Book: Behind The Bars
Series: Music Street #1
Author: Brittainy C. Cherry
Main characters: Jasmine Greene, desperate for the love of her mother and even more desperate to sing the music she wants to sing. Elliott Adams, talented musician who more than anything, longs to be invisible.
Plot: Jasmine Greene first met Elliott Adams on a street corner, playing his music and giving it his all. When she sees him again at school, she’s convinced they’ll become great friends. He’s vulnerable, the object of ridicule amongst the other students, while she is popular, but she sees something in him that she recognises in herself: loneliness.
When they meet years later, neither one is the same person. Life has made them hard, where they were once soft and naive. Will the pair be able to find peace, or will their hearts forever be locked behind bars?
Why you should read it: I love Brittainy C. Cherry and the stories she tells. Her characters are always hugely flawed, incredibly interesting and slightly damaged. No exception here. The author told a tale of heartbreak, love and injustice. It was very touching and wove in musical elements beautifully. Jasmine just wants to be loved – she’d do anything to feel special to someone. Elliott takes care of others – until he becomes too damaged to do it anymore. His re-awakening to life is heartwarming to say the least.
What you may not like: I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second. The second half in my opinion got a little bit over-dramatic and the language was so flowery and filled with musical metaphor after musical metaphor. It was beautiful, but I felt like I was being bashed over the head with it after a while. Also… Elliott – I loved him as an awkward teenager, but he grew up to be so cold I wanted to yell at him and shake him! There’s a lot of guilt in the book, so I got that he was guilt-ridden, but understanding him didn’t mean it endeared him to me.
Rating: Sweet, heart-wrenching and uplifting in many ways, I give Behind the Bars 3.5/5.