Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

The Guarneri: a prestigious violin competition that Carmen Bianchi and her mother, Diana, have been dreaming about winning since the start of Carmen's career. Carmen has been training for this her whole life, and now she finally has her moment to shine. But what happens when she meets Jeremy, one of the other contestants in the competition who is not only good looking, but also may be a better performer than Carmen?? Until Carmen met Jeremy, her whole focus had been on winning the Guarneri, but after one single kiss, Carmen just can't stay away. She relates to Jeremy as more than just a great violinist. But no matter how close Carmen and Jeremy become, he can never know her secret: Carmen takes Inderal, an anti-anxiety drug that helps her perform, and she has quickly become addicted to it. She wants to play the violin for herself, not for her mother or to beat Jeremy. Does Jeremy really love her, or is he just trying to distract her from beating him? How far will Carmen's mother go to ensure a win? Will Carmen ever play just to hear the music?
Virtuosity is a great read. Carmen is such an interesting character; I never knew what she was going to attempt next. Her addiction to Inderal also makes her character interesting. I really like Jeremy too; he brings out Carmen's character with his actions and feelings. I think Jessica Martinez does a great job of bringing out each character and throwing in major twists throughout the plot. I do like the ending, but it leaves the reader hanging because we never learn Carmen's final decision. All in all, Virtuosity is a great read. I had trouble putting it down! I would recommend this to girls who are 13 years and older and who love romance with a twist of mystery.
Reviewer Age:14
Reviewer City, State and Country: Springfield, OH USA