Review: Drummer Girl by Ginger Scott

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What It’s About:

Arizona Wakefield was a beat without a melody. Living a half-breathing life in a half-finished neighborhood with parents who always wore half-hearted smiles, the high school senior only had one thing that let her color outside her family’s perfectly drawn lines—her drums.

Jesse Barringer was a song without a chorus. The son of a washed-up rock star who’s also one hell of a deadbeat dad, he was given two things from his father—musical genius and a genetic link to the bipolar disorder that drives him mad.

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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My Thoughts:

In Ginger Scott’s latest YA novel, Drummer Girl, she again proves that she is not afraid to tackle tough subjects. Drummer Girl not only provides readers with a mature YA romance, but also a look into mental health issues, their impact on families, and (to a limited extent) their treatments—both professional and self-prescribed.

Both Arizona and Jesse’s stories are riveting. Every step these two take has a ripple effect on family and friends. While Arizona and Jesse are on the cusp of adulthood, they have already endured a lifetime of “adulting”. Ms. Scott shows a great deal of compassion for her characters’ daily battle, and she gives them a beautiful, positive ending.

Ms. Scott’s story is messy, raw, and honest. No pretty, perfect groups of cheerleaders and quarterbacks. Even the setting is harsh and bleak. Somehow, in all this darkness, the author has created a hopeful and inspiring story of family, friendship and love.

 

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