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Broken Chords

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  97 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Seventeen-year-old Clara Lorenzo has it all: a great family, friends, Marshall—her love interest—waiting in the wings. And to top it all off, she is a brilliant pianist, on her way to a career doing what she loves best.

But does she? Sometimes Clara gets tired of constantly performing. She knows that her ability is more skill than passion. But if she stopped playing, her fa
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Front Street, Incorporated (first published August 9th 1994)
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Sep 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
i thought this was a good book but i didnt really like the end that much.. but i do encourage that people read it cause all in all in was a very captivating story.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
A real quick, easy read.

Unfortunately, it was nothing special.
The characters were alright. The story was alright. The writing was alright.

I guess I wish that they had gone a little bit more in depth with some of the characters and their emotions. There were times where it felt a little clunky or that a scene could have explained things a bit better.

I guess the one thing that was pretty good about this was the way the music was described... at times. Most of the time you could almost imagine the
Eileen Winfrey
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Compelling look at what it takes to be truly good at something. What are you without your "thing"? I might not select this book.
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Broken Chords was a fantastic YA book. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did, as I don't read a lot of YA books. The emotions that Clara feels and the amount of pressure she feels is all too common. Almost all teens feel the pressure to live up to their parents dreams for them. Barbara Snow Gilbert did a great job of bringing you a long on Clara's struggles, you not only feel her pain but it reminds you of pain you yourself have felt at one point in time, making it all the more real. It wa ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Clara has played the piano ever since she can remember ... it's always been her life ... far from the "normal" high school life. As she prepares for the biggest competition of her life, she begins to have doubts about her calling. Does she want the life of a concert pianist? Then she meets Marshall, another piano contestant, who has such passion and joy when she plays. Has she ever known that feeling? As Clara pushes toward an answer, she must do so with the knowledge that her conductor mother h ...more
Stephanie A.
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This struck a chord (no pun intended) with me because as something of a perfectionist myself, part of me is envious of her extreme talent. Who cares if you love it, you're good at it! Life: decided. But the author did an extraordinary job of showing the character's inner conflict and making me feel sorry for the fact that she felt like she couldn't pursue her own interests for fear of disappointing others. That's very me as well.
Jul 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-and-youth
I really liked this YA book, although it isn't easy to get students to want to pick up a book about a pianist. The pressure from parents theme is common; however, I like that it's for something like piano, not sports. Also, the romance aspect is well done, and I love the outcome of that as it makes the book more realistic, although kids might not like it as they want happily ever after.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-adore
Rereading this book, it's been about two years since I first picked it up. Still how I remember it. Amazing, and relatable to my own life as a musician/dancer. This book really is one of my favorites. =)
Elisabeth P.
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting book for those that play the piano. I read this a while ago, but I remember really liking it.
Jul 16, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I don't remember much about the story, but I do remember enjoying the description of music in it, like when the protagonist plays a classical work on the piano with a boy she has a crush on.
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Barbara Snow Gilbert is an attorney, mediator, and an award-winning author. As a political science major with a minor in art history, Ms. Gilbert studied in Florence, London, and Washington, D.C., and graduated with a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Colorado College. She worked on various political staffs, including that of the Speaker of the House of the U.S. Representatives and the Governor o ...more
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