised in the blurb (that were the other reason why I was interested Actual rating: 3.5 starsI picked up this book because I was promised "To all the boys I've loved before"-levels of cuteness, and it did deliver, but in my opinion this lacked the charm of Lara Jean & co. I loved Ruby's struggle to find her own path outside her family and outside her relationship with Oscar, but everything regarding her dysfunctional and astonishingly talented family was way too much, and the racial issues promised in the blurb (that were the other reason why I was interested in this book) were barely touched - they were mentioned, but never discussed or analysed, which for me rested depth to the story. There's insta-love and there's a bit of relationship drama but Oscar and Ruby's banter and dynamics were adorable and beyond cute, so in that way I did get what I was looking for in this story. Very recommendable for a quick, uplifting read.
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  • Lee Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of Jenn Marie Thorne's books, and her latest is stunning. Our MCs Ruby and Oscar are positively swoon worthy (my favorite ships are full of heart AND humor, and these two have both in spades). And the world they inhabit - the classical music circle of New York - gives this book a lush, sensorial layer of summer dreaminess. Part romance, part coming-of-age, NIGHT MUSIC seamlessly blends the two into a moving, honest look at what it means to love someone else, and what it ultimatel I am a huge fan of Jenn Marie Thorne's books, and her latest is stunning. Our MCs Ruby and Oscar are positively swoon worthy (my favorite ships are full of heart AND humor, and these two have both in spades). And the world they inhabit - the classical music circle of New York - gives this book a lush, sensorial layer of summer dreaminess. Part romance, part coming-of-age, NIGHT MUSIC seamlessly blends the two into a moving, honest look at what it means to love someone else, and what it ultimately takes to love yourself. For as much as I fell head-over-heels with Oscar and Ruby together, Ruby's hard-won road to self-discovery and acceptance is just as compelling. Highly recommended.
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  • thi
    January 1, 1970
    ok I don’t know where to begin the blurb is a little wordy and that’s also reflected in the rest of the book’s writing, imo it’s not dragging per se just very informative but still enjoyable, it just took me a lot longer to get through than normally essentially ruby feels talentless and unmotivated in her family of stars and is constantly surrounded by people expected more from her, and I think that’s something everyone can relate to, to some degree and I personally felt so much for her especial ok I don’t know where to begin the blurb is a little wordy and that’s also reflected in the rest of the book’s writing, imo it’s not dragging per se just very informative but still enjoyable, it just took me a lot longer to get through than normally essentially ruby feels talentless and unmotivated in her family of stars and is constantly surrounded by people expected more from her, and I think that’s something everyone can relate to, to some degree and I personally felt so much for her especially when dealing with her difficult relationship with her parents (I cried ily ruby)Oscar is bright eyed and trying to navigate his talents in an exclusionary setting and constant micro-aggressions their relationship was so inviting and every little hurdle felt like a stab to my heart they’re so sweet This also wasn’t entirely romance as it touched on racism in “elite” schooling and media portrayal of talented POC 4.25/5
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  • Kiki Cole
    January 1, 1970
    This novel was a huge hassle to get through, but the experience was worth it. It is amazing when music is represented vividly in a novel to the point where you can visualize it without hearing it. This definitely shined bright on diversity and the distinction between stereotypes and reality. I hope everyone looks into the book if they are musical lovers or feel misrepresented by the people around them.
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  • Lauren R.
    January 1, 1970
    Phew, that was such a surprise and kind of a rollercoaster? I'm not a music-themed book kind of gal usually but wanted to push myself out of the comfort zone for another Jenn Marie Thorne book. I haven't read anything by her since loving THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT. In any case, this was wonderful! I felt thrown into it a little bit and it took some getting used to. However, I loved dropping in on this summer, with no knowledge of classical music or any references they made, and just following Ruby Phew, that was such a surprise and kind of a rollercoaster? I'm not a music-themed book kind of gal usually but wanted to push myself out of the comfort zone for another Jenn Marie Thorne book. I haven't read anything by her since loving THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT. In any case, this was wonderful! I felt thrown into it a little bit and it took some getting used to. However, I loved dropping in on this summer, with no knowledge of classical music or any references they made, and just following Ruby and Oscar along as they figured themselves (and each other) out. The ending made me tear up and then cheer for Ruby. Thorne's writing really was breezy and summery, which made the book so atmospheric. Not something I expected from this kind of story and yet another pleasant surprise for me. Overall, such a great book.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    I was enraptured in this delightful novel, and although it's realistic fiction, it felt magical-- love and music bloom beautifully together. Over the course of a New York summer, Ruby tries to navigate her place in her music-oriented family, where not only is she the youngest, but doesn't feel like she can match up to their abilities. Enter Oscar, her father's handsome & charming protégé; his upbeat attitude and brilliance in writing full symphonies encourages her to explore her career optio I was enraptured in this delightful novel, and although it's realistic fiction, it felt magical-- love and music bloom beautifully together. Over the course of a New York summer, Ruby tries to navigate her place in her music-oriented family, where not only is she the youngest, but doesn't feel like she can match up to their abilities. Enter Oscar, her father's handsome & charming protégé; his upbeat attitude and brilliance in writing full symphonies encourages her to explore her career options. While sweeping me away in the romantic plot, this book also tackles racial microaggressions, something essential that must be addressed. Fans of Morgan Matson and Jenny Han will devour this book!
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  • Mah Marino | Happy Reading Co.
    January 1, 1970
    The magic of this book is how music not just a prop to connect the characters, it is a character and it has its own magic besides everything. The fact that I’m in no way musically inclined made this experience unique for me.“It’s love.” Oscar peered at the ceiling again. “Most classical music is. Not all, but most. You know…” He rolled over to face me. “I can appreciate all kinds of music, I really can. I think there’s something there. But hip-hop, pop, it speaks to front, you know? It’s the fac The magic of this book is how music not just a prop to connect the characters, it is a character and it has its own magic besides everything. The fact that I’m in no way musically inclined made this experience unique for me.“It’s love.” Oscar peered at the ceiling again. “Most classical music is. Not all, but most. You know…” He rolled over to face me. “I can appreciate all kinds of music, I really can. I think there’s something there. But hip-hop, pop, it speaks to front, you know? It’s the face you show to the world, what you want to project. Classical speaks right to what you’re feeling. What you long for.”Ruby is a very unique character and her journey of finding herself is very relatable – well… except the music part! She was born and raised in an musical environment and everyone in her family is a musician… except her. She’s not gifted and her whole journey in this story is to find her place in the world.Oscar, on the other hand, breathes music. He is music. And the way that is described in the book is beautiful. His relationship with Ruby is as complicated as understanding a melody, and once you get it… oh it’s beautiful.This book also talks about the racism in the world, but mostly in the music environment. We can see that most, if not all, musicians are white or north asians – and the donors and those in high hierarchy are always using Oscar’s race as a form of manipulation. The book shows the struggles of POC navigating through the music world and finding their place without being manipulated or used as a prop, and it does in a way that is no tacky. I’m a white person (although latina, my family is mostly from Italians that emigrated to Brazil… so I’m very “european” looking) and in no way I can understand the struggles POC, but I could understand what was presented and I felt very sad about the whole thing…Overall this book was an amazing read. I recommend this for everyone – musically inclined or not.
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  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    if you like YA books about young musicians, this is a must read. It's not just about music, although that is front and center. It's also a very sweet romance, about Ruby, privileged daughter of one of the premier musical families of New York, who has just realized she doesn't have the talent to join her family's musical rank, and Oscar, the brilliant young composer who is living with Ruby and her Dad for the summer (scholarship to the prestigious music where the dad teaches) . Ruby is white, and if you like YA books about young musicians, this is a must read. It's not just about music, although that is front and center. It's also a very sweet romance, about Ruby, privileged daughter of one of the premier musical families of New York, who has just realized she doesn't have the talent to join her family's musical rank, and Oscar, the brilliant young composer who is living with Ruby and her Dad for the summer (scholarship to the prestigious music where the dad teaches) . Ruby is white, and Oscar is black, and as well as coping with the musical pressure, he has to put up with being used as a fundraising poster child for diversity (which includes distorting his actual family background and playing up his blackness...). Ruby in the meantime is trying to figure out what to make of her life now that music is off the table for her. And they fall in love, a very sweet love that's sex positive and sex smart at the same time. And in the end Ruby uses her privilege to be a great ally in a way that actually makes a difference, and Oscar's symphony is a huge success....so lots of music, lots of love, lots of growing up!
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  • The Artisan Geek
    January 1, 1970
    31/3/19I won this book with a giveaway!! I'm not really that of a romance girl, but I am willing to give it a shot :DYou can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website
  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    Night Music was such a lovely and heartfelt contemporary set in the world of classical music, with one of my favorite YA couples I've had the pleasure of reading recently.
  • DJ
    January 1, 1970
    *** I received an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of this book from a giveaway on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. ***Key thoughts: This book is Amazing. Wonderful. Beautiful. Gutwrenching. Perfection. Prepare to pull an all-nighter with this page-turner and have a box of tissues handy!!! I could not put it down even as tears blurred my vision and made reading difficult.Review:NIGHT MUSIC is a coming of age story about 17-year-olds, Ruby Chertok, and Oscar Bell. Ruby has grown up in a ver *** I received an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of this book from a giveaway on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. ***Key thoughts: This book is Amazing. Wonderful. Beautiful. Gutwrenching. Perfection. Prepare to pull an all-nighter with this page-turner and have a box of tissues handy!!! I could not put it down even as tears blurred my vision and made reading difficult.Review:NIGHT MUSIC is a coming of age story about 17-year-olds, Ruby Chertok, and Oscar Bell. Ruby has grown up in a very white, influential family of musical geniuses but has always felt her life was underwhelming and almost as if she was an afterthought in her family. Oscar is a musical genius in his own right and comes from a black, suburban, well-off home with loving parents and siblings. Oscar travels to New York to study under Ruby’s father and attend the summer music program. He moves into the apartment in the basement of their home and dives right into his work, much to the dismay of Ruby. Ruby is taking the summer off from everything music and is branching out to look for her niche. Oscar’s presence completely throws a wrench in her plans. Romance was not in the plans for either of them when the summer started, but there is an undeniable attraction that is too hard for them to ignore. This story explores the stereotypes of color and wealth. It also digs down and shows how expectations and control expressed by the adults affect the psyche of young, impressionable teenagers. Are the choices the adults are making done in respect to helping Ruby and Oscar achieve their goals or is it more for implied diversity and financial gain that could be achieved for the school? The quirky, awkwardness of teenagers finding their first true love and the struggle to be who they want to be will make your heart ache as well as cheer for Ruby and Oscar. The struggles Ruby goes through will have you guessing up until the end to see what path she decides to take. I hope you will check out this book and that you enjoy reading this story as much as I did. After you read it, visit my blog at https://djchristensen74.wixsite.com/d... and let me know what you think!
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  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    "Night Music" is a beautiful YA coming-of-age/romance that brings classical music front and center. Ruby Chertok is the youngest of our children born to musical parents and expected to be equally musical. Ruby desperately wants to live up to the family name, but it does not seem to be in the cards after her failed audition for the high-profile Amberley School of Music. However, Ruby feels the need for purpose- she is just not sure what that purpose is. It certainly doesn't help that the new musi "Night Music" is a beautiful YA coming-of-age/romance that brings classical music front and center. Ruby Chertok is the youngest of our children born to musical parents and expected to be equally musical. Ruby desperately wants to live up to the family name, but it does not seem to be in the cards after her failed audition for the high-profile Amberley School of Music. However, Ruby feels the need for purpose- she is just not sure what that purpose is. It certainly doesn't help that the new music genius, another seventeen-year-old who is already composing, is moving into the basement apartment of the house where Ruby and her father reside so that her father can mentor him even more closely. Ruby feels that her life revolves around music, and it is impossible to get away from it in her house. As the eccentric musician-type, her father assumes Ruby will continue to clean up after him, get food, and make coffee- and Ruby does, without complaint. At the same time, she is getting to know the new prodigy, Oscar Bell, who is dealing with his own problems, including anxiety, composing, and that he is viewed for his race and not for who he actually is.As Ruby spends time trying to find herself and fit within her eccentric family, we follow not only a fantastic coming-of-age journey but also a beautiful romance. Other major themes are racism and to a lesser extent, mental illness. I would have liked these to be handled in a bigger way, as they are important themes and not fully fleshed out in honor of the primary stories/themes. However, as is, they certainly give pause and can raise critical questions for the YA audience. I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy YA contemporary romance. Although described as a rom-com, I did not get this feeling from the book and felt that it carried an importance gravitas from which comedy was mostly lacking. However, I loved the book for what it was and think this is an important and beautiful read with a lovely musical back-drop.Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received this eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Ruby is the youngest child in a musically famous family. Her father is a famous composure, her older siblings both play in prestigious orchestras. After Ruby’s mother left the family, so that she could spend more time on her own music career, Ruby has taken a harder look at her own relationship with music. Ruby thought that if she tried hard enough and worked long enough her mother would be proud and be more emotionally availa I received this eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Ruby is the youngest child in a musically famous family. Her father is a famous composure, her older siblings both play in prestigious orchestras. After Ruby’s mother left the family, so that she could spend more time on her own music career, Ruby has taken a harder look at her own relationship with music. Ruby thought that if she tried hard enough and worked long enough her mother would be proud and be more emotionally available. Ruby knows that it is never going to happen when her mother leaves. Ruby isn’t as talented as her family and has decided to try other things. However, her father brings in a protégé composure, who is her age, to live and learn with the family and hopefully earn money for the school her father works for. Oscar is adorable and Ruby cannot keep herself away from him, even though being with him is a constant reminder of her musical inadequacies. However, it might be Ruby’s perspective that will help keep Oscar sane as the musical world begins demanding more and more from him and forcing him to fit a mold that doesn’t fit. I loved Oscar, but I never warmed up to Ruby. I felt that she was a side character in her own story. The problem is that she has been a side character in her own life and her journey away from that is the point of the book. I think readers who are musically inclined will respond to this book, but those who don’t know much or care much will be bored by large parts of the story. I love this author, but this book did not work for me. I will continue to read her novels. This one will reach out to a specific reader and I just so happen to not be that reader.
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  • Emilie
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a beautiful testament to so many different things, music, love, friendship, family and learning who you really are. I found myself engrossed in this book from the start and it never really let go. It did a great job of putting so many things into it, including never shying away from the pervasive racism that our culture has, which was a really important thing to include in this book, being that one of the main characters was a young black boy. It was evident in the way that the nar This book was a beautiful testament to so many different things, music, love, friendship, family and learning who you really are. I found myself engrossed in this book from the start and it never really let go. It did a great job of putting so many things into it, including never shying away from the pervasive racism that our culture has, which was a really important thing to include in this book, being that one of the main characters was a young black boy. It was evident in the way that the narrator, Ruby, both noticed it in the world around them and, even if unintentional, said or did things that simply come with being a white person in a place of privilege. All in all, this was a well written book that really tugged at your heartstrings, but also was not just about the romance, but everything that goes on around a relationship that can be difficult. I really liked that Ruby and Oscar had to fight and did fight to keep their relationship alive, when they had so many obstacles. It made it seem really real.I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes romances that have a little more to them.
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  • Carmensutra
    January 1, 1970
    Jenn really is a master at making her stories and characters engaging. In this book, she even managed to cast a magical spell over Manhattan and to the world of music/symphony/performance. I was engaged from the first line. Ruby is adorable, forgotten by her father, abandoned by her mother and, in turn, abandons music. Oscar is a quirky genius and a rare sight in the high stakes world of the New York Symphony--he's a black kid from Baltimore who is brought into the summer program as the next gre Jenn really is a master at making her stories and characters engaging. In this book, she even managed to cast a magical spell over Manhattan and to the world of music/symphony/performance. I was engaged from the first line. Ruby is adorable, forgotten by her father, abandoned by her mother and, in turn, abandons music. Oscar is a quirky genius and a rare sight in the high stakes world of the New York Symphony--he's a black kid from Baltimore who is brought into the summer program as the next great composer of his generation. Jenn writes Oscar's musical brainstorms and performances with such glee, that you feel caught up in the moment, like you can just hear the composition she's describing. It was honestly magical and it warmed my spirit. This book is for every music lover or lover of summer romance out there. Another job well done by Jenn!
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  • Malu
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a sweet contemporary read <3Honestly, this book did have its ups and downs but overall it was really enjoyable and fun. As someone with a passion for the arts, it was so great seeing it represented like this in YA. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much is that it feels like you’re reading a rom-com, it’s cutesy, lighthearted, and just a fun read. Sure it had its flaws, a big one being how lowly Ruby was treated by the other men in her life and how that issue was This was such a sweet contemporary read <3Honestly, this book did have its ups and downs but overall it was really enjoyable and fun. As someone with a passion for the arts, it was so great seeing it represented like this in YA. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much is that it feels like you’re reading a rom-com, it’s cutesy, lighthearted, and just a fun read. Sure it had its flaws, a big one being how lowly Ruby was treated by the other men in her life and how that issue was only acknowledged at the end of the book, but at the end of the day it WAS acknowledged as a problem, and I really appreciate that. This was just the perfect lovey-dovey read to pick up on a free weekend.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    I loved loved loved this! Classical music is one of my big loves in life so it feels like I was destined to love this book. Following Ruby's struggle as she figured out what to do with her life now, as well as who she is and who the people in her life actually are, was such an enjoyable experience - and her romance with Oscar was incredible and soooooo swoony. As always with books about music (or any other type of media, to be honest), I just wish there was a soundtrack available that I could li I loved loved loved this! Classical music is one of my big loves in life so it feels like I was destined to love this book. Following Ruby's struggle as she figured out what to do with her life now, as well as who she is and who the people in her life actually are, was such an enjoyable experience - and her romance with Oscar was incredible and soooooo swoony. As always with books about music (or any other type of media, to be honest), I just wish there was a soundtrack available that I could listen to - especially Oscar's symphony, which sounds like exactly the kind of thing I adore.Night Music has definitely earned a spot among my favorite YA contemporaries of all time.
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  • Megan Mann
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost, let’s get the ridiculous bit out. The cover features a girl who poker straight hair while ruby continues to state that she has curls. I don’t know. It just REALLY bothers me. Okay. Story.I liked it well enough. I thought classical music was a GREAT centerpiece for the story. I think it’s underutilized in the NYC scope and I’m glad she chose that to focus on.HOWEVER, the writing just wasn’t there for me. The analogies were just too much at times. It felt overwrought. And I fel First and foremost, let’s get the ridiculous bit out. The cover features a girl who poker straight hair while ruby continues to state that she has curls. I don’t know. It just REALLY bothers me. Okay. Story.I liked it well enough. I thought classical music was a GREAT centerpiece for the story. I think it’s underutilized in the NYC scope and I’m glad she chose that to focus on.HOWEVER, the writing just wasn’t there for me. The analogies were just too much at times. It felt overwrought. And I felt like there were TOO many problems to have in a 6-week period. I felt like not all of them were necessary. But I did like the intensity of first love between Ruby and Oscar. That’s how it’s supposed to feel, you know? So, I thought that was captured really well.
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  • Laura Mauro
    January 1, 1970
    *I got this for review from the publisher for my honest thoughts*I actually found this to be a super realistic read. I actually loved the focus on art/ music and also on how this book had super well crated ending. I also enjoyed how this book focused a lot on passion and what makes us want to create or partake in the arts. I really did like the female lead in this story and found her POV to super well done. I normally love duel POV novels and event thought i would have enoyey it, I did enjoy her *I got this for review from the publisher for my honest thoughts*I actually found this to be a super realistic read. I actually loved the focus on art/ music and also on how this book had super well crated ending. I also enjoyed how this book focused a lot on passion and what makes us want to create or partake in the arts. I really did like the female lead in this story and found her POV to super well done. I normally love duel POV novels and event thought i would have enoyey it, I did enjoy her being the only voice in my head. I really liked the pacing of this novel as well and the unique family dynamics present.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    Ruby has grown up with everyone in her family excelling in music..to the point of being world famous. When she decides to not pursue music for her future she has no idea what to do; music has been her life until this point.Enter Oscar the musical wunderkind; the boy that Ruby's father is mentoring for the summer. With Oscar music is just apart of who he is and pretty soon Ruby is drawn to his enthusiasm and his passion and is determined to find her passion. A fun, touching story that really focu Ruby has grown up with everyone in her family excelling in music..to the point of being world famous. When she decides to not pursue music for her future she has no idea what to do; music has been her life until this point.Enter Oscar the musical wunderkind; the boy that Ruby's father is mentoring for the summer. With Oscar music is just apart of who he is and pretty soon Ruby is drawn to his enthusiasm and his passion and is determined to find her passion. A fun, touching story that really focuses on what is best for you, not for your family or your friends, but what works best for you. Thoroughly enjoyed by this reader. Thanks to Penguin for the ARC!
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  • Brie
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest.It is definitely geared for a teen audience. I would say junior high to first year of high school. So, be aware, as an adult, it may seem a bit teen geared...because it is. Older teens may find it a bit young as well.Still it is a good hook. Great characters and interesting story. Definitely will connect with kids in orchestra (programs or classes), love classical music, or who play in bands in high school. Touches on topics that are important r I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest.It is definitely geared for a teen audience. I would say junior high to first year of high school. So, be aware, as an adult, it may seem a bit teen geared...because it is. Older teens may find it a bit young as well.Still it is a good hook. Great characters and interesting story. Definitely will connect with kids in orchestra (programs or classes), love classical music, or who play in bands in high school. Touches on topics that are important right now but does not get too heavy. Just gives you enough to spark thinking about them which is what junior high kids need. Definitely a good read.
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  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    I just couldn't get into this book and had to set it aside after some 70 pages. I really liked how Thorne centered the plot around music, but the story itself wasn't resonating. I get that there's supposed to be a relationship tension (platonic or romantic) between Ruby and Oscar, but it was overly pushed upon us and I can't help but feel that the rest of the book will be predictable. Is this a fair assumption given that I was only 70 pages in? I think it is incumbent upon the author to have sna I just couldn't get into this book and had to set it aside after some 70 pages. I really liked how Thorne centered the plot around music, but the story itself wasn't resonating. I get that there's supposed to be a relationship tension (platonic or romantic) between Ruby and Oscar, but it was overly pushed upon us and I can't help but feel that the rest of the book will be predictable. Is this a fair assumption given that I was only 70 pages in? I think it is incumbent upon the author to have snagged our interest by this point.
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  • Katie Tyler
    January 1, 1970
    I highly suggesting reading this book as soon as it hits shelves! I LOVED this enchanting tale of Ruby and Oscar! Aside from the romance that sparks, this novel is incredibly moving within charisma of the arts! I loved being able to relate to certain parts and I felt as if I could see Ruby brought to life throughout every page! It's hard to find a book that keeps you interested page after page, but Jenn Marie Thorne is an incredible author and I had a hard time putting this book down! Please, pl I highly suggesting reading this book as soon as it hits shelves! I LOVED this enchanting tale of Ruby and Oscar! Aside from the romance that sparks, this novel is incredibly moving within charisma of the arts! I loved being able to relate to certain parts and I felt as if I could see Ruby brought to life throughout every page! It's hard to find a book that keeps you interested page after page, but Jenn Marie Thorne is an incredible author and I had a hard time putting this book down! Please, please, please take a chance on Night Music! You will NOT be disappointed!
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  • Lori Goldstein
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful, funny, heart-wrenching, and true. Jenn Marie Thorne is a master at writing young adult contemporaries with characters who you wish could be your best friends. The world of classical music in NIGHT MUSIC is the backdrop for a story of love—both of another and one’s self. A romance as raw as it is real, in all its glorious, fumbling awkwardness and magic. Ms. Thorne’s prose is music in and of itself. If you long to read a book that will inspire you to find your passion, NIGHT MUSIC is i Beautiful, funny, heart-wrenching, and true. Jenn Marie Thorne is a master at writing young adult contemporaries with characters who you wish could be your best friends. The world of classical music in NIGHT MUSIC is the backdrop for a story of love—both of another and one’s self. A romance as raw as it is real, in all its glorious, fumbling awkwardness and magic. Ms. Thorne’s prose is music in and of itself. If you long to read a book that will inspire you to find your passion, NIGHT MUSIC is it.
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