Review: All The Wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso



Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy–a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can’t pass on an opportunity like this, and she can’t take her eyes off the band’s hot lead singer either. Is real happiness just around the corner? Or will she always be haunted by her brother’s death?




All The Wrong Chords is such a heartwarming book about learning to live again after a great loss. Scarlett recently lost her brother and her parents
sent her to be with her grandpa for the summer where she meets The Beestings… more importantly Zack, who she almost flattened on their first encounter. I really really liked this book, it’s very sweet and I just love Zack. He’s the most amazing guy ever (which is something I’m sure I say with every book boyfriend I like… but I can’t help it), I didn’t hate him at all, he didn’t annoy me, I just loved him the whole time!

This book is very lightweight, it’s a good ‘in-between’ book even though it touches the heavy topic that is loss it’s still funny and cute, it’s not only romantic but it’s also very loving, Scarlett’s grandpa is the sweetest, I wanted to hug him all the time. Scarlett did annoy me a little, mainly because-spoiler alert- she falls in love with the worst guy ever and she didn’t see it and it really annoyed me but at the same time I kind of get it, it’s just when I was reading it I couldn’t stand it. I would still read this book again because of Zack, lol, no but I really liked the story itself, it’s kind of cliché and predictable but those are my favorites so I didn’t mind that at all, if you’re not one to love cliché… this book might not be perfect for you.

To wrap it all up, I really really liked this book and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who doesn’t mind cliché stories. It’s really good, as I said, very cute, sweet and heartwarming. A very light read, very comforting and what I liked the most is that I can actually find some of the songs in the book on Spotify, I’ve been listening to ‘New To Me’ nonstop since I discovered it. It’s so good.





Massive thanks to NetGalley & Flux for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! 

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  1. I’ve been trying to read more contemporary YA and this is right up my alley! I dont know what is it about cliched tropes that makes me want to read them again and again, ahaha. Awesome review!

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