Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Review of Shattered, by Kathi Baron

By Kathi Baron
WestSide Books
ISBN: 978-1-934813-08-9
Young Adult

Shattered is the compelling story of a violin prodigy teenaged girl who runs away from home after her father shatters her beloved violin in front of her eyes. Thus, the word ‘shatter’ has a dual meaning in the novel. As Cassie learns to survive in the streets, she gradually learns the reason her father, a former violinist, behaved so explosively. While away, she meets a series of interesting—and sometimes dangerous—characters that indirectly help her grow and become a more mature and understanding human being. Cassie also searches for her elusive grandfather in an effort to learn more about her own father.

Human emotions are brought to vivid life in this first novel by talented new author Kathi Baron. Baron writes from the heart, with passion and sincerity. The prose flows beautifully and the story kept me engrossed all the way till the end. Cassie is a genuine protagonist most teenaged girls will identify with, especially young violinists. One aspect of this book that got my attention is that the descriptions of music and the violin sound very real even though the author isn’t a musician. This is a peeve of mine with violin novels: if the author isn’t familiar with the violin, the writing comes out as fake. But this didn’t happen with Shattered, so I have to congratulate the author on her research.

Shattered is a coming-of-age story. It is also about the healing power of music and the complexity of family relationships. A must read for young violinists, especially girls! www.tips-fb.com


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Anonymous said...

Wonderful review. I'm going to add the book to my TBR book list.

Tara McClendon said...

Sounds like a good book to read when I want a break from my normal genre. Thanks for the review.

E-J said...

Sounds like a good book. Thanks for sharing this review. It's nice to know that others are writing about musicians. My "Four Seasons" series of novels, "Spring", "Summer", "Autumn" and soon to be released "Winter" share this interest in classical musicians as the main theme.