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.While Sing Me To Sleep was a gorgeous story and as expect, I did cry like a baby, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped.
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 .. (click here for more)
Beth’s extreme makeover bothered me. A lot. Going through cosmetic surgeries to enhance a character’s looks and self-esteem seems a bit over the top, but it wouldn’t have nagged at me so much if Beth would’ve at least acknowledged that outer beauty is not the only thing that matters. And while Beth still had some insecurities about herself after that, I didn’t feel that it was acknowledged. That’s not really a good thing for girls with self-esteem issues to read about (who most likely picked up this book because the main character has those kinds of flaws as well)
I really liked the main male characters - Derek and Scott. Each have their own personalities and style about the way that they care for Beth. But to me, it felt like someone would snap their fingers and everything would suddenly change. Derek is sweet and romantic, and then he’s controlling and darkly aloof. Scott is protective and supportive, and then he’s flirty and frustrated. It just didn’t .. flow right for me. The twist of moods was making me very dizzy.
But, to lighten things up, Angela Morrison wrote a beautiful tale of finding love and finding yourself. While I don’t approve of the rushed ending, or the relationship formed at the end, Beth’s emotions were so detailed that I sympathized with her character and I understood. I may have not liked it, but I got it.
Overall, it wasn‘t my cup of tea, but it’s perfect for other readers. Lyrical, romantic and heart-wrenching, it will leave you in tears, whether you enjoyed it or not. If you want a happy-glitzy-lovey-dovey story, don’t pick this up. But if you want an emotion-evoker, definitely give this one a try!