Review: Sing Me to Sleep

Sing Me to Sleep
Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lovely, if tragic book. Beth grows up ridiculed and alone; the only place she fits in is choir, where she can sing with her amazing voice. On a choir competition trip to Switzerland, she meets this charming, charismatic boy (Derek) from one of the best youth choirs in the world. Their ensuing romance is heady, sweet, and lush, though Morrison deftly weaves in red flags throughout. Derek holds Beth at a distance, despite his proclaimed (and obvious) love for her. He’s a little overbearing. He lies about things. A very realistic love triangle develops between Beth, Scott (Beth’s best friend and wannabe romantic partner), and Derek. Morrison ratchets up the tension and the questions until you can’t hardly bear to NOT skip ahead and peek to see what Derek is hiding, and she drops the bomb so skillfully it darn near tears your heart out.

Warning: this book will likely make you cry. (Books almost never make me cry, but this one did.)

Certain aspects of this book felt a bit more mature than the age level of the characters (would a 17 year old girl really be obsessing about children?), but the truth and honesty of her portrayal of musical artists — people who MUST sing because it’s in their soul — more than made up for the eyebrow-raising moments.

Morrison does a lovely job with the resolution, showing the tragedy in all its detail and yet giving us a careful hope for the future. A beautiful book about first love, loss, and the ties of music that thread through our lives. Excellent for young adult readers interested in a music themed read, or adults wanting a simpler love story.

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I think I had one of the best weekends EVER.

  • It started off with finding out a new book by my all-time favorite author just arrived at the library. *happy dance*
  • On Thursday, I ended up in both the Lewiston Morning Tribune AND the Clearwater Tribune; both advertising my upcoming performance.
  • On Saturday, at the Cafe Sage, I had one of the best performances I’ve done in a while. The crowd was AWESOME! :) I feel truly spoiled now… Most of the places I play are “sports bar” type venues: they’re noisy because people come to talk, to drink, to watch the game — and I’m merely background entertainment that’s there IF there happens to be someone interested in listening. Which is fine, I have no problem with that; it goes with the territory. But at this little Cafe? Bliss. Every soul in the establishment was there to watch and listen to an entertainer. (And the room acoustics were great!) They were so respectful! I truly enjoyed getting to play there, and left feeling energized.
  • I re-discovered hand embroidery. It’s been pretty fun figuring out everything again. The last time I did any embroidery I was probably 10 years old, and while I enjoyed it, I just didn’t have the patience for it. I’ve been doing little bits to be framed and hung on the wall and just having a blast with it.

Ah, what a great weekend. :)

This week I have two performances — I’ll be at Roger’s Bakery in College Place on Wednesday, from 5:30 to 7:30; and then I’ll be at Mace Mead Works in Dayton on Saturday night from 8pm on. Maybe I’ll see you there?