Review: Sing Me to Sleep

Sunday, April 27, 2014
6586512Title: Sing Me to Sleep
Author: Angela Morrison
Publication Date: March 4, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Music

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Beth has always been "The Beast",that's what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth's only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she's selected to be her choir's soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.

When Beth's choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek's untethered passion,for music, and for Beth, leaves her breathless. Because in Derek's eyes? She's not The Beast, she's The Beauty.

When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?

The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek's been hiding a dark secret from her that could shatter everything.


I’ve been hearing about how good and tear-jerking this book is, so I decided to give it a try. For me, the beginning seemed promising, but by the time I got to the middle, I seriously wanted to just rate this book two or three stars. Why?

Beth was so whiny, so needy, so clingy, and so complying. It was really annoying, like, seriously, don’t you have any self-respect for yourself? I get that the attention to her was a whole new thing because of her transformation. But still, it’s really not much of an excuse for her. Moreover, she just met Derek, and then she fell for him right away. She knows that Scott, her best friend, likes her, but she doesn’t really do anything about it.

I didn’t like Derek all too well, either. He was so controlling and manipulative that just made me want to punch him. He was such a jerk. I just don’t get the way he thinks, especially when he pushes Beth away, but keeps coming back for more. Bipolar.

The romance between Beth and Derek does not have any build-up, and it all happened so suddenly, that the love they have for each other didn’t feel so genuine. Not to mention that Meadow, a girl from Beth’s choir, had her eyes on Derek, but there was really no closure on what had happened. I mean, she’s like a cheerleader, and she doesn’t seem to be the type to just back down to Beth over Derek. But maybe, that’s just me.

The whole middle part was an annoying cycle. Beth meets Derek. They make out. Beth wants more. Derek pushes her away. She gets mad, whiney, needy, clingy. He gets mad. He leaves. She gets depressed, thinking he’s not coming back. They don’t speak for weeks. And the whole cycle repeats again. It was very tiring, but worth it.

The ending was just absolutely breathtaking, beautiful, stunning, crappola. *inserts more synonymous words* I’m not going to say anything about the ending, otherwise it’d be a spoiler. But it was damn beautiful. The tears just kept on coming, and they won’t stop. I was like ASUDHANISDNAKJ the whole time.

Oh, and how I love the lyrics of the songs, especially the ones that Beth wrote. Sing Me to Sleep just sucked me into the story (aside from the whole cycle thing,) and I could feel what the characters were feeling. It was hell of a emotional ride being with them.

Sing Me to Sleep is a simple, tear-jerking, and wonderful story about life, love and family. It made me realize that people live their life, despite whatever they’re going through. And, we may not know, but who knows? We may have already become a source of strength and inspiration to others, just by being ourselves. I’ll totally recommend this to young adult, romance readers!



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