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Muted

Book - 2021 | First edition
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"For seventeen-year-old Denver, music is everything. Writing, performing, and her ultimate goal: escaping her very small, very white hometown. So Denver is more than ready on the day she and her best friends Dali and Shak sing their way into the orbit of the biggest R&B star in the world, Sean Mercury Ellis. Merc gives them everything: parties, perks, wild nights -- plus hours and hours in the recording studio. Even the painful sacrifices and the lies the girls have to tell are all worth it. Until they're not."-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2021
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781338673524
1338673521
Call Number: y CHARLES 2021
Characteristics: 383 pages ; 22 cm

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For seventeen-year-old Denver, music is everything. Writing, performing, and her ultimate goal: escaping her very small, very white hometown. So Denver is more than ready on the day she and her best friends Dali and Shak sing their way into the orbit of the biggest R&B star in the world, Sean... Read More »


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TeensReadItFirst2 Apr 25, 2021

Reviewed by Jack L.

Muted is a novel inspired by true events written by Tami Charles. This novel becomes more suspenseful and mysterious as the storyline progresses. Muted is written in a format one does not see everyday, written with powerful language, and the plot is engaging to the reader.
Muted is written so that each page contains sections rather than paragraphs. The sentences were direct and quick for the reader to understand. The author’s sentences were descriptive, depicting an image into the reader’s mind. “The mirror reflected the whole mess of me. Satin bonnet, sliding down swollen curls, white-hot tears against crimson cheeks, a tornado of a girl dipped in deep thought. “(240) When reading this section, a miserable and lost girl can be seen in the reader’s mind.
I had enjoyed how Muted built up suspense as the storyline progressed. The plot would constantly take unexpected turns, causing the reader to wonder what would happen next. This made the novel more intense and was what kept the reader engaged with the novel.
I would give Muted a 4/5. I enjoyed the suspense as it was what caused me to want to continue reading, but I found that the novel had started to drag along, with similar scenarios constantly repeating. Muted was written descriptively, and the format was fun to read as it was new to me.

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Boots_1982
Mar 26, 2021

This book is GREAT capital G.R.E.A.T!

TeensReadItFirst Mar 10, 2021

Reviewed by Kicy W.

Muted, a novel in verse written by Tami Charles, delineates the cost of becoming famous in the music industry in modern day society. Charles vividly narrates the internal struggles of the main character, Denver Lafleur, between choosing her dream and her family. Personally, one of the major themes in the novel is the vulnerability of colored girls. Charles explores how girls of color are prone to sexual violence in music industries. She reveals the most honest and terrible things done to the helpless in the novel. Perhaps, the structure of this novel is a double-edged sword; the verse structure provided the readers the beauty of music, but made the plot a bit fast paced. A lot of the time, things just happened too fast for me to really engage myself in the novel. In my opinion, another aspect that lacked from the novel was the depiction of characters and sceneries. Throughout the novel, the author did not portray each character and setting as explicitly as it should have been, leaving the readers curious about the appearance of characters and different locations. Putting aside my personal opinions, this novel definitely depicts the brilliance of one’s dream in the face of adversities, especially for inferior groups whose voices are always muted in today’s society. I would give this novel a 3.5 out of 5.

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darladoodles
Jan 22, 2021

Be careful what you wish for. Denver and her two besties have a dream of becoming the next Destiny's Child. They hatch a plan to play their demo for Sean "Mercury" Ellis (Merc) when he performs in a concert near their home. A rollercoaster ride begins as the three are invited to sing their original songs in Merc's recording studio -- with his name on the credits. Told in verse, this new release shows the shadowy side of the music business and how fame may not be all its cracked up to be. The format worked well and lent itself to the seamless introduction of Denver's original lyrics. Would like to hear how this is done in audio form. As a parent my heart hurts for the way Mercury separates his chosen ones from those who love them.

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