Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4.1 Llamas


‘Sniff…’ This book is sooooooooooooo sweet!!!! And it’s not a romance!!!! I really thought this book was going to be all lovey-dovey, but instead it was a really, nice friendship!!!!!!

In the book, there is an A+ girl, who’s mother was a really good cello player so she is excepted to be just like her mom; and a way-below average boy, who just wants to play his guitar locked away in his room. I took one look at this book and was like, ‘Definitely a romance.’ And was very, pleasantly surprised to find that I was wrong; and it is instead a really cool friendship!!!!! (It is soooooooooo cool to see the main characters NOT fall in love, but instead just be friends. You never see that in books anymore…)

So, I really like the book, but it is… SAD!!!!! Both of the kids lost a parent rather dramatically, and ########… I can’t believe I almost spoiled the book… Ok, let’s see if I can say this without spoiling anything. There is an ‘accident’ in the book that may be… SAD!!!!! And now that you are at a total lost and are wondering what I’m talking about, I suggest going and getting the book.

Over all, I suggest this book, but it’s not really a kid book. I would put in under teens. (Sorry kids, but it is MY website sooooooooo. MY rules.) Love you all!!!!! – The Young Llama Reader.


  • Very sweet!!
  • NOT A ROMANCE!!!!!!
  • Teen-friendly


  • Kind-of sad… ‘sniff!’

On odd days, Tripp Broody uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat-up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.

On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she’s trying to become even more perfect—she’s already a straight-A student and an award-winning cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him in between the strings of the guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected.

What starts as a series of snippy notes quickly blossoms into the sharing of interests and secrets and dreams, and the forging of a very unlikely friendship.

Challenging each other to write songs, they begin to connect, even though circumstances threaten to tear them apart.

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