Wednesday, November 30, 2011


VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez (Simon Pulse 2011) invites readers into the world of musical prodigies Carmen and Jeremy who are both vying for the prestigious Guarneri Prize, an award that carries with it concerts, money, and the label of being the best in the world of the violin. Carmen and Jeremy are both curious about the other; after all, they are the top two contenders for this competition. Curiosity leads to a chance encounter and then more time together. Before long, Carmen and Jeremy realize that they have feelings for one another. However, feelings in this competitive world are always to be questioned. Are the emotions real or some ploy on the part of one to best the other? Martinez does not provide easy answers but allows Carmen and Jeremy to navigate the complex music of adolescence. Pair this with IF I STAY and THE MOZART SEASON. <622>

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