Beatless by Amber L. Johnson

Synopsis

Mallory Durham has been left behind and it is making her feel less like an adult and more like an afterthought.

Divorce, sickness, educational aspirations being shattered, and her Aunt Sam moving into her home, have made Mal’s life nearly unrecognizable to her.

When Tucker Scott re-enters her life along with his band, will they offer what she needs to once again find her voice and self confidence or will it strip her of it even more?

Told through the dual voices of Mallory as she navigates her new world, and Aunt Sam’s letters to her niece, Beatless tells the story of two women at very different points in their life, fighting the same battles; proving that no matter what age a person is, there are always lessons to be learned.

Review:

This book was given to me by the author and PRATR for an honest review. In this book there is love, loss,and hope. Mallory or Mal for short is a girl left behind, by her friends , her dad ,and her mom. She joins a band so she feels like she belongs somewhere until she screws up big time. She decides to audition for the school musical and finds out that her ex friend Tucker is directing it and the question is will all be forgiven or is her life ruined? Will Mal and Tucker be friends again? Will Mal ever feel like she belongs somewhere? I give this a 4.5 fang rating. I think this would be enjoyed by anyone who likes a good angst and friendship story. I will recommend this to my friends.

Review 2:

This book was given to me by Paranormal & Romance Authors That Rock and the author for an honest review. Mallory Durham is the main character in this romance & coming of age novel. Mallory was left behind in her senior year of high school because she was sick with mono and missed too much school to graduate. She finds her friends going off to college and leaving her in her little Georgia hometown. Mallory’s parents also divorced, her father moving to Boston and her mother deciding to take a opportunity with her employer to work in Texas temporarily. With both parents out of the picture and her friends leaving for college, Mallory feels abandoned. Mallory’s Aunt Sam comes to live with her after the demise of her own marriage. In the book, Sam writes letters of advice to Mallory, aka “Mal” throughout the book. I found the letters a little tedious to read because they were full of such syrupy trite advice, but albeit advice that most teenagers should receive from adults.
Tucker Scott is a boy from Mal’s past. She had a crush on him in 7th grade (when he was in 8th grade). Tucker was labeled a trouble maker and Mal and Tucker became distant and no longer friends through the rest of high school, only to meet up in the Waffle House where Tucker works when Aunt Sam takes her out to eat. Tucker is also a member of a band, We are the Beat. Tucker invites Mal to a show and she instantly falls in love with the groups music. She begins to hang out with the entire band, making new friends of the band members. When the drummer quits the band she suggest the band continue on without them as an a cappella group and the name of the band changes to Beatless. The other members of the band and Tucker convince Mal to be part of the band and Tucker and Mal begin to spend more time together practicing and “training” her voice. Mallory begins to feel like she fits in and is enjoying Tucker’s company, then her old high school friend, Lassiter comes to town. Will Mal be able to continue to enjoy Tucker’s company or will she allow her old school friend to rule her life and end her new-found happiness?
I enjoyed reading this book, however I found it difficult to believe that a 18 or 19 year old girl could not pick up on the obvious signs that her Aunt Sam was seriously ill and dying. It made me feel that the main character was very selfishly self-absorbed to miss all the signs that her aunt was sick and was felt very frustrated. I know teenagers are selfish, self-absorbed individuals, but not to the level that they would ignore a grave illness of someone they love like they depict the relationship between Sam and Mallory.
Overall this is a sweet book about new romance and discovering who you are and what you really want out of life. It is a coming of age book. It would be best read by the young adult crowd. I feel that I am somewhat biased in that I enjoy the more paranormal or historical romance version of young adult love stories and therefore was not as much “into” this book as others might be. Overall I give this book 3.5 fangs out of 5.

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Excerpt

The Scott house was less than five miles from mine, but it could have been in a completely different world. The neighborhood was older, clearly didn’t have a Homeowners Association, and the houses themselves looked like they were in dire need of repair. His was a brown ranch that had an exposed basement, which I quickly learned was where he had all his musical instruments set up. It was a sweet deal because he’d soundproofed the room with egg crates, the whole back wall was filled with band posters, and there were a few guitars mounted to the studs above his keyboard.
He seated himself in front of it, turning on the power and shuffling the sheet music that had accumulated there. “What’s your vocal register?”
“I don’t have one anymore, remember?”
“We can change that.” Light notes plinked out from beneath his fingertips and he swiveled in his seat to regard me carefully. “I know you’ve got it in you. You have to believe it too or it won’t work.”
“I don’t want to sing in front of you.” The thought alone was making me want to vomit. What if I was as terrible as I imagined? I’d only been singing along to the radio in my room, but it was breathy and sparse, and honestly, it hurt a little if I went too high.
His eyes softened and he patted the seat next to him. “Then sing with me.”
Playlist:
1. Incomplete- Switchfoot
2. The Queen and I – Gym Class Heroes
3. Love Somebody – Maroon 5
4. Stay the Night – Zedd
5. Collar Full – Panic! at the Disco
6. Miss Missing You – Fall Out Boy
7. I Lived – OneRepublic
8. Adel/Eurythmics mashup – Rolling in Sweet Dreams
9. Ellie Goulding/ Eminem mashup  – Love the Way You Burn
10. Imagine Dragons/ Coldplay mashup – Radioactive Paradise
11. Lorde/ Katy Perry mashup – Royals vs. Roar
Bonus track: Ke$ha/ Beatles mashup – Tik Tok Together
(mashups can be found on Youtube)
Dream Cast:



About the Author

Amber is a full time mom, full
time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes
in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day – despite the obstacles
that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter
simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a
song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads
‘Cocoa’ – because she’s a rebel. If she’s not at her desk, with her
boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms
raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.  

Connect with Amber

Twitter: @WhereIsJakeRyan
Facebook author page: Amber L. Johnson Author

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