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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  2,420 ratings  ·  455 reviews
A "sweet story of two different loners finding their counterpoint" (School Library Journal) from a star of state master and children's choice lists making her YA debut. Clean YA with the emotional resonancy of John Green and Sarah Dessen.

On odd days, Tripp Broody uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat-up instrument,
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ebook, 304 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by EgmontUSA (first published January 1st 2012)
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Melissa
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
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Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
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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
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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.
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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
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Mitch
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
Sara
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
Katy
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
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Rebecca
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
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Mckinlay
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!
K
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.
♥TaylorSquared♥
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.
Claire
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.
Madonna
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
Kaity
Nov 05, 2014 Kaity rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Rifda
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
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Robyn Jones
Guitar Notes
by Mary Amato
314 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA (7/24/12)
downloaded from the local library
5 STARS

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
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Smriti
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
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Vicki
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.
Tash
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.


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Kerri
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 www.thrumsociety.com 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!
Laura
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.
Amye
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.
Carmen
Nov 08, 2013 Carmen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Shelves: ya, fiction
This is an excellent book. Two musicians end up sharing a little music room on different days of the week. They are in high school and don't really know or like each other. But they start leaving each other notes in the room and it progresses into a real friendship. Both of them have pretty horrible parents – not abusive, but the kind of parent that thinks his or her child is not an individual, but a robot to be programmed to be whatever the parent wants (which is it's own type of abuse, I would ...more
Lacey
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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!
Lisa
Fun, easy read but had a few moments of tears. I enjoyed the characters and the story. I think this book would make a good made for TV movie.
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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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