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When the Beat Drops

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Seventeen-year-old Mira has always danced to her own beat. A music prodigy in a family of athletes, she’d rather play trumpet than party—and with her audition to a prestigious jazz conservatory just around the corner (and her two best friends at music camp without her), she plans to spend the summer focused on jazz and nothing else.

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Published May 1st 2018 by Sky Pony Press
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Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-novels
I received this book for free as part of BookSparks’ YA Summer Reading Challenge.

Going into this book, I didn’t have very high expectations. I thought it was just going to be an average contemporary YA summer read. Instead, this book blew me away.

The way the author describes music is incredible. From the very beginning you could just feel the passion that the main character, Mira, has for jazz music, and then later on for DJing. Prior to reading this book, I never thought of DJing as being that
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Music, family, love, secrets, hope.

Well boy, that was a ride. And one I wasn't expecting.

I requested this on impulse on NetGalley based on the cover because music is like catnip in books for me. If I'd read the synopsis I'd probably have hesitated. Which is such a shame as I raced through this book and I absolutely loved it.

I was expecting something light, and probably fluffy, with a musical backdrop.

What I read was something far darker than I could have imagined, where the music came t
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Music is a topic that I always seem to enjoy in books, so I was not surprised that I enjoyed When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker so much. This book is all about DJing, which I have never read before. The main character is clever and the writing is so descriptive, which added to my enjoyment. After reading this story, I would love to see more of its kind.

Full Review on The Candid Cover
Zoë ☆
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, netgalley
Wow. This book was such a surprise!
The story is so unique and it’s really interesting to read about someone who has a heart for music. I also appreciated that the darker side of the music industry was discussed.

Read this book, especially if you’re into music! 🎶 It’s out in a few days!
Colleen's Conclusions
I received When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. That had no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own.

Maaaaan that was a good story. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first requested When the Beat Drops. I just knew that it sounded like it could be good, but I wasn't sure. I'm not sure why I was a little bit skeptical about the book in the first place. But it proved me wrong!

When the Beat Drops was about a girl who started off wanting to pla
Julia Rubin
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this debut so, so much, and the ending had me in tears. As a huge music fan and a sister, all of it rang true for me, and every note felt pitch perfect, every character so real and relatable. It was so beautifully done and fun and easy to read and I raced through it! Check this one out if you love music, stories about sisters and family, and want a dizzying descent into the underground DJ scene!
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
"This beat is everywhere, percussion lines woven together in colorful tonal textile before unraveling just enough to keep the crowd on their toes, hints of distorted cello and bright, pure vibra-phone darting in and out of the beats like playful fireflies."

Mira has always heard the music in the world. Where the world hears noise, Mira hears rhythm, and uses her experience as inspiration in her jazz. Her entire focus is on getting into a music school focusing on jazz with her two best friends. Bu
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Readers of young adult books will enjoy this book. The lead character, Mina was relatable and interesting. Although, I didn't like that she easily and quickly brushed off her best friends for the new music scene. However, on the other hand, I could see where she was coming from as all of the people she encountered were different from her friends.

Mina really did shine when she was DJing. She had an "old" soul trapped in a young body. The way that she was in tune with the music as if the vibratio
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: won-in-giveaways
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

I don't think it's so much that this book wasn't good as that it just wasn't for me. I'm not interested in the club/rave scene at all, so much of this dragged on endlessly for me. For what it is, it's well written, and I wouldn't be quick to tell anyone to avoid it. I would, however, strongly urge potential readers to go into this knowing that if they aren't interested in that particular scene, this one may be a bit lost on them.
Mischa Thrace
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has no real interest in music, I was unexpectedly taken in by Mira’s passion - don’t let a lack of knowledge or interest in the music scene stop you from enjoying this heartfelt debut! Filled with wonderful, fully-developed characters and realistically complex relationships, Hecker’s coming-of-age story takes readers on a wild ride through the DJ scene and expertly tackles serious issues without ever becoming preachy or alienating. Highly recommended!
April Mathes
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Mira, Mira, on the wall, who’s the dopest of them all?”
So first off I want to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this. I was immediately taken by Mira. She’s awkward, smart, and knows what she wants. She’s never quite felt like she fit in with her family and the closest person to make her feel special is no longer with her. I read this as if I WAS Mira. I felt her joy and pain with each word that went across the pages. I admired her will to try new things and take the direc
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This book started out a bit slow but once things started to pick up, I got completely immersed with the story and with Mira. I really, really enjoyed the book and loved how it really got into the details of the DJ-world plus Mira’s own love for jazz. I never thought the two worlds would ever merge but somehow Anna, the author, made it work. In fact, I got so engaged in the book that I was even debating if I should learn to DJ, LOL (but ser
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so much more than the cover and synopsis make it seem. The way it is advertised makes it seem like a light fast read about a girl who likes music... but it is so much more than that. When the Beat Drops is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about finding yourself.

What I Liked:

I honestly loved Mira. Her whole world is music. She hears it in movement and emotion and nature. That's why it was so easy to believe that she picked up DJing so fast. She lives and breathes music. It was tha
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
When The Beat Drops is a book that, ultimately, loses most of its shock value. Even though it begins well, with a really interesting protagonist and a believable main motivation, the ending is rushed, and messy, and ultimately leaves the rest of the book in shambles.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Going into this book I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I definitely have a bias against ‘rave’ music, but the description of the novel pulled me in. Reading what the book was about gave me a lot of “Save the Last Dance” vibes.

Going through college I knew my fair share of people who would attend Electric Daisy Festival or Electric Zoo Festival or whatever festival was going on around us. They would talk about how great it was and all of the friends they would make and how much fun they would
Suze Lavender
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mira's parents run a gym and Mira's sister Britt is a star athlete. Mira's a musical prodigy, but her family doesn't seem to care much about her abilities. Mira wants to go to a prestigious jazz conservatory and needs this summer's music camp more than ever to practice for her audition. However, her parents have messed up and Mira's two best friends are going to camp without her. Mira has to spend the summer on her own, playing as much music as possible without any help or guidance. Fortunately ...more
Beth Rochester (_bookishbee_)
Thank you Netgalley for the ARC

When I first requested this book I thought it would be a nice fluffy read with a musical element however what I got was something deeper, darker and much more exciting.

it handled so many issues really well and gave some great in depths on how best to handle them and what to look out for.

I love the Mira as a character she was in depth and well written I felt like I was with her trying to figure out everything. Seeing how she not only handled her own dreams and si
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Find the review and more on Welp.Books!

Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the eARC in exchange of an honest review.

Music, drugs, sisters, friends, a boyfriend, and choices on what needs saving and what needs to be abandoned in the process. It’s a heart-wrenching story of teenage mistakes and choices to fix them.

When tagging along with her sister to a party, Mira finds herself in a different music universe than her marching band. The bass, the cdjs and the hot boy make her fall for the par
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and was inspired by the cover and the plot summary due to the fact that our young adult readers can easily relate to a book like this. I think a lot of our reader's will relate to Mira because it is every teenager's dream to become rich and famous but it also comes with a price and Mira and Derek are pure examples of it. The theme of this novel is easily relatable for the millennial young adult generation and that you should be thankful for what ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

I just really enjoyed my time with this book, it was such a cliche yet guilty pleasure of a read and I still loved it.
Annemarie Pettinato
We all know a Derek
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-wins
This book started off pretty strong. I loved Mira, but once I got 60 percent in, the story dropped off and felt a bit rushed. I did like the ending and how Mira seems to find herself and comes full circle.

**I received a Kindle copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway.
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky to receive an early copy of When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker published by Sky Pony Press from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. When the Beat Drops comes out on May 15th. When the Beat Drops follows Mira a girl who is inspired by Jazz music because of her late grandfather who she loved dearly. When Mira discovers that she can not go music camp with her friends this summer she is very upset and feels like her summer is ruined. Mira has a sister named Britt who is comming h ...more
Apr 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music
this appealed to the person who comes out of me once slightly drunk and wants to dance a lot. Pity the people who have been witness to this person
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was completely surprised by this book, I went into it knowing very little about it and I am so glad I did as it made reading it very enjoyable. Everything was great the plot, the characters and writing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good YA contemporary..
April Mathes
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Mira, Mira, on the wall, who’s the dopest of them all?”
So first off I want to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this. I was immediately taken by Mira. She’s awkward, smart, and knows what she wants. She’s never quite felt like she fit in with her family and the closest person to make her feel special is no longer with her. I read this as if I WAS Mira. I felt her joy and pain with each word that went across the pages. I admired her will to try new things and take the direc
T.M. Hall
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book because the topic was so different and the protagonist made some bad choices but they were natural choices that a teen might make and then she learns from her mistakes. It's good to read about teens mucking up, because that's authentic, and then see how they get out of the hole they've dug themselves into. The descriptions of music really drew you into the scene, and it's clear the author has some love of this world. I'll be telling any teens around me to read this - good lesso ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. I initially requested it because of the focus on music. This is something I'm constantly writing about, so I really liked the idea of this book. It was completely different than what I expected because I thought it would actually be different from cliches, but I did enjoy it still. I think it was hard for me to LOVE because it just felt too easy, too expected, and too nothing in some parts. I wish there was more of a focus on the DJ aspect because I think it's so interes ...more
Rebecca Phillips
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, contemp, teamrocks
I loved this so much, I blurbed it:

"When the Beat Drops is a beautiful, authentic story about friendship, sisterhood, love, and the different ways that music―of all kinds―can bring us together. I devoured it in one sitting." ―Rebecca Phillips, author of These Things I've Done
Sam Miller
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion

This seemed like a pretty good book. I really liked the characters, but it didn't really capture my attention, it wasn't unputdownable, (I know that's not a word lol ) But it was an okay read.
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Anna Hecker grew up at the dead end of a dirt road in Vermont. She holds an MFA from The New School and spent a decade writing ad copy and chasing beats before returning to fiction, her first love. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and fluffy bundle of glamor, Cat Benatar. Follow her @HeckerBooks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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