The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

Hi All!  It’s Becky, again.  I loved Bill Konigsberg’s Openly Straight series so I was excited when I found the audio book for his newest novel on Overdrive.  I had high hopes for this book and I was not disappointed.

35442700.jpgTitle: The Music of What Happens
Author: Bill Konigsberg
Note: I listened to the audio book.

Summary: Max and Jordan attend the same school but they live in entirely different worlds.  Max is a star athlete who is popular and likes to hang out with his buddies from the baseball team.  Jordan is a little emo and spends most of his time with his best friends who happen to be girls.  The two are thrown together when Max signs on to work on Jordan’s family food truck and they very quickly form a connection that moves beyond their different social positions and may end in love.

Review: It’s difficult to write about this book without giving away major plot points but I’m going to try.  I was quite taken with this story of two teens trying to find their place in the world and stumbling upon love.  Max and Jordon each have complex backstories that help build them into great characters.  Konigsberg gave each of them carefully crafted back stories which made them and the book diverse and richly developed.  Max is dealing with prejudice based on his Mexican ancestry while also dealing with his father’s absent and being destroyed by a horrible secret.  Jordan hasn’t dealt with the death of his father and now must come to terms with his mother who can’t function and the possibility that they could lose their family homes.  The two characters and their stories feel like polar opposites but they fit together like perfect puzzle pieces to create a realistic fiction book that raises questions about race, consent, and societal perceptions in way that is perfect for it’s intended audience.  It is a book that is a sweet love story about people who have been battered but are not broken going through a difficult part of their life that when the novel completes leaves you wanting another chapter.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

 

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