Forte by J.D. Spero

Forte by [Spero, JD]

Publisher: Netherfield Publishing

Date of publication: July 25th, 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Where the book can be found: Amazon

Book synopsis:

Back in New York City, piano filled Sami McGovern’s life, but moving upstate has changed everything. Thanks to the coach at Skenesboro High, Sami’s volleyball skills blossom like magic. But success comes at a cost, and the same sports drink that makes her a superstar silences her music. Worse still, to stay in the “in” crowd, she must betray the few true friends she has made in the tiny town. Her one hope: fulfill a prophecy to end the magic before it destroys her . . . and everyone else in its thrall.

My review:
This book hooked me from the first paragraph. Sami’s mother decides to move them to her hometown after years of living in New York City. Which, then made me think to myself, “Why on earth would you do that?!?!?”. I have been to New York City. The hustle and bustle were amazing and to be living among it, I can only imagine. To say she was unhappy about moving was an understatement.
The underlying message of this story (be who you are, don’t let anyone change you) is great. Sami did change to fit in with her new group of friends. She realized that to beat the bad guys was to embrace herself, wholly, was fantastic. Because most teens do change who they are to fit in or to impress a boy or to have friends.
I do wish that there was more of a romance between Sami and Jason. There were sparks every time that they met (plus one kiss) but it never went that way. Which, in hindsight, is a good thing. If Sami was involved with someone, it would have changed the whole course of the book.
How many stars will I give forte? 3.5/4
Why? Very well written and very well researched. Definitely a book that I could come back to. I just wish that the author went a little more into what happened to Sami’s father.
Will I reread it? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age range: Teen on up
Why? Very clean. No sex, no violence.

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