One night in a garage at the end of a cul-de-sac in the middle of a bankrupt California neighborhood, Jesse’s melody found Arizona’s rhythm. An angry boy with storm-colored eyes found a blonde angel in Doc Martens with missing lines in her own story. Where her rhythm stopped, his words took over, and together, they wrote one hell of a story.
** Drummer Girl is a mature YA/New Adult romance that touches on mental health, drug abuse and includes mature sexual situations.
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I’ve been intrigued since I’ve read the first chapters a few months ago. Drummer Girl is a story that will stay in my mind for a long time. Arizona and Jesse took my breath away, the calm and the chaos when reunited, created one of a helluva melody, going through joy, pain and angst.
What I appreciated the most with Ginger Scott stories was how she could talk about teenagers who in spite of their young age with substance and depth, the complexities of their minds and their experiences through this phase towards adulthood, with all the obstacles they had to overcome if they wanted to make it through.
And my heart was beating through the rhythm of their music, with this constant beat, the one that never ceases to exist even if they sometimes changed the tune, to the pace of their hopes and aspirations. Even in the silence, the characters’ pain and suffering were screaming out loud, how through music they could convey those emotions, like a therapy or their own.
When the girl with the rhythm met the boy with the words, you knew they would write the best songs ever, first and everlasting love.
I’ve been moved by these two, when the author raised awareness about some tough topics, as mental health or addiction. My heart cracked a little with these two and I was definitely a goner from the first page (even if Jesse was kind of jerk firsthand but still the bad boy vibes with a heart like this… swoon, swoon). It was sincere, poignant, so beautifully written, and mostly straight to the heart.