Thursday, August 5, 2010

Review: Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison

Title: Sing Me to Sleep
Author: Angela Morrison
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: March 4th, 2010
Pages: 301

THE TRANSFORMATION

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 HEARTBREAK

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.
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Plot: 4/5
Creativity: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5


Beast turns into beauty, and then falls in love. When I first heard of Sing Me to Sleep, I thought it would be like that- the whirlwind romance of an ugly duckling who finally spreads her wings and turns into a swan. But boy, was I wrong. A huge part of the story focuses on that, yes, but it's also so much more.

Sing Me to Sleep is the story of Beth, a girl who's always been ostracized for her looks. Her only escape in life is her music, and one day when she finally lands a solo in her choir, she receives a makeover that changes her life. Before she knows it, she's shipped off to Switzerland for a choir competition, and meets the beautiful, mysterious Derek who makes her heart leap. He makes her feel beautiful and alive, but at the same time holds her at an arms distance. What's Derek hiding? And what about Scott, Beth's best friend back home who just professed his love for her?

Beth's story is compelling and inspirational. I loved how she was already a beauty, but still had her insecurities. They made her all the more concrete, more tangible. Her personal growth from being the beast to the beauty to being dependent on love to being able to stand on her own was also something I really enjoyed seeing. She experiences so much, but she manages to stay true to herself, which is a very admirable quality.

The plot is fantastic and spectacularly-written. The way Morrison weaves the story together is fluid and her storytelling is smooth. She also shows her vesatility as a writer in the novel through Beth's songs, which are scattered throughout the story. Sure, there were some parts of the story wherein I was a little confused by the characters, but everything was brought to light in the end, and I was able to see how all the pieces fit together, the big picture, and the little things that kept me skeptical finally made sense.

A moving tale of a girl who transforms from beast to beauty and the boy who makes her sing, Sing Me to Sleep is a novel that's guaranteed to soften up even the coldest, most apathetic person. If you haven't read it yet, I strongly suggest you do. It'll break your heart and make your spirit soar, the kind of story that will leave you goosebumps and tears in your eyes in the best possible way. I know how much I cried, and it wasn't at all pretty, but along with the tears came a distinct feeling of warmth that washed over me, reaching even the deepest crevice of my being- something that felt a lot like love.

6 comments:

  1. Looks really good! i had no idea what it was about just had seen the cover a little on blogs!! i will have to put this in my to read list!!

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  2. Aww this is such an amazing review! I'm getting emotional and I haven't even read the book yet haha. I'll most definitely have to check this one out very soon :D

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  3. it seems like such a fantastic book, im def looking forward to this one, thanks for the lovely review Erika! :)

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  4. *Sighs* I know what you mean. :) Sing Me To Sleep is an emotionally gripping book. Great review!

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  5. Hey Erika! Thanks for the review. You nailed it! It's so rewarding to hear from a reader who felt the feelings I tried so hard to create. You made my day!

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  6. Great review! I really need to read this one. I keep hearing amazing things about it. :-)

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