Music From Standing Waves

Music From Standing Waves [PDF / Epub] ★ Music From Standing Waves Author Johanna Craven – Bluevapours.co.uk It’s and, growing up in a forgotten top corner of Australia, Abby’s life consists of backyard cricket, Nintendo and underwater wrestles with her best friend, Justin But when she hears a recording Standing Waves PDF º It’sand, growing up in a forgotten top corner of Australia, Abby’s life consists of backyard cricket, Nintendo and underwater wrestles with her best friend, Justin But when she hears a recording of a Dvorak violin Music From MOBI :✓ concerto, Abby becomes determined to one day perform the piece in the concert halls Suddenly, music is everything and not even her blossoming relationship with Justin can pull Abby away from her goals At eighteen, she From Standing Waves PDF É is given a chance at her dream: a place at the Melbourne Conservatorium But when she falls for charismatic composer Matt, Abby discovers love for a person can be as consuming as love for music Their passionate relationship has her questioning everything she thought she ever wanted Abby realises that to face the future, she must first confront the past; uncovering some uncomfortable truths about herself, her family and the passion that has shaped her life.

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 318 pages
  • Music From Standing Waves
  • Johanna Craven
  • English
  • 23 October 2019

10 thoughts on “Music From Standing Waves

  1. Bill Ward says:

    I loved this gentle story of a young girl, who dreams about becoming a concert violinist and escaping her small town life. This is very much a character driven story, following Abby as she moves to the big city, to follow her dreams by studying at the Melbourne Conservatorium against the wishes of her mother. It is a story about a young girl growing up, her first boyfriends, challenges with her family, encountering the competitive world of the Conservatorium and all the accompanying emotions, which are conveyed through excellent writing.
    If you happen to enjoy classical music then I suppose there is an extra appeal in the story but I gave up the violin after one year aged twelve and have no musical talent but still really enjoyed this book. After finishing the book, I read the author's bio and wasn't surprised to discover the author had studied at the Conservatorium, as the descriptions of everything about Abby's time studying and playing seemed very authentic.
    The plot does have a few twists, which add to the interest but mostly it was Abby who kept me turning the pages, wanting to find out what would happen next.
    A great read which will appeal to readers young and old!

  2. Iva Kenaz says:

    Music From Standing Waves is a very nice, touching, and feel-good novel that takes us on a journey through one unique girl’s life.

    Abby grew up in a small beach town in Australia, spending her childhood years alongside her best friend, Justin. As they grow up, they realise that their interest in one another is more complicated. They have a good chance of starting a beautiful romance, but Justin simply isn’t as mature as Abby and a bit of a jerk. Also, Abby has big plans for her future and thinks that her plans and dreams wouldn’t go hand in hand with Justin’s.

    I enjoyed reading this novel very much. The story weaves in different faces of love - being friendship, romance, and love between siblings. I especially enjoyed the relationship between Abby and her brother Nick. I thought her romantic feelings for Justin were very real and I was touched by it. I liked how the author decided to approach that relationship, even in the end. The story really follows Abby as she’s growing up, learning, maturing into a wise, strong woman. Having never been in Australia, I was enticed by the settings. I felt like I’m learning something new about places I’m not familiar with, but would like to visit one day.

    The novel managed to surprised me, as there were certain things I didn’t expect to happen. And the fact that it wasn’t predictable was what I liked most about it. I look forward to read more books by this author in the future.

  3. Ruby says:

    I had this book recommended to me by a friend and really enjoyed it. Even though I'm not a musician, I was really drawn into the story by the very realistic characters. Great for a holiday read.

  4. Maria says:

    Originally reviewed for http://whisperingstories.com/ - 3.5 stars

    I would say that Music from Standing Waves by Johanna Craven is, in itself, a musical composition. The notes, the ingredients, they have been disposed upon a previously clear sheet of paper. There’s a particular order to these elements, a rhythm that leads you through the life of Abby, the girl who dreamed of performing her way out – or perhaps her way in.

    If you want to truly enjoy this novel, you cannot be afraid of getting lost in it. Better yet, you should be capable of accepting said fear and still taking one gigantic leap of faith. Sometimes that is indeed the only way of finding yourself, of finding Abby.

    Music from Standing Waves feels… fleeting; there’s a very particular sense of time that I believe is a testament to Johanna Craven’s talent. You see, this book isn’t simply about Abby, this book is Abby. It’s as if the music that composes this book has been written to the rhythm of Abby’s heartbeat, hence the ups and downs, the sometimes odd changes in pace…

    It all makes sense when you see her, and for that you must not judge her. It was not always easy, I must confess, but as you find yourself struggling to understand her, she is also struggling to understand herself and those who surround her.

    “Exposed in that my music was a channel for every emotion that coursed through my body. I felt that by listening to me play, someone could see inside me; read my darkest secrets and deepest desires.”

    I really enjoyed how Johanna Craven tied up some of the loose ends, particularly the ones related to Abby’s family. Sarah and Nick both made wrong choices, but Johanna Craven didn’t abandon them, she didn’t let them fade-out into the concept of villain. Instead, she reminded us readers, and Abby, that at the end of the day we are all human and we all make bad decisions at times.
    “The music rises, takes me with it. Circles, pulls me in.”

    The love for music in this book is incredible to the point of being palpable. Even though I have never listened to Matt’s Stratosphere, I don’t think I will ever be able to stop hearing it in my head.

    A beautiful coming-of-age journey.

  5. Jana Petken says:

    Poignant and very well written story about Abby, her love for the violin, and her relationships with friends and family.

    The tale begins with a little bit of a mystery. Abby disembarking the aircraft and wondering whether to leave her precious violin on board.
    This is not a fast paced roller coaster ride but more of an even paced, page by page development of relationships with various character who are introduced and lovingly developed.

    I loved the way in which we earn about Abby's inner feelings. She does not want to end up with a life similar to her mother, Sarah Marie, nor does she want anything like her parents' cold marriage.

    Not wanting to give too much of the story away, I will leave it there and finish by saying that this was a refreshing, lovely story that will linger with me for a while to come.

  6. Vita Rogers says:

    I was sceptical about whether I would enjoy this book, as I'm not a musician. But the story and characters really drew me in and I read the book in a few sittings over the bank holiday weekend. I found Abby's drive to achieve her dreams really relatable; and admired her commitment to follow them in spite of family expectations and rural upbringing. Although I must say Acacia Beach didn't seem that bad; I might even visit if I ever get over to Australia!

  7. Edelmira says:

    Wow. This book was one heck of a ride.
    If I had to describe this book in one word it would be a rollercoaster.
    Its because it made me feel some type of way. I literally felt all kinds of emotions while reading this.
    This book is about family, finding unexpected love, and chasing your dreams.
    Overall, the plot was amazing and it got me hooked from start to finish. I couldn't put it down! I love the drama !
    It also had a lot of character developments. I appreciate that so much.
    I love the ending a whole lot. I did not expect that. Although, I was hoping for an epilogue but it's still okay. I still love it.

    Honestly, Abby is one of the strongest character in all book history. I feel like giving her a hug just about now and tell her it's okay to chase your dreams even if it hurts the people you love. She went through so much from her childhood to adult years. She is one brave girl and I applaud the author for writing this character. Abby is just so relatable. I adored her so much.

    I will never forget this book and it deserves another read.
    A MUST READ !
    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND !
    I give 4 stars ! :)

    *I was given an ebook copy from New Adult Book Club / Author in exchange for an honest review.*



  8. Jennifer D says:

    This was such an enjoyable and easy read. While the book did at times tackle some quite heavy issues, it was done in such an effortless way that I never felt bogged down by the story. The characters were so real, the situations very believable and the settings very vivid.

    I read this through the new adult fiction group, but this book could easily be enjoyed by older readers too. Abby's problems were all very relatable and the opening section set in the 1990s made me nostalgic for my own childhood! I give it four stars, as I save 5 star reviews for books that totally blow me away, but I have to say I did really enjoy this. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

    Thanks to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  9. Jennifer Loiske says:

    Sometimes you have to go far to see the truth…

    Abby is a small town girl with big dreams. In spite of her horrible mother who does everything in her power to stop Abby from reaching her dreams, Abby decides to try her luck and moves to Melbourne. However, the grass rarely is greener on the other side…

    This is a gem for young adult readers. Something different… A book that matters… The language is vivid and the writing style easy going. Love for music is leaking through the pages, and you can almost hear the voice of a violin as Abby concentrates on her music. This book has a taste of life in it, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes quality growing up stories or/and books by John Green.

  10. Paulette Mahurin says:

    This beautifully written lyrical prose starts out with the protagonist Abby disembarking from a plane, arriving in Australia. There’s a moment when she thinks of leaving her violin in the storage compartment lending an air of mystery. Why would she want to do that and what happened to provoke it? A good start that grabs attention. As the story progresses, characters are introduced: Justin her childhood BFF; Andrew her piano teacher; Andrew’s wife Hayley the glamour girl from a rich family, and Nick-Abby’s’ older brother, the parents, etc. The writing is smooth sailing with metaphors and descriptions that resound on scenes that come alive. Descriptions like, “Music gives love a voice then rips out its vocal cords and kicks them to the gutter,” not only lend to the richness of the writing but portend the story of what was, obviously something painful. The pain is interjected in tiny samplings allowing the story to unfold in a gentle yet compelling way.

    The story continues in a sweet slow pace developing the characters and relationships with hints of what may come. Abby’s performance at the High School and she proclaims she’s going to be a concert pianist. A closer view at her parents, John her father and particularly her mother Sarah-Marie, reveals there is not much love lost between them with descriptions like their marriage of convenience had marriage vows that ended in a handshake. Her mother vehemently protests Abby’s love for playing the violin for some unknown reason that the reader doesn’t find out about until the very last gut-wrenching pages. So convincing is the writing we ache for Abby when she yearns to get away, determined that her mother’s “colorless life” wouldn’t be hers. As the mother’s resistance surfaces to Abby going away to study under a more experienced teacher, her relationship with Justin blossoms from a kiss, to a grazing of her breast, to the proclamation that he has become “her boyfriend.”

    As Abby ages things change not all for the good. Her mother continues to protest her violin playing and when Abby has finally had enough she challenges her mother by playing to her in their kitchen. The outcome is shocking and motivates Abby all the more, to become a concert performer and leave. The conflict is created and the story moves on with the tension rising. More characters are introduced (Jess, the friend, and Clara, the snob, John the teacher, Brown dog, and Matt the love interest and from whom we learn and understand what the clever title of this book is all about, etc.); there are the good guys who support Abby and those creating barriers. Will she overcome the barriers? What choice will she make about her future? And how will it all turn out? The reader will be asking these questions while turning the pages and… No spoilers here. The ending is unexpected right till the last page. Unexpected but satisfying with the reality of the writing.

    Reading this story is like reading a diary of a great grandmother I never met. It is so familiar, inviting curiosity into something unfolding to give me an understanding of a person/persons I’ve never met but yet oddly enough really want to get to know. The writing is endearing, and reminiscent of some of the classics (like George Elliot’s “The Mill on the Floss). A well-written prose that does not disappoint.

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