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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Mira's parents run a gym and Mira's sister Britt is a star athlete. Mira's a musical prodigy, but her family doesn't seem to care much about her abilities. Mira wants to go to a prestigious jazz conservatory and needs this summer's music camp more than ever to practice for her audition. However, her parents have messed up and Mira's two best friends are going to camp without her. Mira has to spend the summer on her own, playing as much music as possible without any help or guidance. Fortunately Mira has her sister to spend time with. Because of Britt Mira's music taste broadens in the most unexpected way.

Britt takes Mira to a warehouse party. Mira doesn't expect to like it, but the music captures her and before she knows it she's found a new friend who will teach her how to mix. She also meets a cute guy who will help her to get some gigs. Will Mira's summer be as bad as she expected it to be? Her new surroundings change Mira, but they also bring problems she'd never thought she'd encounter. She enjoys the music, but when tragedy strikes Mira needs to be the responsible one. Who can she trust and will she come out unscathed?

When the Beat Drops is a fantastic captivating story. Mira is unhappy with the long summer ahead of her. Her friends are living her dream and she's stuck at home without anyone to hang out with. Her sister Britt is already in college and introduces her to a completely different world. While Mira doesn't embrace it as fully as her sister does, she does like the music. Her musical abilities are making it possible for her to pick up DJing at a lightning speed. Her new life isn't without complications. Mira falls in love, her sister is involved in something she doesn't want to be a part of and it soon becomes clear that Mira is the only one who can keep a cool head in a crisis. Mira has to grow up quickly to adapt to all of the changes. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out where her story would lead and read it in one sitting.

Anna Hecker's gripping writing style makes When the Beat Drops a true joy to read. Her vivid descriptions of Mira's music are terrific, I could almost hear and feel the music, that's how well she makes it come to life. I admire it when an author can paint such a clear picture and for me that was what I loved the most about When the Beat Drops. The story is fast-paced, raw and vibrant with many surprising twists and turns and I absolutely loved every single page.


If you love YA books that evolve around music you don't want to miss When the Beat Drops.

About Anna Hecker

Anna Hecker grew up at the dead end of a dirt road in Vermont. She holds an MFA from The New School and spent a decade writing ad copy and chasing beats before returning to fiction, her first love. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and fluffy bundle of glamor, Cat Benatar.


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  1. When the Beat Drops sounds like a vibrant and authentic story about the underground dance scene through the eyes of a teenage jazz musician and the different ways that music can bring us together.

  2. One book for my never ending TBR. Sounds awesoem.

  3. Sounds awesome, thanks for the review!

  4. I have this book on my must read list as i'm a musician and so is my daughter. This sounds so relatable and fun to read.

  5. This is one book I would love to read and enjoy on my ipad, or in print - just my kinda read!

  6. Definitely my sort of book Love my music and this book sounds like a great read. Putting it on my TBR list now - which resembles the phone directory lol.

  7. Anna Hecker's ability to capture the essence of the teen culture of the time is evident. One to share with my niece!