As soon as I heard about You, Me, and Our Heartstrings I was so excited for this book. I used to play violin in my school orchestra – not nearly as talented as these characters – but it’s still fun to read about musician MCs. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Daisy and Noah have the same plan: use the holiday concert to land a Julliard audition. But when they’re chosen to play a duet for the concert, they worry that their differences will sink their chances.
Noah, a cello prodigy from a long line of musicians, wants to stick to tradition. Daisy, a fiercely independent disabled violinist, is used to fighting for what she wants and likes to take risks. But the two surprise each other when they play. They fall perfectly in tune.
After their performance goes viral, the rest of the country falls for them just as surely as they’re falling for each other. But viral fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. No one seems to care about their talent or their music at all. People have rewritten their love story into one where Daisy is an inspiration for overcoming her cerebral palsy and Noah is a saint for seeing past it.
Daisy is tired of her disability being the only thing people see about her, and all of the attention sends Noah’s anxiety disorder into high speed. They can see their dream coming closer than it’s ever been before. But is the cost suddenly too high?
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
TW: ableism, anxiety attacks, mental health, anxiety
At the heart of You, Me, and Our Heartstrings is a story about friendship and vulnerability. About using our voice to tell our story and not letting someone else control our narrative. Within the story are some truly endearing and complex characters. We have Noah who is so terrified of going against what his family has done. Who feels the pressure of being a legacy on his shoulders. While Daisy just wants to be seen for her talents and her dreams of Julliard might be slipping out of her reach.
We can think we know who we have to be. But often life, and someone who can inspire us, can show us that we have more to learn. That who we think we should be is just one piece of the puzzle of who we actually are. A theme that I loved the most is that You, Me, and Our Heartstrings explores asking for help and vulnerability. It’s hard to admit we need help. And to know how to open ourselves to receive it.
Additionally Daisy’s conversations about ableism and the ways she is perceived not only will help readers question their own casual ableism, but also the ways in which it pervades our society. How teens perceive those around them and the conversations, and trauma, that begins. You, Me, and Our Heartstrings is about making the difficult choice to love, to fight, and to celebrate our triumphs.
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About the Author
Melissa See is a disabled author of young adult contemporary romances. When not writing, she can be found reading, baking, or curled up with her cat, most likely watching anime or 90 Day Fiancé. She currently lives in the New York countryside. You, Me, and Our Heartstrings is her debut novel.