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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,869 ratings  ·  357 reviews
When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.

And it isn’t pretty.

Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hi
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published June 16th 2015 by HarperTeen
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“We were moving to Lakeside.”

This was a YA contemporary romance, about a girl from a rich family, who suddenly found herself not so rich anymore.

I liked Ivy, and I was pleased that while she was upset about having to move house, and losing her piano, she didn’t throw a total tantrum or think only of herself. She actually tried to think of ways to make things better for h
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
What a pleasant surprise Between the Notes was! At first I wanted to give it 4 stars but I changed my mind just because I read 80% of the book in one siting and the rest next morning. It was unputdownable.

Full review to come.

More than 6 months later I remember not writing the full review. I am such a liar. Now I can barely remember the book.

I still remember Ivy having to say goodbye to her old house, wearing flats (during winter) on her way to school, her new neighbourhood, her hot new neighb
Rhea Dsouza
Reading Between The Notes was like being sucker punched in the stomach with a glob full of feels.

Ivy Emerson has to give up her rich girl ways to move into a smaller place with not even half the luxuries of her previous house. Between The Notes is the story of how she adjusts (and sometimes doesn’t) and how she falls in love (and times when she only felt like it was over but it really wasn’t) and of how she learns who her true friends are.

It’s funny; there was nothing that was feels-inducing or
Jessica Folded Between the Pages of Books
The worst thing about this book is Ivy's friends. I am so tired of YA heroines that are "friends" with the popular mean girls but who secretly hate them. It just makes me hate the MC. I have never had a friend that I hated - seriously, what's the point? Is this something that actually happens?

Ivy spends most of the book terrified that her "friends" will find out that her family is *gasp* poor. Oh the horror! She does grow throughout the book to realize that living in Lakeside isn't all that awfu
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Ivy Emerson used to live in a big house, but when her father's investment went wrong, she was forced to give up everything - including her beloved piano - and move to Lakeside, the wrong side of town, with her family. She was ashamed of this fact, so she made up lies, but as time goes on, her lies begin to unravel. Here, Ivy learned to embrace what has happened to her family and live with it.

Between the Notes is a book that I had second thoughts about going into at first, but I'm really glad tha
Samantha (WLABB)
Ivy seemed like the girl, who had it all. Fancy house, fancy clothes, fancy cars - she was a girl from the "right side" of the tracks, but all of that was an illusion.

I bought this book, because I adored every last thing about Roat's followup, How to Disappear, and like that book, Between the Notes was filled with fantastic characters and endless feels.

I think it would have been easy to be put off by Ivy in the beginning of this book. There were some really spoiled brat moments in there, but the
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ohohohohohohoh this is some good stuff!!
I LOVED this book! It is friking amazing!
I didn't really like Ivy at first because of how she treated Reesa but her character development amazed me. I also preferred Lennie over James. I mean James didn't really do anything wrong but his character was just bland .
All in all it was quite a cute and fast paced book.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This review can also be found at Snow White Hates Apples.

This might sound wrong but Between the Notes is the best kind of cliché that I’ve been dying to read for years.

Seriously, I love this book so much my friends (especially those aware of my literary tastes) are flummoxed. They know that the first person to nope their way out of a book because of clichés and tropes, is me, but with this book? This is the one of the few books I will read and reread until I get sick of it, and the only other si
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cover-love
This book was soooo so close to five stars for me. I loved everything about this book from the plot, the characters, the music... everything!! (well, almost everything) Because... I just really dislike love triangles, and I honestly think a love triangle really took away from this book in many ways. If those pages were used more on relationship-building and focusing on character arcs, rather than on a confusing love triangle, this book seriously would've been a 5 star. No joke. But still, this b ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Between The Notes was a great book. It really made me think about my life and how I had it all and lost it in a blink of an eye and now I am trying to recover from the losses I have suffered.

Ivy has it all. She is rich and lives in a nice neighborhood and has a nice house and a great life in general until one day she loses it all and goes from riches to rags. Her father has lost his good job and they have to move out of the only home Ivy has known and move to what she considers is the wrong side
Kelly Gunderman
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Yes, I'm giving this one five stars!

I loved every single thing about this book, from the characters, the settings, the story...just everything about this book was utterly fantastic.

We start off with Ivy, a teenage girl who lives in the wealthy part of town next door to her very best friend, Reesa. Ivy has a sister and a brother (who has a disability and needs various different types of therapy), and lives with
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

Between the Notes is a beautiful contemporary novel that will leave readers with a greater understanding about the world in which we live. It contains a phenomenal message and centres around family. Throw in its musical element and you have the ingredients for a whirlwind of emotions!

Between the Notes is the kind of book that makes you grateful for what you have. Ivy, the main character, has to move from her fancy house in an affluent neighbourhood to what is consi
3.5 stars

I was a bit hesitant to request this book because the "rich, privileged girl who loses everything" plot doesn't really do it for me. I was sucked into the piano aspect and was curious to see how it all worked out.

I liked Ivy well enough. I can empathize with her struggle at first, but she was so adamant to ignore those who were helping her. I didn't see the growth that I was hoping for, instead it was like a light bulb turned on around 90%.

There are a few decent secondary characters
A high three. I hate a love triangle, even if this was pretty muted, but I loved the whole bad boy next door falls for the former-rich girl plot line. Lenny was such a good guy, and I wish there'd been more of him in the story. I think it would have bumped the book up to more of a four. ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
See, usually, this would be a four stars book for me.
However, I kinda grew really close to those characters. I loved Ivy, loved her transition and loved how she grew to be a better person throughout the book. Brady, her little brother? To die for. I love him. Lennie? The best. Oh, and for the first time in forever I actually liked both guys the protagonist talked to and it wasn't predictable with whom she'd end up with. I loved that, even though I'm not the biggest fan of love triangles. The wr
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got from the publisher via Edelweiss.

*Spanish-speaking Latina landlady; stock character
*Ivy’s little brother Brady has a mental disability and needs intensive, expensive therapy
*about half the cast lives at/below poverty line; lots of “poor people are people too!” stuff

So I didn’t know anything about Between the Notes before I picked it up via Edelweiss, but it looked cute, sounded cute, and promised to humble a snobby rich person, so
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Huge thank you to Harper Teen for sending me an ARC of this!


Wow this book snuck up on me. The first 100 pages or so were okay (around 3-star territory) but then about halfway I was REALLY in love with this book and didn't want to put it down! You know you're hooked on an unputdownable book when you're halfway through the workday and all you want to do is go home and read! That's how I felt about this book.

Ivy Emerson's family is rich. Her dad has a large company, she lives in a g
Shannon Rogers
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-arc
More like a 3.5.

Between the Notes was a simple story that dealt with every day types of conflict that can happen to anyone. Whose family hasn't, at some point gone through some financial troubles? We can all relate to that. Her family's financial problems are a lot more severe, however, forcing them to pretty much sell most of what they own including a beautiful house, furniture, and Ivy's piano. This is a big loss considering the fact that she's something of a prodigy, kind of.

All of the sudden
My thanks to HarperTeen

Point of View: Single (Ivy)
Writing: First Person | Past Tense
Setting: Belleview, Delaware
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary Romance

The truth is at first I thought of dropping this book. It wasn't that the book was bad or anything. It was just a little slow and the main character was a tad annoying. I'm glad I read the whole thing, though, because
I've seen dozens of books filed under Realistic Fiction before but only few truly capture the moment of being in the real world. They'll give you real-life situations but never real-life reactions. But this gem of a book surprised me with its honesty and reality.

Where have I read a book, especially in YA, that tackles the issue of poverty? None. It's just passed around like a ball with no one ever really shooting it. And I am so glad that I read this book because it gave me a real hard time for
Reindert Van Zwaal
WOW, simply quite brilliant.
At first I was afraid it was too much of a young adult kind of romance story, which it is in some way.
But everything, every topic, was described so well an on point that it simply didn't matter.
The metaphors were stunning and really blasted everything to life, which is quite a gift for a writer to be able to do that. The story was mainly about being yourself and taking people as they are, opposed to pretending to be somebody else and it's consequences. The Characters
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hermes Aponte
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
First of all, I would like to thank the Goodreads First Reads Program and the author of Between the Notes, Sharon Huss Roat, for sending me a finished copy of this book, signed with my name, a short inspirational message, and a bookmark. The author outdid herself and I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for that. She made my day.

This book was addictive from beginning to end. I just couldn't put it down and literally read it all in two sittings. Every time I put it down, I ended picki
2.5 stars

So uh. This is sad. I figured this would be a wonderful and magical tale about playing the piano and how it heals the soul or something of that matter. But nope. This was absolutely nothing like I expected it to be.

Between The Notes centers around the main character, Ivy, who ends up moving to this poor neighborhood because her parents can no longer support their well off lifestyle while paying for her brother's therapy. She's afraid that everyone will make fun of her and her social lif
Dec 24, 2014 rated it liked it

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3.5 stars

I really liked this book! I didn't love it, but I enjoyed it. I think the best way to describe how I felt is underwhelmed. I expected more than I got and while this is not a bad book at all, it wasn't amazing either.

Between the Notes is about Ivy Emerson. Due to financial problems, she and her family have to move to a smaller house in Lakeside, the neihborhood known as "the wrong side of the tracks". She hides the truth from her friends, b
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There's something magical about Between the Notes. Something that transported me back to my teenage years, something every YA is supposed to do but it's actually rare nowadays. Because to be honest, I read YA all the time and I didn't know I've missed this so much until I had it again, the thrill of expecting the unexpected, the twist in the story that will make you go 'woah'.

I loved it. I loved this despite of the love triangle. In fact I th
August 28, 2015:
It's so hard for me to review adorable books like these because I don't quite have the words for how they make me feel. Suffice it to say, THIS BOOK IS SO SO CUTE AND THE ROMANCE WAS PERFECT AND THE GUY WAS AMAZING AND THE WRITING WAS CAPTIVATING AND I LOVED IT

August 24, 2015:
I just received the package and I was very pleasantly surprised to find a beautiful signed hardcover copy with a cute note from the author and a lovely bookmark!! I can't wait to start reading this!! :D

My first thought about this book was: Rich girl becomes middle class crisis. *yawn*

But as the story progressed I kind of liked the characters and found small reasons to smile.

So yeah, this book was not a total loss. It's worth a read.
Bookish Shannon
Review coming closer to release date!
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
It could've been AWESOME...annnnd it wasn't. *grumpy face* ...more
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Sharon Huss Roat grew up in Lancaster County, Pa., and now lives in Delaware with her two children. She is the author of HarperTeen novels BETWEEN THE NOTES (June 2015) and HOW TO DISAPPEAR (August 2017). Visit her online at, on Twitter @sharonwrote, or Instagram @sharonhussroat. ...more

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