Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

What would you do if your life suddenly turned upside-down and you were suddenly in the ‘other guys’ shoes?  That’s just what happens to Ivy when her father’s investments go awry and they have to leave the well-to-do neighborhood and many of the extras that they have all become accustomed to.

Between the Notes

With two younger siblings, one that is disabled and needs multiple therapies, Ivy’s attitude at home is greatly different from that at school. At school, she lies about her circumstances and family situation because she believes her popularity and friendships all revolve around status and things.  At home, Ivy is resentful but helpful, looking to work and help out where she can, even being willing to give up luxuries to help her parents.

But, when the risk of being outed at school from her next-door neighbor becomes a reality and threatens Ivy’s carefully constructed façade, and could endanger her new relationship with James, Ivy has to do something….

Slow to start, Ivy doesn’t really develop into someone worth following for a few chapters, early on it is typical resentment, worry and the carefully constructed plan to not tell any of her ‘friends’ what has happened.  The author allowed us to see Ivy’s life as a “rich girl” was laden with pitfalls and image-centered affirmations.  While moving to an area of more modest means (and let us NOT confuse her situation with families that struggle daily to keep the lights on, their children fed and clothed and a roof over their heads), Ivy starts, slowly, to see that things are just that, and the real measures of a life are in family, love, friends and those little moments that bring smiles.

I applaud Sharon Huss Roat for taking us on a journey with Ivy that doesn’t stay in the stereotypical and show Ivy’s true willingness to pitch in at home, her love for her family and the growth she displayed from beginning to end.  With a couple of romance-like moments that brought  which boy will she choose moment before the end, the real message of embracing who you truly are is important and shines through the pages.

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

Title: Between the Notes
Author: Sharon Huss Roat
Genre: Teen Reads, Friendship, Coming of Age
Published by: Harper Teen
ISBN: 0062291726
Published on: 16 June, 2015
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 400
Rated: four-stars
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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.

Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Sharon Huss Roat

Sharon Huss Roat lives in Delaware with her husband and two kids. When not writing books for young adults, you might find her reading (YA of course), planting vegetables in her backyard garden, or sewing costumes for a school musical.

BETWEEN THE NOTES is her first novel.

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