All the Wrong Chords
Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn't exactly what she had in mind. Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy--a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can't pass on an opportunity like this, and she can't take her eyes off the band's hot lead singer either. Is real happiness just around the corner? Or will she always be haunted by her brother's death?

All the Wrong Chords Details

TitleAll the Wrong Chords
Author
ReleaseDec 12th, 2017
PublisherFlux
ISBN-139781635830101
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary

All the Wrong Chords Review

  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 3.25⭐Story ⭐⭐⭐This was a typical Girl-falls-for-the-wrong-boy-only-to-realize-the-right-guy-was-always-right-there-story. But with bands, music 🎶🎵🎶, tragic losses and illnesses. Characters ⭐⭐⭐What can I say? I hated the “wrong guy” from the beginning. How could Scarlett not see that he was an a*hole from the start? How? I really hated her stupidity in this situations, but she’s young (kind of) and “love” (or rather “attraction”) makes you stupid. My favorite characters were her gr Actual rating: 3.25⭐️Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️This was a typical Girl-falls-for-the-wrong-boy-only-to-realize-the-right-guy-was-always-right-there-story. But with bands, music 🎶🎵🎶, tragic losses and illnesses. Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️What can I say? I hated the “wrong guy” from the beginning. How could Scarlett not see that he was an a*hole from the start? How? I really hated her stupidity in this situations, but she’s young (kind of) and “love” (or rather “attraction”) makes you stupid. My favorite characters were her grandfather and Zach. Zach was a real gentleman and so so cute and her grandfather was super funny and really cool. Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️Well, I don’t want to spoiler things. So, I can only say it had some cute moments and a happy ending (no surprise 😅). I liked Scarlett’s relationship with her sister, with her best friend and her grandfather. There were my favorite parts. And I felt really sad when I read what a good and strong relationship she had with her brother before he died. 😢Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I enjoyed the writing and it had some beautiful parts which I really liked.
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  • Inge
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsYou know that one friend who seems to have a penchant for picking the wrong guy? They come to you when he's made them cry once again, you tell them to dump his sorry ass because they deserve only good things in their life, they ignore your advice and remain miserable?This is the book equivalent of that friend, and it was frustrating as hell.I actually really liked the story as I was going in - the premise seemed promising, I loved the addition of song lyrics written by the band, and I r 2.5 starsYou know that one friend who seems to have a penchant for picking the wrong guy? They come to you when he's made them cry once again, you tell them to dump his sorry ass because they deserve only good things in their life, they ignore your advice and remain miserable?This is the book equivalent of that friend, and it was frustrating as hell.I actually really liked the story as I was going in - the premise seemed promising, I loved the addition of song lyrics written by the band, and I really liked the introduction of Zach, who seemed like a genuinely good guy. So of course the protagonist goes for the other guy, because "she deserves the hot guy for once" and whaddaya know he's a douche. Thus begins a seriously frustrating storyline where it takes Scarlett nearly the entire book to figure out what we know from the very first chapter.I get it, there wouldn't be a book otherwise. But even on other accounts, Scarlett seems completely clueless about so many things, and I found it really aggravating to see this story from her point of view. I did really love the side characters, especially the band members and their families, and it was quite a quick and easy read.I also really appreciated the additions of a character with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), as well as the discourse about overdosing on prescription meds. Both are truly underrepresented topics in literature.Still, definitely not my favourite storyline.Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy
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  • Attack Salmon
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger Warning: gay character make comments that are offensive to straight pplWell I am joking of cuz. What's the fun in life living in trigger warnings. But yes I am definitely pissed when Varun the gay character said he had it worse than a straight white boy. Not something I usually get upset about but with the usual trend of bashing straight ppl for no other reason other than they are straight and white , I can't help being triggered. My annoyance with the character doesn't impact my reading Trigger Warning: gay character make comments that are offensive to straight pplWell I am joking of cuz. What's the fun in life living in trigger warnings. But yes I am definitely pissed when Varun the gay character said he had it worse than a straight white boy. Not something I usually get upset about but with the usual trend of bashing straight ppl for no other reason other than they are straight and white , I can't help being triggered. My annoyance with the character doesn't impact my reading experience. I am very glad that I picked All the Wrong Chords. Our heroine Scarlett is spending her summer with her grandpa, what happened when she joined a band, have to juggle between 2 hot boys and band drama? I enjoy the mystery vibe within the book. Scarlett got torn between 2 boys Zach and uhmm I can't rmb his name. These 2 boys are sending Scarlett mixed signals? What is the deal with them? What are they hiding? I rack my brain trying to guess Aside from the romance, this book is just sooo heart warming and sweet. A perfect blend of Romance, Family, Friendship and Mystery ARC received via NetGalley
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 3.5/5(I received a free copy from the publisher, Flux, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Available for request at https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/boo...)***Minor spoilers***Scarlett's family is going through a rough time. Her brother died of a drug overdose, and everyone is dealing with it differently. Scarlett is spending the summer with her grandfather, both to help deal with the tragedy and to keep her grandfather from driving, due to his failing vision. After nearly h Rating: 3.5/5(I received a free copy from the publisher, Flux, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Available for request at https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/boo...)***Minor spoilers***Scarlett's family is going through a rough time. Her brother died of a drug overdose, and everyone is dealing with it differently. Scarlett is spending the summer with her grandfather, both to help deal with the tragedy and to keep her grandfather from driving, due to his failing vision. After nearly hitting a guy with her car, she discovers that he's part of a band and sees him perform. Upon discovering that Scarlett herself was previously in a band, she's invited to go to their practice, where she quickly becomes torn between two members. Declan is the hot lead singer, who seems to go through girls like it's nothing, and who isn't very reliable at all, but she's infatuated regardless. Zach, the guy she almost ran over, is the lead guitarist and songwriter, and has been nothing but good to Scarlett, but her obsession with Declan remains. But is Declan really good for her?To start off, this book had a love triangle that was pretty predictable and at some times frustrating. Usually I end up hating books that feature love triangles, but I didn't mind all that much in this book. For one, I liked Scarlett as a character, so that made it more tolerable. She also recognized that maybe Declan wasn't good for her, she just had a hard time getting over him. There was also enough stuff happening in the book (dealing with her brother's death, and also the relationships between Scarlett, her best friend, and her sister) where the focus wasn't solely on the love triangle, so it didn't become exhausting to read. As I mentioned, this book was extremely predictable. From the get go you can tell that Zach is the nice guy and Declan is the bad boy and Scarlett wants Declan but Zach is there and blah blah blah, I'm sure you can predict the rest. And you predicted correctly. But the journey there was actually pretty fun and satisfying. There was also another element that I found pretty predictable, which was (view spoiler)[ that Varun and Liam were together (hide spoiler)]. Hints were thrown here and there that were pretty easy to catch on to, but it didn't really ruin the experience for me anyway.Overall, I thought this was a pretty fun and easy read. The writing flowed really well, and it was easy to sit down and read for a long time without getting tired. It dealt with some hard hitting topics, but in general I found it pretty relaxed. The story was predictable, but the writing, characters, and relationships kept me interested enough to not mind that too much. I'd definitely read another book by this author, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a cute, albeit predictable, romance.
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  • katherine ☾☮️ - paperbackdreamer
    January 1, 1970
    These past few days I’ve had a habit of picking up a book based on its blurb and enjoying it a lot less that I actually thought I would – this book falls into that section.The insta love was a no no for me in this book, sometimes I love insta love (if it’s done well) and sometimes I hate isnta love, this falls into the hate section. Ugh. No.I also didn’t like Scarlett like at all? She just wasn’t for me, I didn’t really like her very much, I didn’t connect to her, just meh. Also, it was a little These past few days I’ve had a habit of picking up a book based on its blurb and enjoying it a lot less that I actually thought I would – this book falls into that section.The insta love was a no no for me in this book, sometimes I love insta love (if it’s done well) and sometimes I hate isnta love, this falls into the hate section. Ugh. No.I also didn’t like Scarlett like at all? She just wasn’t for me, I didn’t really like her very much, I didn’t connect to her, just meh. Also, it was a little predictable. I figured out the big “plot twists” before they were revealed which meant that I ended up finding this book a little boring at times.Just yeah, another miss for me sadly ☹➡️ thank you to Flux and Netgalley for the arc.♕For more reviews, recommendations and bookish chats head over to my blog ♕
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  • Tissy
    January 1, 1970
    This book started out pretty well and then it took a sharp left into DNF territory which encompasses; predictable, boring and annoying. I didn't like any of the characters aside from the grandfather whose nonchalant attitude matched my own towards the book.
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  • ~ Althea ~ (themoonwholistens)
    January 1, 1970
    // I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review // "I'm thinking perfect is overrated" This started out pretty great okay. The ending touched my heart too.But I had such a huge problem with the inconsistency of the plot, the characters and the theme of the story. I mean, Liam's death was suppose to be the focus of this book but it was gone completely by the middle of the book but revived again by the end. It turned more into a love story when I think the love sto // I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review // "I'm thinking perfect is overrated" This started out pretty great okay. The ending touched my heart too.But I had such a huge problem with the inconsistency of the plot, the characters and the theme of the story. I mean, Liam's death was suppose to be the focus of this book but it was gone completely by the middle of the book but revived again by the end. It turned more into a love story when I think the love story should just be a part of it and not the focus of everything all together. It made the book more generic and it really lost its potential rather than if the author just focused on how Scarlett gets over her brother and meets this one guy on the way or something. This book turned to be more on Scarlett getting over a guy she got romantically involved in. (view spoiler)[ (she literally said she was going to get over him 4 times and she did the exact opposite of it and went out on a date with him and even made out with him and everything) (hide spoiler)]in a detailed conclusion. . . (view spoiler)[What I liked:- Z A C H- initial idea of the book (Liam's death and Scarlett trying to get over it)- Vadu, Vandaan, Vundan, . . . what?? well, that guy. he's cool.- writing style- other band members, except Declan - Scarlett talking about Liam in the first and last chaptersWhat I did not like:- that "out-of-nowhere-plot-twist" near the end (that was just so random, there was barely any explanation and it was never stated and explained how it fit into the plot)- inconsistent theme- Scarlett being a badass woman who doesn't need anybody one minute then having a complete 180 character change wherever Declan is involved- (which reminds me) D E C L A N(hide spoiler)]Speaking of Scarlett, I was so annoyed of her character. I think this was a weak point of the book as well, the characters. I did not get hooked with them as I usually do and I think character connection to the readers is really what keeps the readers of a certain book hooked to the story.this book also had some technical mistakes that might need fixing. the cover could be better. . . ? maybe changing the color scheme and some minor things could make it so much better.BUT PLEASE DO KNOW THAT I ENJOYED THIS!! It does not mean I rated it 2 stars it means I don't like it. There were parts that I liked a whole lot but the negative comments outweigh the positive ones. It just needs a lot of improvement.
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  • L.P. Logan
    January 1, 1970
    I can't help it. When I think of this book I instantly see John Travolta and Olivia Newton John strutting around in the final scene of the movie 'Grease' singing, "You're the one that I want . . ." AND it's not even relevant. And the movie doesn't even have the same storyline. The only thing that they have in common is that they are both stories told through music, and I totally love that about this book. Oh and its a love story. Which totally matters. So, I'm sticking with my Grease imagery and I can't help it. When I think of this book I instantly see John Travolta and Olivia Newton John strutting around in the final scene of the movie 'Grease' singing, "You're the one that I want . . ." AND it's not even relevant. And the movie doesn't even have the same storyline. The only thing that they have in common is that they are both stories told through music, and I totally love that about this book. Oh and its a love story. Which totally matters. So, I'm sticking with my Grease imagery and that's that. Set about six months after the MC's brother died due to a drug overdose brought some pangs of familiarity to me. They were tough words/feelings to read. But at the same time, I really appreciated that the author took the time to show the grieving process and allowed readers to experience the sensation that life can still be happy despite losing someone so close to you. High five, Ms Deriso. I also liked that the family relationships were so awesomely portrayed. Seriously, it made me want to call my parents and schedule a cookie baking marathon or something. While its storming outside. And there's a fire burning in the fireplace. And Elvis is crooning in the background. Its totally going to happen. The only thing this book was lacking was a bit of maturity from the MC, but I can't fault the book or the writing for this. It was entirely appropriate thinking for a 17-18 year old girl. Which I no longer am. So aside from that, I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of YA who like music, bands, and love stories, but who also want a quick and light summer read.
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  • Shirley
    January 1, 1970
    Original review All the Wrong Chords tells the story of Scarlett Stiles. Scarlett's lost her brother due to a drug overdose. She wants to feel better and move on, so she spends the summer with her grandfather. She's lifeguarding at the pool but also playing in a new band. She used to play in her brother's band so playing in this new band is kind of hard, but also something she really wants. Besides lifeguarding and playing in the band, she's also falling for a guy...All the Wrong Chords is such Original review All the Wrong Chords tells the story of Scarlett Stiles. Scarlett's lost her brother due to a drug overdose. She wants to feel better and move on, so she spends the summer with her grandfather. She's lifeguarding at the pool but also playing in a new band. She used to play in her brother's band so playing in this new band is kind of hard, but also something she really wants. Besides lifeguarding and playing in the band, she's also falling for a guy...All the Wrong Chords is such an enjoyable and easy contemporary. I love reading contemporaries when I'm in a reading slump because they're so good and not that difficult to read. All the Wrong Chords was such a nice story about loss, music and love. It was so beautiful, but also sometimes heartbreaking. In my life I also experienced loss and the 2 things that make me feel better aremusic and the love of my boyfriend, friends and family. It was also cool that there was a gay character in the book. I love that authors are creating characters that are not all straight!I really recommend All the Wrong Chords to those who need a light and enjoyable read about loss, music and love!
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  • Mihlean
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and voluntary reviewRating: 2,5 starsThe first few chapters of All The Wrong Chords really got me hooked. Our main character, Scarlett, is grieving and struggling with the death of her brother, Liam. In those chapters we get some insight of both Liam and Scarlett's relationships between the rest of her family and I. Loved. It. But then the band came into play, and all Scarlett would do was whine about the incredibly h I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and voluntary reviewRating: 2,5 starsThe first few chapters of All The Wrong Chords really got me hooked. Our main character, Scarlett, is grieving and struggling with the death of her brother, Liam. In those chapters we get some insight of both Liam and Scarlett's relationships between the rest of her family and I. Loved. It. But then the band came into play, and all Scarlett would do was whine about the incredibly hot guy who barely even notices her existence like mygoodness and how it was unfair because "she just wants the hottie for once" instead of the usual: them (the 'hotties') drooling over her sister, Sara. Honestly, could someone's personality take a worse downfall than that?? I think not. Like seriously, every time she spoke and thought about Declan, I wanted to bash my head into a wall repeatedly and I rolled my eyes so often I think they could've gotten stuck in the back of my head and it only went downhill as the story progressed. What I liked about All The Wrong Chords - because there were things I liked despite the rant - were the family interactions that occured in the book. I'm a sucker for a good sibling and parents relationship, and also Scarlett and her grandpa? Awesome.ALSO ZACH. I really, really liked Zach.
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  • Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
    January 1, 1970
    ➳ Rate: 4,2 / 5 stars“Go have fun tomorrow,” Sara finally says in barely a whisper. “Let’s lead fabulous lives and make our brother proud.”This is a book about moving on with your life after loosing someone you love. It was a beautiful story, full of life and death in a way. It was sad of course, because Scarlettt and her family are grieving her brother but it was also fun and vibrant and super sweet. It's a short read and very enjoyable. Scarlett is a having hard time with her brother's death a ➳ Rate: 4,2 / 5 stars“Go have fun tomorrow,” Sara finally says in barely a whisper. “Let’s lead fabulous lives and make our brother proud.”This is a book about moving on with your life after loosing someone you love. It was a beautiful story, full of life and death in a way. It was sad of course, because Scarlettt and her family are grieving her brother but it was also fun and vibrant and super sweet. It's a short read and very enjoyable. Scarlett is a having hard time with her brother's death and we get to see her move on and get her life on track, getting back into music and working on her future. She has a few bumps in the road, mainly her bad judgement but she soon sees what's right in front of her.He smiles at my response, and we stand silently for a moment, gazing into each other’s eyes. Whoa, his eyes are beautiful . . . so warm and silky and chocolaty and. . . . . . and he kisses me. Just like that. He just leans in and kisses me. It’s a soft, gentle kiss, as natural and effortless as the summer breeze.➳ARC kindly provided by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.➳ Pre-Order at: Amazon UK ⁕ Amazon US ➳ Follow me on: Blog ⁕ Instagram ⁕ Facebook ⁕ Twitter
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  • Rissa
    January 1, 1970
    3.75⭐Thank you so much to Flux via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of All the wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso. All the wrong chords will be released on December 12, 2017. The cover drew me in with its bright cover and guitar stings running down the middle. Being a musician i am drawn to anything dealing with music. Scarletts life is pretty screwed up, her brother died of an overdose and he rparents shipped her off the her grandfathers house for the summer. Scarlett and her sister,Sa 3.75⭐️Thank you so much to Flux via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of All the wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso. All the wrong chords will be released on December 12, 2017. The cover drew me in with its bright cover and guitar stings running down the middle. Being a musician i am drawn to anything dealing with music. Scarletts life is pretty screwed up, her brother died of an overdose and he rparents shipped her off the her grandfathers house for the summer. Scarlett and her sister,Sara are staying with their 85-year-old grandfather for the summer, what could go wrong. He treats them like little kids and they treat him like an incapable old man. They are rarely on the same page, especially when it comes to driving. But thats to be expected considering Scarlett almost ran over a guy. Zach, the guy Scarlett almost ran over with her car and aspiring guitarist, he has a band with his friends and they play local bars and restaurants. Zach has been nothing but nice to Scarlett even after the accident. Declan, the gorgeous lead singer and Scarletts obsession. Their family is very real and raw, which I really appreciate. If you watch the middle or speechless you know what kind of families they have. Real situations, real arguments and real drama. I didnt just feel like I was reading a story I felt invested in their life. It's refreshing to see writers make the characters not perfect/have faults. There is the obvious love triangle but I enjoyed both boys dynamics and their personalities/interaction with Scarlett. The story was predictable but it was a quick, enjoyable read. The writing flowed nicely and the book has some hard topics but the author wrote it well.
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  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things)
    January 1, 1970
    DNF'ing at 32%Right from the start, I struggled to get into the story, and it just got worse and worse and worse for me. I couldn't handle reading about Scarlett going for a douchebag and blaming her own (really nice) sister for stealing his attention even when her sister actively tried to dissuade him. I think it does teenagers a massive discredit to make Scarlett "boy crazy" to this extent. By the way, I did a Twitter poll asking how people would react if a guy they were interested in only sho DNF'ing at 32%Right from the start, I struggled to get into the story, and it just got worse and worse and worse for me. I couldn't handle reading about Scarlett going for a douchebag and blaming her own (really nice) sister for stealing his attention even when her sister actively tried to dissuade him. I think it does teenagers a massive discredit to make Scarlett "boy crazy" to this extent. By the way, I did a Twitter poll asking how people would react if a guy they were interested in only showed interest in their uninterested sister, and 0% said they would blame their sister. Because, ya know, that sounds a lot like blaming the victim.It didn't help that the author was clearly trying to push grief into the story, but I couldn't feel any of it. It sounds terrible, but I couldn't bring myself to care.This is such a shame, as I was genuinely hoping to like the book. I actively requested it on Netgalley; this wasn't me agreeing to someone's review request. But alas, an interesting concept but not an execution I could enjoy.I requested a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher for the chance.
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  • Alexis
    January 1, 1970
    * I received an ARC in E-book form from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review* I liked this book. It was a short easy read, and kept my interest. I did feel at times the main character got a little winy but still she was ok. There is representation of someone with ALS along with gay representation and drug abuse in this Novel. I can't say if any the representation was accurate because I'm not familiar with ALS all to much. That being said I really enjoyed this book. Our main character is de * I received an ARC in E-book form from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review* I liked this book. It was a short easy read, and kept my interest. I did feel at times the main character got a little winy but still she was ok. There is representation of someone with ALS along with gay representation and drug abuse in this Novel. I can't say if any the representation was accurate because I'm not familiar with ALS all to much. That being said I really enjoyed this book. Our main character is dealing with the death of her older brother. She's spending the summer with her grandfather. She meets new people and plays some music. There wasn't really anything with the story that really stood out to me but I would recommend as a very easy to read contemporary.
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  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    January 1, 1970
    Since I love myself some rock music and, well, add a good-looking musician to it. Yup, sold! I was completely ready to dive into this story.And I ended up being... disappointed, honestly. This story had the potential of being so much more. Really, it hurts.Let's start with the obvious. I really had a giant problem with the insta-love going on in this story. Actual over-the-top insta-love. "Oh, that lead singer is hot. I'm in love." That's how it went, literally. Then we go to "Okay, nope. Not in Since I love myself some rock music and, well, add a good-looking musician to it. Yup, sold! I was completely ready to dive into this story.And I ended up being... disappointed, honestly. This story had the potential of being so much more. Really, it hurts.Let's start with the obvious. I really had a giant problem with the insta-love going on in this story. Actual over-the-top insta-love. "Oh, that lead singer is hot. I'm in love." That's how it went, literally. Then we go to "Okay, nope. Not in love. Just drooling." before "Maybe I am in love with him after all." Does it end there? No! "Oh. Of course! I'm in love with that guy!"Honestly, Scarlett, could you be even more all over the place? Probably not.Apart from that, our MC, Scarlett, is a self-absorbed girl who keeps switching from feeling pretty fine to depressive because she lost her brother. Okay, I lost people in my life. I know it's a struggle and you can go from feeling one thing to the other and back again. But in All The Wrong Chords it just felt wrong, dishonest and fake.Maybe I'm being too harsh here, but it's how I felt while reading and I can't seem to shake it.She also doesn't see what's happening right in front of her. I was about 20% along - I think it was even sooner than that - and I already knew exactly what was going to happen, what "big twists" were going to be revealed during the story. Save to say it was very predictable.If the author had just dug a little deeper, gave more depth to her characters and incorporated the hints in a more subtle way, we could've had a winner here.I loved the idea of the book, I did. But when it came to the execution.. I really am disappointed.For this, I'm only giving this book 2 / 5 because in some weird-ass way I still kind of enjoyed it. At least I was when I was able of ignoring all the negatives.KathyI received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.
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  • Eileen Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    BANGOR BELLE BOOK BESTIES2.5* I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for nothing but an honest review.This story takes place after Scarlett Stiles, a young 17 yr old musican, has been left mourning the sudden death of her older brother Liam, who after a sports inury got addicted to the pain medications and passed by an overdose. Scarlett is spending the summer with her grandpa and i have to say i loved the relationship between both. During this time she me BANGOR BELLE BOOK BESTIES2.5* I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for nothing but an honest review.This story takes place after Scarlett Stiles, a young 17 yr old musican, has been left mourning the sudden death of her older brother Liam, who after a sports inury got addicted to the pain medications and passed by an overdose. Scarlett is spending the summer with her grandpa and i have to say i loved the relationship between both. During this time she meets a group of hot guys who have their own band, and Scarlett is instantly attracted to one in particular. Even though Declan is hot, he is totally unlikable and a player. The friction between him and other band members is obvious and becomes more so when Scarlett joins the band. The relationships with the family and dealing with their loss, was at times quite emotional.This book started well for me, i was intrigued as to how it would go and i really enjoyed the first few chapters. Unfortunately once the band came into the story it also went a little downhill for me. Scarlett became a whinney little girl. Although at times there were some good elements to the book, it just seems to have a lot of missing elements. Conversations between Scarlet and others, were at times difficult to navigate and jumped from one scene to another. At one point Scarlett was talking to a friend in hospital and the next sentence she was in Zach’s car and talking to him. This happened many times, and i am hoping that maybe before publication some good editing might occur. What started out for me, being an emotional story about love and loss, turned into a jigsaw. I was quite disappointed, but i think the basics of a super story are there, but unfortunately for me in its present form it just didn’t work for me.
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  • Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
    January 1, 1970
    To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0RAs soon as I heard that All the Wrong Chord's plot concerned pretty boy guitarist I was like, ‘hell yes, sign me up’. Damn, there is nothing that I love more than someone who can write me a catchy rock banger (until they actually write me one, and then it is cringey as hell). I probably should’ve expected going into this book, that it would be incredibly trope-y and incredibly YA, but I just think that I was blinded To see all of my book-related content, check out my blog @ http://bit.ly/2zzVt0RAs soon as I heard that All the Wrong Chord's plot concerned pretty boy guitarist I was like, ‘hell yes, sign me up’. Damn, there is nothing that I love more than someone who can write me a catchy rock banger (until they actually write me one, and then it is cringey as hell). I probably should’ve expected going into this book, that it would be incredibly trope-y and incredibly YA, but I just think that I was blinded by the thought of hot musicians that the conventions of the genre hit me like a slap in the face.One question: why does the girl always have to be a virgin? It has been ten years since I started with this genre and I still don’t have the foggiest idea why. Is it because authors (or maybe perhaps, publishers?) don’t believe that their audience would be able to root for a girl who has touched a penis? Because come on, honey, come on... This trope drives me up the wall, but it wasn’t the only issue I had with our dear main character. Oh, no. Another is that she was ridiculously self-centred (even more than I am, which is saying something) - she never asks, or seems to care, about anyone’s life apart from her own and that of her love interest. Which means that I, as the reader, read however-many-pages and I still know nothing about her sister (aside from the main character's own resentments) or her best friend, or really anything about anyone who she wasn’t attracted to. The drummer and bassist of the band are essentially cardboard cutouts who really hold no other function than to complain about the lead singer, who is honestly the most ridiculous option in a love triangle that I have EVER seen. A personal highlight of the book is that, at one point he is given a flaw (and what a shit flaw it is) and tells a story about being ribbed by his mates for having dyslexia, and the main character’s best friend responds to a relay of the tale by saying “you’ll excuse me for not hosting a prayer vigil for what a gorgeous straight white guy had to endure in high school”. #Preach.The only fleshed-out character in this book is her love interest; a soulful songwriter and college student who doesn’t have a single girl (apart from the main character) in his sights as a potential romantic/sexual partner and who instead, spends most of his time caring for his sick mother. This isn’t a real person, guys! This is a figment of 14-year-old Cass’ imagination because believe me, I know a lot of boys at university and being a Marty Stu is laughably far from their reality.All in all, despite the book being a quick and easy read, it definitely could’ve benefitted from a long timeline (everything happened in like three weeks, I mean, come on!) another hundred or so pages to give the other characters a bit less of a paper quality. As well as some revisions on the fleshed-out characters because no, just no.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Head on over to http://bit.ly/2y7JSWV for this book, as well as all of the others featured in my reviews, complete with the added bonuses of free worldwide shipping and bringing a little joy to my life.
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  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    *This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* The story follows a girl called Scarlett who goes to stay with her Grandfather for the summer, following the death of her brother. She gets a job as a lifeguard, focuses on her upcoming college enrolment and tries to get on with life as normal. Through an almost unfortunate event, Scarlett meets a boy called Zach and learns that he is in a band. After his fellow bandmates learn of her talents on vocals and with a guitar *This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review* The story follows a girl called Scarlett who goes to stay with her Grandfather for the summer, following the death of her brother. She gets a job as a lifeguard, focuses on her upcoming college enrolment and tries to get on with life as normal. Through an almost unfortunate event, Scarlett meets a boy called Zach and learns that he is in a band. After his fellow bandmates learn of her talents on vocals and with a guitar, she is quickly asked to join. At its heart this is a tale about grief. While it has been a few months, Scarlett is still deeply affected by the loss of her brother; and it doesn’t help when the real cause of his death is shielded from outsiders. Music is her connection to Liam as he taught her how to play guitar and she has shied away from the instrument since his death. What I loved is seeing Scarlett channel her feelings back into music. When she joins the band, memories are shared of times when she bonded with her brother through melodies. While I enjoyed reading everything to do with the band and their performances, I found it hard to connect because I feel like it’s something that needed the visuals I struggled to conjure up enough of an image in my mind of the scenes in motion. At the start I really didn’t like the Grandfather but as the story progressed I started to see the softer side to him and grew to really appreciate his relationship with Scarlet. A must for music and romance lovers, and anyone wishing it was summer!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I received an Advanced Review Copy from Flux publishing and Netgalley. I picked this book up based on the description. I have lost many loved ones due to addiction, so I was able to relate to Scarlett rather easily. At times this book helped me see things from a different light, from the perspectives of those who don't really understand addiction. I was glad to be able to see that point of view as sometimes it is really hard to understand the thinking of those who don't truly understand. This wa I received an Advanced Review Copy from Flux publishing and Netgalley. I picked this book up based on the description. I have lost many loved ones due to addiction, so I was able to relate to Scarlett rather easily. At times this book helped me see things from a different light, from the perspectives of those who don't really understand addiction. I was glad to be able to see that point of view as sometimes it is really hard to understand the thinking of those who don't truly understand. This was a quick, fluffy YA romance. All the Wrong Chords captured the essence of young adult love. Making mistakes, over thinking and questioning your actions and also not yet being completely comfortable in your own skin. But it isn't all light hearted as it does show how pain can help bring people together to comfort one another and try to heal. One of the other things that I really loved was the lyrics written for the band. I felt as if this book was serenading me. Not only do you get a cute YA romance, but you also get some cool lyrics. All the Wrong Chords is the complete package of a fluffy teen romance. It is a novel full of love, loss, heartache and healing. I would recommend this book to almost anyone, especially since it doesn't paint the addict as a villain.
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  • Nina Rossing
    January 1, 1970
    A YA with a protagonist who acts her age. The plot is mostly realistic and pretty sweet, though there is some darkness here too, tackled believably.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    **First off, big ups to Netgalley for providing me with a electronic copy of this book for review***I tend to be severely interested in books to do with music. No I don't mean the ones involving some hot rockstar who's trouble with a capital 'T', but characters who live and breathe music. Characters who've got music ingrained into the fibres of their souls. Mostly this is because I love music myself and because of the awesome playlists and that feeling you get when a song you know and love's fea **First off, big ups to Netgalley for providing me with a electronic copy of this book for review***I tend to be severely interested in books to do with music. No I don't mean the ones involving some hot rockstar who's trouble with a capital 'T', but characters who live and breathe music. Characters who've got music ingrained into the fibres of their souls. Mostly this is because I love music myself and because of the awesome playlists and that feeling you get when a song you know and love's featured too.This book didn't have a lot of that. In fact the story's about a girl named Scarlett who goes to stay with her grandad over summer, to keep an eye on him on her parents behalf. Scarlett's also coping with the loss of her brother Liam, who died of overdosing on prescription medication he got for an injury he got. Scarlett soon finds herself being recruited to a new band(she used to play in her brothers old band before he passed away) and getting herself involved in some serious band drama.I like the fact that for once that it's a female character whose the one in a band. As a reader I got so engrossed in how Scarlett would describe how playing and singing made her feel you'd get pulled along with her as she described certain things. I've also got to give it to the author for writing lyrics to the songs, and how she perfectly put into words the loss one feels when you lose somebody you love.However, what irked me the most about this book was that pathetic excuse for a love triangle. this lowered my liking of the book a lot. First off, Declan was hot. no point in denying that. But everyone, I mean everyone knew this fact. Even Zach. Even Scarlett. So what I didn't get was why she kept letting him use her and treat her like trash. Obviously Scarlett knew there wasn't a future for the two of them, I mean he hit on her sister for goodness sake!!! Plus don"t even get me started on her being "in love' with Zach. Sorry to say but Zach was just a default. I mean she used to seriously not pay any attention to him and then wham! She's just suddenly in love with him?!?!This made Scarlett come off as being seriously self centered. She never even bothered to tell Mia what was going on between her and Declan, I mean where did girl solidarity go?(side note; why the hell would Mike ever want to go back to dating Mia again? she cheated on him) Plus don't even get me started on the whole Varun thing. Prior to Varun spilling the tea on his love affair with her brother, Scarlett used to act like her problems mattered way more than Varun's. This book was great but what made it lose marks to me was that whole love drama. I mean Scarlett wasn't an airhead, she could really sympathize with and give helpful advice to people in her life but that whole drama made her seem way too shallow. Overall I'd give this book a 4 out of 10.
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  • Christine Deriso
    January 1, 1970
    Ah, this book is so close to home (literally and figuratively) in so many ways. The plot, of course, is fictional, but many of the elements, even the town, drew liberally from my formative years. The ability to combine my favorite things -- fiction and music -- has been sublime. What a singular joy this experience has been.
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  • Savanah Lowder
    January 1, 1970
    Pros:The CharactersI really liked every secondary character! Scarlett’s grandpa is awesome. Her best friend, Varun, is hilarious and I love their texting throughout the book. Her sister is great, the band members are great. You get it. Everyone is awesome. Except Scarlett, but we’ll get to that in the cons.The WritingIs really easy to get through. It’s not a super long book, and it doesn’t feel like it. It’s a very quick, simple read.The BandI love any story that works music into it. I really li Pros:The CharactersI really liked every secondary character! Scarlett’s grandpa is awesome. Her best friend, Varun, is hilarious and I love their texting throughout the book. Her sister is great, the band members are great. You get it. Everyone is awesome. Except Scarlett, but we’ll get to that in the cons.The WritingIs really easy to get through. It’s not a super long book, and it doesn’t feel like it. It’s a very quick, simple read.The BandI love any story that works music into it. I really like that Scarlett uses the band to help her with her feelings about her deceased brother.The GriefI think it is portrayed very realistically, though, that said, I haven’t lost anyone as close as a brother to death. Everything associated with grief, like the sense of guilt and the “what if” and the heartbreak, that all felt very natural and realistic to me.Cons:The Main CharactersOhhhh Scarlett. I am conflicted, because Scarlett does get better as the book progresses, and her decisions become much better toward the end also. Scarlett has some of my least favorite fiction “girl behavior” though.Scarlett is endlessly jealous of her sister’s looks/way with guys, though it’s mentioned several times that they’re often mistaken for identical twins?Scarlett ignores everyone and alienates her friend/sister to try to get closer to a guy who is clearly garbage.She treats the other band members poorly with the shitty guy, in order to establish some sense of camaraderie.Her entire relationship (using the term loosely) with Declan is awful and painful and full of red flags she chooses to ignore. Now, I know, teenagers do this. We all choose people who are wrong for us (see 90% of everyone I’ve ever been involved with) but she becomes obsessed with Declan despite his ignoring her to hit on her sister, his constant dgaf attitude about their band, his actively treating her poorly, and his trying to get her to move faster physically than she wants to. NOT OKAY.Again, people do this. We like the wrong people. But I thought back while reading this to some of my worse relationships, when I was my least rational, and I could at least always say things like:“Well he’s a really charming alcoholic.”“I know she’s mean but she’s really funny!”“Okay yeah he lies a lot but he’s also really brilliant.”My point is, they had good qualities. I’m sorry, but Declan has zero good qualities. She’s obsessed with him based solely on his looks, and lets it mess up everything for her for more than half the book. I can’t say that I’ve ever been so attracted to someone’s appearance that I’ve been willing to overlook character flaws in EVERY OTHER CATEGORY. Is this a thing? Maybe it’s just me, and please let me know if you’ve ever been so hot for someone that you didn’t care that they had nothing else going for them.This made it really unrealistic for me, as you can see, and it made it hard for me to connect to Scarlett.Super Problematic Attitudes About SexSo, this quote from Scarlett really upset me:“I’m being overly critical, right? Of course any normal guy is going to try to push things physically as far as he can. How many dudes are dying to “talk” in the middle of a make out session?”Ooooookay. So, we have our narrator asserting the idea that a lot of young women have: “normal guys” can’t help themselves around us. They cannot control their impulses. They are mindless, vagina-seeking zombies, who want us for sex and only sex. This line of thinking disrespects everyone. That she attributes his fucked up behavior to his being male infuriates and disgusts me.Even if she comes around to eventually seeing that Declan was a shit show, she doesn’t ever acknowledge that he put her in a bad situation, where she felt uncomfortable. She made this excuse and many others for the behavior, but never addressed it as a legitimate problem.We. Cannot. Have. Narrators. We. Like. And. Want. To. Root. For. Contributing. To. Rape. Culture.This makes me crazy.Thanks to NetGalley for advanced access to this book in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Taylor Long
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this novel from the publisher Flux, via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This review may contain spoilers.Scarlett's family is going through a difficult time after the sudden death of her twenty one year old brother, Liam. Scarlett's family decide that it would be best to send her to live with her Grandpa throughout the summer so that she can not only deal with the tragedy, but to also prevent her Grandfather from driving due to his declining heath. This driving ar I received a copy of this novel from the publisher Flux, via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. This review may contain spoilers.Scarlett's family is going through a difficult time after the sudden death of her twenty one year old brother, Liam. Scarlett's family decide that it would be best to send her to live with her Grandpa throughout the summer so that she can not only deal with the tragedy, but to also prevent her Grandfather from driving due to his declining heath. This driving arrangement of Scarlett driving the car quickly comes to a halt when she almost knocks down a bicyclist named Zach whom she soon discovers is in a local band and who's grandfather knows Scarlett's grandpa. He invites the both of them to one of his shows. Scarlett used to play in her brothers band and adored music although she lost this interest when Liam died. Throughout the first few chapters of the novel, we begin to understand the cause of Liam's death, whilst learning more about him. "I've been in town long enough now to know that "heart failure" is the Oakboro version of Liam's cause of death, thanks to Grandpa's spin. And technically, it's correct. I mean, when you fatally overdose on drugs, your heart definitely does fail. But it's kinda like blaming kidney failure when someone's been shot to death." Scarlett questions whether her grandfather is embarrassed or ashamed of Liam's drug addiction. "One of the hardest things about losing Liam was losing everything about him", "losing him wasn't a single loss: It was a million losses, all at the same time." When Scarlett's sister Sara comes to visit and questions why Grandpa was driving, Scarlett has to confess to which Sara states how "Mom and Dad have been through enough. Do not add another tragedy to their plate."Early on in the novel Scarlett is introduced to the other band members and one guy in particular catches her eye; Declan. Despite not being one to often fall for boys, there is something charming about Declan despite his impression of being a 'player'. This dream is quickly shattered when Declan takes an interest in Sara and Scarlett spends a large quantity of the novel trying to win over Declan despite knowing that he isn't the type of guy that she would usually be interested in. As a reader, you are almost resisting to scream at Scarlett to look around because it is so clear that an almost perfect guy is standing right beside her, but she is too blind to see. Zach is an absolute gentlemen but she is too engrossed in Declan to see. We all know that Declan really is no good for Scarlett.I do think that this book was very predictable. Upon getting to know both Declan and Zach better, we all are aware that Zach is who Scarlett will go for. Despite this, I did find that the journey and story line to reach the predicting end was fun and entertaining. We learn a lot about Scarlett's grief and we can almost relate and empathise with her, in what shes going for. She manages to become part of the band and she realises that she is still able to have fun, she learns a lot about herself and even more about her brother, who she thought she knew everything about. She learns to live again, whilst promising to herself to never forget Liam and all that he taught her; which heavily influences who she is today.Overall, I really do like this book and would recommend giving it a read, it isn't tedious at all and I was so sad when it came to an end. I think that it is different from the average good boy/bad boy drama and is a lovely contribution to the Young Adult genre. I think that it explains grief extremely well. One thing that I did find hard was that the time shifts very suddenly and I often found myself having to re read lines to realise that time has changed. I rate this book four stars out of five and am pleased that I was able to give this book a read.
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  • Sydney
    January 1, 1970
    So let's jump right into the plot. Scarlett moves in with her grandfather for the summer, and while thee, accidentally almost hits a cute boy, Zach, while driving. This cute boy JUST HAPPENS to be part of a band, and so naturally he invites Scarlett to a concert. After, you know, almost being murdered by her. While at the concert Scarlett falls in love at first sight with Declan, the lead singer, while Zach is left inviting her to sit in on their practice, because Scarlett JUST HAPPENS to also p So let's jump right into the plot. Scarlett moves in with her grandfather for the summer, and while thee, accidentally almost hits a cute boy, Zach, while driving. This cute boy JUST HAPPENS to be part of a band, and so naturally he invites Scarlett to a concert. After, you know, almost being murdered by her. While at the concert Scarlett falls in love at first sight with Declan, the lead singer, while Zach is left inviting her to sit in on their practice, because Scarlett JUST HAPPENS to also play guitar. And you know what, she used to be in a band too !! Who would've guessed???? She becomes closer friends with Zach, but starts to realize Declan is an ass, because, well, he is. And then while she's realizing that, she falls in love with Zach and they have a nice summer romance.Okay, the book was a lot deeper than my synopsis was, but it's just so fun to write snarky book reviews I couldn't help myself!! But I actually did enjoy this book and think it was fun, although I did have problems with it. And it's pretty easy to make fun of it you want to. So let's begin with pros: I really liked Scarlett's relationship with her family. Each relationship, whether with her grandfather, her sister Sara, or her brother Liam (who is now dead btw) was special and different and really cute and supportive. She and her grandfather have a lot of touching moments about loss and love, and she and Sara fight a ton but support each other no matter what and had some bonding moments. But of course, because Liam had just passed away and Scarlett was dealing with that loss, his and Scarlett's relationship was my favorite. They were always closest in real life, but after his death, Scarlett starts to learn that maybe she didn't know all she thought she did about him. A second pro: I like the relationship between the band minus Declan. Even though they're all older than her, they bonded and had fun a lot and it was just a very sweet sort of friendship, where they would joke and tease but have each other's back. Although there were definitely some cringy moments like when everyone teamed up against Declan overall I liked this relationship as well. Third pro: Scarlett and her best friend Varun. Even though they were growing apart because Varun was keeping a secret from her (that I totally guessed by the way because it was pretty predictable) they always had each other's backs. My main con is with Scarlett herself. That girl is just so oblivious to anyone but herself. She doesn't pick up on Varun's pain, or the fact that Declan is a player, or that Zach really likes her and is going through a tough time. She's also a pretty bad friend, always talking about herself and not really giving her friends an opportunity to tell them her problems. But I mean, you could tell she had a good heart so she wasn't EVIL or a BAD PERSON, just stupid and naive. Also, Zach gets literally no character development. He stays the happy, go-lucky, loving guy he was at the beginning of the book the entire time. I don't know any of his likes or dislikes. He exists purely to be a love interest and that kinda sucks. So what I'm trying to say is critically, this book is not the best. But it's a fun read if you're in the mood for it and not poorly written, so I would recommend it if you want some cheese. 
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Christine Hurley Deriso and Flux, for my ARC of All the Wrong Chords. I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I must admit I only randomly requested this book, but I am happy that I went through with it. Despite having a lot of the book focusing on the topic ’grief’, I really thought it was a cute book in many ways. I am a sucker for books where there’s a close bond between the family and the main character. It just makes it more enjoyable. Therefore, it wa Thank you Christine Hurley Deriso and Flux, for my ARC of All the Wrong Chords. I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I must admit I only randomly requested this book, but I am happy that I went through with it. Despite having a lot of the book focusing on the topic ’grief’, I really thought it was a cute book in many ways. I am a sucker for books where there’s a close bond between the family and the main character. It just makes it more enjoyable. Therefore, it was really easy for me to enjoy Scarlett’s bond with her super cute (and funny) grandpa whom she spends the summer with, her sister Sara, her parents (you only see it a little, but you can definitely feel her love towards them), and her brother, Liam. Scarlett’s bond with Liam was really touching and you could really feel how protective she was of keeping the good memories of him alive. The flashbacks of Liam teaching Scarlett to play on guitar were my favorites. Although Varun is not family, he still means a lot to Scarlett throughout the book and he has been a huge support to Scarlett. We do not see a lot of Varun – until the end at least – but the banter between Varun and Scarlett through text was something I really enjoyed. Varun is from India and he is gay. I can’t say much about him without spoiling but he deals with a lot and I wish we could have seen more of his character. From start till end, I really liked Zach. He was a great and caring guy, always making Scarlett feel welcome. Even though he was struggling with his own problems, he was really considerate towards the people he loved. It’s no secret I was smiling a little too much over some scenes between Scarlett and Zach. They were really cute. I wish there could have been more of a character development with Zach but I guess we can’t have everything – I still liked his character A LOT. Another thing I truly enjoyed was the whole band thing. I love books where art and music is included in the plot – so I really liked all the lyrics and descriptions of the band performing and feeling that kind of joy being on stage. All the bandmates friendship with Scarlett (well except Declan) was funny and really refreshing because it was healthy because they treated her equally. There was a balance between lots of funny banter between them and more serious subjects, such as Zach’s mother’s condition. You could really feel the love between the bandmates (again except Declan) and it was really refreshing to see how much they cared for Zach.However, there are two things that I did not like in the book. First of all, I am strongly against the ableist words that are used throughout the book. That could easily have been avoided. And the other thing I never really understood was Declan’s dyslexia. I can see where Deriso was heading with this, trying to make readers sympathize with Declan more – but I just feel like it was only used as a sympathy factor and to excuse some of his shitty behavior to his bandmates and nothing more. I would have liked if there had been more focus on it. Overall this book was really cute and an easy read. Even though the book deals with a lot of grief, I liked how it also focused on moving on – it’s okay to be sad over something in your life but it’s also okay to continue your life and not let the sadness consume you.
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  • Chelsea Fryou
    January 1, 1970
    Original review can be found at Freeing Fantasy. You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Bloglovin.  ARC of All the Wrong Chords provided through NetGalley for an Honest Review. All the Wrong Chords is a very interesting story. Scarlett loses her brother to a drug overdose and decides to spend the summer before going off to college with her grandfather. While there she joins a band and finds out some things about herself, her brother, and her feelings for a certain boy.Scarlett is a gre Original review can be found at Freeing Fantasy. You can also follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Bloglovin.  ARC of All the Wrong Chords provided through NetGalley for an Honest Review. All the Wrong Chords is a very interesting story. Scarlett loses her brother to a drug overdose and decides to spend the summer before going off to college with her grandfather. While there she joins a band and finds out some things about herself, her brother, and her feelings for a certain boy.Scarlett is a great character who goes through a great coming of age journey. For the most part, she knows who she is and is pretty confident with it. Sometimes she questions herself but I think that's all a part of a coming of age story. Reading about her losing her brother and how she is dealing with his loss is truly touching. For some one who experiences such a strong loss, she does an amazing job of keeping it together. The one thing that stood out the most to me though is that she still has a lot of growing up to do. For someone who is so well put together, she does have her moments of naivety.Some of the biggest highlights for me were Scarlett's relationships with her family and friends. It was amazing to see how she could lean on those closest to her. The relationship with her grandfather was great too because they were able to lean on each other. She was his rock as much as he was hers. They didn't agree on everything but it was the fact that even with their differences they still loved each other deeply. It was beautiful to read.I won't lie, I felt like this book had a very slow start. It wasn't till about half way through that I really started to get into it. Once I hit that half way mark though, I couldn't put it down. The only other complaint I have is that at that half way mark Scarlett's feelings start to do a complete one eighty. I enjoyed the change and the direction she was starting to go in, it's just that it literally happened over night. It felt a little strange for me for Scarlett's feelings to go from 100 to 0 so quickly. Again though I was happy her feelings were changing. I also felt like this book could have had just a bit more drama in it to spice it up. but that's just me.Regardless of those minor issues, it was still a really good book and I would definitely recommend it.
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  • Eleni
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.In this novel we follow Scarlett, an eighteen-year-old girl that decides to spend the summer before going to college with her grandfather, just a few months following her brother's death. Scarlett's bond to her brother Liam was very strong and she's still struggling to accept the loss. As she puts it herself: "I have a feeling the rest of our lives will be divided into Befo Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.In this novel we follow Scarlett, an eighteen-year-old girl that decides to spend the summer before going to college with her grandfather, just a few months following her brother's death. Scarlett's bond to her brother Liam was very strong and she's still struggling to accept the loss. As she puts it herself: "I have a feeling the rest of our lives will be divided into Before and After." I loved the exploration of the familial bonds, which is often missing from contemporary literature, and the acknowledgment that family dynamics inevitably change because of the grief that engulfs them all. It also becomes evident that different people deal with the loss of a loved one in different ways, but they still need other to get through it and move on.Another major part of this book, as the title suggests, is music, as Scarlett joins a local rock band. The idea of creating music for this novel was very intriguing and, in a way, made the read more interactive. Through the music the reader gets a glimpse of not only the connection between the main character and her brother, but of a potential love interest as well. As to how that goes, I'm only going to say this: we have a love triangle, insta-love ad slow burn romance all in one novel! I mean, it is all quite predictable, but I enjoyed reading about it nonetheless. Plus, we become acquainted with all the boys that comprise the band and their relationship to Scarlett. One word:Zach! He is such a sweetheart (ficitonal boyfriend goals)!I was quite skeptical when it comes to the main character. She came off as insecure and antagonistic towards her sister and at certain times oblivious to other people’s situations, like her best friend Varun going through a rough time or the other members of the band and their difficulties , bordering on self-centered. She also seems to be questioning her words and actions the entire time, though I am not sure whether that is a character trait or if it has to do with her being a teenager. However, by the end of the story we see character growth, which reminds us that the point in not avoiding mistakes altogether but realizing you have made them and learn from them.The writing style was at first compelling and quite easy to get into, however as the story progressed I found myself drifting away from the story. I think that the dialogue is the main reason for that, as it seemed somewhat forced and always touched on such heavy subjects, which did not seem natural or plausible when recreating discussions between young adults or acquaintances, therefore lacking the effortlessness that you might expect from a contemporary novel. Towards the last 60 pages or so, however, I was once again gripped by the events and the narration, in a way that made me feel like I was reading from a different perpective.All in all, I enjoyed this book, although the middle part was a bit of a struggle to get through.
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  • Karoline Tyne
    January 1, 1970
    Check out my review on my blog!https://karolinesbookreviews.wordpres...A big thank you to NetGalley and Flux for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!Oh boy. This book was a whirlwind. I liked it, but I didn't at the same time. I found the story enjoyable enough and I found myself having a hard time putting it down - even with its flaws. So I really liked the way this book touched grief. I think it was well done and I felt that Scarlett's emotions were genuine and plausible. Al Check out my review on my blog!https://karolinesbookreviews.wordpres...A big thank you to NetGalley and Flux for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review!Oh boy. This book was a whirlwind. I liked it, but I didn't at the same time. I found the story enjoyable enough and I found myself having a hard time putting it down - even with its flaws. So I really liked the way this book touched grief. I think it was well done and I felt that Scarlett's emotions were genuine and plausible. All the Wrong Chords brought an aspect of "everyone is going through something whether or not you know it". I think it's something people often forget even though it's such an important thing to remember. I also loved that this book brought awareness to ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease). The plot had just the right mixture of sweet and silliness to balance out the seriousness of Liam's overdose & addiction, as well as Zach's mother's battle against ALS. For me, the secondary characters really out shined the main characters, aside from Zach. Grandpa, Sara, Mike, Varun, and Kyle were lovely. They were humorous and added life and depth to the plot. Zach was absolutely precious. He was so considerate and kind; he was easily my favorite character. I really loved the way he put his mother above everything else, it was very touching. Well, now I move into the territory of things I didn't enjoy so much. Mainly, Scarlett. Oi vey, at times she drove me absolutely insane. I've never met a character that reminded me of myself...in the 7th grade. Holy moly, her obsession with Declan was out of control. Reading anything that pertained to her and her relationship with Declan was absolutely cringeworthy. I had secondhand embarrassment for 75% of the book. She was painfully awkward around him and always second guessing every action she made. She needed to seriously chill - no cute guy (who is also a tool) is worth that much energy. Aside from her obsession over Declan, Scarlett eventually grew on me. Sure, she was dramatic and constantly comparing herself to her sister, but there was something I can't explain that made me like her. Despite her inadequacies she was still an incredibly caring individual that only wanted to make others happy. I absolutely loathed Declan. He was such a low life. I won't say too much as to not ruin the book but I could not figure out for the life of me why Scarlett was so stuck on him. Looks are not everything!!I didn't think I would be saying this, but I actually enjoyed this book. I would probably recommend this book for younger teens. As an upperclassmen college student, I couldn't fathom why any of the boys in the band would even bat an eye at a girl fresh out of high school. The romance was very PG (but still cute!), and is definitely suitable for the younger teen generation.
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  • Michelle - Firstbooklove
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “Rock and roll isn’t like Mozart, It’s organic. You don’t play it, you feel it"Title: All the wrong chordsAuthor: Christine Hurley DerisoRecommended to fans of: For the record by Charlotte Huang, Eliza and her monsters by Francesca ZappiaSeries: -Publisher: FluxFormat: ARCGenre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, MusicRating: 5/5[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her o I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “Rock and roll isn’t like Mozart, It’s organic. You don’t play it, you feel it"Title: All the wrong chordsAuthor: Christine Hurley DerisoRecommended to fans of: For the record by Charlotte Huang, Eliza and her monsters by Francesca ZappiaSeries: -Publisher: FluxFormat: ARCGenre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, MusicRating: 5/5[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads) Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn't exactly what she had in mind. Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy--a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can't pass on an opportunity like this, and she can't take her eyes off the band's hot lead singer either. Is real happiness just around the corner? Or will she always be haunted by her brother's death?(Thoughts)So Scarlett lost her brother due to a drug overdose and she currently stays with her grandpaShe meets Zach by almost running him overScarlett has a love-hate relationship with her sister, Sara. On one had she is jealous of her and on the other, she’s always stood by herI could imagine how the songs would sound like even though I’ve never heard of them, just by their lyrics. Well writing from the author! (The songs are actually up for sale! Do check them out!)Scarlett is haunted by the guilt that she couldn’t prevent Liam’s deathScarlett is interested in Declan, but I feel that Zach is more suited for herThe band members of The Beastings have some tension against Declan, but absolutely love ScarlettI did feel that the texts between Scarlett and Varun could be a little more clear at some partsIt is a light story but yet it targets some deeper issues (e.g. death, drug addiction)Something about Declan seems off to meThis book’s theme of moving on is really strong and prominentThe fact that I could read this book in a day, and an e-book somemore! This is definitely a book that hooks you from the first page!Declan is confusing while Zach is mysteriousOooo, the plot twist is good! (Read the book to find out what it is 😏)Reading this book made me felt like I was reading a manga (I LOVE manga by the way), it was beautifully dramaticThe ending was really inspiration and sweetHave you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! :)
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