Unwritten Melody by Tessa Emily Hall

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

Does breaking free require breaking the rules?

Cassie Gilbert lives every day in the shadows of her deceased mom’s rebellion. But now that she’s seventeen, she finds herself longing to break away from her grandmother’s suffocating rules, experience what it’s like to be a regular teenager, and fulfill her songwriting dreams.

James Russo, former American Spotlight contestant, escapes to small town Willow Creek, SC hoping to flee from his tarnished past. When a school project pairs him with the principal’s shy granddaughter, he’s determined to get to know this Emily-Dickinson-obsessed and typewriter-using girl. His plan? Convince Cassie to co-write songs for his demo album.

As Cassie gets to know James over “project meetings” (more like opportunities to match her lyrics with his melodies), she becomes intrigued by his sense of adventure and contagious passion for music. But soon, his past becomes exposed. Cassie’s left to wonder—did she make the same mistake Mom did by falling for the bad boy?

Then, Grandma’s control pushes her over the edge. Cassie must choose between remaining in the chains of yesterday, or delving into her own freedom by completing the melody her mom left behind.


Beautifully woven together in this story is the healing power of music and all-too-real life issues, confronting the problems of depression in a way that provides hope and endurance.

Unwritten Melody follows the high-school life of Cassie and her desire to be free of her Grandma’s control, without hurting those she loves in the process. I love that Cassie is a model of how one should act in conflicting and unfair situations rather than being that character who we use as an example of how not to act; she is sweet, passionate, and extremely humble in all of her actions and I genuinely loved reading about her.

Cassie’s and James’ story inspires the readers to follow their dreams earnestly, but to always remember that our decisions affect those around us, and especially those closest to us. I give Unwritten Melody a full 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to readers who are looking for a clean romance, with enough “real life issues” to keep the story going.

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