Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Review: DRUMMER GIRL by Ginger Scott

by Ginger Scott
Publication Date: July 30, 2019
Genre: Mature YA/New Adult Contemporary Romance
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A mature YA/New Adult contemporary rock star romance by Ginger Scott

Arizona Wakefield was a beat without a melody. Living a half-breathing life in a half-finished neighborhood with parents who always wore half-hearted smiles, the high school senior only had one thing that let her color outside her family’s perfectly drawn lines—her drums.

Jesse Barringer was a song without a chorus. The son of a washed-up rock star who’s also one hell of a deadbeat dad, he was given two things from his father—musical genius and a genetic link to the bipolar disorder that drives him mad.

One night in a garage at the end of a cul-de-sac in the middle of a bankrupt California neighborhood, Jesse’s melody found Arizona’s rhythm. An angry boy with storm-colored eyes found a blonde angel in Doc Martens with missing lines in her own story. Where her rhythm stopped, his words took over, and together, they wrote one hell of a story.

** Drummer Girl is a mature YA/New Adult romance that touches on mental health, drug abuse and includes mature sexual situations.

My Thoughts

He was the words.
She was the rhythm.
Together, the wrote one hell of a story.

Now that is one hell of a hook. Those words and THAT COVER were all that I needed to know that I had to read DRUMMER GIRL.

I'm drawn to books about musicians, young love, and beating the odds and DRUMMER GIRL gave me all of that. DRUMMER GIRL brought out all of the feelings with Jesse and Arizona's relationship. 

I loved getting to know Jesse and Arizona and they quickly become characters who I cared about and rooted for. 

One of my favorite scenes is when Arizona and her best friend, Sam, "welcome" Jesse to the neighborhood. It was just so easy to envision how the situation went down and the perfect opener to the book. 

What I appreciate the most is how the author brings mental health to the forefront of the story. It's not discussed in hush-hush tones and isn't portrayed as shameful. And it shouldn't be. I want to read more books like this.

DRUMMER GIRL brought out so many emotions and really drew me in to everything the characters were going through. It is a book that I definitely look forward to reading again. 
I loved it!

Disclaimer:  I received this e-ARC from Wordsmith Publicity for review. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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