Review : Virtuosity, Jessica Martinez

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

October 18th, 2011 (US)
Simon & Schuster


Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen’s whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn’t just hot…what if Jeremy is better?

Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can’t end well, but she just can’t stay away. Nobody else understands her–and riles her up–like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected.

Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall….

My review

Carmen is a violin prodigy. She has already won a Grammy and influenced by her mother, she competes for the Guarneri prize amongst several other violinists including Jeremy, an English boy, considered as the other star of classical music. As the date is approaching and the stress is rising up, Carmen and Jeremy meet and learn to know each other… but they are rivals, aren’t they?

The love story between two teenagers is beautiful and emotional in this elegant and refined classical music universe. Jeremy and Carmen have different family situations and opposing views, but they share the loneliness of their common passion.

But this novel is rather based on the story of one particular girl, Carmen, who is a violin prodigy and who suffers from pressure from her mother, subtly at first then becoming progressively heavier as the girl stands out from her mother and becomes aware of herself and her needs and her desires. Competition is a ruthless world, especially when there are important issues, like the glory, the expectations of others and money. Carmen can not handle this responsibility, takes some palliatives and wondered more and more about itself. Her mother is a former opera singer who had to stop her career as a result of health problems and she transfered all her ambition on her daughter. It’s unacceptable, put not only the happiness of her daughter in danger but also her health. The family is also an important topic in this novel, it can be a support as a burden in the same time.

It’s well written, full of feelings and emotions, this novel is beautiful.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Missy
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 10:24:08

    Apparently the title is perfect for this book^^
    This book changes us of stories that we could read at the moment.


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