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Virtuosity

by Jessica Martinez

Simon Pulse | April 21, 2014 | Hardcover

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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 is better?

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 anti-anxiety 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 more sick of always doing what she's told, doing what''s expected.

Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 3.25 × 2.17 × 0.47 in

Published: April 21, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442420529

ISBN - 13: 9781442420526

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Virtuosity

by Jessica Martinez

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 304 pages, 3.25 × 2.17 × 0.47 in

Published: April 21, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442420529

ISBN - 13: 9781442420526

About the Book

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 is "better"?

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 anti-anxiety 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 more sick 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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Chapter 1 Carmen, stop staring. You can’t force him to appear with your eyes,” Heidi said. She was right. But I couldn’t risk missing him either. The backstage door of the Chicago Symphony Center was frozen shut, and it had been for at least a half hour. He had to be coming out soon. “Trade you,” she said. I took a quick glance at my dessert, a miniature chocolate cake with a molten center oozing out and a dollop of whipped cream on top. Then I looked at Heidi’s, a lemon drop cupcake nestled in an unnaturally yellow cloud of spun sugar. Both were missing one bite. “What’s wrong with yours?” I asked, eyes back on the target. “Nothing. It’s just too tart for me. Look at it, though. Isn’t it pretty?” She poked it with her fork. “Um …” I didn’t really care. Where was he? She smiled, sensing victory, and tucked her silky blond hair behind her ears. “I’m just in the mood for something richer.” She glanced at my plate again. “And you love lemon, right?” “I guess.” I pushed my plate toward her. I didn’t hate lemon. “You’re the best,” she said, her fork already sinking into my cake. “I know.” I took a bite of her dessert. The lemon curd was tart, especially after that bite of chocolate cake, but the frosting was painfully sweet. Elegant and trendy, like everything else on Rhapsody’s menu, but not somet
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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 is better?

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 anti-anxiety 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 more sick of always doing what she's told, doing what''s expected.

Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....

Editorial Reviews

"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

Appropriate for ages: 14

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