Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Linda Urban. A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT

Zoe Elias desperately wants to be a piano player and play at Carnegie Hall. But, her father buys her an organ. Not a grand piano, an organ! The organ comes with free lessons and songbooks called THE HITS OF THE SEVENTIES, and Zoe reluctantly begins lessons. The more she plays, the more she begins to like it, despite lessons focusing on theme songs from old 60’s TV shows like GREEN ACRES and I DREAM OF JEANNIE. Then her teacher enters her in a local competition, so she really starts to get serious. One of my favorite quotes is about playing the piano:

When you play the piano, you have to get the heart right. Which is harder than getting the notes right. Each note can only be right in one way…A robot can get a B-flat right. But getting the heart right is something only a person can do. And the ways to do it are as many and as different as there are people in the world.

This was a surprisingly fun book filled with quirky, interesting characters. What a gem. I’m glad I read it.

The author’s website: http://www.lindaurbanbooks.com