Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
Summary via Goodreads:
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….
WOW. First of all, Jessica Martinez’s writing was completely mesmerizing and just engaging and the way she executed every emotion in this spectacular debut left me breathless.
The characters are all richly developed and realistic with distinct voices and strong individuality. Carmen is such an amazing character and I felt emotionally invested in her. She’s very tangible and relatable as well in some ways. With all the pressure and smothering she’d been through, I was amazed on how she wisely handled and got through it. Her relationship with Jeremy was so exciting and really romantic! Jeremy is a smart and reserved guy with a really amazing talent like Carmen. And like Carmen, I found myself wondering if Jeremy’s feelings are for real or just plain strategy. Their relationship was just beautiful and definitely breath-taking. I love all of the characters because they are all very effective but my most favorite was Clark, Carmen’s stepfather. This is the first time for me to pay so much attention on a supporting character. Why? Clark is such a sweet and wonderful father. He cares and loves Carmen unconditionally despite her flaws and all and he was always there for her.
I seriously loved everything about the book. Just everything. Virtuosity is a story filled with raw emotions and burning passion. This is the kind of book that can make the readers’ emotions surface because it was very easy to connect with the characters and I love, love books like that. Plus, look at that stunning cover!
Virtuosity is an absolute MUST-READ! I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars and I strongly recommend this wonderful book to all YA Contemps readers, add this on your wishlist or reading list. I also recommend this to all readers out there who wants a great story about love, music and passion this book is perfect for you!