Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison

Sing Me to Sleep

 301 pages
March 4th 2010
by Razorbill

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.
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.
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.

In a word this was just amazing.  I am not a big reader of contemporary but I was told that it was a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast so I gave it a try.  I don’t know how much of that is true because I didn’t see a lot of similarities.   Although this book turned out different from what I expected I was still blown away by this book.  I didn’t expect this book to be this beautiful, complex or full of emotion .   The title to this book couldn’t have been more accurate.   “Sing me to Sleep” is perfect and it captures the true essence of the story.

First off let me say there were parts of this book that were your typical ugly duckling story but it set the scene for what was to come.  I liked the beginning with the best friend Scott.  The author could have written a story just about Beth and Scott and it would have been good.  What makes this book great is the fact that she introduces Derek to this story.  Then the story takes a whole new direction which, I wasnt anticipating.  This book is about self discovery, love, loss and moving on.  It would be hard to go into details without giving too much away so I will say that this book will make you smile and cry.  

Like I said before this isn’t something I normally would have picked up but I am extremely glad that I did.   I think this book has changed how I feel about contemporary books.  I look forward to reading other books by this author.


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