Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

Goodreads Summary: Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen’s whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn’t just hot…what if Jeremy is better?

Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can’t end well, but she just can’t stay away. Nobody else understands her–and riles her up–like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected.

Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall….

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My Views: Well, this book is enthralling, to say the least. The concept is something I haven’t read before so it certainly piqued my interest. The book is well written, characters well developed and feelings nicely described.

It gives you a glimpse into the life of teenagers who need to grow up fast because they are pushed into a life of competition, cheating and what not. Well, maybe, pushed is too strong a word. Some of it is due to their interest and for their eventual benefit. But nevertheless, it puts so much pressure on them – to succeed at any cost, to outdo the other. And in doing that, their childhood is taken away from them. What happens when a teen realizes this and fights for her childhood, her wishes, a normal life and being truthful to herself and others? This is the crux of the book.

A very apt question is raised by the book and I applaud the author for taking up this subject and presenting it very nicely.

Having said that, though I enjoyed the book; around the last few pages, it was sort of ruined for me. I just could not imagine or believe or expect what happened. It just didn’t fit somehow with everything else. Well, that’s just my perception.

Have you read this book? What did you feel about what happened at the end? Were you satisfied?

This is surely good for a read, for those who haven’t picked it up.

3.5/5 stars – Somewhere between ‘I liked it’ and ‘I really liked it.’

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4 thoughts on “Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

  1. This is a thought provoking topic for sure. You see all these kids especially in countries like
    China were they are taken from their families and robbed of their childhood so they can train exclusivley for something. I would like to see how the author handles the topic. I am wondering what happens at the end that is so jarring.

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