Seventeen-year-old Mira has always danced to her own beat. A music prodigy in a family of athletes, shed rather play trumpet than partyand with her audition to a prestigious jazz conservatory just around the corner (and her two best friends at music camp without her), she plans to spend the summer focused on jazz and nothing else.She only goes to the warehouse party in a last-ditch effort to bond with her older sister. Instead, she falls in love with dance music, DJingand Derek, a gorgeous promoter who thinks he can make her a star. Suddenly trumpet practice and old friendships are taking a backseat to packed dance floors, sun-soaked music festivals, outsized personalities, and endless beats.But when a devastating tragedy plunges her golden summer into darkness, Mira discovers just how little she knows about her new boyfriend, her old friends, and even her own sister. Music is what brought them togetherbut will it also tear them apart?...
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When the Beat Drops Reviews
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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This book has content warnings for drug use, abusive relationships (between a teen and a college student), overdose, death, and hospitals.
I loved this book. I was immediately captivated by Mira, our biracial (Black and white) classical musician-turned-DJ main character who used music to escape the stress of her family life. One of my favorite things in books is ...more
As a music lover and former band geek, I was immediately drawn to this book. Mira's obsession with music, ambitious goals, and close relationship with her family make her instantly likable. Despite that close relationship, she feels as if her parents always put her sister's needs and interests ahead of her own, and she's very accommodating and understanding for her age. I admired her determination to work on her goals, try new experiences, and meet new people instead of sitting around sulking ...more
I received When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. That had no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own.
Maaaaan that was a good story. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first requested When the Beat Drops. I just knew that it sounded like it could be good, but I wasn't sure. I'm not sure why I was a little bit skeptical about the book in the first place. But it proved me wrong!
When the Beat Drops was about a girl who started off wanting to pla ...more
I loved this book because the topic was so different and the protagonist made some bad choices but they were natural choices that a teen might make and then she learns from her mistakes. It's good to read about teens mucking up, because that's authentic, and then see how they get out of the hole they've dug themselves into. The descriptions of music really drew you into the scene, and it's clear the author has some love of this world. I'll be telling any teens around me to read this - good lesso ...more
Every time I say the title, it morphs in my head from simply words to an announcement, an anthem if you will, backed by DJ "footwork" and beats that vibrate in your chest.
What I loved about this one was how the story married all types of music together, how the author took us behind the turntable into the hearts and souls of those who make or mix the music, and how much deeper the story ran than at first may be perceived. We've got sibling rivalry, artistic competition, family breakdown, those ...more
Mira's parents run a gym and Mira's sister Britt is a star athlete. Mira's a musical prodigy, but her family doesn't seem to care much about her abilities. Mira wants to go to a prestigious jazz conservatory and needs this summer's music camp more than ever to practice for her audition. However, her parents have messed up and Mira's two best friends are going to camp without her. Mira has to spend the summer on her own, playing as much music as possible without any help or guidance. Fortunately ...more
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and was inspired by the cover and the plot summary due to the fact that our young adult readers can easily relate to a book like this. I think a lot of our reader's will relate to Mira because it is every teenager's dream to become rich and famous but it also comes with a price and Mira and Derek are pure examples of it. The theme of this novel is easily relatable for the millennial young adult generation and that you should be thankful for what ...more
I enjoyed this debut so, so much, and the ending had me in tears. As a huge music fan and a sister, all of it rang true for me, and every note felt pitch perfect, every character so real and relatable. It was so beautifully done and fun and easy to read and I raced through it! Check this one out if you love music, stories about sisters and family, and want a dizzying descent into the underground DJ scene!