I'll just start with the summary.
THE TRANSFORMATIONBeth has always been “The Beast”—that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.
THE LOVE AFFAIR
When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.
THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE
When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?
The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything
I repeat, OH MY FREAKING GOD. Wow this book was amazing. Beth has been the beast all her life and she has accepted it. Sure she dwells on it but she accepts it and dosen't think life will ever get better for her. She thinks she's worthless and that nobody will ever see what's really inside of her, an amazing voice, except for Scott (her bff). Then Derek comes running along. Handsome, pale, glorious voice, Derek. (sorry I'm getting all dreamy n stuff...). Beth and Derek meet while here and her choir are at the choir olympics in Switzerland.
At first when Scott showed interest in Beth I was all for it, hoping that they end up together. But then Beth runs off to Switzerland and she (as well as me...) is smitten by Derek. They quickly fall into a summer romance and when she comes back she still has Scott to deal with (I was hoping she would just shove his face away and run back to Derek, but they have history.). Anyways, the more Beth seems to spend time with Derek the more things start to change and then KAPAWY, Beth finally discovers that secret Derek's been hiding.
So after reading the summary for the first time I guessed what Derek's super top secret was. But maybe I'm clairvoyant. While I read the book I kept going CMON BETHY! IT'S PRETTY OBVIOUS! but oh well, at some point she figured it out. Come to think of it I wish there was a sequel but I don't think that should happen since...oh well I'll let you figure that one out.
The book had me going, whenever I got the chance I was reading it so that I could find out what happened. Ms Morrison's writing had me feeling like I was actually there, watching what was happening. All my senses were evoked. And by the end of the book...dare I say it was was crying. Tears were streaming down my face at 1am. It was that powerfull (granted I was having mood swings...).
The book was beautiful and I loved it.
You can hear ''Beth's song'' on Angela Morrison's website.
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