Monday, 30 January 2012

A weeping reader

I've read a lot of sad books. Books that have made me tear up, books that make me call the people I love to tell them how much I  appreciate them. Books that stay with me for months after reading the last pages.

The other night, I was reading Sing me to Sleep by Angela Morrison in bed while my boyfriend was on his computer. Next thing he knew, I had thrown the book down and was balling my eyes out. I was inconsolable for hours. 

6586512-sing-me-to-sleep.jpgTHE TRANSFORMATION
Beth has always been "The Beast" - that's what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth's only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she's selected to be her choir's soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.
When Beth's choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek's untethered passion - for music, and for Beth - leaves her breathless. Because in Derek's eyes? She's not The Beast, she's The Beauty.
When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?
The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek's been hiding a dark secret from her that could shatter everything.

I don't want to give away too much about this book. But I couldn't put it down all weekend. I was just starting to feel a certain way about Derek when the author dropped this huge bomb that changed everything. I admit that I could guess the ending before it happened, but not to the extent that it happens, and the way she wrote just made it all the more shocking.

I have never cried over a book but could hardly breathe at this one. I was so distraught. Made worse by the fact that it is based loosely on a true story and there were photos of the real person in the back of the book.

Which books have you made you shed more than just a few tears?

1 comment:

  1. Ok, since you know I'm not going to read it, you gotta tell me what happens. I'm intrigued!