Powell, Marie and Norton, Jeff Keeping the Beat, 361 pages. KCP Loft (Kids Can Press), 2013. $18. Language – R (65 swears, 0 “f”), Mature Content – PG13; Violence – PG13.
One dream forms a band out of a gaggle of high school girls who are practically strangers, but this one path that they embark on will help these five girls find themselves and where they need to go in life. The path they take is a difficult one with more temptations and stumbling blocks than they expected, but mistakes are meant to be learned from and miracles still find a way to open the right doors. Sometimes you just need to listen to your heart and keep to that beat.
Honestly, I did not know what I was getting into when I picked up Keeping the Beat (the summary of the book was lacking), but I’m glad now that I read it. These five girls made a lot of painful mistakes that were hard to read, but their courage to press forward gives hope to the reader that good things can still come out of this hard life. Overall, there was a good message.
HS – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen