By Cassie Shine
Published November 5, 2013
In just a few months Harp Evans will be officially coming of age and graduating from high school. She will be free from the mother that never wanted her, the house that never felt like home, and the disappointment of the last seventeen years. What she doesn’t know is that her mother has been holding onto a secret that has the potential to derail her dreams and destroy her already faulty sense of self.
A self-proclaimed recluse, Harp spends most of her time practicing the cello, in the hopes of earning a full scholarship that will grant her freedom, but will also send her away from her best friend Connor Williams, who is becoming more than just a friend.
As revelations are made, will Harp still feel the same way about leaving everyone that cares about her behind? Or will she continue to pursue the life she’s been dreaming of for as long as she can remember?
I absolutely loved Harp’s Song! It is a very emotionally charged book that focuses on many hard topics. Harp is portrayed as a quiet girl who is literally counting down the days until she is able to move on from high school and her mom. She is best friends with Conner. Conner helps keep Harp trying new things; he pushes her out of her comfort zone to help her gain more experience from the remainder of her time in high school. He is her friend, protector, and confidant.
Harp’s greatest joys comes from playing her music, everything in her life she relates back to music.
“Everything has a rhythm…everything. You may think it only exists in music, but you’re wrong. As a musician I listen to, interpret, and play rhythms every day. I appreciate their place within a pop song or a classical composition, as well as in everyday life.”
Throughout the book there are many challenges that Harp must face with school, her mom, and finding love and friendship. Sometimes throughout these challenges she has a tendency to push the people away that are the most supportive. The characters in this book are amazing and really captivated me from the beginning.
Harp has a very unique way at looking at life through her music. It is a refreshing and enlightening way to view the world.
“Even in the silence there’s a rhythm-a song. I can hear it in the way the wind rustles the brush on the ground, blows through the mounds of flowers and hisses through the trees. It’s an orchestra, each piece of nature playing its instrument in sync and in tune, and all I have to do is accept it and enjoy it.”
The author is tackling many tough topics involving drugs, friendship, love, absent parents and child abuse. She does an amazing job of keeping the story line real and drawing the reader in.
This book had me in tears at times, but I enjoyed every minute of reading it. I was so happy to learn at the end of the book that there is going to be another book following the lives of these amazing characters. It is going to be called Harp’s Voice and I can’t wait to see how the story continues.
There is a mention of a quote from Henry David Thoreau in the book and I think it sums the book up,
“Things do not change; we change.”
After living in St. Louis for more than ten years, she and her husband packed up a U-Haul and headed west. They currently live in Orange County, CA with their furry kids Finnegan and Molly.
Harp’s Song explores issues very important to me including abuse and sexual assault. April is the National Sexual Assault Awareness Month as well as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
RAINN: RAPE, ABUSE & INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK and CHILDHELP are organizations that do amazing work to help those who need it most. During the month of April, 10% of sales from Harp’s Song will be donated to these organizations.