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"This story of violin prodigies will elevate readers, lifting them above the standard YA romance offerings and delivering a wise yet endearing love story....Well-developed, with flawed but likeable characters. Any teen who has felt pressured to succeed will easily identify with Carmen and Jeremy, and romantics will find themselves cheering for the star-crossed lovers." - Library Media Connection
"Martinez brings this overwrought world totense, quivering life and guides readers through it confidently. A brilliantdebut." - "Kirkus STARRED REVIEW "
"Martinez has a gift for making classical violinaccessible and understandable to even the most tone-deaf reader. The twists inthe pair's love affair, combined with the turns in their careers, catapult thisnovel from sweet romance to tour de force. Decisions are never easy, but willthe cost of winning--or losing--be too high?" --"Booklist"
"Heartfelt, gripping, and unflinchingly authentic.VIRTUOSITY will change the way you think about music." --Antony John, author of "Five Flavors of Dumb"
"Riveting... A beautifully written story....The portrayal of Carmen's world, in which every performance is terrifying and even one stumble could end her career, is unique and convincing. The novel builds to a satisfying finish as the competition arrives and Carmen discovers a terrible secret. Even readers without much interest in music will enjoy this exceptional novel." -- "School Library Journal"
"Beautiful writing, a swoon-worthyromance, and tension that will keep you turning the pages. "Virtuosity" ispitch-perfect." --Lauren Barnholdt, author of "Sometimes It Happens" and "Two-wayStreet"
"An intoxicating blend of passion, vulnerability, and the desire to have it all, no matter the cost. A mesmerizingread." --Lauren Myracle, bestselling author of "Shine" and "ttyl"
"Passionate and true, "Virtuosity" singsfrom first page to last." --Sarah Ockler, author of "Fixing Delilah" and "TwentyBoy Summer"
An intensely romantic, “brilliant debut” (Kirkus Reviews) about a dangerous addiction, a fierce rivalry, and a forbidden love.
Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen’s whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn’t just hot...what if Jeremy isbetter?
Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can’t end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her—and riles her up—like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win, she takes antianxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even sicker of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected.
Sometimes being on top just means you have a long way to fall....
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