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All the Wrong Chords

3.34  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn't exactly what she had in mind. Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy--a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can't pass on an oppor ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published December 12th 2017 by Flux
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Heather I just read this book and rated it 3 stars so I'll let you know my thoughts. This book did a lot of good things talking about death, grief, drug…moreI just read this book and rated it 3 stars so I'll let you know my thoughts. This book did a lot of good things talking about death, grief, drug overdoses, illnesses in the family, etc. but it also uses a lot of tropes like "girl falls for the wrong guy when the right guy was there all along!" and "girl thinks sister/best friend is super hot and gets upset with her when boys find her attractive" and "best friend is holding onto a secret that's very obvious." It's all those tropes that I think keeps this book from being really good. It also tries to blend light-hearted contemporaries and deep issues contemporaries but doesn't do it very well, just okay.(less)

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Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Actual rating: 3.25⭐

Story ⭐⭐⭐
This was a typical Girl-falls-for-the-wrong-boy-only-to-realize-the-right-guy-was-always-right-there-story. But with bands, music 🎶🎵🎶, tragic losses and illnesses.

Characters ⭐⭐⭐
What can I say? I hated the “wrong guy” from the beginning. How could Scarlett not see that he was an a*hole from the start? How?
I really hated her stupidity in this situations, but she’s young (kind of) and “love” (or rather “attraction”) makes you stupid.
My favorite characters were her gr
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

You know that one friend who seems to have a penchant for picking the wrong guy? They come to you when he's made them cry once again, you tell them to dump his sorry ass because they deserve only good things in their life, they ignore your advice and remain miserable?

This is the book equivalent of that friend, and it was frustrating as hell.

I actually really liked the story as I was going in - the premise seemed promising, I loved the addition of song lyrics written by the band, and I r
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it

allTitle: All The Wrong Chords
Author: Christine Hurley Deriso
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: December 12, 2017


This is my first Christine Hurley Deriso book and so far I'm not convinced.
But having said that this isn't the worst book out there.
This book by the end was pure and simple. After the month I've had with all the mafia books, after all the angst and the unneeded yet craved roller coaster of emotions, this was comparatively calmer, lighter and relaxed.

I love the Young Adult genre, y
Attack Salmon
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Trigger Warning: gay character make comments that are offensive to straight ppl

Well I am joking of cuz. What's the fun in life living in trigger warnings. But yes I am definitely pissed when Varun the gay character said he had it worse than a straight white boy. Not something I usually get upset about but with the usual trend of bashing straight ppl for no other reason other than they are straight and white , I can't help being triggered.

My annoyance with the character doesn't impact my reading
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5/5
(I received a free copy from the publisher, Flux, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Available for request at
***Minor spoilers***

Scarlett's family is going through a rough time. Her brother died of a drug overdose, and everyone is dealing with it differently. Scarlett is spending the summer with her grandfather, both to help deal with the tragedy and to keep her grandfather from driving, due to his failing vision. After nearly h
Aug 26, 2017 rated it did not like it

This book started out pretty well and then it took a sharp left into DNF territory which encompasses; predictable, boring and annoying. I didn't like any of the characters aside from the grandfather whose nonchalant attitude matched my own towards the book.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
"My tattered heart is hanging by a thread.
So many of my words have gone unsaid.
I'd tell them to you now...but I just don't know how...."
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Poignant and sweet, ALL THE WRONG CHORDS is heart-stinging story of family, grief, and self-discovery.

The family dynamics in this story are so well written. I loved seeing them interact with one another, and they read very genuinely. I thought the author also did a great job of highlighting the way that each of the different members of the family was grieving in a different and personal way, and it was really interesting to see how the different ways in which each of the characters grieved was r
L.P. Logan
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it

I can't help it. When I think of this book I instantly see John Travolta and Olivia Newton John strutting around in the final scene of the movie 'Grease' singing, "You're the one that I want . . ." AND it's not even relevant. And the movie doesn't even have the same storyline. The only thing that they have in common is that they are both stories told through music, and I totally love that about this book. Oh and its a love story. Which totally matters. So, I'm sticking with my Grease imagery and
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
DNF'ing at 32%

Right from the start, I struggled to get into the story, and it just got worse and worse and worse for me. I couldn't handle reading about Scarlett going for a douchebag and blaming her own (really nice) sister for stealing his attention even when her sister actively tried to dissuade him. I think it does teenagers a massive discredit to make Scarlett "boy crazy" to this extent.

By the way, I did a Twitter poll asking how people would react if a guy they were interested in only sho
Shirley Cuypers
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Original review

All the Wrong Chords tells the story of Scarlett Stiles. Scarlett's lost her brother due to a drug overdose. She wants to feel better and move on, so she spends the summer with her grandfather. She's lifeguarding at the pool but also playing in a new band. She used to play in her brother's band so playing in this new band is kind of hard, but also something she really wants. Besides lifeguarding and playing in the band, she's also falling for a guy...

All the Wrong Chords is such
Laurence R.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I honestly don’t understand how this book doesn’t have a higher rating! I personally really liked it. It’s real, deep, cute, and funny, so what else could you possibly want? I would definitely recommend it, especially to music lovers. I don’t play music, but I still really enjoyed how much Scarlett enjoys being part of the band. Overall, this was exactly the YA novel that I wanted to read during finals!

Thank you NetGalley for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an hone
~ Althea ~  ☾
// I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review //

"I'm thinking perfect is overrated"

This started out pretty great okay. The ending touched my heart too.

But I had such a huge problem with the inconsistency of the plot, the characters and the theme of the story. I mean, Liam's death was suppose to be the focus of this book but it was gone completely by the middle of the book but revived again by the end. It turned more into a love story when I think the love sto
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Flux via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of All the wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso. All the wrong chords will be released on December 12, 2017.

The cover drew me in with its bright cover and guitar stings running down the middle. Being a musician i am drawn to anything dealing with music.

Scarletts life is pretty screwed up, her brother died of an overdose and he rparents shipped her off the her grandfathers house for the summer. Scarlett and her sister,Sa
I received a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and voluntary review

Rating: 2,5 stars

The first few chapters of All The Wrong Chords really got me hooked. Our main character, Scarlett, is grieving and struggling with the death of her brother, Liam. In those chapters we get some insight of both Liam and Scarlett's relationships between the rest of her family and I. Loved. It.

But then the band came into play, and all Scarlett would do was whine about the incredibly h
Hannah (Sakurahan or ForeverBooks18)
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Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, read-in-2017
Rate: 4,2 / 5 stars

“Go have fun tomorrow,” Sara finally says in barely a whisper. “Let’s lead fabulous lives and make our brother proud.”

This is a book about moving on with your life after loosing someone you love. It was a beautiful story, full of life and death in a way. It was sad of course, because Scarlettt and her family are grieving her brother but it was also fun and vibrant and super sweet.

It's a short read and very enjoyable. Scarlett is a having hard time with her brother's death a
KarenJo Custodio
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ended on a high note! Full review to come.

All the Wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso is an emotional, but heartfelt story about family, love, loss and learning how to move forward.

Within the first few chapters, this book had me feeling all kinds of happy. The writing style was smooth, easy to read and had a sense of sincerity and heart which I really appreciated. I absolutely loved the family dynamics and reading about the other relationships in the story was positively heartwarming. The in
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
* I received an ARC in E-book form from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

I liked this book. It was a short easy read, and kept my interest. I did feel at times the main character got a little winy but still she was ok. There is representation of someone with ALS along with gay representation and drug abuse in this Novel. I can't say if any the representation was accurate because I'm not familiar with ALS all to much. That being said I really enjoyed this book. Our main character is de
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This book did bring various issues to the forefront like bullying, ALS, and sexual orientation but for me it was the same old, same old. Talented girl always passes on the good guy and picks the douche which wouldn’t have been too bad but it was all the cluelessness associated with Scarlett in all aspects of her life. Also the writing format was hard to follow since the author did not use breaks where needed.

I did like the closeness between Scarlett and her grandfather and the great heart that K
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Great back story, the love story, however... meh. This really struck all the wrong chords in me, I don't even know why.
ps: Zach is swoon-worthy
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-s, ya

The Characters

I really liked every secondary character! Scarlett’s grandpa is awesome. Her best friend, Varun, is hilarious and I love their texting throughout the book. Her sister is great, the band members are great. You get it. Everyone is awesome. Except Scarlett, but we’ll get to that in the cons.

The Writing

Is really easy to get through. It’s not a super long book, and it doesn’t feel like it. It’s a very quick, simple read.

The Band

I love any story that works music into it. I really li
Kathy - Books & Munches
Since I love myself some rock music and, well, add a good-looking musician to it. Yup, sold! I was completely ready to dive into this story.

And I ended up being... disappointed, honestly. This story had the potential of being so much more. Really, it hurts.

Let's start with the obvious. I really had a giant problem with the insta-love going on in this story. Actual over-the-top insta-love. "Oh, that lead singer is hot. I'm in love." That's how it went, literally. Then we go to "Okay, nope. Not in
Eileen Robinson
Aug 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an arc copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for nothing but an honest review.

This story takes place after Scarlett Stiles, a young 17 yr old musican, has been left mourning the sudden death of her older brother Liam, who after a sports inury got addicted to the pain medications and passed by an overdose. Scarlett is spending the summer with her grandpa and i have to say i loved the relationship between both. During this time she me
Cassidy (Reminders of the Changing Time)
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As soon as I heard that All the Wrong Chord's plot concerned pretty boy guitarist I was like, ‘hell yes, sign me up’. Damn, there is nothing that I love more than someone who can write me a catchy rock banger (until they actually write me one, and then it is cringey as hell). I probably should’ve expected going into this book, that it would be incredibly trope-y and incredibly YA, but I just think that I was blinded
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

The story follows a girl called Scarlett who goes to stay with her Grandfather for the summer, following the death of her brother. She gets a job as a lifeguard, focuses on her upcoming college enrolment and tries to get on with life as normal. Through an almost unfortunate event, Scarlett meets a boy called Zach and learns that he is in a band. After his fellow bandmates learn of her talents on vocals and with a guitar
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an Advanced Review Copy from Flux publishing and Netgalley. 

I picked this book up based on the description. I have lost many loved ones due to addiction, so I was able to relate to Scarlett rather easily. At times this book helped me see things from a different light, from the perspectives of those who don't really understand addiction. I was glad to be able to see that point of view as sometimes it is really hard to understand the thinking of those who don't truly understand. 

This wa
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Do you ever read a book where you spend most of it internally screaming at the main character(s) for being complete imbeciles? Well that was my experience through all 280 pages of this.

90% of the storyline follows the main character, Scarlett, fawning over the bad boy lead singer of a garage band she happens upon during the summer. Of course, we as readers know that she is being a massive idiot with a fair few of her actions to try entice said ‘bad boy’ and have to suffer through all of that ta
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit
I think what I like most about this book is how everyone handles grief and information sharing differently: Scarlett insists on telling people her brother OD'ed on drugs because she's not ashamed of him, she misses him; her grandfather insists on telling people it was heart failure because he doesn't trust them not to judge his grandson unfairly. I love that they talk about it and respect each other's viewpoints, even while sticking to their own opinions.
Nina Rossing
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, young-adult
A YA with a protagonist who acts her age. The plot is mostly realistic and pretty sweet, though there is some darkness here too, tackled believably.
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