Someday, Somewhere

Someday, Somewhere

Dominique is a high school junior from a gritty neighborhood in Trenton, where she and her mom are barely getting by. Ben is a musical prodigy from the Upper East Side, a violinist at a top conservatory with obsessive talent and a brilliant future.When Dom's class is taken to hear a concert at Carnegie Hall, she expects to be bored out of her mind. But then she sees the bo...

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  • Nadhira Satria

    Here I am, at a cafe after driving mindlessly for an hour after finishing this book. I was angry and sad and happy and wholesome, I couldn't find the words to describe how I feel reading this book.

    For someone who's not emotional, for someone who never cries while reading a book, this book ripped my heart out of my chest and shattered it. lmao yo I didn't even know I

    a heart. When I requested this book, I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I do now. And tbh it's the best sur

    Here I am, at a cafe after driving mindlessly for an hour after finishing this book. I was angry and sad and happy and wholesome, I couldn't find the words to describe how I feel reading this book.

    For someone who's not emotional, for someone who never cries while reading a book, this book ripped my heart out of my chest and shattered it. lmao yo I didn't even know I

    a heart. When I requested this book, I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I do now. And tbh it's the best surprise in the world

    What makes this book so emotional for me is the fact that it has a

    rep. Never have I ever read a character I can connect and relate to so much. Most mental illness that ya books have are either Anxiety or Depression. Finding one with my illness is honestly very hard to find. and when i do it's trash ass books like

    which I do NOT recommend if you're looking for a good bipolar rep.

    But this book? I felt like as if I was reading about myself. There are so many times where I had to stop reading and stare at the wall because I feel so represented. By the first page of Ben's narration I knew he have what I have. I knew he has

    even before the reveal in the later pages. I think that the author did an excellent job on the rep, I can tell she has done massive research for this. (I even thought that the author also have this illness since the rep is so accurate)

    ✨Ben forgets to eat or sleep, when I'm in my manic episode I'd be the same. I'm never tired, never hungry. It's like I have too much energy and too many things to do to sleep or eat. I keep thinking about things which makes me unable to go to sleep and I get obsessive over something that I completely forgot to take care of myself. There are times where I'm so high on my manic episode that I just write for the whole day and only drink coffee and smoke cigarettes as "food" and go on 48 hours of no sleep without feeling tired.

    ✨Ben feels like he's the best violinist in school and that his classmates are talentless. For some people this might seem as arrogance or cockiness. it's not. When I'm on manic episode, i feel like i'm the best person on earth. I can go on telling people how I'm the smartest person in the world and how dumb other people are. I'm not a cocky asshole. It's just that with mania, it feels that way. We get delusional.

    When we find someone we can connect with and whom we find attractive, we get obsessed. We get so caught up on how great this other person is and we seem infatuated with them. But when the mania goes away so our feelings for them. It comes as fast as it goes.

    ✨Ben's irritation. Being rude to his parents and his little brother. Belittling his peers and looking down on them. Again we are not assholes.

    ✨Ben's obsession with being the best in school. No he doesnt have OCD. For us bipolar people, when we like one thing we don't just like it. We become obsessed with it.

    when we’re in mania

    ✨Ben's depression

    Nearing the end of the book Ben shuts off and abandon all social life by being in bed for days. When people come down from mania, they feel the hunger and the lack of sleep that they didn't when they're on mania. He feels worthless and felt like he has nothing to fight for anymore

    ✨Ben’s delusions

    Thinking he have can read other people’s mind and that he has powers of knowing what people feel / think??? that’s classic mania

    This book crushed my soul and ripped my heart in two. I know some people don't like the ending but I liked it. It hurt me in the best way possible. And it explains that

    And the fact that the title is a reference of west side story ( i love broadway) is a cherry on top.

    Buddy read with

  • Eli

    This was PERFECT, this book is EVERYTHING and this is me right now

    I didn't expect anything from this book, but it's the best love story I read in years! I still don't have any coherent thoughts on this because my mind is just blown and I'm a sobbing mess. This book was perfect in every aspect.

    The characters are amazing, I loved all of them, even though they're really not perfect and especially

    This was PERFECT, this book is EVERYTHING and this is me right now

    I didn't expect anything from this book, but it's the best love story I read in years! I still don't have any coherent thoughts on this because my mind is just blown and I'm a sobbing mess. This book was perfect in every aspect.

    The characters are amazing, I loved all of them, even though they're really not perfect and especially Dom makes many mistakes (in my opinion). I could really connect to them and the portrait of Bens mental illness was also very relatable.

    So a very thought provoking, sometimes painful but very beautiful book!

    Thank you netgalley for accepting me for this arc!

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    I have always been drawn to books about music, so it’s no wonder that I enjoyed Someday, Somewhere so much. This book is absolutely heartbreaking, but beautiful at the same time. The main characters are realistic and easy to root for, and the dual perspectives add so much emotion to the story. I would definitely recommend this one, especially to those with an interest in music.

  • Lola

    I am stunned. I was not at all supposed to enjoy this one. I gave it a shot, since I received the physical copy of the book without my requesting it, but quite frankly my expectations were extremely low – for once.

    After all, it contains 1. insta-love, as well as quite a huge amount of 2. lying. But it’s also very… romantic, and normally I tend to be bored when books focus on romantic relationships almost alone, but love and music mixed so well in this story that I couldn’t not feel my heart mel

    I am stunned. I was not at all supposed to enjoy this one. I gave it a shot, since I received the physical copy of the book without my requesting it, but quite frankly my expectations were extremely low – for once.

    After all, it contains 1. insta-love, as well as quite a huge amount of 2. lying. But it’s also very… romantic, and normally I tend to be bored when books focus on romantic relationships almost alone, but love and music mixed so well in this story that I couldn’t not feel my heart melt in my chest.

    Like many of you, I absolutely hate insta-love. I think it’s unrealistic and devoid of true romanticism. But in this case, Dom sees Ben for the first time at a concert, and while she is, of course, bewitched by his good looks, she’s also very much in awe of his musical talent. Same goes for Ben. He loves her physical appearance, but adores her mind and their common interests.

    It made me sway, I admit. I took in every sentence because the writing is simultaneously eloquent and lyrical. It contains enough figures of speech to make it possible for me to imagine the music Ben is hearing, but not too much that the story loses its grasp on reality.

    I certainly don’t condone all the lying that takes place, as I do value honesty in any relationship and both characters use too many of the excuses their minds come up with. Having said that, this is one of those love stories that are meant to teach you something – like beware of who you fall in love with.

    An impressive debut. Quite slow, so beware of that also, but believe me when I say the writing will move you tremendously.

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  • Roobie

    A lovely debut novel by Lindsay Champion. I loved her writing and even though there were parts in the story I'm not usually a fan of, I still enjoyed the book much more than I expected to.

    It was sweet, fast paced and filled with music and I'm one of those who actually liked how it all ended.

  • C.G. Drews

    All I knew going in was it's about MUSIC, and being a musician who writes about music and also spent my entire teenagerdom listening to Beethoven on repeat...oh hello there book. You are mine. It absolutely didn't disappoint and I was so teary at the end.

    (Also random fun fact but as I was reading the acknowledgements I realised this author is with the same literary agency as meeee and our debuts are both about music so am I allowed to

    All I knew going in was it's about MUSIC, and being a musician who writes about music and also spent my entire teenagerdom listening to Beethoven on repeat...oh hello there book. You are mine. It absolutely didn't disappoint and I was so teary at the end.

    (Also random fun fact but as I was reading the acknowledgements I realised this author is with the same literary agency as meeee and our debuts are both about music so am I allowed to fangirl like the cute dork I am? I shall.)

    I reeeally loved it. I think the music aspect was done super well. It wasn't very detailed but it still felt authentic and all the parts where Ben was playing were excellent. His obsession and drivenness and complete lack of caring for ANYTHING but music was intoxicating to read about. Basically this book is addictive.

    Ben is a rich musical prodigy and Dom is super poor and watching her mum struggle to run a laundromat and has had to give up her dream of being a dancer due to money. (She's also half Ecuadorian.) Dom and Ben meet at a concert and then -- SPARKS. Honestly their get-together-story was sooo cute. They had to find each other again with no details or names and ajfdklsad. It was totally adorable.

    Score for me, who usually only likes one of two narrators. But Dom was so winning! She just wants things but she's scared to think she deserves to want things??? And watching her character development of figuring out what she deserves was amazing. <3

    Look I don't believe that mental illnesses are "spoilers" BUT the whole story is about Ben not knowing, so I'm going to tag it -->

    Anyway Ben was amazing, although really conceited, so sometimes you want to slap him, but you also want him to be ok.

    The whole book felt like someone playing a piece of music and getting faster and faster and faster -- ADN THEN THE STRING SNAPS. It was excellent.

    I think the ending was just a little unbalanced. I don't want to give spoilers, but I just felt Dom's story came to a close and Ben's didn't??? It totally doesn't diminish my love of the book, though!

    It gave me ALL THE FEELS and even now I'm just sitting here with heart eyes.

  • Sara➽ Ink Is My Sword

    Buddy reading this with

    I want to start my review giving a tip

    Buddy reading this with

    I want to start my review giving a tip to people who have this book on their radar to enjoy the book more.

    . If I had known this, I would have probably loved it.

    . I felt it was a great part of why I enjoyed the story so much. As it was full of very frustrating and annoying situations, but the way the author makes you connect to the characters won me over. It also gripped me and made me keep reading, which is why I sucked at my buddy-read. I was at 20% and suddenly 35% and before I knew it I was already at 68%. I had to know what was really going on with the characters and how would the author end up wrapping up their love story.

    by focusing on classical music and dance. We also had main characters from a very different background, a rich-white boy, and a poor-American-Latina girl. I loved how the author showed to us the way economical situation reflect a lot in the way these teens evaluate decisions. In one hand Ben impulses made him just swap his credit card without second thought, while Dominique had to scrap, ask and even steal. I know this is not one of the main focuses of the story, but it was something that really touched home for me.

    . I am guilty of using the word bipolar without much thought, or even thinking the disorder is just about mood changes, but is not, I am wrong and I am glad I was able to learn and correct myself. Bipolar disorder has different stages of Mania and Depression, two of them. And we were able to see this so clearly in one of our characters. The way it handled his life and how people could easily mistake it for passion or just craziness. Is incredibly hard to see our character handle with this illness without us, the reader, knowing what the hell is going on. It makes him do a very questionable decision that you get to understand at the end.

    . This was hella insta-lovey, like seriously. Also, it started very stalkerish which gave me the creeps. What I didn’t like was the way Dominique recklessly made a decision just to meet this boy, who was barely present, to be honest. Like hell, she treated her best friend like crap, and it broke my heart when we knew her mother was struggling so hard yet she just kept taking money. Basically, I just couldn’t buy into it, but the ending was something that left me satisfied.

  • Lara (Bookish_turtle)

    The beginning had me IN LOVE with this book, just generally EVERYTHING about it was perfect for the entire first half of the book and then it turned into a general pile of confusion and then it just ended...

    I think overall that if you are a musical person and you like contemporaries, you are likely to enjoy this book. If you aren't really into music. then maybe this is not for you, as this book centres a LOT around music.

    (Also, would it even be one of my reviews if I didn't comment on the cover

    The beginning had me IN LOVE with this book, just generally EVERYTHING about it was perfect for the entire first half of the book and then it turned into a general pile of confusion and then it just ended...

    I think overall that if you are a musical person and you like contemporaries, you are likely to enjoy this book. If you aren't really into music. then maybe this is not for you, as this book centres a LOT around music.

    (Also, would it even be one of my reviews if I didn't comment on the cover which is 97% if the reason I picked up this book?! GO LOOK AT IT AGAIN, how is it so pretty?!)

    The #meetcute was actual perfection. I had heart eyes, it was so good!! I shipped it before they shipped each other, and that is quite rare for me... (Okay fine, that was a lie. But they were really cute!)

    I loved the two perspective style of writing, the interchanging between the two of them was spot on!

    And all of the music! I loved the music being incorporated into all different aspects of the story, and I was listening to the playlists while I was reading and I JUST LOVED THE MUSIC IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL!

    And this book also deals with mental illness, which is definitely an important topic, so that was very well done.

    The pacing!! I loved how they separated the book into the three movements and the pacing matched, that just made me so SO SO HAPPY AND ahhhhhhhh it was perfect!!

    I have unanswered questions, and was just generally confused about a whole bunch of everything and everybody was illogical?

    Overall though, it was kinda enjoyable I think? (Yeah, coherency isn't really my strong suit, but that's what I feel.)

    I am going to say, I am disappointed in the ending. I wasn't emotionally destroyed, I wasn't satisfied, I was just... ??? Although I did enjoy the book overall, I felt that it just kind of trailed off and ended without really

  • Lily ☁️

    Let me start small, though.

    I was quite excited about having received an advance copy of

    —mainly, because on top of its beautiful cover, the sypnosis won me over with a storyline set in New York, “a fantasy world of jazz clubs and opera, infatuation and possibility”, and “a magnetic genius” of a boy who plays the violin “like his life depends on it” as one of the main characters.

    Let me start small, though.

    I was quite excited about having received an advance copy of

    —mainly, because on top of its beautiful cover, the sypnosis won me over with a storyline set in New York, “a fantasy world of jazz clubs and opera, infatuation and possibility”, and “a magnetic genius” of a boy who plays the violin “like his life depends on it” as one of the main characters.

    I should have focused more on the “each [of the main characters] sees something in the other that promises to complete them” part, though. Because the love I had for the musical aspects in this book, to which I could relate all too well—hours of practicing on your instrument to get only one specific part of a piece just right, metronomes, music theory, and Beethoven—couldn’t quite make up for the exasperation and eye-rolling that was prompted by the ever so prominent insta-love as a plot device.

    Contemporaries that mainly revolve around romances are extremely tricky to write, which is why I was willing to overlook minor clichés—but the limits of that willingness were vastly exceeded by the sheer magnitude of inane actions¹ and completely over-the-top declarations².

    Seeing as this book features an unreliable narrator, I’m going to let the actions and words of the character in question go. However, that still leaves this book with

    . If the situation was reversed, and it had been the boy stalking the girl and fabricating an entire persona just to get to know her, I’m pretty sure the story would sound much more awful to many more people.

    Furthermore, to make matters worse, all the side characters were pretty much props to further the main characters’ plot, and if I had to characterize them, I wouldn’t make it past one or two adjectives, if that.

    I realized that

    is Lindsay Champion’s debut novel when I read the

    section after finishing this book and, well, as sad as I am to say this; it shows.

    Kids Can Press

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