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Perfect Harmony

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Pippa Wyndham is a top cellist―she’d never settle for anything less. Determined to get into the nation’s most prestigious music college, nothing’s going to stand in her way . . . Until her senior year of high school when a new guy from a fancy New York conservatory transfers to her school.

Declan Brogan’s cocky, and he knows how amazing he is at the cello. He has every int
Paperback, 298 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Amberjack Publishing (first published 2018)
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If you love music and warmth and sunshine and all things sweet, you’ll love this book, I can guarantee you that!

“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”

Pippa Wyndham is a top cellist, first chair at her school. She has her life planned out – get into Goddards – the top music school in the country, graduate and find her way to the New York Philharmonic. She has had a crush on Noah, her twin brother’s best friend, since forever. When he st
Kelly Brigid ♡
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”

As a musician, myself, I truly appreciate the way Albright interprets and captures the beauty of playing music. The quotes at the beginning of each chapter are also a lovely addition to the atmosphere of the story. With that being said, I unfortunately couldn't sympathize much with the protagonist, Pippa, whose selfishness and insensitive nature dampened my enjoyment of the novel. The love triangles also weren't
Lara (Bookish_turtle)
My summary of book: YA, love triangle, cutesy, romance, cringe, cheese, cliche, angst and drama.

This book was not terrible, but definitely not what I expected or wanted.

I'm torn between two and three stars for the rating... I think I'll up it to three because Declan is so sweet? But overall this is maybe closer to two?? I'm not good at making stressful life decisions!!!!!

This is not what I was expecting from this novel.

It's so cheesy and cringe.

I was hoping for a book that was more focus
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was a pretty massive cheese-fest. But that's not exactly a bad thing, I'm not going to lie, when i read any contemporary or romance, it's not because I'm looking for a new favourite, it's because they're fun to read, I read them quickly and I WILL NEVER REACH MY GOODREADS GOAL IF I ONLY READ HIGH-FANTASY.

I actually really enjoyed this, it was full of insta-love and very cliche love triangles, but I'm okay with a good ol' trope every now and again. This book doesn't come with any surpri
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary, romance, arcs
After years of dedication to her craft, Pippa was at the top of her game. Selected for the youth orchestra, first chair in her school's orchestra, and right on track for admissions to the best music program in the country. Everything was going according to plan until HE showed up. For the first time in her life, there was another cellist, who played at her level, and she felt her dreams slipping away.

I enjoyed this book so much! My love of romance is well-known, and well, in simplest terms, this
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-arcs
I usually get excited when I read a story that involves music because that's another thing that I love aside from reading. In this book, the MC is Pippa, the top cellist in her school but that might change since there's a newly transferred student named Declan, who's just as talented as her. This was such a cute and fluffy read and if you like reading Kasie West books then you should definitely add this to your TBR!

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy of this in exchange for an honest rev
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view

When I first saw this book on NetGalley, initially it was the synopsis that drew me in, and I hadn't even noticed who the author was, but when I realised this was by Emily Albright, whose debut, The Heir and the Spare, remains one of my favourite books, I knew it was for me. Perfect Harmony follows Pippa, who is preparing for her auditions to get into the top music college in the country, and ev
Lisa Mandina
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed the other books I read by this author, and so I looked forward to this one as well. The characters were a bit younger it seemed than the other books. I liked the story, the music competition aspect, and the definitely teen girl characteristics that Pippa and her friends displayed. Even though at times I got a bit annoyed by Pippa refusing to believe that Declan was interested in her, I understood part of it was her age. I also realize that is really how it is sometimes, we don't alw ...more
Zoë ☆
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
Well, this story was definitely cute and fluffy! But I felt like it wasn't that original. Still enjoyable though! Perfect if you're looking for a quick read. ...more
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Perfect Harmony speaks of two things: cuteness and music.
In fact, it is probably the embodiment of a dream my mom once had for me when I used to play the violin when I was 10-years-old. Maybe I've mentioned this at one point in my blogging career, who knows. She wanted me to be famous (well, actually, she still does) and as a
Jessica *The Lovely Books*

Perfect Harmony is a book that has what I want—a strong and determined heroine and hero who somewhat worships the ground she walks on. Pippa is a top notch cellist that has a plan. That plan involves going to the best school for musicians and no one will take her away from her dreams. That is until Deacon walks in telling her point blank that he’s going to be the one on top.

Pippa is having none of that. This story could come off as a love/hate relationship but it wasn’t. From very early on it’s
A short and sweet YA romance, we follow Pippa as she navigates getting into college and her love life. It all seems quite manageable, until Declan shows up. This story is quite pure and perfectly safe for your kids to read. However, there is no actual drama and the “problems” that the main character faces are not really that big of a deal. With that said, it should appeal to younger teenagers, although perhaps not those that are the exact age of the characters (17-18 years old). Sometimes, you j ...more
***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***

This was a cute read. A bit too YA for me, but cute. I don’t mind stories set in high school, I often enjoy them, but this one was a hard one for me to relate too because it was VERY immature.

The characters were okay, but they were almost too childish. The main characters weren’t that bad, but the secondary ones were almost unbearable.

In the end, Perfect Harmony is a nice read, it just wasn’t the perfect book for me. I liked it, but it didn't i
Charline Rivera
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! Although the plotline was at sometimes predictable, it is very rare that a romance novel like this focuses on a musical relationship. The music aspect of this novel really helped me connect with the main character and feel what she felt. There are some small grammatic errors in the novel, but overall this book is well-written and will be very popular. The small details that changed in Pippa's personality really showed her growth throughout the book and made her stand out a ...more
Anne (The Reading Life)
I received a free copy for an honest review.

Perfect Harmony is not only a very fitting title for the story, it's also a very accurate phrase to describe my experience reading this book.

The reading experience as just so perfectly harmonizing, because it's so comfortable. It was cute, enjoyable, and a very fun read when you're just...looking for a fun read. It's nice, welcoming, calm, and doesn't give you too much emotional stress. Declan and Pip are adorable, the story-line makes me want to go p
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
*sigh* This was so PRECIOUS! I love a good romcom-y book and this absolutely hit the mark. Pippa and Declan are rivals for the first chair in their school orchestra, but they become friends and start to like each other more than Pippa thinks is advisable. There's a lot of waffling on her end and there's a LOT of repetition throughout the book, but the adorableness of the story really outweighed my irritation with reading the same plot point summarized 20 times through her narration. So, so cute. ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was adorable! Review is now up on the blog and I highly recommend going to NetGalley and downloading this. It's a perfect YA contemporary that has great family dynamics, messages about love and friendship and memorable characters :)
Jordan (The Lost Reader)
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. I couldn't put it down as I was reading it. I enjoyed the characters, the romance, and everything about this book. ...more
I'm reviewing a ton of contemporary romance books lately, which is totally out of character for my usual tastes. Subconsciously, I think I'm trying to get myself amped up for my upcoming wedding, but I digress. Through this foray into the genre, I've found a few duds that are rife with stereotypes that cause my eyes to endlessly roll. I cannot, however, say that about Emily Albright's latest novel, Perfect Harmony. In a sea of lackluster predictable books, I can definitely say that this is a shi ...more
Lily (latestreads)
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
*Thank you to Amberjack Publishing for providing me with an ARC. Please note that all of my thoughts are my honest opinions and that some parts that I mentioned may have been changed.

3.75 Stars

Perfect Harmony is such a sweet book filled with music and its power to draw people together.

Pippa Wyndham is a senior in high school and her school's top cellist. Her position as the first chair was never threatened because she is absolutely determined to get into the best music college and nothing is goi
Felicia Mathews
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC through Netgalley. All thoughts are my own.

I really enjoyed this light hearted story from Emily Albright. While the story was rather predictable and the characters were nothing I haven't seen before, it definitely satisfied me after several high fantasy books.

The enemies to lovers trope is one of my favorites to read in YA romance and this one definitely nailed it in terms of the trope. I also really enjoyed the giant love triangle (more like a pentagon) that was happening in
Megan ♡
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I seriously enjoyed this book - a lot more than I thought I would! I went into it with average expectations, I knew it was a typical romancey-type book probably filled with cliches which are fine but usually my type of book. This, however, was so much better than I expected. I loved the narrator, Pippa, and her mom (and dad) were the kind of parents we need more of in YA - present, supportive, funny and just lovel
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Perfect Harmony was a cute, sweet and well-written book.

In it, we follow Pippa. She's a high school student and a talented cellist. She has her whole life figured out until Declan appears out of nowhere and challenges her.

I really enjoyed the romance between the two of them. It's not insta-love and I appreciated that. I really liked the enemies-to-lovers kinda trope here.

While I really enjoyed the book during the first half of it, around 60% I believe, the characters were so annoying and immat
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Emily’s stories are filled with sweet moments and inevitable drama. This is my favorite of her books so far.

For Pippa, playing her cello is everything. Her priorities are set and her music goals are on track, until Declan, a transfer student, enters and shakes up her world. Not only does the sexy cello player stir unexpected emotions, but also her long time crush finally notices her. When her best friend’s drama becomes too much, she questions her decisions and has to
Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)
Thanks to Amberjack Publishing for the e-ARC. This YA novel following two budding cellists in high school had a lot of potential, but was derailed by the subpar writing and problematic plot choices. First, the main character is obviously in a toxic friendship with one of the characters, and yet keeps returning to it. Then somewhere in the middle of the book, an irrational love square develops, and everything is just needlessly messy. The love story isn't half as redeeming as it should be either- ...more


This book was so cute and adorable. It was sweet, romantic with a great female lead. I loved the music aspects, and not being musically talented myself, the musical theme was perfect. I loved how it wasn't instant love, it keeps the story line more realistic. I love the enemies to lovers trope, it's my guilty pleasure. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the cute love story line book.

I loved Declan, he was just a character I fell in love with just like I fell in love with Pippa. I m
Kris Mehigan
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy cello-playing virtuosos, Batman!

Pippa earned her first chair in her school's orchestra the hard way, by blistered fingers from endless hours of cello practice. But when hottie newcomer Declan challenges her seat, she's in for way more of a fight than she at first realized. From the West Coast, to the concert halls of NYC to deep family secrets, you'll enjoy every moment of this *duet*.

Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
When I was in high school, this was the book I wanted. A realistic high-school romance with healthy relationships as the fore, conversation around toxic relationships and interactions, and a focus on classical music. Yup. You heard that right! High school Jackie had dreams of becoming the principal percussionist of a major orchestra. My friends and I spent all our time practicing and gabbing about our favorite music. We wrote transcriptions of our favorite pieces of music and played along solo a ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. I really needed to read a really good romance novel that has some quirk in it and I think that's it.
So well wirtten with a beautiful base for it to be built upon.
I never knew that I could love a musical instrument as much as I know adore the cello. I kinda got connected.
I loved reading about Pippa and Declan's friendhip/realtionship and I think you will too!
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Emily Albright is the author of EVERYDAY MAGIC and THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, both available now from Simon Pulse. Her next novel PERFECT HARMONY will release 9.25.2018.

She's a writer, a major bookworm, a lover of romantic movies, a wife, a mother, an owner of one adorable (yet slightly insane) cockapoo, and uses way too many :).

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