My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
THE LOVE AFFAIR
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.
THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE
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 ...one that could shatter everything.
My Summary: Beth has spent her whole life knowing that she is the ugliest person in the room. With her towering height, thick, coke-bottle glasses, unruly hair, and acne scars colouring her face, she's not what you would call attractive, and she knows it.
But when Beth opens her mouth to sing, all people can hear is the beauty of her voice. When she's chosen to be her choir's lead soloist, Beth's thrilled that she can finally share her voice with the world. But the position comes with a price: an extreme make-over to make Beth look good enough to lead the choir to the international competition. She's given the makeover of her dreams, and suddenly, she's the Beauty, not the Beast.
And when Beth meets Derek - the leader of another choir group with the voice of an angel - and she knows what they have is real. But Derek is hiding a secret from her, and nothing can get him to tell her what it is. As their relationship begins to suffer, Beth can't help but wonder what's happening - and if staying together is the right thing for both of them.
My Thoughts: There have only been a select few books that have ever made me cry, and I am proud to say Sing Me to Sleep is one of them.
Let's start with the characters. Beth, Scott, and Derek are such well developed character. The author wrote them in a way that, upon reading their description and a few lines of dialogue, you feel like you know the character. I love the open, honest relationship between Scott and Beth, and despite all his faults, I loved Derek as well. The author's insight into the minds of people who have endured emotional and mental abuse is astonishing, and the way she wrote Beth made complete sense; it makes you ask yourself: do we ever really change? Do we ever leave behind the people we used to be?
I also liked the writer's style - honest and simple, and extremely easy to get hooked by. I was flipping the pages and a few sentences caught my eye, and before I knew it I was more than 50 pages in.
And seriously guys, this book made me bawl my eyes out. That's not something you see everyday.
Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction, romance, and YA over the age of 16. And if you really want to enhance your reading experience, check out the author's site at http://web.me.com/angelamorrison/Angela_Morrison/Sing_me_to_Sleep.html to hear the songs written by Beth in the novel.