by Tessa Emily Hall
Does breaking free require breaking the rules?
Cassie Gilbert lives every day in the shadows of her deceased mom’s rebellion. But now that she’s seventeen, she finds herself longing to break away from her grandmother’s suffocating rules, experience what it’s like to be a regular teenager, and fulfill her songwriting dreams.
James Russo, former American Spotlight contestant, escapes to small town Willow Creek, SC hoping to flee from his tarnished past. When a school project pairs him with the shy principal’s granddaughter, he’s determined to get to know this Emily-Dickinson-obsessed and typewriter-using girl. His plan? Convince Cassie to co-write songs for his demo album.
As Cassie gets to know James over “project meetings” (more like opportunities to match her lyrics with his melodies), she becomes intrigued by his sense of adventure and contagious passion for music. But soon, his past becomes exposed. Cassie’s left to wonder—did she make the same mistake Mom did by falling for the bad boy?
Then, Grandma’s control pushes her over the edge. Cassie must choose between remaining in the chains of yesterday, or delving into her own freedom by completing the melody her mom left behind.
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For as long as she can remember, Cassie has lived under her grandmother’s strict rules: no staying out past curfew, no slumber parties with friends, no driving in a teenager’s car, and above all, no being alone with a non-relative male under any circumstances whatsoever. She longs for freedom from all the rules. Then James walks into her life. A singer and former contestant on a mega-popular reality show, James has made a great start his music career. When he discovers Cassie’s poetry, he is determined to make her the songwriter he desperately needs.
Unwritten Melody by Tessa Emily Hall was a charming high school romance. The characters fell in love ever so adorably, with just enough negative outside forces and misunderstandings to make the relationship unbreakable. The setting was one of those really small, rural towns where just about everybody knows everybody else. It was set up beautifully and reminded me of home. The situation with the school was a little bit like that as well, though I did get the impression that it was more of a public school than the private school it was supposed to be.
Cassie and James were both memorable characters with pasts deeper than I had imagined. Truly, the climax of the story turned a little darker than I had expected, but in a good way. Unwritten Melody addressed some of the effects of grief and depression rather well, and since they are problems that have been rather close to my heart, I really appreciate how the author represented them. The strength and long-lastingness of those issues could have been emphasized a little more, but something like that can only take so much time in a single novel focused on romance.
I recommend this book to readers of teen romances, including fans of Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard.
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