Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
Date Released: March 04, 2010
Published by: Razorbill
Age: Young Adult
Beth 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.
Synopsis via Goodreads
I'm honestly at a loss for words on where to start, I know the synopsis can give you an overview more catchy than I. So I'll settle telling you what the book did to me.
Sing Me to Sleep was one of the most beautiful books I have ever read in the YA genre.
Angela Morrison successfully weaved a story about family, friendship, love and trust all into one great book. I truly had no clue what I was getting when I picked up this book. From beginning to end I held a story I couldn't put down. It wasn't until I read the last page that I realized that I never expected such a well written, heart touching, story.
With references of Beauty and the Beast, the beast being good-natured and peer-tormented Beth, and the Beauty being a male song bird brought into her life, Derrek, the love story between these two, and the loyal best friend, Scott, was nothing what I expected. With a common passion for singing, each others voice and song lyrics it is a common theme within this book, making the whole plot possible and giving it exceptional depth.
One of my favorite things about this book was the voices and good nature of some of the main characters, even when they were far from perfect. Each character had their own secrets whether it be their past, their possible future, or the person they loved. For each secret you had the real and sometimes heart wrenching emotions to go with it. The characters read realistically- no corny dialog, outlandish actions, or situations that simply would never happen. This book and it's characters were real.
Sing Me to Sleep is a book you easily find yourself involved in, living. Toward the end of the story I felt like I was there, astonished by the actions of those around me, feeling the same feelings the characters were experiencing. The tears sliding down my face proved my involvement.
Outstandingly Fabulous this is a story worth reading. Just make sure to grab a box of tissues.