Between The Notes

Between the Notes

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I bought it!


When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.

And it isn’t pretty.

Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.


I remember reading about this book on debut author lists for 2015. I only got around to reading it at the end of 2015. If you’re a fellow bookworm with a to be read pile like mine, then you know the struggles of fitting in books. I’m pleased that I managed to read Between The Notes at the end of 2015, because I thought it was a fantastic read. There were parts of it that were a little predictable, but that really didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book!

Between The Notes centres around a girl called Ivy Emerson who lived in an affluent neighbourhood. Her father’s business gets into some trouble, so the family have to move to the rougher side of town. Ivy and her siblings have to pick a few items to take with them, Ivy can’t take her beloved piano, so that has to be left behind to be sold in order to pay some of her father’s debts. Ivy tries to hide the move from her friends who are the popular rich kids at school. The town is very much divided into rich and poor and Ivy knows if she admits where she now lives, she will lose her friends as the sides don’t mix.

Ivy isn’t an easy character to like straight away. She is incredibly spoiled and selfish, Ivy is totally used to getting everything she wants. She’s angry with the situation and very closed to the idea of making friends in her new neighbourhood. Ivy does have redeeming qualities though. She cares for her younger siblings and clearly loves her family even if their living situation frustrates her. I think Ivy really grows throughout the story as she adapts to her new life. There is, of course, some romance and it comes in the form of James and Lennie. James is the new boy at school who is quite mysterious. He doesn’t attend school full time. He drives a nice car. Lennie is from her new neighbourhood. He teases her often, he gets on with her siblings and there’s definitely more to him than meets the eye. I could invest in the relationships and totally understand the connections. It didn’t feel forced or cheesy at all.

This book was much more than romance. It was about finding your identity and the importance of family. It’s got one of the best character developments that I’ve read in a while. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Sharon Huss Roat’s debut novel. I will definitely be following her career with interest.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I really enjoyed reading about the main character in this book. She grows so much! A fantastic debut from Sharon Huss Roat!

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