Release Date: October 18, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Gift
Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen’s whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn’t just hot…what if Jeremy is better?
Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can’t end well, but she just can’t stay away. Nobody else understands her–and riles her up–like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected.
Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall….
I have been looking so, so forward to Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez ever since I first heard about it. I absolutely love books with a music theme and add romance to that you’ve got me! This book did surprise me though. There wasn’t as much romance as I was expecting. There’s really a lot more to the story than girl meets arrogant boy who she shouldn’t date.
Carmen has a lot of issues. There are some really bad people in her life and she has more problems then are mentioned in the blurb. I won’t get into them because I don’t want to ruin anything for you. She was a great main character, maybe a little naive, but that was a product of the way she was raised. I liked Jeremy. He was a little infuriating, but in that good way boys can be. This book also has one of the most loathsome characters I have ever read. Ever. OMG I hated that person, but you are supposed to so it’s okay. You’ll see when you read it.
Virtuosity was a very quick read and I think it’s a superb debut. It was more emotional than I thought it was going to be, but that’s a good thing. Overall, I just really enjoyed it.