Behind the Bars (Music Street, #1)
When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.And in a flash, she was gone.Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.Caged.Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.When we met again, I became her darkest storm.

Behind the Bars (Music Street, #1) Details

TitleBehind the Bars (Music Street, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 7th, 2017
Rating
GenreRomance, New Adult, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Behind the Bars (Music Street, #1) Review

  • Brittainy Cherry
    January 1, 1970
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    5+ stars!!!! “No woman can only fall in love with the music of jazz. She always quietly yearns for the musician behind the bars.” Brittainy C. Cherry is a wordsmith. She is one of those people that is doing exactly what she was made for. Behind the Bars is another masterpiece. I can’t say enough good things about this book! It moved me and gave me the feels on an entirely different level! It was brilliant and a top favorite of mine this year! Jasmine Greene is the daughter of a traveling mus 5+ stars!!!! “No woman can only fall in love with the music of jazz. She always quietly yearns for the musician behind the bars.” Brittainy C. Cherry is a wordsmith. She is one of those people that is doing exactly what she was made for. Behind the Bars is another masterpiece. I can’t say enough good things about this book! It moved me and gave me the feels on an entirely different level! It was brilliant and a top favorite of mine this year! Jasmine Greene is the daughter of a traveling musician and a mom-ager. Her dad, Ray, is fantastic, but her mom is always trying to get her to be someone she’s not. Jasmine loves music and soul is what speaks to her. According to her mother, Jasmine needs to sing pop to be successful. For the first time in a long time, Jasmine has a home. New Orleans becomes home for them, as Ray has a long-term gig. While in New Orleans, she meets Elliot.Elliot is a sweet, shy, and quiet boy. He’s one of those too skinny and a bit nerdy high schoolers. But when Jasmine hears him play his saxophone, he becomes someone else. His music is everything. Jasmine and Elliot forge an unlikely friendship that becomes more with time. Elliot holds the key to Jasmine’s heart and nothing could ever break them apart. Until Jasmine’s mother decides to uproot her entire life. While Jasmine is gone, the unthinkable happens to Elliot and they go years without seeing each other or speaking. Finally, Jasmine comes home. Home to New Orleans, to Ray, and maybe even to that shy boy she’s been in love with since she was a teen. Whenever I thought of home, I didn’t think of a place, I thought of people. The ones who shaped us into the people we were meant to become. The ones who loved us with our scars, and told us those scars were beautiful. The ones who allowed us to make mistakes, and still loved us fully. Elliot and Jasmine are both so different as adults. I won’t get into their second chance love story, but gah! It’s stunning. I felt their pain, their struggle, and their love completely. I adore these characters so much. Elliot is one of the best characters Brittainy has ever written. He’s so complex. And, as always, there are a few side characters that completely steal the show. TJ is incredible, and Ray. Oh Ray. I can’t even tell you how much I loved this man!!! (view spoiler)[ “Being blood related doesn’t make someone family, Snow White. Love does that.” - SOBS (hide spoiler)]Elliot and Jasmine’s love was strong. Strong enough to withstand the strongest of storms. Strong enough to fight the hardest of battles. And strong enough to conquer all the hardships they face along the way. It’s not without a fight, but these two are made to be. Their connection is that strong. You can feel it- it’s palpable. 36 highlights. 36. I’m a reader who usually highlights a few of my favorite quotes while I’m reading, maybe 5-10, 15 if I really loved the book. But 36… that only happens with a Cherry book. There are so many quotes that spoke to my heart. So many moments filled with pain, hope, and love, that I needed to save on my kindle so I could go back and re-read them when I needed them. This story and these words are so special to me. “One can’t truly heal if they pretend the cracks don’t exist.” Behind the Bars is one of those books that will touch your heart and soul. It will make you feel, make you cry, and by the end, completely warm your heart. THIS is the reason Brittainy is my favorite author. She always makes me cry, but by the end, always always leaves my heart happy and healed. Read this book for the love, for the heart, and for the music. It’s a book that needs to be read and I give it all the stars!
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsBrittainy C. Cherry delivers yet again another heartfelt story. This couple shares a love of jazz and of one another and their connection is simply beautiful. There were so many lovely quotes as Jasmine and Elliott find their way back to one another. I enjoyed this story and will always read anything this author pens!
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  • warhawke
    January 1, 1970
    Genre: Contemporary RomanceType: Standalone book in a seriesPOV: First Person - DualRating: Jasmine Greene was born to be a star. Coming from a family of musicians, she was poised to be a household name. But behind the talent, she was unhappy and lonely. That was until she met a kindred spirit.Elliott Adams was shy and awkward. Music was his only way to escape real life. His friendship with Jasmine opened up his eyes to what a good life could be. But being together proved to be a lot harder than Genre: Contemporary RomanceType: Standalone book in a seriesPOV: First Person - DualRating: Jasmine Greene was born to be a star. Coming from a family of musicians, she was poised to be a household name. But behind the talent, she was unhappy and lonely. That was until she met a kindred spirit.Elliott Adams was shy and awkward. Music was his only way to escape real life. His friendship with Jasmine opened up his eyes to what a good life could be. But being together proved to be a lot harder than either of them could imagine.Initially I had reservation about this book since I'm not into soul music or even music in general. I'm glad to say it didn't affect my enjoyment of the story. “You’re a reminder of the best time of my life, and I didn’t think I deserved you,” Elliott didn't have an easy life. His closed off personality was understandable. But beyond that, deep down he cared about those in his inner circle. “People don’t care about me, Elliott. People just take pieces of me and then throw the rest away.” Jasmine might seemed like a well adjusted woman. But she hid pains behind the facade. I like how she was understanding and put other people first. I was angry with how she handled certain situations, but she needed to learn thing the hard way. I love the elements of family and friendship in this book. Some parts of the book hurt, and I like seeing how the characters coped from it. I have to say though I wish the epilogue is turned down a little. “One can’t truly heal if they pretend the cracks don’t exist.” Behind The Bars is a story of loyalty and forgiveness. It would appeal to readers looking for a heartbreaking yet heartwarming romance.🎙 🎼 🎙 . . . (F)BR With Loyda . . . 🎙 🎼 🎙For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Unique Stars “You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.”Such a beautiful story, it was emotional, heartwarming and sweet!I didn't expect anything less from Brittainy, for one more time she delivered a beautiful story!The writing is flawless and her characters original! "We were polar opposites. We weren't meant to fall for one another, but when we blended together, we were some kind of beautiful."Behind the Bars is a story that will make you think about your o 4.5 Unique Stars “You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.”Such a beautiful story, it was emotional, heartwarming and sweet!I didn't expect anything less from Brittainy, for one more time she delivered a beautiful story!The writing is flawless and her characters original! "We were polar opposites. We weren't meant to fall for one another, but when we blended together, we were some kind of beautiful."Behind the Bars is a story that will make you think about your own life.I love when this is happening with books.Jasmine and Elliott's relationship was something else.They have an amazing connection as friends.Their love for each other is so strong , it was something magical. I could read Brittainy"s books without reading the synopsis.I love her writing and I loved all her books so far!She is an author I highly recommend, so if you haven't read any of her books do it now!You will fall in love with her stories!     
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  • Hulya Kara Yuksel
    January 1, 1970
    Ugh Ms.Cherry, you're always making me cry... 😢😢😢This book was so good. ❤❤❤
  •  Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕
    January 1, 1970
    Brittainy C Cherry has always managed to bring out the emotional side with her readers. Every word that's been written into the pages feels like a warm protected blanket and you can’t help but bask in it’s safety and strength. Never striking down for the emotional feel, Behind the Bars keeps you locked into a heartbreaking grasp about love, loss, hope and finding the perfect tune. From an early age , Jasmine has been groomed to be the next pop star thanks to her over bearing mother. Music and Brittainy C Cherry has always managed to bring out the emotional side with her readers. Every word that's been written into the pages feels like a warm protected blanket and you can’t help but bask in it’s safety and strength. Never striking down for the emotional feel, Behind the Bars keeps you locked into a heartbreaking grasp about love, loss, hope and finding the perfect tune. From an early age , Jasmine has been groomed to be the next pop star thanks to her over bearing mother. Music and fame is the goal and everything else is just a waste of time and that includes being in a public school and making friends. But one encounter with someone who shares the same love and passion for music is about to change her entire life. Elliot wasn’t your typical teenage boy. Being smaller than your peers and shy in high school makes you a target and unfortunately food him, he became a victim. His saving grace at the end of a bad day is playing his saxophone and getting lost in the music. When the most popular girl in school takes a liking to his work and becomes friendly, Elliot realizes that this girl is going to be the musical soundtrack of his life and ready or not, the notes have already been written. I loved that this story touched on a lot of different subjects and the author made us look at EVERYTHING. It was pure and raw and heartbreaking at times but it had the right amount of emotion to it. Elliot and Jasmine weren’t able to be what they wanted to each other in the past, but they made up for it in the present and because of that, they had a beautiful future. *Teaser used is from the author's fb page.  
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    “You were, are, and will always be my Jazz. You are every beat, every note, every bar. You are the lyrics, the harmony, and the melody. You were, are, and always will be my favorite song.”4,5 stars All along two thoughts were twirling in my head:“Oh Elliott, no…” when he was pushed and pushed“No Jasmine, please don’t do it. They won’t love you for this.”They both tore my heart in tiny pieces, quietly, one piece at a time.Poor, bullied and lonely Eli.Elliott is the bullied boy with an unassuming “You were, are, and will always be my Jazz. You are every beat, every note, every bar. You are the lyrics, the harmony, and the melody. You were, are, and always will be my favorite song.”4,5 stars All along two thoughts were twirling in my head:“Oh Elliott, no…” when he was pushed and pushed“No Jasmine, please don’t do it. They won’t love you for this.”They both tore my heart in tiny pieces, quietly, one piece at a time.Poor, bullied and lonely Eli.Elliott is the bullied boy with an unassuming appearance. He was skinny had glasses.The boy with the soft hazel eyes with a soul that shone so bright he had to bleed his feelings with his saxophone. When Eli played Jazz the world stopped spinning and the hearts would weep. Jasmine was part of the “in crowd” and was groomed by her mother to become a star. She projected a confident aura but Jasmine was still lonely. Wanting to be loved by her mom she forgot her true calling every day. Jasmine was slowly dying inside. I loved her for really seeing Eli. Whatever her popularity she was never afraid to be seen with the bullied boy and show to everyone that he was her friend.“He was a quiet guy and he mostly kept to himself. He was a skinny boy with beautiful caramel skin and hazel eyes. He never in the history of ever bothered anyone. He had braces, glasses, and nervous habits, like the shaky hands I always noticed. He was the easiest target for Todd: timid, kind, and lonely. I noticed the loneliness most, because I knew the distinct look. I’d been lonely my whole life, and Elliott’s stare mirrored my own.”Brittainy C Cherry did not make it easy for me in this story. I was shocked by some choices Jasmine made. When you realize that you are judgmental this is not pretty to admit. If she would have been a boy I would only have had an amused smile. How fair is that? I liked Jasmine but did not always understand her. I loved her brave side when she fought for Eli. I understood that the choices she made came from the heart. But it was still bothering me. Then a wonder happened: she rebelled!Yes! At last! From that moment on I was 120% team Jasmine.She was gorgeous, caring, gifted, selfless and she loved Eli so much.All is well then?Well not exactly. I fell in love with Jasmine when Eli had changed so much that it was hard to still love him. He was really putting distances between him and others. Standoffish. All cold outside.Everyone copes in his own way with drama but Elliott was stuck in his pain. He could not move on and I did not either. What happened was just horrible. Another shock factor of the story. Brittainy C Cherry went all in with this one sparing her characters no pain at all.He just wanted to stay numb.He did not deserve to feel anything good.He’s been weak.He is guilty.…Then began the long way to loving Eli back. Step by step, punch after punch, note by note.I adored the love story. It was cute, touching, sweet, real. They both were really meant to be together. My eyes were often brimming with tears when I read some moving parts witnessing their shy but stong love blossom.A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.” “I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.” He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him. And there it was. So small, so tiny, so real. Love. It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.A personal note here: being a good parent. Brittainy C Cherry portrayed different parents in this story. Some were really bad like Jasmine’s mom. I hated her with a passion you have no idea!Some wonderful like Eli’s mom or Ray. Ray is Jasmine’s dad in everything that count but blood.“I love her because she gave me you. You may not be my blood, Snow White, but don’t for a second think that you are not my family. I stay for you. I’ll always stay for you.” And you have Todd’s parents…Brittainy showed that you can neglect a kid in many ways. What’s most important is not to give them designer bags but to love and listen to them. Without love and understanding kids are lost. It hit close to home as I’m currently going through some hard times with my son. Eighteen is not easy. You are not a kid anymore but you are not an adult either. Brittainy reminded me that whatever the outbursts, the tongue lashing or the frustration I have to listen to him. Show him I’m supporting and loving him. That’s how it’s done and that’s how we’ll win.I cried, I swooned, I raged at life’s unfairness. In four words: I lived the story!Now confession time: I loved it but still felt bereft. I would have loved reading more about their lives when separated. What happened every day. And yet I suspect these years were so dark, desperate and ugly that it’s probably better if I don’t know.I would have loved another ending. Call me greedy all that you want but what happens with their music? Nothing more than that?I know that’s me splitting hair as Brittainy C Cherry once more delivered a moving, heartbreaking and gorgeous romance story. It’s one tale of resilience and forgiveness you won’t want to miss!“No woman can only fall in love with the music of jazz. She always quietly yearns for the musician behind the bars.”Recommend it? Hell yes!!!
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  • Wil Loves Books!
    January 1, 1970
    “You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.”  Brittany Cherry writes beautiful, amazing books, that’s a fact. She’s definitely on of my all time favorites and an instant one-click. Her stories are so real and amazing, and her writing is just beautiful and moving. This one is no exception. This book is about live, love, loss and ,music.  “I noticed the loneliness most, because I knew the distinct look. I’d been lonely my whole life, and Elliott’s stare mirrored my “You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.”  Brittany Cherry writes beautiful, amazing books, that’s a fact. She’s definitely on of my all time favorites and an instant one-click. Her stories are so real and amazing, and her writing is just beautiful and moving. This one is no exception. This book is about live, love, loss and ,music.  “I noticed the loneliness most, because I knew the distinct look. I’d been lonely my whole life, and Elliott’s stare mirrored my own.”  I’m not sure I can make this story justice with words, so I’m keeping it short and sweet. I mean it this time. You need to read this one, it’s simply beautiful. This story spans a few years and recounts a true friendship between kindred spirits that have been through so much in life. Music is what kept them going and how they connected.   “When Elliott had his music, his soul was free. Because of jazz, Elliott was able to breathe.”  I loved Jasmine and Elliott, their friendship was everything, and as adult, they chemistry was off the charts.   “I wondered if she knew I’d dreamed of someone like her, and I wondered if she’d dreamed of someone like me, too.”  “So that’s what it’s supposed to feel like. That’s how my heart is supposed to beat.  This is love.” This book is so much more than a love story. Actually, the love story is the least important part of it. It’s so much more, it’s about all these characters, and their stories. The seconhdary characters are as important. And I loved them all, Ray, Laura, Katie, Jason, and TJ. I would say TJ was as central to the story as Jazz and Elliott. Loved it!  “Because of her, I lived again. Because of her, I smiled. Because of her, I was freed from behind the bars of my darkest days. And I’d spend the rest of our lives showing her my love through every single song that lived within me.”   “My lover, my friend, my beginnings, my ends. He was everything I wanted to have and everything I had thought I’d never witness again.”   So, like I said, short and sweet. This was amazing. I don’t know how she does it, but Brittainy brings it every single time. All the emotions and feels. She’s a very special soul, just like her characters. I absolutely recommend this one! I leave you with some more favorite quotes cause I’ve highlighted a ton…  “I like you a lot, Jazz…more than music.”   “Where have you been? What makes you cry? What makes you smile? What do you do for a living? Did you miss me? I missed you.”   “I don’t know how to exist around you,”   “So small, so tiny, so real. Love. I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with a quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who not only sheltered me but cared for me when he didn’t have to at all. I hadn’t known much about love, I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goosebumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared, was someone worth loving for the second time ever. I knew Elliott Adams was love, and I was falling into him so fast. Truth was, I had never fallen out of love with him. Only this time, unlike before, I refused to let him go.”   Closure was an odd concept. In my mind, I always believed closure came when both parties spoke from their hearts, and let go together. I thought there couldn’t be full closure if one party wasn’t willing to open up and express their truths, but that wasn’t what closure was—not really. Closure wasn’t a fairy-tale ending with equal goodbyes. Closure was simply one person finding their voice, their own strength, and learning to let go by themselves. Closure was one person writing the ending to a very toxic song, and never replaying it in their souls. The best kind of closure was being brave enough to start a new song with new lyrics and a beautiful melody.   “You were, are, and will always be my Jazz. You are every beat, every note, every bar. You are the lyrics, the harmony, and the melody. You were, are, and always will be my favorite song.”   **An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review**
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  • Jemima
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Behind The Bars Author: Brittainy C. Cherry Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Publication Date: December 7, 2017 It's good to be alive! Why you ask? Because you get to read books like this! Behind The Bars is such an amazing book. It's written beautifully.. I can't tell you how good this book was...I loved it!ok...I've been sitting here for the past 15 minutes, trying to write this review but I know for a fact that my words just won't do it justice.This book is so beautifully poign Title: Behind The Bars Author: Brittainy C. Cherry Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Publication Date: December 7, 2017 It's good to be alive! Why you ask? Because you get to read books like this! Behind The Bars is such an amazing book. It's written beautifully.. I can't tell you how good this book was...I loved it!ok...I've been sitting here for the past 15 minutes, trying to write this review but I know for a fact that my words just won't do it justice.This book is so beautifully poignant. It deals with so many struggles yet has an underlying beauty thats so strong that it lingers with you even after you are done. I still get the chills whenever I think about this book, as I write this review-I have goosebumps because this book is AMAZING!Jasmine and Elliot are from two completely different world- she's the popular girl in high school where as he's been dubbed the 'loser' of the school. But somehow they recognized the loneliness in each other and creates a bond so potent and strong that defies 'logic'. The other thing they bonded over was Jazz. I swear, I have a new found respect for Jazz music after this book- In a world where there are so many misfortunes and tragedies, maybe God gave us music as his apology.Behind The bars deals with so many issues- an overbearing 'mother', lose of people you love, the darkness of struggling with a disability and the horrifying trauma of bullying.The bullying in this book was appalling! It was brutal and horrible-and I felt so hopeless reading it because I couldn't do anything to help him. After a particularly intense scene, I literally stopped reading and froze because that scene?I couldn't believe what I read- It was over so quickly yet it felt like a lifetime. I couldn't stop crying. I felt the pain, I felt the helplessness and the ultimate sense of denial.Behind The Bars was so heartfelt and intense and I admit that I will never be the same again.PS: I want to give a HUGE shout-out to Ray (Jasmine's 'step-dad' ). He is by far THE most kindest, most genuinely loving person ever! It takes a special kind of person to take on another man's kid and love them as your own and I applaud him for it.Happy Reading!For more reviews and giveaways follow my blog at www.jemimajamir.com
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  • DW
    January 1, 1970
    When Going into a book by this author, I know there is going to be so many emotions. HappinessSadnessAnd then happiness again. So many emotions but always so worth it!!
  • Lo Bookfrantic
    January 1, 1970
    4.5★★★★Stars  Genre:  Contemporary Romance Type: Standalone book in a seriesPOV: First Person – Dual  “One can’t truly heal if they pretend the cracks don’t exist.”  Jasmine Greene childhood was not any normal and typical one.  Her mother was obsessed with making her a star. It was clearly that she was talented and she had the potential for success but her mother's constant push to be perfect made her feel lonely and sad.  She meets a boy who changes her life and makes her feel whole.  "She 4.5★★★★Stars  Genre:  Contemporary Romance Type: Standalone book in a seriesPOV: First Person – Dual  “One can’t truly heal if they pretend the cracks don’t exist.”  Jasmine Greene childhood was not any normal and typical one.  Her mother was obsessed with making her a star. It was clearly that she was talented and she had the potential for success but her mother's constant push to be perfect made her feel lonely and sad.  She meets a boy who changes her life and makes her feel whole.  "She was a business woman who ignored the shadows behind closed doors. Her focus was on my talents and increasing them each day." Elliott Adams; found music as his only way to escape his cruel life in school.  He was constantly bullied and he felt so weak but music made him stronger.  When the new girl wants to be his friend he didn't understand it but yet he didn't stop her.  Jasmine made him feel normal and he found a true friendship in her.  "You're a reminder of the best time of my life, and I didn't think I deserved you…You're the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you're here."  I honestly had no idea what to except of this book; however the story was so different and unique and loaded with feels that had me in tears.  The concept of all the wonderful music, musicians and music itself in the story made it so much real and raw. Both this characters had their struggles.  Elliott fought a battle with himself after a horrible event that made him shut down from the world and his music.  Jasmine felt lost and alone as well and thought that no matter how much she gave it was never enough.  When they both reunite it was so hard to see them struggling.  I absolutely enjoyed the side characters and how the author put this book together to make a fascinating read. "Because of her, I was feed from behind the bars of my darkest days."  Overall; I really loved this story.  The emotions were overload and we get to see about how unfair life can sometimes be but in the midst of it all there is always hope.  Readers who enjoy stories about love, true friendship and family and forgiveness will find this book appealing. ★★This was a F(BR) with War★★  Book:For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit: 
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  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    I was up until the wee hours of the morning to finish this little gem up. It does have angst, but my advice is to push through it.It is a beautiful story about Elliot and Jasmine, two lost and lonely souls that find each other as teenagers. Elliot is constantly harassed and bullied at school for his stuttering, while Jasmine is gorgeous and popular, but that is only on the outside. She is struggling with trying to find herself plus she has a monster of a mother, which I seriously wanted to throa I was up until the wee hours of the morning to finish this little gem up. It does have angst, but my advice is to push through it.It is a beautiful story about Elliot and Jasmine, two lost and lonely souls that find each other as teenagers. Elliot is constantly harassed and bullied at school for his stuttering, while Jasmine is gorgeous and popular, but that is only on the outside. She is struggling with trying to find herself plus she has a monster of a mother, which I seriously wanted to throat punch. Her mother’s dream is for Jasmine to be a pop singer, not matter what the costs. Jasmine has a different dream. When circumstances separate Elliot and Jasmine, their heartache only deepens.Years later, Jasmine is back and searching for the boy she never forgotten. What she finds is heartbreaking. Elliot is no longer the sweet young boy. He is hard and cold. Life hasn’t been easy for Elliot, but he has never forgotten the girl that makes him feel alive. Is Jasmine strong enough to bring back her Elliot? You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here”~Elliot I adored both Jasmine and Elliot. Their friends and family, were all amazing as well, especially Ray, Jasmine “Dad”. ”Whenever I thought of home, I didn’t think of a place; I thought of people, the ones who shaped us into the people we were meant to become, the ones who loved us with our scars and told us those scars were beautiful, the ones who allowed us to make mistakes and still loves us fully”~Jasmine I can’t say enough how much I loved this story. The writing was beautiful and really made me feel, not only their pain, but their determination.Highly recommend!!
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  • Beatrice Masaluñga
    January 1, 1970
    Full review posted at Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Behind the Bars is the first book of Brittainy C. Cherry’s new series, The Music Street series. The story is set in New Orleans and it’s about a soul singer Jasmine Greene and a saxophonist Elliott Adams. It started with an awkward friendship turned into lovers briefly and years later rekindled for the second time around.Soul music was Jasmine’s love and passion but her mother discouraged i Full review posted at Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Behind the Bars is the first book of Brittainy C. Cherry’s new series, The Music Street series. The story is set in New Orleans and it’s about a soul singer Jasmine Greene and a saxophonist Elliott Adams. It started with an awkward friendship turned into lovers briefly and years later rekindled for the second time around.Soul music was Jasmine’s love and passion but her mother discouraged it and wants her to sing pop music because it’ll give her a promising career in the music industry. Her mom was a selfish woman. She forced her daughter to attend singing and dancing workshops. For years, Jasmine pretends to enjoy those workshops for her mother’s sake and the last thing she wants is to disappoint her. She’s fulfilling her mother’s dream and not hers. Wandering in the streets, she’s mesmerized by a music around the corner and it belongs to a boy she goes to school with. “His music was beautiful, and kind of painful, too. I hadn’t had a clue that something could be painfully beautiful until that evening.” Elliott expresses his emotions by playing saxophone. His love for Jazz was his therapy and every time he plays, it gives him peace. Every day it’s always chaos and pain for being bullied at school. It’s heartbreaking to see this precious boy defenseless. He’ll take the beatings just to protect those people he loves especially Jasmine and his sister Katie. He was so down to earth, reserved and thoughtful. He didn’t deserved to be treated badly. Reading those scenes was difficult and it’s impossible to keep my tears at bay.Elliott and Jasmine were like Jazz and Soul. They’re perfectly blended for each other both as friends and lovers. Their friendship was awkward yet amusing and the romance between them was purely genuine and slow burn. Though their relationship was brief under circumstances and six years later, Jasmine returns to New Orleans from United Kingdom. Hoping she’ll see Elliott again.Within those years, both of their lives changed. After a life-altering event, Elliott lost his love for music. He was hollow, cold and distant. He builds a wall that seems impenetrable to everyone else. He feels he deserves to be punished. Whereas to Jasmine, she’s fed up seeking validation and love from her mother. Tired of doing things that made her unhappy. This time she allowed herself to be vulnerable and for once, she wants to experience being happy according to her will. “Sometimes it’s hard to see things in a different light when you’ve become so accustomed to the dark.” Jasmine and Elliott’s story isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. There are parts that will give you heartaches. It will bring you to tears. Both sad and happy ones. MY. EMOTIONS. MY. FREAKING. EMOTIONS. It’s such a beautiful, deep and tear-jerking novel. I have to pause once in a while and just let myself weep. Brittainy C. Cherry never fails to leave me in an emotional mess. I recommend you have a box of tissue or handkerchief.Aside from the emotional aspect, I love Behind the Bars because it doesn’t focus entirely on romance. It’s also about family, grief, forgiveness and acceptance. There are things in our life that needs closure. No matter how hard it is to forgive someone who tremendously wronged us, there’ll come a time we should but it doesn’t mean it’s forgotten. Forgiving sets free those burden feelings and darkness. In the end, Elliott and Jasmine healed their broken souls.Lastly, a shoutout to two amazing father figures Ray Gable and Theodore James a.k.a Uncle TJ. Ray is Jasmine’s stepfather and I love he treated her like his own daughter. He’s supportive, loving and protective. He taught Jasmine to be herself and encourage her to pursue Soul music. Uncle TJ is also a saxophonist and Elliott’s mentor. He taught him that playing music, you have to give your heart and soul or else such tune is an empty piece. These men became instrumental for them to appreciate the true beauty of music.If you’re looking for a contemporary romance that will stir your emotions, I definitely recommend this novel. I’m looking forward to the upcoming books in this series and to end my review, here’s my favorite quote: “Being strong is loving the broken pieces of your loved ones. Being strong is crying yourself to sleep at night and waking each morning still believing in beauty. Being strong is forgiveness. What you’re doing today — that is strength.”
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  • Pick a Book
    January 1, 1970
    English / Português “Jasmine?”he whispered one more time. “Yes, Elliott?”“Does this mean we’re friends?”I laughed and nodded against his shoulder. “This means we’re friends.”- 4,5 starsI've known Brittainy's books for a long time. My first read was one of the first ones she launched; THE SPACE IN BETWEEN. And from there she has grown extraordinarily in her writing. The Elements Series, for me, was the best, that kind that you think you can't overcome. And then comes the author and show us that s English / Português “Jasmine?”he whispered one more time. “Yes, Elliott?”“Does this mean we’re friends?”I laughed and nodded against his shoulder. “This means we’re friends.”- 4,5 starsI've known Brittainy's books for a long time. My first read was one of the first ones she launched; THE SPACE IN BETWEEN. And from there she has grown extraordinarily in her writing. The Elements Series, for me, was the best, that kind that you think you can't overcome. And then comes the author and show us that she can! BEHIND THE BARS is another wonderful book by an author that I have a tremendous love for making words turn into strong feelings within us. Every book of her I feel everything. I feel a lot and I fall in love with every person described, carrying these characters with me.In the first chapter of BEHIND THE BARS I was hooked. Jasmine and Elliot didn't even have to talk much to conquer me. The innocence of two teenagers living in such a bitter environment has made me want to enter in the book several times and embrace, comfort them. And I felt very angry too. That bad feeling that good people suffer by others neglicence, while all they want is love, is affection, is respect. While reading, some friends asked what I was thinking and I answered: "the author likes to makes us soffer in a cute way!" hahaha. Translating: I always find this author's books with a dose of angst, heavier subjects, but she doesn't let it become too sad and boring, exploring also the innocence / naivety of the characters. Elliott was the one who most impacted. I like stories that show that even people who have suffered so much, can become good, can still walk with a light of hope within them.The first book in the series THE MUSIC STREET features broken characters with lots of love inside them. Bring good music - I even encourage you to listen to a few. It brings a beautiful friendship story that becomes something more, and especially put hearts in our eyes making us sigh with such beauty. Is it going to make you cry? Well I did shed a few tears. And although I didn't know much about the story before I start reading, BEHIND THE BARS, for me, turned out to be what I craved, a beautiful romantic drama from an author who never disappoints. I highly recomend it!*An ARC was provided by the author and Social Butterfly. Thank you!-----------------------English/ Português “Jasmine?” ele sussurou mais uma vez. “Sim, Elliott?”“Isso significa que nós somos amigos?” Eu ri e balancei a cabeça no ombro dele. “Isso significa que somos amigos.” - 4,5 estrelasConheço o trabalho da Brittainy há muito tempo. Meu primeiro livro dela foi um dos primeiros que ela lançou; o THE SPACE IN BETWEEN. E desde lá ela vem crescendo extraordinariamente em sua escrita. A serie Elementos, pra mim, foi a mais TOP, daquele tipo que você acha que não tem como superar. E aí vem a autora e mostra que pode sim! BEHIND THE BARS é mais um livro maravilhoso de uma autora que eu tenho um carinho enorme por conseguir fazer palavras se transformarem em sentimentos fortes dentro da gente. Todo livro dela eu sinto tudo. Sinto muito e me apaixono por cada pessoa descrita, carregando esses personagens comigo. No primeiro capitulo de BEHIND THE BARS já fui fisgada. Jasmine e Elliot nem precisaram falam muito para me conquistar. A inocência de dois adolescentes vivendo num ambiente tão amargo fez com que várias vezes eu quisesse entrar no livro e abraça-los, consolá-los. E senti muita raiva também. Aquela sensação ruim de que pessoas boas sofrem pelo descaso de outras, enquanto tudo que se quer é amor, é carinho, é respeito. Enquanto lia, umas amigas perguntaram o que estava achando e respondi: "a autora gosta de maltratar a gente de maneira fofa!" hahaha. Traduzindo: sempre achei os livros da autora com temas mais pesados, profundos, mas ela não deixa cair no maçante, explorando também a inocência/ingenuidade dos personagens. Elliott foi o que mais impactou. Gosto de histórias que mostram que mesmo pessoas que sofreram tanto, conseguem se tornar boas, conseguem ainda andar com uma luz de esperança dentro delas. O primeiro livro da série THE MUSIC STREET traz personagens quebrados e com muito amor dentro deles. Traz música boa - inclusive recomendo que escute algumas mencionadas. Traz uma história de amizade linda que se torna algo mais, e principalmente coloca corações nos nossos olhos nos fazendo suspirar com tanta lindeza. Se vai te arrancar algumas lágrimas? De mim, arrancou. E apesar de não saber muito sobre a história antes de começar a ler, BEHIND THE BARS, pra mim, acabou sendo o que eu ansiava, um drama romântico lindo de uma autora que não decepciona nunca. Recomendo demais! * Recebi um ARC da autora e Social Butterfly. Obrigada!----------------------* Pick a Bookfacebook / instagram / twitter [email protected]
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  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    Simply magical! Loved this book! Love this author.....she never disappoints me. Her stories are so emotionally moving and unique.Elliott is the skinny, nerdy, glasses-wearing kid in school who always got picked on by the popular crowd. He tries to blend into the background, but would do anything for his sister, Katie.Jasmine is the new popular girl. She has a stage mother who pushes her to be the best....singing, dancing, acting....her mother has dreams for Jasmine and she barely lets Jasmine li Simply magical! Loved this book! Love this author.....she never disappoints me. Her stories are so emotionally moving and unique.Elliott is the skinny, nerdy, glasses-wearing kid in school who always got picked on by the popular crowd. He tries to blend into the background, but would do anything for his sister, Katie.Jasmine is the new popular girl. She has a stage mother who pushes her to be the best....singing, dancing, acting....her mother has dreams for Jasmine and she barely lets Jasmine live the life any other normal teenager would. She was a Grade A Biatch as far as mothers go! But then Jasmine comes across Elliott playing saxophone on a corner in New Orleans.....she is mesmerized by his sound and his emotional connection to the music. Jasmine is a good-hearted, compassionate, and caring person.....and when she first sees what the other kids put Elliott through, she stands up for him. But then she gets herself into a bit of a mess with the other popular kids......it was just so.....messed up! Some major heartbreak in this book....tears....yep, get the tissues. And then Jasmine and Elliott are separated for many, many years.I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS BOOK!! IT WAS EMOTIONAL AND BEAUTIFUL AND HEARTWRENCHING AND SATISFYING!!! JUST AMAZING!!Here are a few quotes that I highlighted.....but seriously, there was so many beautiful words I could have highlighted.Every person had lyrics in their life that were too painful to sing.Whenever I thought of home, I didn't think of a place; I thought of people, the ones who shaped us into the people we were meant to become, the ones who loved us with our scars and told us those scars were beautiful, the ones who allowed us to make mistakes and still loved us fully.It's hard to be around you sometimes," he whispered. "Why's that?" His eyebrows knit together and he lowered his voice. "Because you make my heart beat."There's so much more than what I've written up there. So many beautiful, meaningful moments. The secondary characters were just as important as the MCs.......Ray, TJ, Laura, Jason...they all held a special place in my heart!If you are a Brittainy Cherry fan.....don't miss this one!! It's EPIC! I beg you all to read this book!P.S. Special shout out to Leslie for recommending and having me push this one up on my TBR!!!
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  • Me_LissaH
    January 1, 1970
    The first half of this book upset me, the fact that the adults knew what was happening to Elliot at school and let it go on for so long was just ridiculous. What Jasmine did so those boys would leave Elliot alone just turned my stomach. Then what happened to Elliot’s sister was just a bit too much for me. Suffice it to say the first half was not my favorite. But I kept reading because I really liked Elliot and Jasmine and I was really interested in how they would end up. The second half of the s The first half of this book upset me, the fact that the adults knew what was happening to Elliot at school and let it go on for so long was just ridiculous. What Jasmine did so those boys would leave Elliot alone just turned my stomach. Then what happened to Elliot’s sister was just a bit too much for me. Suffice it to say the first half was not my favorite. But I kept reading because I really liked Elliot and Jasmine and I was really interested in how they would end up. The second half of the story was much more enjoyable for me. Elliot and Jasmine have changed a lot and this time around it’s Jasmine that we see helping Elliot find his way and dealing with the guilt of what happened to his sister. I love the music aspect of the story, it’s what connects the two characters and bring them together, really enjoyed that. Really liked the secondary characters especially Ray and Jason.Overall I had a lot of mixed feelings but I really liked this book and would read it again despite the first half annoying me so much.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    “You don’t see music, you feel it. Music doesn’t see color. Music transcends all stereotypes.”“Jazz is….um, jazz is the reminder that when I’m alone, I’m not really alone.” “That’s what soul is to me.” “It’s my best friend when everything else in the world is just an acquaintance.”“Life happens. Sometimes you just have to go with the waves.”“You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.”There are books you read and then there are books you live. You breathe them. You “You don’t see music, you feel it. Music doesn’t see color. Music transcends all stereotypes.”“Jazz is….um, jazz is the reminder that when I’m alone, I’m not really alone.” “That’s what soul is to me.” “It’s my best friend when everything else in the world is just an acquaintance.”“Life happens. Sometimes you just have to go with the waves.”“You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.”There are books you read and then there are books you live. You breathe them. You consume them. Devour them. Lose sleep over them. Completely and totally relate to them. They change your world and they blow your mind. That is what this book is. It is pure magic. It is everything and more. It is unexpected and beautiful. It touches every part of your heart and awakens your soul. This is a story that must be lived; that must be experienced.It’s only fitting that I would kick off December by reading a book by one of my go to authors and let me tell you, this book is powerful. The messages throughout are strong and the story-line is life changing. This story is not an easy one. It is going to pull at your heart. It is going to put tears in your eyes. Your heart will ache as you experience this story along with the characters, but I promise you, I promise you, the journey is so incredibly worth it.Behind The Bars isn’t just a love story, it is so much more. It is a story of hope and the strength of love. It is a story of grief and heartache. It is a story of strength and never giving up. It is story of finding yourself again after the darkness takes over. And finally, it is an incredible love story that will make your heart flutter and hope for happily ever afters. The characters in this story experience things that no one should ever have to. They are broken, but not defeated. They are filled with so much hope and have so much to give. They have so much to overcome and they are flawed in the best of ways. You can’t help but ache and root for Elliott and Jasmine…Behind The Bars is such powerful and moving read. The writing is just phenomenal. This writer doesn’t just make you feel her books. She makes you live them, experience them and breathe them. She makes you connect with the stories and characters in ways that you never thought were possible. And I have to tell you, this book was written with so much heart and soul. I just loved each and every swoon worthy, heart fluttering, heartbreaking, painful, and devastating moment. And in the end, I was left with the happiest of tears and the fullest of hearts. Behind The Bars has left my emotions a mess in the best possible way. It gave me all the feels and I couldn’t possibly ask for more. This story is one that will touch everyone’s life and will take you on the most amazing journey.*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.I am not gonna lie. This book is divided into two parts and Part 1 of this book was really hard for me to read. I badly wanted to put it down and quit several times as the story was so harsh and also unrelenting in the abuse and suffering that both MC's experienced. I am a total wimp when it comes to the type of bullying that Elliot had to endure at high school but I am glad that I persevered and made it to Part 2 of the story which takes place 6 years later and reunites a changed Jasm 4.5 stars.I am not gonna lie. This book is divided into two parts and Part 1 of this book was really hard for me to read. I badly wanted to put it down and quit several times as the story was so harsh and also unrelenting in the abuse and suffering that both MC's experienced. I am a total wimp when it comes to the type of bullying that Elliot had to endure at high school but I am glad that I persevered and made it to Part 2 of the story which takes place 6 years later and reunites a changed Jasmine and Elliot. Ultimately this is a second chance love story and the writing is really quite hauntingly beautiful at times. I loved Part 2 which is more about our heroes finding hope and their own "truths" .Brittainy Cherry really has mastered the art of wringing out all emotion from her readers. She writes books that are truly unforgettable. However I will definitely not be re-reading this one as I never want to experience the angst of Part 1 again.
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  • Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
    January 1, 1970
    :::3.75 Stars!:::BCherry knows just how to gut you. Full review to come:)
  • Snowtulip
    January 1, 1970
    "One can't truly heal if they pretend the crack's don't exist."
  • Doris
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book that I have read by Brittainy Cherry and I did enjoy it. The one thing that I was curious about is, it details the lives of the main characters when they were teenagers and yet the end seemed a bit rushed. Both of them have terrible teenage years, one with being bullied by his classmates and the other by her own mother. When separated one goes though a tragedy that he can not recover while the other lives a life she completely hates. When they are reunited it takes time an This is the first book that I have read by Brittainy Cherry and I did enjoy it. The one thing that I was curious about is, it details the lives of the main characters when they were teenagers and yet the end seemed a bit rushed. Both of them have terrible teenage years, one with being bullied by his classmates and the other by her own mother. When separated one goes though a tragedy that he can not recover while the other lives a life she completely hates. When they are reunited it takes time and those close to them to see they were destined to be together.
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  • Love N. Books
    January 1, 1970
    ellie's $0.02:So you see the cover of the book. You see the title of the book. My mind immediately went to "Ah yes. Biracial romance, they are behind thr bars of racism" or something of the likes.Boy. Was I wrong. So fucking wrong. Huge applause to Brittainy for handling a biracial romance as.... not one. Brittainy tore down any lines of thought of race in which the reader is so engrossed with the characters that all thought of skin color is gone. POOF. GONE. A subtle reference here and there - ellie's $0.02:So you see the cover of the book. You see the title of the book. My mind immediately went to "Ah yes. Biracial romance, they are behind thr bars of racism" or something of the likes.Boy. Was I wrong. So fucking wrong. Huge applause to Brittainy for handling a biracial romance as.... not one. Brittainy tore down any lines of thought of race in which the reader is so engrossed with the characters that all thought of skin color is gone. POOF. GONE. A subtle reference here and there - but the story is there. The love is there. The skin color is not. I have no idea why I'm even discussing this, it's not even a factor or topic.AS IT FUCKING SHOULD BE.Brittainy brought together two polar opposite characters that had one thing in common. Love. The love and chemistry was sizzling and palpable and bounced off the pages of the book. The quotes and beautiful writing is Brittainy's specialty and she 'brings it' in Behind the Bars.Behind The Bars is a beautifully written love story that is nothing with race and everything about family. About music. About love. About soul. About Jazz. About Elliott. All the things that matter.
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  • Gabby
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 200 pagesDamn, I really wanted to love this book. I even included this book in my 5-star predictions video and I couldn't have been more wrong. Brittainy C. Cherry is one of my favorite authors and she's written some of my favorite books of all time: Loving Mr. Daniels, The Gravity of Us, and The Air He Breathes. POSITIVES:-Takes place in New Orleans-POC characters -The plot revolves around musicNEGATIVES:-I didn't care about the characters-There were SO many cliches about the characters DNF at 200 pagesDamn, I really wanted to love this book. I even included this book in my 5-star predictions video and I couldn't have been more wrong. Brittainy C. Cherry is one of my favorite authors and she's written some of my favorite books of all time: Loving Mr. Daniels, The Gravity of Us, and The Air He Breathes. POSITIVES:-Takes place in New Orleans-POC characters -The plot revolves around musicNEGATIVES:-I didn't care about the characters-There were SO many cliches about the characters and within the plot -The characters were so incredibly insecure, I don't know how many times I read he phrase: "I didn't know girls like Jasmine hang out with boys like me" or some variation of that kind of insecure statement -The romance was so insta-love-The writing felt so rushed and dramatic to the point where it felt kind of ridiculous -I didn't realize the first half of this book is YA and I didn't really care for that (most of her books are new adult not young adult so it felt really different and not in a good way) I'm just so disappointed by this and I went into it expecting to love it, which made it even more upsetting for me. I'll always read Brittainy's books in the future, but I'm bummed I didn't like this one.
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  • Arabella ~♡AB♡~
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved Part 1, but the second part really lost me as a fan because it felt so rushed, and there were lots of 'weeks later' moments that missed out any connection that the reader needed to really root for their reunion.Slightly disappointed :(
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  • * Meli Mel *
    January 1, 1970
    ♥ ♥ ♥ 4.5 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥ ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●'I didn't see him at first- I felt him, felt his music crawl along my skin. The chords and bars of his saxophone sent chills down my spine. It sounded magical, the way the notes danced through the air, so hauntingly beautiful.”●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● Jasmine has longed to make her mother proud and most of all love her for as long as she can remember. That isn't easy when her strict mother pushe ♥ ♥ ♥ 4.5 STARS ♥ ♥ ♥ ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●'I didn't see him at first- I felt him, felt his music crawl along my skin. The chords and bars of his saxophone sent chills down my spine. It sounded magical, the way the notes danced through the air, so hauntingly beautiful.”●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● Jasmine has longed to make her mother proud and most of all love her for as long as she can remember. That isn't easy when her strict mother pushes her hard to do what she doesn't want to do in order to reach stardom. She just wants to live a normal life and sing the music she loves. At least she has a supportive musician step-father in Ray, who she sees as her real dad. He is everything her mother isn't. He raised her by showing her love, music and just wants her to be happy. ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●'It was still there, fully intact: our love song. Our love existed in every second, and every touch we shared.'●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● When they settle in New Orleans, Jasmine's passion for soul and jazz music increases. Especially when she meets a boy named Elliot playing his saxophone on the street. Elliot lives for music and is the only thing besides his family that makes him truly happy. Elliot is lanky, shy and stutters which results in him getting bullied physically and verbally. When Jasmine introduces herself to him and shows interest in being his friend, he can't believe the prettiest girl in his high school is talking to him. They see the best and the real in one another when they show each other their music. They share a passion and love for it that quickly becomes a love between them both. Unfortunately, Jasmine's mother doesn't want anything to distract Jasmine from her career. Jasmine is forced to move away with the promises of one day reuniting with Elliot. Meanwhile, Elliot suffers a tragedy that would later change him.Years later, Jasmine is now a young woman and is done with breaking her back to win her mother's affections. She is also done with the career she never wanted. She returns to New Orleans, to her dad Ray, and with the hopes of seeing what became of the boy she fell hard for. Elliot and Jasmine are not the same people they once were. Life has changed them as adults, especially Elliot. ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●"You were, are, and will always be my Jazz. You are every beat, every note, every bar. You are the lyrics, the harmony, and the melody...and always will be my favorite song."●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ●  ● I really don't want to spoil any part of this beautiful story. This is one of those emotional, sad, yet hopeful and happy stories that you need to experience for yourself. I loved this book so much! The writing was extraordinary and stunning. I loved these two broken main characters and how well they worked together. It was so great to see them heal each other the stronger their love for each other got. It was so sweet yet painful to read. There isn't much steam but that was totally okay with me. I absolutely loved the supporting characters that added so much to the story. I highly recommend this book. It was tremendously heartbreaking but also oh, so heartwarming. So, remember to keep a box of tissues handy because you'll be crying tears of sadness and joy.
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  • Richelle Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly can’t even write a review to do this book justice. I will do my best but can’t make any promises. The only thing I can guarantee you is that this book will stay with you a long time after you finish reading.“We weren’t meant to fall for one another, but when we blended together, we were some kind of beautiful.”Jasmine and Elliot come from seemingly different backgrounds but they are eerily similar in a lot of ways. I loved the development between Jasmine and Elliot. Their friendship s I honestly can’t even write a review to do this book justice. I will do my best but can’t make any promises. The only thing I can guarantee you is that this book will stay with you a long time after you finish reading.“We weren’t meant to fall for one another, but when we blended together, we were some kind of beautiful.”Jasmine and Elliot come from seemingly different backgrounds but they are eerily similar in a lot of ways. I loved the development between Jasmine and Elliot. Their friendship started in high school because of tough circumstances and these parts weren’t easy to read. I applaud the author for writing about this topic as this has become such a big issues in the school. As time marches on something unimaginable happens and I didn’t know how anyone including myself would recover from this event.“Life was hard sometimes, but maybe God gave us music as his apology.”After such a life changing event Elliot becomes cold and distant. I can’t say that I blame him and I probably would have done the same thing as well. Jasmine has baggage as well. I loved how Cherry took these two beautifully flawed and broken characters and made them whole. They aren’t perfect but they don’t need to be because they have each other and a wonderful support system within their friends and family. I have to say I loved the family and friends who never gave up on Elliot. They wanted him to be the man he could be once he let the past go. Ray was such an awesome father figure to Jasmine and I loved the love he had for her throughout this book.After the first 20% I knew I would never be the same once I was done with this journey.This book isn’t just a romance story. This book was a journey and the journey was about healing, forgiveness and closure. I haven’t read many books by Cherry but the ones I have read touched my heart and this book CRUSHED my soul and brought me back to life. I also loved how music played such a big role in this story. Music is so important it me and I related to the characters feelings when it came to music. So I basically rambled on to say I can’t recommend this book enough! This book has dethroned all others and has become my favorite and top read of 2017.
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  • Stacie
    January 1, 1970
    4 1/2 "Is that a question?" Stars!Review to come... Maybe!But in the mean time, the first 40-ish% was emotionally intense and very heartbreaking. The second half mostly makes it worth it. I loved both Jasmine and Elliot throughout the entire story. I was rooting for them hard. Happy reading!
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  • Isa
    January 1, 1970
    4+
  • Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
    January 1, 1970
    “You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.” There’s no doubt about it, Brittainy C Cherry is responsible for some of the most heartbreaking, painful yet beautifully hopeful stories we’ve read. There is such sweet sensitivity and honesty to her words, we can’t help but be affected by them.‘He played as if he were bleeding out into the streets of New Orleans. He left nothing on the table and gave his music his all. In that moment, I realized I never gave anything m “You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.” There’s no doubt about it, Brittainy C Cherry is responsible for some of the most heartbreaking, painful yet beautifully hopeful stories we’ve read. There is such sweet sensitivity and honesty to her words, we can’t help but be affected by them.‘He played as if he were bleeding out into the streets of New Orleans. He left nothing on the table and gave his music his all. In that moment, I realized I never gave anything my all – not like him, not like that.’Behind the Bars once again showcases this authors talent for reaching into the hearts of her readers with a story that’s both painfully sad, and uplifting and sweet at the same time, demonstrating the strength of the human spirit and the importance of love and hope.‘Some days it was better to lie than to face the darkest truths.Her heart was broken…’Sixteen year old Elliott Adams was an outcast at high school. Prone to vicious bullying – a sad, lonely and tortured young man with a heart of gold in spite of the horribly painful and embarrassing treatment dished out to him day after day. Closed off emotionally except to those close to him, Elliott’s escape was music, until the day, Jasmine Greene stepped into his life.‘When Elliott had his music, his soul was free. Because of jazz, Elliott was able to breathe.’Jasmine Greene had been denied a childhood thanks to her overbearing mother’s insistence that Jasmine obtain success as a pop singer, home schooling her and, Jasmine only knew the rigours of dance and singing rehearsals. Fun did not factor into Jasmine’s life. Though very popular at her new high school, Jasmine too, cut a sad and lonely figure, berated and belittled by her unloving mother, Jasmine seeks solace in the kind, sweet Elliott and sets out to save him from the bullies with heartbreaking and tragic consequences.‘That’s when I saw the boy who played the music. I’d always say I saw him first, but he’d argue that was a lie.’The story skips six years after high school when Jasmine and Elliott reconnect and are forced to deal with their painful time apart and it is quite simply heartbreaking. “I just need you to know that my heart is rough sometimes. Sometimes it beats unevenly. Some days it’s battered and bruised….” Brittainy C Cherry so beautifully captured the richness of the New Orleans jazz scene and the atmosphere of NOLA. You could breathe it in, feel the heat, and hear the music. This author certainly delivered a story that did pull at our heartstrings however there were times we felt a little disconnected to the story due to jumps in time and certain aspects and moments we would have liked fleshed out a little more. In saying that, there’s no doubt readers will fall in love with Jasmine, Elliott and the sincerity of Brittainy C Cherry’s words. How could you not?Purchase BEHIND THE BARS below:Amazon USAmazon UKCome visit and follow us at:✲ TotallybookedBlog✲ TB on Facebook✲ TB on Twitter✲ TB on Pinterest
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