When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker

When the Beat Drops

Seventeen-year-old Mira has always danced to her own beat. A music prodigy in a family of athletes, she’d rather play trumpet than party—and with her audition to a prestigious jazz conservatory just around the corner (and her two best friends at music camp without her), she plans to spend the summer focused on jazz and nothing else.She only goes to the warehouse party in a last-ditch effort to bond with her older sister. Instead, she falls in...


Details When the Beat Drops

TitleWhen the Beat Drops
ISBN9781510733343
Author
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherSky Pony Press
LanguageEnglish
GenreYoung Adult, Music
Rating

Reviews When the Beat Drops

  • Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
    1970-01-01
    5 Words: Music, family, love, secrets, hope.Well boy, that was a ride. And one I wasn't expecting.I requested this on impulse on NetGalley based on the cover because music is like catnip in books for me. If I'd read the synopsis I'd probably have hesitated. Which is such a shame as I raced through this book and I absolutely loved it.I was expecting something light, and probably fluffy, with a musical backdrop.What I read was something far darker ...
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    1970-01-01
    Music is a topic that I always seem to enjoy in books, so I was not surprised that I enjoyed When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker so much. This book is all about DJing, which I have never read before. The main character is clever and the writing is so descriptive, which added to my enjoyment. After reading this story, I would love to see more of its kind.Full review on The Candid Cover
  • Colleen
    1970-01-01
    I received When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. That had no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own.Maaaaan that was a good story. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first requested When the Beat Drops. I just knew that it sounded like it could be good, but I wasn't sure. I'm not sure why I was a little bit skeptical about the book in the first place. But it proved me wrong! When the Beat Drop...
  • Zoë ☆
    1970-01-01
    Wow. This book was such a surprise!The story is so unique and it’s really interesting to read about someone who has a heart for music. I also appreciated that the darker side of the music industry was discussed.Read this book, especially if you’re into music! 🎶 It’s out in a few days!
  • Julia Rubin
    1970-01-01
    I enjoyed this debut so, so much, and the ending had me in tears. As a huge music fan and a sister, all of it rang true for me, and every note felt pitch perfect, every character so real and relatable. It was so beautifully done and fun and easy to read and I raced through it! Check this one out if you love music, stories about sisters and family, and want a dizzying descent into the underground DJ scene!
  • Cheryl
    1970-01-01
    Readers of young adult books will enjoy this book. The lead character, Mina was relatable and interesting. Although, I didn't like that she easily and quickly brushed off her best friends for the new music scene. However, on the other hand, I could see where she was coming from as all of the people she encountered were different from her friends. Mina really did shine when she was DJing. She had an "old" soul trapped in a young body. The way that...
  • Mischa Thrace
    1970-01-01
    As someone who has no real interest in music, I was unexpectedly taken in by Mira’s passion - don’t let a lack of knowledge or interest in the music scene stop you from enjoying this heartfelt debut! Filled with wonderful, fully-developed characters and realistically complex relationships, Hecker’s coming-of-age story takes readers on a wild ride through the DJ scene and expertly tackles serious issues without ever becoming preachy or alien...
  • April Mathes
    1970-01-01
    “Mira, Mira, on the wall, who’s the dopest of them all?” So first off I want to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this. I was immediately taken by Mira. She’s awkward, smart, and knows what she wants. She’s never quite felt like she fit in with her family and the closest person to make her feel special is no longer with her. I read this as if I WAS Mira. I felt her joy and pain with each word that went across the pa...
  • Em
    1970-01-01
    This book is so much more than the cover and synopsis make it seem. The way it is advertised makes it seem like a light fast read about a girl who likes music... but it is so much more than that. When the Beat Drops is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about finding yourself.What I Liked:I honestly loved Mira. Her whole world is music. She hears it in movement and emotion and nature. That's why it was so easy to believe that she picked up DJing...
  • Erin
    1970-01-01
    Going into this book I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. I definitely have a bias against ‘rave’ music, but the description of the novel pulled me in. Reading what the book was about gave me a lot of “Save the Last Dance” vibes.Going through college I knew my fair share of people who would attend Electric Daisy Festival or Electric Zoo Festival or whatever festival was going on around us. They would talk about how great it was and all...
  • Suze Lavender
    1970-01-01
    Mira's parents run a gym and Mira's sister Britt is a star athlete. Mira's a musical prodigy, but her family doesn't seem to care much about her abilities. Mira wants to go to a prestigious jazz conservatory and needs this summer's music camp more than ever to practice for her audition. However, her parents have messed up and Mira's two best friends are going to camp without her. Mira has to spend the summer on her own, playing as much music as p...
  • Beth Rochester (_bookishbee_)
    1970-01-01
    Thank you Netgalley for the ARC When I first requested this book I thought it would be a nice fluffy read with a musical element however what I got was something deeper, darker and much more exciting. it handled so many issues really well and gave some great in depths on how best to handle them and what to look out for. I love the Mira as a character she was in depth and well written I felt like I was with her trying to figure out everything. See...
  • Lyric Shard
    1970-01-01
    Find the review and more on Welp.Books!Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for the eARC in exchange of an honest review.Music, drugs, sisters, friends, a boyfriend, and choices on what needs saving and what needs to be abandoned in the process. It’s a heart-wrenching story of teenage mistakes and choices to fix them.When tagging along with her sister to a party, Mira finds herself in a different music universe than her marching band. The bass...
  • Meghan
    1970-01-01
    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy and was inspired by the cover and the plot summary due to the fact that our young adult readers can easily relate to a book like this. I think a lot of our reader's will relate to Mira because it is every teenager's dream to become rich and famous but it also comes with a price and Mira and Derek are pure examples of it. The theme of this novel is easily relatable for the millennial young adult ge...
  • Lesley
    1970-01-01
    This book started off pretty strong. I loved Mira, but once I got 60 percent in, the story dropped off and felt a bit rushed. I did like the ending and how Mira seems to find herself and comes full circle.**I received a Kindle copy of this in a Goodreads giveaway.
  • April
    1970-01-01
    I was completely surprised by this book, I went into it knowing very little about it and I am so glad I did as it made reading it very enjoyable. Everything was great the plot, the characters and writing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good YA contemporary..
  • April Mathes
    1970-01-01
    “Mira, Mira, on the wall, who’s the dopest of them all?” So first off I want to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this. I was immediately taken by Mira. She’s awkward, smart, and knows what she wants. She’s never quite felt like she fit in with her family and the closest person to make her feel special is no longer with her. I read this as if I WAS Mira. I felt her joy and pain with each word that went across the pa...
  • T.M. Hall
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book because the topic was so different and the protagonist made some bad choices but they were natural choices that a teen might make and then she learns from her mistakes. It's good to read about teens mucking up, because that's authentic, and then see how they get out of the hole they've dug themselves into. The descriptions of music really drew you into the scene, and it's clear the author has some love of this world. I'll be tel...
  • Ellie (crackthespine)
    1970-01-01
    When The Beat Drops is a book that, ultimately, loses most of its shock value. Even though it begins well, with a really interesting protagonist and a believable main motivation, the ending is rushed, and messy, and ultimately leaves the rest of the book in shambles.
  • Rebecca Phillips
    1970-01-01
    I loved this so much, I blurbed it:"When the Beat Drops is a beautiful, authentic story about friendship, sisterhood, love, and the different ways that music―of all kinds―can bring us together. I devoured it in one sitting." ―Rebecca Phillips, author of These Things I've Done
  • Sam Miller
    1970-01-01
    I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion This seemed like a pretty good book. I really liked the characters, but it didn't really capture my attention, it wasn't unputdownable, (I know that's not a word lol ) But it was an okay read.
  • M. Lauritano
    1970-01-01
    Anna Hecker was my creative writing workshop leader last year and her storytelling skills are on full display in her debut novel. Mira is an under appreciated teenage jazz nerd who is plunged into the world of DJing the summer before an important music school audition. Her eyes are opened to a new world that she must decide can or cannot fit into the one she already knows.Why only three stars? I should come right out and say that I am not the aud...
  • Gmr
    1970-01-01
    Every time I say the title, it morphs in my head from simply words to an announcement, an anthem if you will, backed by DJ "footwork" and beats that vibrate in your chest. What I loved about this one was how the story married all types of music together, how the author took us behind the turntable into the hearts and souls of those who make or mix the music, and how much deeper the story ran than at first may be perceived. We've got sibling rival...
  • Teri
    1970-01-01
    As a music lover and former band geek, I was immediately drawn to this book.  Mira's obsession with music, ambitious goals, and close relationship with her family make her instantly likable.  Despite that close relationship, she feels as if her parents always put her sister's needs and interests ahead of her own, and she's very accommodating and understanding for her age.  I admired her determination to work on her goals, try new experiences, ...
  • Jennifer Shanahan
    1970-01-01
    This was a good one! I have read like 6 YA books in the last week and only a few stand out. Mira, the main character, is a high school student and confirmed band geek. She plays the trumpet and wants to attend a specialized music conservatory for college. Her two best friends go to music camp that she normally would have gone to, but her parents dont have the money this year and she finds out too late to get a scholarship, so she is stuck at home...
  • Akeating2003
    1970-01-01
    I received an ARC from Netgalley. I thought this would be enjoyable since the main character is a misfit and loves music (hits close to home). I didn't expect it to be so intriguing that I just kept reading straight through. The music details about jazz and mixing sounds make me want to find this composition and listen to it. I have never been to any event like the ones described, but I can totally relate to being out with people and having the '...
  • Sjoera
    1970-01-01
    I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.This book was way more than I expected! When Mira thinks her summer couldn't get any worse (not being in band camp with her friends Crow and Nicky), she reconnects with her sister Britt and attends her first warehouse party. She falls in love with DJ-ing, learning the ins and outs from new friend Shay, and with Derek.I liked Mira, a very relatable character, sh...
  • Empress Reads
    1970-01-01
    Mira Mira in the house! Lol I loved this story. A story of a girl finding herself despite the disappointments and distractions in her life. I thought that Mira was relatable. Her love for her sister l, yet the underlying resentment is possibly one of the most honest things about a sister relationship. This how story seemed very real to me. The descriptions being connected to music spoke to me, and I’m not as deep into music as some. Some of the...
  • Michelle Leonard
    1970-01-01
    Overall an OK read but I got stuck on a few things. Being biracial myself, I had a hard time with the way Hecker handled mixed-race heritage. I will not go into major details but it felt sloppy. I did love Mira’s sense of self even when she was uncertain about her situation. This is a great book for music-minded folks. I felt a little lost by the musical descriptions at times. Hecker does a good job showing the complexities of teenage life.
  • Donnajo
    1970-01-01
    I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book.When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker, a new to me author. A story of Family, secrets, music, DJing. Great character development and I love the cover of the book. I look forward to checking out more books by this author.