I remember when Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne was requestable on Edelweiss some time ago and I was, for a while, considering requesting it. I can’t quite recall what influenced my decision not to do so, but it did still end up on my TBR at least. I’m not exactly big on stories about musical geniuses. To date, I can only really recall one that I enjoyed enough to spend time with it more than once and that was August Rush. I tend to enjoy films more than books when it comes to those centered around characters whose lives involve music. Something about this one really captured my attention though and I will admit that a part of me is interested because of the interracial relationship. It’s rare for me, as someone in an interracial relationship, to come across stories that represent that. To this day I’m still frustrated that Disney only shows interracial relationships where the girl is a person of color (e.g. Esmerelda and Pocahontas). And while I am fully aware that this is a small complaint in terms of how others have lacked representation, it’s still nice to see it sometimes.
Night Music features two characters whose lives center around music, one the daughter of a musical genius who manages to flub her audition to the music school he is part of and the other a musical genius who dreams of working under her father, his hero. Naturally, there is a romance involved but in this case it also triggers a discussion regarding racial separation, which in and of itself is something I’m glad to see coming up more often in novels rather than hidden in the shadows so racists can pretend these tensions don’t exist when they do.
A romantic comedy that sweeps you up with breezy writing and canny social commentary, set behind the scenes of the classical music world during one hot, anything-can-happen, New York City summer
Ruby has always been Ruby Chertok future classical pianist, heir to the Chertok family legacy, daughter of renowned composer Martin Chertok. But after bungling her audition for the prestigious Amberley School of Music–where her father is on faculty–Ruby is suddenly just . . . Ruby. And who is that again? All she knows is that she wants out of the orbit of her relentlessly impressive family, and away from the world of classical music for good. Yes? Yes.
Oscar is a wunderkind, a musical genius. Just ask any of the 1.8 million people who’ve watched him conduct his own compositions on YouTube–or hey, just ask Oscar. But while he might be the type who’d name himself when asked about his favorite composer and somehow make you love him more for it, Oscar is not the type to jeopardize his chance to study under the great Martin Chertok–not for a crush. He’s all too aware of how the ultra-privileged, ultra-white world of classical music might interpret a black guy like him falling for his benefactor’s white daughter. Right? Right.
But as the New York City summer heats up, so does the spark between Ruby and Oscar. Soon their connection crackles with the same alive, uncontainable energy as the city itself. But can two people still figuring themselves out figure out how to be together? Or will the world make the choice for them?
What are your feelings about this novel so far? Do you think you’d like to read it or is it one you’d prefer not to read?