Lark Singer is seventeen years old and already on the way to a brilliant music career. As she and her band, Starlight, gear-up for an upcoming, life-changing band competition, though, life seems to be throwing her a few curve balls. The mysteries of her past seem to be unraveling, and she’s no longer certain she wants to know those answers, or how knowing about her past will affect her difficult relationship with her mother. And when her best friend, Bean, changes things between them, all her plans for a musical future are placed in jeopardy. How can she balance her unraveling personal life to keep her musical goals on track?
Review: This is the continuation of the Starlight Chronicles series and flows smoothly from book one, Gideon Lee, which I also enjoyed. We are back with Lark, Bean and Stevie whose band is still practicing for the competition which is now only a few weeks to go. We are immersed in their practice sessions both at Pearl’s, where they play 70’s and 80’s music, and in Lark’s garage, where they play the music they’ve composed. Lark’s mom, Francine, her boyfriend and boss, Bill, as well as Bean’s brother, Brian, are also part of the story as well as Lark’s new friend, Cassie. There’s the normal angst of high school and home demands, peer pressure and parties as well as all the practicing their band does so they can win the competition.
We find out who Lark’s father is and why she doesn’t have a relationship with him. There’s also some thefts going on of money and jewelry from Lark’s house and the finger points towards Bean but she’s in denial and doesn’t want to confront him. Comments in passing aren’t sinking in and Lark and her mom are at odds about it. Lark and Bean’s relationship is getting stronger but will this set it back? There are family and friends, competition, high school drama, lots of music and music terminology, pressures, anger, denial, angst, secrets, drugs, curfews, promises, parental concerns, relationships and some romance. There is some closure but enough loose ends to bring us to book three in the series. Will there be a happily ever after?
Orchard is a fairly new to me author only having read the first two books in this series. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Starlight, and seeing how they do in the competition. Starlight is also the name of their band.
Favorite Quote: Sending a riff his way, I relax and get into the mood. I love this song and the music pulls me into its magical world of chords and melodies. The crowd disappears and I’m flying high above them. So high that I disappear.