Wednesday 24 July 2019

Book Review: The Astrid Notes by Taryn Bashford (YA Contemporary)

Title: The Astrid Notes
Author: Taryn Bashford
Pan Macmillan Australia

Publication Date: 23 July 2019
YA Contemporary
ARC from Publisher


Astrid Bell
Dutiful daughter. Classical singer. Secret pop songwriter. And suffering from stage fright.

Jacob Skalicky.
Trust Fund Kid. Indie singer. Immensely gifted performer. And refusing to sing again.

Are they polar opposites? In his grief and fury at the world, Jacob certainly thinks so.

But when Jacob loses everything and Astrid uncovers a shocking family secret, they may need each other to make sense of their lives.

Overall, The Astrid Notes was an enjoyable read. I liked both Astrid and Jacob and enjoyed their interactions. The premise was fun--quirky yet still believable--and the pacing on the whole was good and kept me turning the pages, keen to find out what would happen next. A few factual inaccuracies regarding references to both certain shows/pieces of music and Doctor Who did niggle at me a little, but it was a minor gripe, and I imagine many readers won't even notice. I don't read a lot of contemporary YA (I stick more to fantasy), but I did have fun with this one, and there is plenty in it to please fans of the genre.
I received this book as a free ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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