Rating: 4.5 / 5
Books in verse have been new for me in the past couple years since I read Elizabeth Acevedo’s THE POET X, but I love getting the opportunity to pick up a physical copy along with the audiobook to both see the text on the page and hear the rhythm of the words. I didn’t know much about MUTED by Tami Charles, but I managed to pick up a copy just before my local library shut down for renovations and managed to get the audio as well. I had seen a few favorable reviews but didn’t know much else (which worked out well since it turns out I needed to read a new to me BIPOC author in March!).
MUTED follows Denver, a young woman for whom music is her ultimate goal. She writes and performs and has big dreams. Along with her best friends, Denver makes a bold move that catches the eye of a big music star and soon their dreams seem to be coming true. Behind the glitz and glamor of music stardom, soon the girls realize that things aren’t always so great. Denver is torn between reaching her dreams and making choices to protect herself.
I think knowing very little about this book going into it is probably for the best. This one kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I am not one to follow the world of R&B stars, but I can certainly imagine the draw of big names, big parties and big potential that these young women face. That the blurb says this is inspired by true events sadly doesn’t shock me.
Denver’s voice in her music and in the prose of the book is powerful and she is a fantastic character to follow. The book looks at a darker side to the music industry and the impacts that world has on family, friendship and identity. This book took some twists that I did not foresee and I loved that about it! I really enjoyed the audio format as well and it was great to hear the prose narrated by the author herself. This wound up being one of my favorite reads in March!
I highly recommend this one to people who enjoy a powerful narrative and I would absolutely recommend picking up the audio for this one!
#AroundTheYearIn52Books – a book by a new-to-you BIPOC author