THE TRANSFORMATION Beth has always been “The Beast”—that’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glasses. Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is, until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist, and receives the makeover that will change her life forever.
THE LOVE AFFAIR When Beth’s choir travels to Switzerland, she meets Derek: pale, brooding, totally dreamy. Derek’s untethered passion—for music, and for Beth—leaves her breathless. Because in Derek’s eyes? She’s not The Beast, she’s The Beauty.
THE IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE When Beth comes home, Scott, her best friend in the world, makes a confession that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous, intense new feelings she has for Derek?
THE HEARTBREAK The closer Beth gets to Derek, the further away he seems. Then Beth discovers that Derek’s been hiding a dark secret from her …one that could shatter everything.
Heartbreaking, haunting and sweet, Sing Me to Sleep is a book that will linger in your thoughts long after you've turned the last page. The blurb of this book gives nothing away and while it's a little slow to get going, once you've met Derek it soon becomes pretty obvious what's going on, and what's going to inevitably happen. The story also starts speeding at an incredible pace from there and I wasn't able to put it down!
There's definitely a lot of sweet, romantic scenes throughout this novel and I think Morrison has done a wonderful job making them both realistic and sigh-worthy at the same time. However, even though Derek's erratic possessive and controlling behaviour is explained in the end of the book, I still felt rather put off by it. Also, the whole part of the book about how Beth was a "beast" also felt rather unnecessary for me, although I do understand why it is there.
Overall, I really did enjoy reading this book. In fact Sing Me To Sleep is one of my favourite contemporary books I've read so far this year!
Published: March 4th 2010 by Razorbill