All the Right Notes

Forever: Grand Central. Jun. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9781538725382. pap. $15.99. LGBTQIA+ ROMANCE
DEBUT A hometown concert becomes a second chance for two estranged friends to reunite and rediscover their rhythm in this musical romance filled with love and pride. Piano prodigy Quito Cruz hasn’t composed original songs in years and focuses on his enduring accompanist career in New York. When his father, a retired music teacher, insists he fly home to the Bay Area and help with a choir charity show, Quito can’t say no. Likewise, he has to fulfill his dad’s request to invite superstar actor Emmett Aoki, Quito’s high school best friend and musical partner, up until they left things on a bad note in college. But when Emmett signs on for the choir show, performing the songs they know by heart might be the key to opening up to each other again. With a relatable queer protagonist, this uplifting book portrays the power of owning one’s truth. Heartfelt, poignant writing and iconic supporting characters boost Quito’s story. The friends-to-lovers trope is wonderfully accomplished, full of sweet yearning and perfect harmony.
VERDICT A lyrical, romantic debut with tender, moving notes about Filipino American families and queer love stories. Perfect for fans of Casey McQuiston and Alexis Hall, this is a must-have for library shelves.
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