Book Review: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

October 21, 2011 Young Adult Book Reviews 4 ★★★★★

Book Review: Virtuosity by Jessica MartinezTitle: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
Published by: Simon Pulse on October 18, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 294
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Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen's whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn't just hot...what if Jeremy is better?
Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can't end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her--and riles her up--like he does. Still, she can't trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what's expected.
Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall....

This is one of those times where the cover doesn’t do the book justice. At first glance, I definitely wouldn’t be attracted to this book. After reading the synopsis, it did sound of kind interesting so I might have given it a read then. But after diving into, I found out I loved it.

The book revolves around Carmen, a professional violinist who strives to be the best and win an upcoming competition. She gets freaked out over a rival prodigy, Jeremy, and you get to see how their relationship develops. I have to admit, the only part I didn’t really like was how quickly they fell for each other. I felt their love was a bit rushed and weird how it goes from hate/anxiety to love within a few chapters (But then again, that’s how life is sometimes, right?). It was a bit unbelievable to me, but the story overall was great and it didn’t bother me that much.

You get to see how determined Carmen is to win, her dedication and love for music, and how it affects the relationships and people in her life. There were definitely a few surprising moments in the book that I loved, it kept me flipping pages! Carmen battles with the idea of right and wrong, a possible drug problem, and what really matters most in her life. Her mother is a major player in the story, one you don’t know whether to hate or feel sorry for. Carmen is hilariously uptight and a bit naive, but in a way that wasn’t annoying to me (because it usually is).

All in all, it was a light, fun read of the Chicklit genre and a good break from all the serious, paranormal books I’ve been reading lately. A great book!

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez”

  1. Lea

    Thanks for this review! I think this book is on my Goodreads TBR list, but I hadn’t seriously considered picking it up until I read your review– I definitely could use a chick lit break from the big paranormal and dystopian kick I have been on lately– genres I love, but I think I need to switch things up a bit! 😉 So glad you loved this one.

    Lea @ LC’s Adventures in Libraryland
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    • Vivian

      Yes! This book was definitely what I needed because I was reading so many paranormal books I was getting sick of it. It was very refreshing and I know you’ll love it. Let me know what you think when you read it!

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