Review: Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Review: Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. CherryBehind the Bars (Music Street, #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry
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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.
Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.And in a flash, she was gone.
Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.
Caged.
Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.
When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.When we met again, I became her darkest storm.

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“You’re the music in a mute world, and my heart beats because you’re here.”

 

Brittany Cherry writes beautiful, amazing books, that’s a fact. She’s definitely on of my all time favorites and an instant one-click. Her stories are so real and amazing, and her writing is just beautiful and moving. This one is no exception. This book is about live, love, loss and ,music.

 

“I noticed the loneliness most, because I knew the distinct look. I’d been lonely my whole life, and Elliott’s stare mirrored my own.”

 

I’m not sure I can make this story justice with words, so I’m keeping it short and sweet. I mean it this time. You need to read this one, it’s simply beautiful. This story spans a few years and recounts a true friendship between kindred spirits that have been through so much in life. Music is what kept them going and how they connected.

 

“When Elliott had his music, his soul was free. Because of jazz, Elliott was able to breathe.”

 

I loved Jasmine and Elliott, their friendship was everything, and as adult, they chemistry was off the charts.

 

“I wondered if she knew I’d dreamed of someone like her, and I wondered if she’d dreamed of someone like me, too.”

 

“So that’s what it’s supposed to feel like. That’s how my heart is supposed to beat.  This is love.”

 

This book is so much more than a love story. Actually, the love story is the least important part of it. It’s so much more, it’s about all these characters, and their stories. The seconhdary characters are as important. And I loved them all, Ray, Laura, Katie, Jason, and TJ. I would say TJ was as central to the story as Jazz and Elliott. Loved it!

 

“Because of her, I lived again. Because of her, I smiled. Because of her, I was freed from behind the bars of my darkest days. And I’d spend the rest of our lives showing her my love through every single song that lived within me.”

 

“My lover, my friend, my beginnings, my ends. He was everything I wanted to have and everything I had thought I’d never witness again.”

 

So, like I said, short and sweet. This was amazing. I don’t know how she does it, but Brittainy brings it every single time. All the emotions and feels. She’s a very special soul, just like her characters. I absolutely recommend this one!

 

I leave you with some more favorite quotes cause I’ve highlighted a ton…

 

“I like you a lot, Jazz…more than music.”

 

“Where have you been? What makes you cry? What makes you smile? What do you do for a living? Did you miss me? I missed you.”

 

“I don’t know how to exist around you,”

 

“So small, so tiny, so real. Love. I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with a quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who not only sheltered me but cared for me when he didn’t have to at all. I hadn’t known much about love, I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goosebumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared, was someone worth loving for the second time ever. I knew Elliott Adams was love, and I was falling into him so fast. Truth was, I had never fallen out of love with him. Only this time, unlike before, I refused to let him go.”

 

Closure was an odd concept. In my mind, I always believed closure came when both parties spoke from their hearts, and let go together. I thought there couldn’t be full closure if one party wasn’t willing to open up and express their truths, but that wasn’t what closure was—not really. Closure wasn’t a fairy-tale ending with equal goodbyes. Closure was simply one person finding their voice, their own strength, and learning to let go by themselves. Closure was one person writing the ending to a very toxic song, and never replaying it in their souls. The best kind of closure was being brave enough to start a new song with new lyrics and a beautiful melody.

 

“You were, are, and will always be my Jazz. You are every beat, every note, every bar. You are the lyrics, the harmony, and the melody. You were, are, and always will be my favorite song.”

 

 

**An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review**

 

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Excerpt:

By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked.

“I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly.

“What? How? Why?”

He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.”

“What was it?”

“It doesn’t matter.”

“Eli,” I started.

He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.”

I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth.

Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.”

I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.”

“I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.”

He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him.

And there it was.

So small, so tiny, so real.

Love.

It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it.

I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to.

I knew Elliott Adams was love.

And I was falling into him so fast.
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About Brittainy C. Cherry

Brittainy Cherry has been in love with words since the day she took her first breath. She graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to take part in writing screenplays, acting, and dancing–poorly of course. Coffee, chai tea, and wine are three things that she thinks every person should partake in! Brittainy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her family. When she’s not running a million errands and crafting stories, she’s probably playing with her adorable pets.

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