Porcelain Keys

Porcelain Keys

by Sarah Beard


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ISBN-13: 9781462113965
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 02/11/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Porcelain Keys 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
krlga More than 1 year ago
Aria’s life is filled with pain and secrets ever since her mother died. She longs for the day she will graduate from high school so she can escape her father’s abuse and have the freedom to play the piano. When she meets her new neighbor Thomas, she feels drawn to him despite her reserve and his insistence that he does not date. The two become closer than Aria expected, which changes the whole course of her life. This was an incredibly emotional read. I was not too sure what genre the book would be when I first picked this up, but I knew I was interested to see what direction the story took. Well, after completing the book, I know for certain this is a romance. Also, I would not really call this teen either, more like a clean New Adult since the story actually spans a few years and Aria has a lot of independence. Despite the obstacles, and growing up, the heart of this story is love. (Pun intended!) When I mentioned that this was an emotional story, it is, but don’t expect happy emotions because most of the story deals with some very low lows and turmoil. The story was written well and it did have a happen ending (in most people’s opinion I am sure, but not really mine) but I found the book to be a bit of a downer. I was engaged in Aria’s story, I really felt like I knew her as a person, and I thought the book was interesting, but I can’t say that I loved it because I found it to be depressing. Almost every aspect of her life had a secret or issue associated with it. I also had a problem with how depressed she became over a boy, causing it to impact her whole world view negatively. I wanted her to be awesome and strong in spite of him, but that is not what happened. I guess maybe it was one thing too much for her to be able to bounce back from, so I will cut her some slack. But she was so skilled, competent and independent; it was difficult to see her broken. I had a hard time with her love interest Thomas. From the start of the story he seemed perfect (almost a little too perfect, which makes me think of him as less a person and more an idea). I was leery, but I liked the way he supported Aria when times got tough and helped give her unknown dream shape and substance, enough so that she actually went for it when alone she might not have. But then an event occurred, which was terrible and awful (shocking I know based on my earlier statements) that changed their whole dynamic. I will admit that I enjoyed Devin and who he helped Aria to be. I wanted Thomas to be a distant memory, a time she overcame, but alas my wishes were futile. I personally think that he got off too easy for the damage he caused, but whatever, maybe I just hold grudges (which in fact I do). I liked the writing style and the that it was a fairly adult romance without the heat to get in the way of an actual plot. I would love to read more by this author, preferably though something slightly more upbeat next time.
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Ever since her mother’s death, Aria’s father has hated Aria’s music. He starts drinking and becomes volatile and abusive. One day, after escaping her father’s anger by hiding in the neighbor’s tree house, Aria wakes to find a boy invading her sanctuary. Thomas is the neighbor’s hot grandson and has moved in next door to clean up the place to sell. But trespassing and a bed-head is not the greatest first impression. Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard is the classic story of a senior in high school falling for the new boy who moved in next door. In some ways, it was a story that has been told a million times. You’ve seen it on TV and read it in a dozen books about high school, with the popular girl trying to steal the boy away and that girl’s ex-boyfriend using the main character to make his Ex jealous. But this book had a lot more going on that just that. It reached deeper levels, touching on abuse, grief, music, and the lasting effects of love. For those reasons, I enjoyed this book as more of an original. Another reason why I like this story is because it does not stop at the end of high school. The characters get through a couple years in college, family changes, deaths, heartbreak, second loves, and much more. Yet, they find their way back to each other through the mess. Forgiveness and grief are major themes in this story, and they were addressed well, considering how hard such topics are. Each of the characters reacted to their grief in a different ways and had to come to terms with it in their own ways. They then had to learn how to forgive each other for the hurt they inflicted while in pain themselves. And the healing power of music had a part to play. There were a lot of hard topics in this book, and I enjoyed it all the more for it. I enjoyed Porcelain Keys. I wish it was more original in some ways but appreciate the minor differences and hard topics addressed. I recommend it to those who enjoy a good, clean YA/NA romance. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
IngaKS More than 1 year ago
My review: I want to be honest, tat when I decided to go for Porcelain Keys, I did not know what to expect. Sarah Beard is a new author for me, but the book blurb sounded promising. Promising is an understatement. I loved Porcelain Keys! It was a refreshing book about friendship, loss, tragedy, hope, letting go and never giving up on your dreams. It was well written and an inspiring page turner. Aria lost her mother and her father does everything to erase the memory of Aria's mom. Aria very passionate about music and she is secretly exercising her passion and when her father has one of his aggressive fits, she escapes to the tree-house where she meets Thomas. Thomas is her rock who encourages her and keeps Aria sane. Their relationship develops and then another tragedy happens. Aria turns her heartbreak into a music and pursues her dream to become a student at Julliard. Porcelain Keys is a wonderful book! It gives you a lot of thought and emotions from anger and heartbreak to love and hope. It also keeps some surprising secrets which will reveal during the reading. The characters are captivating and well developed. Loved it!
book4children More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed every last page of this book. Porcelain Keys is a beautiful, heartfelt love story about two broken lives that fit together to become whole. I loved it. The author used exquisite imagery throughout the book, and I couldn't help being swept away on the strains of music that filled the pages. The characters are flawed, which makes them relatable and lovable. They both have to overcome so much. They learn to deal with their individual demons and give forgiveness where it is needed. More than anything, they learn to let go and love each other. The book is a lot longer than most YA I've read, and it also spans a couple of years. I was surprised that didn't bother me, since I don't usually like books that cover long periods of time. But I fell in love with the characters and the way the author writes. It was one of those books that I kept thinking about, even when I wasn't reading it. It is a sweet story about love, forgiveness, and strength. Content: Domestic violence with very few details. Clean otherwise.
Jessi_P More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous writing, gripping story, and beautiful characters. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that has made me feel so many different emotions, and left my heart buzzing with electricity. The best part is, this book manages to be passionate while also being clean. I will be sharing this one with everyone I know!
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
This book is SO BEAUTIFULLY written! Tender and loving! Sometimes harsh, but always hopeful! A book you will not want to put down! Aria has a hard life. Her mother has passed away, her father is abusive after he has been drinking, and she has been forbidden to play the piano...one of her only true loves in life. She had run away... to her secret hiding place from her father... when she first meets Thomas. He becomes her life-line...even encouraging her to pursue her dream of going to Julliard. She will have to keep it from her father...but she will find a way...because she has the love of Thomas. Yet once again her heart is ripped open when Thomas disappears with no explanation. Everyone tells her she is 'stronger than she thinks she is.' Can she really go on...alone...playing her 'porcelain keys?' OR... Is it true that 'only one person can help Aria find the right notes?' A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL love story!
foxreads11 More than 1 year ago
VERY EMOTIONALLY GRIPPING!!!!! I would give it 6 stars if I could! You know how when you start a book and it grabs you in the beginning and you can’t stop until it’s done? Then you know how when you finish a book and you can’t stop thinking about it for days? Well, that’s how it was with me and this book!I bought 5 copies and gave them out! This book has all your emotions going. There is sorrow, guilt, forgiveness, grieving, overwhelming heartache, messed up family, abuse, unrequited love, second chances, musically gifted talents, artistically gifted talents, loss of family and finding a new family. I was overcome with emotions many times, crying, laughing, and sighing. There was one time where my heart was beating so hard (yes, I know it is just a book but that’s how it grabbed me) when something happened that I didn’t yet expect. Then our dinner was ready and I was agitated because, I wanted to see how it would play out, but I had to feed the family! Gah! When we were done eating, I picked up my kindle which was on the table, and started reading again without putting away my dishes. My hubby silently cleaned everything up for me. I just couldn’t let it go. Aria has had it rough since her mom died. Her father becomes abusive and fails her terribly as a father. He is not the same father he was when Aria’s mom was alive. Her dad won’t allow her to play her piano that her mother gave her lessons on or even to take lessons or allow her to expand on her talents by writing either. He has hidden away all her mother’s things as well. Whenever he finds out that she played the piano, he would hit her and she would go to the neighbor’s tree house where she keeps a sleeping bag and some supplies. Then one morning in the tree house, Aria hears someone coming up the tree. She is afraid that her dad finally found her hiding place, but it turns out to be the grandson (whose name is Thomas) of the owner of the house. He sees the bruises, but he doesn’t push her to explain. They become friends and then more. Thomas has his own secrets. They don’t fully surface until the end.  Aria plays the piano and where I don’t; I could totally understand and visualize what the author was trying to convey in her music. Emotions come with the music and Aria would use those emotions while playing the piano until she wanted to put the emotions away. They were too painful. Her teachers tell her everyone has tragedy and you have to focus on that why you play certain pieces otherwise it is just mechanical. I could feel it while reading. Weird, but the writing was so good, I could feel it too. I wished I had highlighted one section of Thomas and Aria talking about their “Even if”‘s. If you read it, highlight it because it is a statement that will capture your heart. When I wrote this review, there were 17 ratings on goodreads- all 5 stars! The book trailer is perfect! Go Check it out on You Tube!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, and the author is absolutely amazing. This novel is a lyrical love story that will leave your heart singing. Porcelain Keys is a masterpiece with emotional depth, young love, and family angst. Beard takes us on a journey of self-discovery, second chances, and ultimately, sweet resolution. 
Book_Crazy02 More than 1 year ago
The Plot. This story was beautifully written and told a tale of heartbreak and redemption. Aria is a girl that is repressed by her abusive father as the family is overcome by their grief. Life seems to be impossibly bleak and Aria fights depression as her dreams seem unreachable. I loved how much emotion that was put into this story. Each word and phrase was wrote with the intention of bringing out emotion of every kind. Every twist and turn cause shock and tears and the happy ending seemed very far away. I loved how the author didn’t rush the story, and allowed the relationships of this book to grow gradually and thoroughly. The characters developed in such different ways, yet they all came to the same point.  Aria. I like how the author made Aria into a character that didn’t fall for the guy right away. It was amazing to see how she goes from a horrible situation and then has the power to empower herself and put herself into a different situation. She challenged her father to find out the truth about her mother even if she knew that the consequences could be dangerous. Other Characters. Thomas was definitely the catalyst in Aria’s life. He changed the way she saw herself and her future. He saw her for the potential she had and was willing to risk heartbreak just to be her friend. When he leaves it really puts Aria into a spin and his reasons behind it are pretty interesting. I loved how much emotion were put into Thomas and how real he seemed. The End.I loved the ending. It definitely was the tear jerker-happy ending that I was looking forward to throughout the book. It was a perfect ending to this heartbreaking story and I loved how the author managed to tie up all loose ends and leave some mystery.