All the Wrong Chords

All the Wrong Chords

Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn't exactly what she had in mind. Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy--a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can't pass on an oppor...

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Title:All the Wrong Chords
Author:Christine Hurley Deriso
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All the Wrong Chords Reviews

  • Ashley

    Rating: 3.5/5

    (I received a free copy from the publisher, Flux, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Available for request at

    )

    ***Minor spoilers***

    Scarlett's family is going through a rough time. Her brother died of a drug overdose, and everyone is dealing with it differently. Scarlett is spending the summer with her grandfather, both to help deal with the tragedy and to keep her grandfather from driving, due to his failing vision. After nearly h

    Rating: 3.5/5

    (I received a free copy from the publisher, Flux, via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Available for request at

    )

    ***Minor spoilers***

    Scarlett's family is going through a rough time. Her brother died of a drug overdose, and everyone is dealing with it differently. Scarlett is spending the summer with her grandfather, both to help deal with the tragedy and to keep her grandfather from driving, due to his failing vision. After nearly hitting a guy with her car, she discovers that he's part of a band and sees him perform. Upon discovering that Scarlett herself was previously in a band, she's invited to go to their practice, where she quickly becomes torn between two members. Declan is the hot lead singer, who seems to go through girls like it's nothing, and who isn't very reliable at all, but she's infatuated regardless. Zach, the guy she almost ran over, is the lead guitarist and songwriter, and has been nothing but good to Scarlett, but her obsession with Declan remains. But is Declan really good for her?

    To start off, this book had a love triangle that was pretty predictable and at some times frustrating. Usually I end up hating books that feature love triangles, but I didn't mind all that much in this book. For one, I liked Scarlett as a character, so that made it more tolerable. She also recognized that maybe Declan wasn't good for her, she just had a hard time getting over him. There was also enough stuff happening in the book (dealing with her brother's death, and also the relationships between Scarlett, her best friend, and her sister) where the focus wasn't solely on the love triangle, so it didn't become exhausting to read.

    As I mentioned, this book was extremely predictable. From the get go you can tell that Zach is the nice guy and Declan is the bad boy and Scarlett wants Declan but Zach is there and blah blah blah, I'm sure you can predict the rest. And you predicted correctly. But the journey there was actually pretty fun and satisfying. There was also another element that I found pretty predictable, which was

    . Hints were thrown here and there that were pretty easy to catch on to, but it didn't really ruin the experience for me anyway.

    Overall, I thought this was a pretty fun and easy read. The writing flowed really well, and it was easy to sit down and read for a long time without getting tired. It dealt with some hard hitting topics, but in general I found it pretty relaxed. The story was predictable, but the writing, characters, and relationships kept me interested enough to not mind that too much. I'd definitely read another book by this author, and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a cute, albeit predictable, romance.

  • Attack Salmon

    Trigger Warning: gay character make comments that are offensive to straight ppl

    Well I am joking of cuz. What's the fun in life living in trigger warnings. But yes I am definitely pissed when Varun the gay character said he had it worse than a straight white boy. Not something I usually get upset about but with the usual trend of bashing straight ppl for no other reason other than they are straight and white , I can't help being triggered.

    My annoyance with the character doesn't impact my reading

    Trigger Warning: gay character make comments that are offensive to straight ppl

    Well I am joking of cuz. What's the fun in life living in trigger warnings. But yes I am definitely pissed when Varun the gay character said he had it worse than a straight white boy. Not something I usually get upset about but with the usual trend of bashing straight ppl for no other reason other than they are straight and white , I can't help being triggered.

    My annoyance with the character doesn't impact my reading experience. I am very glad that I picked All the Wrong Chords. Our heroine Scarlett is spending her summer with her grandpa, what happened when she joined a band, have to juggle between 2 hot boys and band drama?

    I enjoy the mystery vibe within the book. Scarlett got torn between 2 boys Zach and uhmm I can't rmb his name. These 2 boys are sending Scarlett mixed signals? What is the deal with them? What are they hiding? I rack my brain trying to guess

    Aside from the romance, this book is just sooo heart warming and sweet. A perfect blend of Romance, Family, Friendship and Mystery

  • Inge

    You know that one friend who seems to have a penchant for picking the wrong guy? They come to you when he's made them cry once again, you tell them to dump his sorry ass because they deserve only good things in their life, they ignore your advice and remain miserable?

    This is the book equivalent of that friend, and it was frustrating as hell.

    I actually really liked the story as I was going in - the premise seemed promising, I loved the addition of song lyrics written by the band, and I r

    You know that one friend who seems to have a penchant for picking the wrong guy? They come to you when he's made them cry once again, you tell them to dump his sorry ass because they deserve only good things in their life, they ignore your advice and remain miserable?

    This is the book equivalent of that friend, and it was frustrating as hell.

    I actually really liked the story as I was going in - the premise seemed promising, I loved the addition of song lyrics written by the band, and I really liked the introduction of Zach, who seemed like a genuinely good guy. So of course the protagonist goes for the

    guy, because "she deserves the hot guy for once" and

    he's a douche. Thus begins a seriously frustrating storyline where it takes Scarlett nearly the entire book to figure out what we know from the very first chapter.

    I get it, there wouldn't be a book otherwise. But even on other accounts, Scarlett seems completely clueless about so many things, and I found it really aggravating to see this story from her point of view. I did really love the side characters, especially the band members and their families, and it was quite a quick and easy read.

    I also really appreciated the additions of a character with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), as well as the discourse about overdosing on prescription meds. Both are truly underrepresented topics in literature.

    Still, definitely not my favourite storyline.

  • Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Actual rating: 3.25⭐

    Story ⭐⭐⭐

    This was a typical Girl-falls-for-the-wrong-boy-only-to-realize-the-right-guy-was-always-right-there-story. But with bands, music 🎶🎵🎶, tragic losses and illnesses.

    Characters ⭐⭐⭐

    What can I say? I hated the “wrong guy” from the beginning. How could Scarlett not see that he was an a*hole from the start? How?

    I really hated her stupidity in this situations, but she’s young (kind of) and “love” (or rather “attraction”) makes you stupid.

    My favorite characters were her gr

    Actual rating: 3.25⭐️

    Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    This was a typical Girl-falls-for-the-wrong-boy-only-to-realize-the-right-guy-was-always-right-there-story. But with bands, music 🎶🎵🎶, tragic losses and illnesses.

    Characters ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    What can I say? I hated the “wrong guy” from the beginning. How could Scarlett not see that he was an a*hole from the start? How?

    I really hated her stupidity in this situations, but she’s young (kind of) and “love” (or rather “attraction”) makes you stupid.

    My favorite characters were her grandfather and Zach. Zach was a real gentleman and so so cute and her grandfather was super funny and really cool.

    Relationships ⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Well, I don’t want to spoiler things.

    So, I can only say it had some cute moments and a happy ending (no surprise 😅).

    I liked Scarlett’s relationship with her sister, with her best friend and her grandfather. There were my favorite parts.

    And I felt really sad when I read what a good and strong relationship she had with her brother before he died. 😢

    Writing style ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    I enjoyed the writing and it had some beautiful parts which I really liked.

  • Jemima

    This is my first Christine Hurley Deriso book and so far I'm not convinced.

    But having said that this isn't the worst book out there.

    This book by the end was pure and simple. After the month I've had with all the mafia books, after all the angst and the unneeded yet craved roller coaster of emotions, this was comparatively calmer, lighter and relaxed.

    I love the Young Adult genre, y

    This is my first Christine Hurley Deriso book and so far I'm not convinced.

    But having said that this isn't the worst book out there.

    This book by the end was pure and simple. After the month I've had with all the mafia books, after all the angst and the unneeded yet craved roller coaster of emotions, this was comparatively calmer, lighter and relaxed.

    I love the Young Adult genre, you never know what you sort of Gem you'll find, sadly All The Wrong Chords wasn't it. At times, it was predictable.. I could literally see myself saying "oh oh... I can totally see that this is going to be a disaster!".

    But having said this was a relaxing read.

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  • Emerald
  • ~ Althea ~ (themoonwholistens)

    // I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review //

    This started out pretty great okay. The ending touched my heart too.

    But I had such a huge problem with the inconsistency of the plot, the characters and the theme of the story. I mean, Liam's death was suppose to be the focus of this book but it was gone completely by the middle of the book but revived again by the end. It turned more into a love story when I think the love sto

    // I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review //

    This started out pretty great okay. The ending touched my heart too.

    But I had such a huge problem with the inconsistency of the plot, the characters and the theme of the story. I mean, Liam's death was suppose to be the focus of this book but it was gone completely by the middle of the book but revived again by the end. It turned more into a love story when I think the love story should just be a part of it and not the focus of everything all together. It made the book more generic and it really lost its potential rather than if the author just focused on how Scarlett gets over her brother and meets this one guy on the way or something. This book turned to be more on Scarlett getting over a guy she got romantically involved in.

    in a detailed conclusion. . .

    Speaking of Scarlett, I was so annoyed of her character. I think this was a weak point of the book as well, the characters. I did not get hooked with them as I usually do and I think character connection to the readers is really what keeps the readers of a certain book hooked to the story.

    this book also had some technical mistakes that might need fixing. the cover could be better. . . ? maybe changing the color scheme and some minor things could make it so much better.

    BUT PLEASE DO KNOW THAT I ENJOYED THIS!! It does not mean I rated it 2 stars it means I don't like it. There were parts that I liked a whole lot but the negative comments outweigh the positive ones. It just needs a lot of improvement.

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  • Tissy

    This book started out pretty well and then it took a sharp left into DNF territory which encompasses; predictable, boring and annoying. I didn't like any of the characters aside from the grandfather whose nonchalant attitude matched my own towards the book.

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