Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 6 - 8Grades 3 - 4n/a4.044390
A "sweet story of two different loners finding their counterpoint" (School Library Journal) from a star of state master and children's choice lists making her YA debut. Clean YA with the emotional resonancy of John Green and Sarah Dessen.

On odd days, Tripp Broody uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat-up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.

On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she’s trying to become even more perfect—she’s already a straight-A student and an award-winning cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him in between the strings of the guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected.

What starts as a series of snippy notes quickly blossoms into the sharing of interests and secrets and dreams, and the forging of a very unlikely friendship.

Challenging each other to write songs, they begin to connect, even though circumstances threaten to tear them apart.

From beloved author Mary Amato comes a YA novel of wit and wisdom, both heartfelt and heart­breaking, about the power of music and the unexpected chords that draw us together.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on July 24, 2012 by EgmontUSA
ISBN-10: 1606841246
ISBN-13: 9781606841242
4 Book Reviews
  • hummingbird1
    hummingbird1about 4 years55 starsFeatured
    When I saw Guitar Notes on the shelf in the library, I picked it up without a clue what it was about. I had no idea how much I would love it. Tripp Broody loves to play the guitar, but his mom took his guitar away. When he plays his guitar, he always feels happy and in his own magical place. So he uses the practice room on odd calendar days. Lyla Marks is the best cellist in the school, and has won multiple awards for her spectacular playing. She, however, isn't happy when she plays, but with the pressure of her dad, best friend Annie, and her reputation of being the best, continues to enter contests and play the cello. She uses the same practice room as Tripp on even calendar days. Soon, Tripp and Lyla start leaving notes for each other, and those notes grow into a big friendship between them. Both of their lives are changed forever because of the friendship that no one would have thought Lyla and Tripp could have. Guitar Notes is a great book. I really like how it shows how two very different people connect in such an amazing way. I would recommend this book to boys and girls ages 10+.
    • mandapanda1118
      mandapanda1118about 7 years55 stars
      I was hesitant to read this at first, because it used extremely easy words and wasn't a challenge, but I loved it. It was the best book I have read all year. Anyone know if there's a sequel?
      • skyspark
        skysparkalmost 8 years
        this is a really good book it really got me to think about a lot of things and you keep on saying what is going to happen next when you read this book.
        • sshaeffer
          Mrs. Shaefferalmost 8 years55 stars
          This entire story is told in the form of notes that two students leave for each other in a guitar left in a music practice room at their school. The book is both funny and sweet. An extra plus is a website where you can listen to the songs composed by the two young people.