Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2015
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When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.
And it isn’t pretty.
Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.
As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.
Debut author Sharon Huss Roat crafts a charming and timely story of what happens when life as you know it flips completely upside down.
When I woke an hour later, the music had stopped and the wind was howling in a way I’d never heard before, like wolves in the distance. I scrambled to the head of my bed, reaching for the corner post, but it wasn’t there. This wasn’t my room… this wasn’t my bed.
I fumbled for my lamp in the darkness but my knuckles knocked up against a wall. Not my wall.
Then it all came flooding back to me.
I found the lamp on the wrong side of my bed but didn’t turn it on. No need to illuminate what I didn’t really want to see. This wasn’t the lavender-and-white room I’d grown up in, the room that held all my memories.
What would happen to those memories now?
I felt detached from them, from my old life. From myself. I sank under the covers and turned to the wall, running a finger along a peeling edge of flowered wallpaper. I tried to push it back into place but it kept springing out, farther each time.
I pulled my knees up to my chest and hugged them in the darkness. I just wanted to go back to the way things were.
Sharon Huss Roat lives in Delaware with her husband and two kids. When not writing books for young adults, you might find her reading (YA of course), planting vegetables in her backyard garden, or sewing costumes for a school musical. BETWEEN THE NOTES is her first novel.