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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 January 1st 2012)
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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...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Nov 25, 2012 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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
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
Now I wish I could play guitar. This book is just so beautiful.
Melissa Frye
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
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...more
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...more
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!
Jun 08, 2014 K rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Len Vlahos
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.
May 08, 2012 Claire rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya, rev
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.
Zemira Warner
How wonderful! I feel like I'm floating on a pink fluffy cloud.

Full review to come.
Menyebalkan! Novel ini harus diadaptasi jadi film! Visualisasinya pasti sederhana tapi manis ^^

Aku (sangat) suka Tripp.. dan awalnya aku benci ibunya, sama seperti aku membenci ayah Lyla. Tapi setelah dipikir-pikir lagi.. baik ibu Tripp maupun ayah Lyla, mereka hanya melaksanakan apa yang menurut mereka harus dilakukan oleh orang tua. Bagaimana dengan Lyla? Awalnya aku suka karakternya, lalu aku membencinya karena dia (si nona sempurna) bisa dekat dengan Tripp (yang keren), tapi kemudian aku men...more
Robyn Jones
Guitar Notes
by Mary Amato
314 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (7/24/12)
downloaded from the local library

Tripp Broody is not a bad kid. He's not even apathetic. He has simply allowed himself one love, his guitar. As a result, his mother decides he needs more in life and takes his love away. Lyla Marks lies nonstop, but not the way you're thinking. Lyla doesn't want to disappoint the people she cares about, so she pretends. She plasters on smiles and offers the right words. She plays her cello per...more
To any music lover, the title sounds appealing and most of the descriptions you read just reiterate that feeling. This book focuses on two young people who live for the music they make. Two brilliant, outstanding, troubled kids. Both have their own issues to deal with and as they come together to rediscover their love for music, they also help one another overcome these problems.
At the beginning, it’s clear that the two protagonists are as different as two people can be but as the story progres...more
A beautiful story about the passion two people in particular have for music. "Mr. Odd" plays guitar and "Ms. Even" plays cello. The way music and guitar notes bring them together is simply amazing.

There is humor, sadness, heart-felt emotions. A little of everything.

Recommendation: I wanted to read this mainly because my granddaughter plays guitar, but the "guitar notes" were not at all what I though! I strongly recommend this moving book, especially if you love music.
Kristina Brownell
Beautifully simple young adult novel. I devoured it in a couple hours. I actually loved it and wish I owned it! The part that music plays is unique and enchanting for someone like me who doesn't have a music background. The "thrumming" theory is such a lovely concept and on a basic level, I totally believe it. This book has continued to buzz around in my head for days.

Side note: Little sis, I think you would love this one.
Tripp is whiny he's like a girl. Somehow he'd rather fix someone's stuff than his own. He doesn't consider what his mom is saying and goes on bitching about it and pulling pranks on her. He's childish.

Lyla has it all but doesn't really want it anymore. She was a bad friend. If you have a problem, you tell your friend and explain. Friends are there to make your life easier and bearable during the teen years. Lyla puts too much on herself. She has a choice and she usually takes the harder one.

What a wonderfully sweet book with a wonderfully sweet ending. Brought tears to my eyes. And did you know that you can go to the website and hear all of Lyla's and Tripp's music sung by recording artists? It really made the story come alive when I listened to their songs. I will definitely be telling my students about that when I put this book in their hands!
Could hardly put this down. Loved the alternating girl/boy narration. Loved getting to know the characters from the notes they wrote each other. Trip, the male main character, is particularly well written and memorable. There's a very slight hint of romance (romance for people who hate romance), but little enough that I could probably even recommend this to a boy.
Anne Shealy
I ended up really enjoying this book. There were a few things that I was predicting and they did not happen. I liked that. I was bothered by he verb tense in this book. Had the author used past tense instead of present tense, I think I would have found it to be a smoother read.
The end of the book went too fast. One minute their singing at the wedding and the next it is the end of the book. So much thought and time was devoted to the beginning, I would have like to see it continued through the end. I think there was a lot that could have been added to enhance the ending of the book.
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Ms. Pipka
I really enjoyed this story! Once I got started I couldn't stop!
It is the perfect amount of humour, excitement and a tiny bit of romance!
Das deutsche Cover finde ich ganz nett, da man die beiden Protagonisten, das Aufnahmegerät und die Gitarre sieht, die alle eine große Bedeutung im Laufe der Geschichte haben. Das Herz in dem Aufnahmegerät suggeriert allerdings, dass es sich um eine Liebesgeschichte handelt, was aber gar nicht stimmt. Auch der rosafarbene Hintergrund lässt es so wirken, als ob das Buch nur etwas für Mädchen wäre, ist es aber nicht. Trotz allem finde ich jedoch das englische Cover vom Titel und der Farbwahl am bes...more
Sophie Zapoli
Was I the only person who didn't like this book? I guess it was an interesting idea and I liked how the author incorporated musical elements in the story, even though I had no clue what they were talking about. That's where the good part ends. The beginning of the book was fine but the ending was so unrealistic and super cheesy. I literally laughed like... Is the author serious? I thought this was realistic fiction not fantasy. All the characters seemed flat, unrealistic, and very stereotypical,...more
Tripp Broody (seriously--Tripp Broody--guess the name "Drugexperience Thinksalot" was too obvious for Amato's editors) is way too deep to care about anything but his beloved guitar and the soulful music he makes on it. He's an asshole to absolutely everyone, but you're supposed to let him off the hook for it, because, you know, he's broody.

Lyla Marks is a hot chick who plays the cello and has panic attacks. She needs a manic pixie dream dude* to help her come alive! And be happy! And though nei...more
A sweet, slightly sad (bot not tear tsunami sad) tale about how friendship between the two most unlikely people blossoms thanks to music and rhythm.

The story is very well paced, funny where it needed to be, sad where it needed to be, irritating where it needed to be (if there is such a thing), and an overall light read which will leave you smiling and awing.
One thing I did miss from the book was suspense. I new it was a new approach having the two "note givers" know who they where since the begi...more
Kay Mcgriff
For my students, music is not only the soundtrack of their lives (as it is for mine, too), but music is their lives. If they could, they would go through their days with music pouring into their ears. Many of them have music pouring out of them as well, through singing or playing an instrument.

As soon as I saw the cover of Guitar Notes (Scholastic 2012) staring at me from the shelf of the Scholastic Book Fair, I knew I wanted to add it to my classroom library. Mary Amato did not disappoint me wi...more
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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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