Guitar Notes by Mary Amato

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



A "sweet story of two different loners finding their counterpoint" (School Library Journal) from a star of state master and children's choice lists making her YA debut. Clean YA with the emotional resonancy of John Green and Sarah Dessen.

On odd days, Tripp Broody uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat-up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.

On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she’s trying to become even more perfect—she’s already a straight-A student and an award-winning cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him in between the strings of the guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected. 

What starts as a series of snippy notes quickly blossoms into the sharing of interests and secrets and dreams, and the forging of a very unlikely friendship.

Challenging each other to write songs, they begin to connect, even though circumstances threaten to tear them apart.

From beloved author Mary Amato comes a YA novel of wit and wisdom, both heartfelt and heart­breaking, about the power of music and the unexpected chords that draw us together.

About Mary Amato

See more books from this Author
Mary Amato is the author of many acclaimed books for children including Invisible Lines, which was nominated for the California Young Readers Medal and was selected for the Missouri Truman Awards Master List. Of that book, The Washington Post states, "you may come to important lesson about what really matters in life. But amid all that learning of important lessons, there will be a good bit of giggling, too." A prolific songwriter, Mary sings, plays the guitar, and teaches songwriting. She also performs in the Washington, DC, area. Guitar Notes is her first novel for young adult readers. Mary lives in Maryland with her family. You can visit her online at and learn more about writing your own music and the joy of thrumming at
Published July 24, 2012 by EgmontUSA. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Arts & Photography. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Guitar Notes

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Short, third-person present-tense vignettes, each headed with a place and date, carry the plot along, helped by frequent emails, text messages and handwritten notes, as well as illustrations (not seen, but said to include music, notes, tests and receipts).

Jul 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Guitar Notes

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Amato nicely captures Tripp’s love of music and Lyla’s anxieties, though the story takes a late melodramatic turn that jars with the comparatively light material that precedes it.

May 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Guitar Notes

Reader Rating for Guitar Notes

An aggregated and normalized score based on 69 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review