By Love Maia
Publish date: Feb. 6, 2012
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 304 pages
The first thing I hear is music. The first thing I’ve always heard is music.
Meet Marley, an unassuming high school junior who breathes in music like oxygen. In between caring for his heroin-addicted mother, and keeping his scholarship at a fancy prep school, he dreams of becoming a professional DJ.
When chance lands Marley his first real DJ job, his career as “DJ Ice” suddenly skyrockets. But when heart-rending disaster at home brings Marley crashing back down to earth, he is torn between obligation and following his dreams.
— Amazon.com description
Wow oh wow, this book was fabulous.
I don’t know why this surprises me — I always, always love books about music. Maybe I’m surprised because I don’t read a lot of male point-of-view books or, frankly, serious books. And that “heroin-addicted mother” part in the description, well, scared me!
But it was a passionate and well-written story about how a boy’s love of music inspired him to go after his dreams — no matter how far out of reach they seemed. It captivated me enough that I devoured it in a two-hour sitting. Music lovers will adore this debut novel.