Does breaking free require breaking the rules?
Cassie Gilbert lives every day in the shadows of her deceased mom’s rebellion. But now that she’s seventeen, she finds herself longing to break away from her grandmother’s suffocating rules, experience what it’s like to be a regular teenager, and fulfill her songwriting dreams.
James Russo, former American Spotlight contestant, escapes to small town Willow Creek, SC hoping to flee from his tarnished past. When a school project pairs him with the shy principal’s granddaughter, he’s determined to get to know this Emily-Dickinson-obsessed and typewriter-using girl. His plan? Convince Cassie to co-write songs for his demo album.
As Cassie gets to know James over “project meetings” (more like opportunities to match her lyrics with his melodies), she becomes intrigued by his sense of adventure and contagious passion for music. But soon, his past becomes exposed. Cassie’s left to wonder—did she make the same mistake Mom did by falling for the bad boy?
Then, Grandma’s control pushes her over the edge. Cassie must choose between remaining in the chains of yesterday, or delving into her own freedom by completing the melody her mom left behind.
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This book is so sweet and so adorable! It is a coming-of-age novel about two teens - shaken musician James and sheltered, depressed Cassie - who face difficult situations but find friendship, love, and redemption through their joy of music. Tessa Emily Hall does not shy away from tough subjects such as abandonment, depression, and suicide. From my own personal struggles, I thought Unwritten Melody was realistic and relatable in longing for freedom, learning to embrace who you are, and pursuing your dreams. Thank you Tessa Emily Hall for writing this beautiful story and shedding light on the unwritten melodies in our lives.
I imagine most of us at 17 felt caged in our homes. I also imagine that most of us at 17 tried to rebel at some point. Maybe it's a rite of passage that we all have to go through. We feel too much at that age. So much anger, so much will and wants; some of us feel numb, and need daily reminders just to feel alive. There are some of us at that age that were lucky to take all of our rollercoaster emotional teenage mess, and channel them into something productive. While I can't speak for someone who used athletics as a means of escape, I can say that writing truly helped me. And this is where I connected with Cassie. She's a goody two shoe - just like I was, and much like all of us at that age, yearned for freedom. I love how Cassie's poetry and snippets of Emily Dickison's poetry is laced in little pieces throughout the book. I can only imagine how Cassie’s sheltered world fed her poetry, and how much her poetry made her feel connected and isolated, at the same time. I love her. I love the passion brewing underneath her silent resolve. I could feel the anger, the hurt and her wants and needs, when I read her poetry. Poems can say more about who and how a person is, than anything descriptive they tell us. If I was a teenager, I would call James dreamy - ha! But what a sweet guy to give Cassie pause amid her internal battles. Tessa Hall takes us back into our high school, teenage drama years but in a sweet, heartfelt tone. I had to stop reading for a bit, as I had become so invested in these two. This book is great for anyone who still haven't quite figured out how to channel something internal into something productive. I'm a firm believer that we all have a story to tell, whether that comes across through our writings, our spoken words, our actions, or the notes we play on a piano. If we just listen for a moment to the world around us; the silence, the sounds of nature, the tones in people's voices, their footsteps, the breaths we take...... just maybe that Unwritten Melody that we've written in our heart, just may reveal itself
I’ve followed Tessa for a couple of years now and adored Purple Moon when I first read it. You can imagine my excitement when she released the news of her new book, Unwritten Melody. As usual, Tessa caught me immediately with her engaging plot and dialogue. Like with Selena, the protangist in Purple Moon, Tessa made Cassie’s story relatable and hopeful to her audience. What I loved: First, Cassie is a poet. (#relatable) And Emily Dickerson’s poems play a role in this story, which was awesome. I’ve read only a few of Dickerson’s poems, but this book definitely made me want to find more. She and the love interest, James, write songs together and connect through music. Not to mention, James is a piano player. (I love guys who play piano) He’s a really thoughtful guy and I enjoyed his perspective. I really liked the relationship between Cassie and her dad, who was technically her grandpa. The whole overprotective or abusive parents plot is really old, so I was refreshed by their connection. More than that, this story is God-inspired. I love how Tessa uses her talent to give hope to her readers and help them see the love of Jesus. Like Purple Moon, this story, despite it being sad, gave me hope that God is always watching over us, even when we don’t see Him. What I liked: Unwritten Melody is a nice love story. While I loved Cassie and James as individual characters, I felt like their romance was a little… I don’t want to say cliché, but it was a bit predictable in places. However, they were still good, solid characters. Tessa is a huge inspiration for teen writers like me, not only to pursue their dreams, but to glorify God while doing it. In Unwritten Melody, Tessa uses her gift once again to show how beautiful life is. While this book didn’t give me the same vivid feeling that Purple Moon did, it was still a very worthwhile read. Unwritten Melody is a gem. I can’t wait to see what’s next in Tessa’s writing journey. -Sarah