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Tripp, who plays guitar only for himself, and Lyla, a cellist whose talent has already made her famous but not happy, form an unlikely friendship when they are forced to share a practice room at their high school.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by EgmontUSA (first published July 1st 2012)
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~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~
Hello. Hi. I believe my writing has gone all raw after this long a while of not reading or reviewing. This book, Guitar Notes, in my opinion, is not a book. Rather it projects like a song because of the flow that is so easy to mould into. A beautiful story, crafted on introspection into your life and pursuing what you really want to. It deals with peer pressure, family pressure and skyhigh expectations which crush the need to decide for ourselves when its time.

The story is predictable from the v
Jul 29, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
3,5 stars

In this book two high school students who don't really know each other are brought together because of their love for music.For the main part this book was a surprisingly funny, entertaining, enjoyable and light read. The other (luckily rather short) remaining part is just a shame and bad choice of twist in the story.

Lyla is (for outsiders) the perfect girl who plays the cello effortless. She started playing after the death of her mom. Lyla is extremely talented but pushed by her fathe
Melissa Frye
Jan 10, 2013 Melissa Frye rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
What Drew Me to This Book?

Music. I love music. My music tastes range from heavy metal to classical and most points in-between. Hand me a book that features two extremes of the medium, throw in characters with opposite personalities and I’m hooked.
Synopsis taken from book:

On odd days, Tripp Broody uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat-up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.

On even days, Lyla Marks uses the s
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Nov 25, 2012 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: Glass
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I'm weak! But before I tell you why I should start from beginning. Ha! Nope I'm not teasing. Beginning meaning the blurb cause I simply love it. I'm that one person who always complains how blurbs reveal to much but this one is perfect it has enough info to get you interested in the book but still doesn't tell you anything at the same time.

Now I'm coming to that me-weak part. Yeah I really am, cause it doesn't take much (for a book at least) to go under my s
Jul 31, 2012 Mitch rated it liked it
I get the feeling Mary Amato had the concept for Guitar Notes in her head when she started writing and knew how she wanted to end things, but didn't have a specific plot in mind. That's the only way I can explain how this book doesn't go anywhere until the plot finally falls off a cliff towards the end. I mean, the majority of this book's a pretty sweet story of a slow friendship between two very different people, but there's no movement to it really, and when there finally is, I'm wondering wha ...more
Anna Castagnaro
Nov 17, 2015 Anna Castagnaro rated it really liked it
Music is so beautiful, it's hard for someone not to fall in love with it. It can come in many different styles, beats, and phrases; and it can give millions of different meanings through it's poetry. This is exactly what happened in "Guitar Notes" by Mary Amato. The introverted and mysterious Tripp Broody signs up for a practice room so that he can play his heart out on his guitar. The perfect and top-notch Lyla Marks signs up for a practice room so that she can practice playing the cello to bu ...more
Now I wish I could play guitar. This book is just so beautiful.
Burning Gold (- Christina Perri

good story. cute couple.just one thing (view spoiler)
now that i got that out of my system, let's review this!!

the story begins as Tripp's mom confiscates his guitar, the only thing that Tripp cares most in the world, due to Tripp's plummeting grades. seeking revenge, he trades his mom's coffe
Jul 29, 2012 Katy rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - I really wish GR had half stars. (Rolling Credit Song: Sum 41's "With Me")

WHAT THE HELL?!? I would have given this book five stars had it not been for the end.

The book started off really, really strong for a cute, light read. I'm not usually a fan of short, choppy transitions, but for some reason, it worked in this book. I thought Amato did a great job switching between Tripp's and Lyla's points of view, and the abrupt flow kind of reflected their quick, snappish responses to each ot

A heartwarming story about an unlikely friendship forged between a straight-A, classical musician and a bad-boy guitar player told through notes, lyrics, texts, and narration.

My Review:

Guitar Notes is a refreshing story about blossoming friendship and love for music, about choices and its effects on you and around you.

If you haven't read the book please don't go ahead and read ....huge spoiler alert....
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Jan 22, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it
I found this book to be quite enjoyable! It starts off with Tripp getting his guitar taken away by his mom until he can get his grades up. But the guitar is the only thing he feels he has and needs. So he signs up to get practice time in the school music room and use a guitar the school has in storage. Here is where he gets to know Lyla. He has odd days and she has even days. They start writing notes back and forward, and eventually become friends. She starts using the guitar, and he knows it, a ...more
Jan 09, 2015 Ishi rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ishi by: Purvika
~4 musical stars~

Meet Tripp Broody, (AKA Mr. Odd)
The pages open, and we see Tripp Broody, the school's odd boy's clock-radio alarm waking him up. He sees a note on his bedside from his mom, telling that his guitar, his beloved guitar, has been confiscated from him! Her mom like a Termite, eats up his soul, eats up his guitar, his life! How will he survive without it?!

Meet Lyla Marks, (AKA Ms. Even)
Lyla Marks, school's perfect chippery girl, the main cellist, isn't really happy. She's going thro
Dec 15, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Love the story of the high school kids and how they take charge of their lives. This book for teens is a reminder for me as a parent that we can't protect our kids from everything and sometimes it's not even a good idea to try. Parents can be obstacles to their kids' efforts to become who they are.

I like the stuff I learn along the way in Mary Amato's books. This one has information about music and science (painless, interesting, part of the story). Invisible Lines has science I still think abo
Jan 23, 2014 Mckinlay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2014
this book was sooooo good. even though the parents pissed me off! music can help and heal so much and i just,sigh, i just loved this book. this is the type of book that makes me want to go out and create something!

love, love, LOVE!
Shatavia C
May 05, 2015 Shatavia C rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing for it to have only just 272 pages in it. The main characters in this book are Ms.Even and she is a band teacher and she teaches a lot of kids how to play instruments,and is trying to help the school donate new instruments so that everyone inside the school can have really cool instruments to play,and another main character in this book is Lyla Marks,and this guy named Tripp who
both really like each other,and they both are in the same band class together,and they try to kee
Jun 08, 2014 K rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Layla and Tripp start off the story as two ships passing in the practice rooms of the music department at school. Layla’s a recognized perfect girl and the cello is one of her mediums. Tripp is a loner who just had his guitar confiscated by his fed up mother. Layla uses the practice room during lunch on even days. She spends most of that time eating slowly and staring down the cello she doesn’t really want to be playing. Tripp uses the room at lunch on odd days. He was able to snag a school guit ...more
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Apr 04, 2016 ❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄ rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ❄️ Propertea Of Frostea ❄️ Bitter SnoBerry ❄ by: Purvika
We read books.. To escape our lives, sometimes we hate our lives so much that we wish things were different.. And then some books come, as if inspired by our lives, we relate so much to it, it pulls you in, like your life but even more lively.. With more passion, a renewed narrative yet the same at soul... and we hold these books too dear to our hearts.. This is one such book.

More review to come.

I stalled reading this book for apparently three years.
I made zero notes for this eBook, no highlig
Melissa Marin
Nov 30, 2015 Melissa Marin rated it liked it
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Dec 19, 2014 ɐʇʇɐd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, teens
Tripp und Lyla könnten nicht unterschiedlicher sein. Er ist ein gitarrenvernarrter Außenseiter, immer einen lockeren Spruch auf den Lippen. Sie ist die beste Cello-Spielerin ihrer Schule, die sämtliche Talentwettbewerbe gewinnt, dafür aber auch unter dem Druck ihres Vaters steht. Nachdem die gemeine Termite (aka Tripps Mutter) ihm seine Gitarre wegnimmt, weil er sich angeblich nur noch mit dem Saiteninstrument und weniger mit seinen Hausaufgaben beschäftigen würde, muss Tripp sich was anderes ei ...more
Henry Yoo
Dec 12, 2015 Henry Yoo rated it really liked it
This is a book I recommend to anyone. Although this book may seem like some cheesy book for young-adults, it contains suspense. Guitar Notes is about a teenage girl and a boy who borrow the same practice room, each on a different day, who start their friendship by writing little notes to each other. As the story goes on, the two students get really close and become professional musicians. Although I recommend this book to anyone, I recommend it strongly especially for middle school or high schoo ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Trisha rated it liked it
such a cute story. I love that it centered around music. and that it wasn't focused on loving each other OR Building a love relationship through their experiences.

Instead it was literally about connecting with another person - on a one on one level - through music

and it was beautiful
Ashley Ramos
Sep 30, 2015 Ashley Ramos rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
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Len Vlahos
Nov 11, 2013 Len Vlahos rated it it was amazing
A beautiful loves story. The feeling of it reminded me of the late 70s/early 80s Laurence Olivier film with a very young Diane Lane called "A Little Romance." Just a great story of star-crossed soul mates. And really, an ode to music, the guitar, and songwriting.
Nov 09, 2014 ♥TaylorSquared♥ rated it it was amazing
It's cute and fun. No romance involved. This is such a great book and a book to read after you finish one book and want to be in that happy mood still.
May 08, 2012 Claire rated it liked it
Shelves: rev, ya
This is more like 5 stars for the first 225 pages, 2 stars for the last 40 when it pulled out every sappy cliche in the book. But I wouldn't have been so mad about that if the rest hadn't been so good.
Tallulah Schweitz
Oct 18, 2015 Tallulah Schweitz rated it really liked it
Tripp, a young guitarist who takes a musical journey as he learns more about music than he ever has before, and Lyla, an organized girl who is only used to playing music in a definite way, meet only to find themselves where they would never thought they would be. In Mary Amato's "Guitar notes", Tripp never knew that music room B would be the location that brings Lyla and him together and transforms his and her contrasting existences together as one.

Tripp's guitar obsession has pondered and cir
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
How wonderful! I feel like I'm floating on a pink fluffy cloud.

Full review to come.
Sakshi Agarwal
Jan 27, 2015 Sakshi Agarwal rated it it was amazing
a sweet simple story .
Loved it
Its short, its binding and its lovely.
Nov 10, 2014 Madonna rated it really liked it
I LOVED the characters in this book, specifically Tripp. I can completely relate to and appreciate his sarcasm. I enjoyed the slow but natural process their friendship blossomed into. I also like that there was never a romantic connection, necessarily, but instead a deep and profound soul connection. Thrumming... Ahhhhh... to be young and so misunderstood. I did not like how similar the ending was to If I Stay. However, I loved this book much more than If I Stay and had I read this one first I w ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
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Born January 3, 1961, in Belvidere, IL; grew up in Libertyville, Illinois; married Ivan Amato (a science writer); children: Maxwell, Simon. Pets: Sorry, none! Favorite food: Chocolate.

I studied special education and dance at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. In graduate school, I studied fiction writing and poetry at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.
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