Guitar Notes by Mary AmatoGuitar Notes by Mary Amato

Guitar Notes

byMary Amato

Paperback | January 28, 2014

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On odd days, Tripp uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat-up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.

On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she's trying to become even more perfect-she's already a straight-A student and an award-winning cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him in between the strings of the guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected.

What starts as a series of snippy notes quickly blossoms into the sharing of interests and secrets and dreams, and the forging of a very unlikely friendship.

Challenging each other to write songs, they begin to connect, even though circumstances threaten to tear them apart.

From beloved author Mary Amato comes a YA novel of wit and wisdom, both heartfelt and heart­breaking, about the power of music and the unexpected chords that draw us together.

Mary Amato is an award-winning children's and YA book author, songwriter, and poet who lives in Maryland. Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, and produced onstage.
Title:Guitar NotesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.13 × 0.88 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.13 × 0.88 inPublished:January 28, 2014Publisher:Lerner Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1606845039

ISBN - 13:9781606845035

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from A nice simple story of a freelance guitarist and a serious cello player. I loved how realistic it was and how all the characters had a separate and unique personality.
Date published: 2018-03-17

Editorial Reviews

"Socially, academically, and musically, Layla Marks is already well-established. Tripp Broody is the brooding newcomer, whose mother has just taken away his guitar, until he becomes more social and lives up to his academic potential. The two meet when they are forced to share a practice room at school on alternate days. Amato wonderfully reveals, in alternating chapters, that these two are not as one-sided as they may seem. That they suffer from similar hurts makes their growing concern for, and attraction to, each other very believable. If Dad's angry removal of Layla from a wedding where she and Tripp are entertaining seems to go unnoticed by the guests, or Layla's near death experience seems a little too timely, everything is justified by the book's satisfying ending which, realistically, leaves these two attractive protagonists with issues not yet completely resolved. Recommended." -Library Media Connection