Behind the Bars, the first beautiful and emotional standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!
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, she was the darkest storm.
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.
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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My Review: 5/5
Brittainy Cherry has done it again. I am a huge fan of her Elements series, so when I learned she was starting a new series (The Music Street Series), I was so excited! Behind the Bars is another emotional, tug at your heartstrings book that I highly recommend.
This one had a somewhat slow start for me, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. We are introduced to Jasmine, a rising pop singer who is doing everything she can to please her mother. When she finally attends public school for the first time in her life, she finally starts to feel happy. Her paths soon cross Elliot, a skinny, scrawny boy whose daily life includes being bullied. After hearing him play the saxophone on a street corner, she is instantly enthralled and has decided to make it her mission to do whatever it takes to stop him from being bullied.
After they form a deep friendship, her life is turned upside down has her mother has informed her they are moving across the world to pursue her music career. Promising to keep in touch forever, Jasmine and Elliot write each other, until a tragic event occurs pulling Elliot into a hole that will take next to a miracle for him to come out of.
This book is somewhat different that the author’s other books. While the love story between Jasmine and Elliot is the highlight, there are other relationships also being developed. I was surprised to discover the story line that touched me the most was the one between Jasmine and her dad, Ray.
I loved this book. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Of course the disappointing aspect is now I have to wait awhile for her next book!