When the Beat Drops

Seventeen-year-old Mira has always danced to her own beat. A music prodigy in a family of athletes, she’d rather play trumpet than party—and with her audition to a prestigious jazz conservatory just around the corner (and her two best friends at music camp without her), she plans to spend the summer focused on jazz and nothing else.

She only goes to the warehouse party in a last-ditch effort to bond with her older sister. Instead, she falls in love with dance music, DJing…and Derek, a gorgeous promoter who thinks he can make her a star. Suddenly trumpet practice and old friendships are taking a backseat to packed dance floors, sun-soaked music festivals, outsized personalities, and endless beats.

But when a devastating tragedy plunges her golden summer into darkness, Mira discovers just how little she knows about her new boyfriend, her old friends, and even her own sister. Music is what brought them together…but will it also tear them apart?

My Review

Readers of young adult books will enjoy this book. The lead character, Mina was relatable and interesting. Although, I didn't like that she easily and quickly brushed off her best friends for the new music scene. However, on the other hand, I could see where she was coming from as all of the people she encountered were different from her friends.

Mina really did shine when she was DJing. She had an "old" soul trapped in a young body. The way that she was in tune with the music as if the vibrations and beats were flowing through her veins. Her newest friend and female DJ, Shay was cool. Shay showed that being a female DJ is exciting. There needs to be more female DJs.

Yet, this book is not just about music but the dangers of drugs. Mina learns the hard effects of drugs. I like how author, Anna Hecker did not down play the ages of the characters or try to make them so mature that they were unbelievable. They were very relatable. Additionally, the story was upbeat and refreshing. When the Beat Drops needs to be in your reading pile. It will be one not to be missed for 2018!

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