Pub Date 15 May 2018
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It's time to face the music.
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 play ball—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 love with dance music, DJing... and Derek, a gorgeous promoter who thinks he can make her a star. Suddenly, trumpet practice and old friendships are taking a back seat to packed dance floors and sun-soaked music festivals, outsized personalities and endless beats.
But when a devastating tragedy plunges her golden summer into darkness, Mira discovers just how little she knows about her new boyfriend, her old friends, and even her own sister. Music brought them together. Will it also tear them apart?
"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
“When the Beat Drops is an electric debut—it flutters with music, pulses with family tensions, and deftly explores the often-treacherous search for identity. Captivating and intensely relatable.”
—Sarah Nicole Smetana, author of The Midnights
"A vibrant and intoxicating debut about fitting in (and learning to stand out) in the most unlikely places. When the Beat Drops transported me to the dance floor— and made me never want to leave!"
—Jessica Pennington, author of Love Songs & Other Lies