Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard
Publisher: Sweetwater Books (Feb. 11 2014)
Aria has a non typical life compared to the average 17 year old. She loves to play the piano but has to sneak in time while her dad is out of the house. After her mother (a Juilliard grad) passed away, her father was too hurt to hear the music and would often take that hurt out on Aria. Thomas is literally the boy next door – he arrives one day with his own secrets and gives Aria the strength to wish for more than a tiny apartment with a piano in it. She aims for Juilliard.
Porcelain Keys struck me from the beginning. As someone who is also in love with the piano, I learned to work out my feelings on those same musical notes. Sometimes music can help me express emotions more than anything else. This book held my attention from the first paragraph and I have never felt so attached to the characters of a book. Each one is developed so well you understand their motivations and desires. What a treat to read, I will be telling everyone about this book.
This is a clean read – no language, but also no religious conversation either. I am not sure if that would sway someone one way or another, just wanted to put that out there. If it were a movie it would be rated PG-13.