Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion, a story about two teens from vastly different worlds, falling hard for each other, shows how love can help you uncover your inner strength — and how sometimes, it still isn’t enough.
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 boy in the front row playing violin like his life depends on it — and she is transfixed.
Posing as an NYU student, Dom sneaks back to New York City to track down Ben Tristan, a magnetic genius who whisks her into a fantasy world of jazz clubs and opera, infatuation and possibility. Each sees something in the other that promises to complete them.
As Dom’s web of lies grows, though, so does Ben’s obsessive need to conquer Beethoven’s famous Kreutzer Sonata. But Ben’s genius, which captivates Dominique, conceals a secret, and the challenges of her life may make it difficult to help him.
Alternating perspectives and an unreliable narrator create suspense and momentum, romance and heartbreak. Author Lindsay Champion’s deep roots in theater and music are evident on every page — structured like a sonata with hints of West Side Story, her debut novel hits all the right notes.
I loved the way Champion interwove these two stories. At it’s core, the book isn’t about the romance between Dom and Ben. It’s about Dom. And it’s about Ben. And for a brief period, their lives intertwine (romantically) — and it’s this connection that propels the dual stories forward. And as much as I found the romance between these two so sweet and enchanting, it was their individual narratives that really shine in Someday, Somewhere — and these are, I think, what makes the book so special.
Likewise, Champion doesn’t shy away from the tricky, sticky subjects that these two characters face: mental illness, poverty, broken homes, race, privilege, etc. Their lives are messy, complicated things — and this reflects a realness that is often glossed over in books.
Ultimately, I wish the ending had offered a little something more for these two characters (I’m being deliberately vague to avoid spoilers), but while it left me feeling a little like I was missing something for the two of them as a couple, their individual stories shone through, and it didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.
Someday, Somewhere is in stores now.
… a YA author living in the best place on earth, New York City. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she spent most of her time doing high kicks and eating falafel. After a stint as a closed caption writer (best memory: captioning the first six Rocky movies for TV), she served as the Features Editor at Broadway.com, where she somehow managed to interview her celebrity crushes Paul Rudd, Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal without fainting or peeing her pants. She is an editorial director for the digital media company PureWow, where she sits in an extremely tall building and eats snacks.
Her first novel, Someday, Somewhere, hits store shelves April 3, 2018.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of SOMEDAY, SOMEWHERE. U.S. only.
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