Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez

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An intensely romantic, “brilliant debut” (Kirkus Reviews) about a dangerous addiction, a fierce rivalry, and a forbidden love.

Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love. And Jeremy is hands-down the wrong guy for her to fall for. He is infuriating, arrogant, and the only person who can stand in the way of Carmen getting the one thing she wants most: to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. Carmen’s whole life is violin, and until she met Jeremy, her whole focus was winning. But what if Jeremy isn’t just hot…what if Jeremy is better?
Carmen knows that kissing Jeremy can’t end well, but she just can't stay away. Nobody else understands her—and riles her up—like he does. Still, she can’t trust him with her biggest secret: She is so desperate to win, she takes antianxiety drugs to perform, and what started as an easy fix has become a hungry addiction. Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even sicker of always doing what she’s told, doing what’s expected.
Sometimes being on top just means you have a long way to fall….

About Jessica Martinez

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Jessica Martinez lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, her two children, and her violin. She spends her days writing, running, and teaching her children to be music lovers. She is the author of Virtuosity, The Space Between Us, and The Vow. Visit her at
Published October 18, 2011 by Simon Pulse. 306 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Grammy-winning, world-touring violinist Carmen Bianchi, 17, has outgrown child-prodigy status.

Aug 24 2011 | Read Full Review of Virtuosity

The Bookbag

So far she hasn't really minded that she doesn't have a life outside of violin, but then she meets Jeremy King – a fellow competitor in the world's most prestigious violin competition – and she has to think about her priorities.

Oct 09 2011 | Read Full Review of Virtuosity

The Overflowing Library

Her mother insists now is not the time to quit, but Carmen is sick of not feeling anything on stage and even more sick of doing what she’s told.

Dec 13 2011 | Read Full Review of Virtuosity

Teen Voices

I highly recommend it to all girls who ask themselves “Why me?” This book is part of our Summer Book Buzz series.

Jun 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Virtuosity

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