Someday, Somewhere by Lindsay Champion is a really engaging romantic story with it’s darker parts, that will probably sweep you away.
Dominique is a high school junior from a gritty neighborhood in Trenton, where she and her mom are barely getting by.
Ben is a musical prodigy from the Upper East Side, a violinist at a top conservatory with obsessive talent and a brilliant future.
When Dom’s class is taken to hear a concert at Carnegie Hall, she expects to be bored out of her mind. But then she sees the boy in the front row playing violin like his life depends on it — and she is transfixed.
Posing as an NYU student, Dom sneaks back to New York City to track down Ben Tristan, a magnetic genius who whisks her into a fantasy world of jazz clubs and opera, infatuation and possibility. Each sees something in the other that promises to complete them.
As Dom’s web of lies grows, though, so does Ben’s obsessive need to conquer Beethoven’s famous Kreutzer Sonata. But Ben’s genius, which captivates Dominique, conceals a secret, and the challenges of her life may make it difficult to help him.
Alternating perspectives and an unreliable narrator create suspense and momentum, romance and heartbreak. Author Lindsay Champion’s deep roots in theater and music are evident on every page — structured like a sonata with hints of West Side Story, her debut novel hits all the right notes.
Someday, Somewhere is not just the cute contemporary romance story it seems it is. It starts off with some insta-love, which was a little too much for me but it was also kinda cute in a way. Ben and Dominique are drawn to each other and what follows is a whirlwind romance, but there are also other things going on. The story is also about mental illness, poverty and race.
“Ben was music. And that’s the thing about music, I guess. It begins, it consumes you and then it ends.“
Dominique is mixed-race and from a poor background, and Ben is white and has never known what it’s like to not have money. The characters are very different in background which is a topic often addressed in the book, and yet they have such amazing chemistry. I loved reading their conversations, but I also loved reading their individual perspectives. Neither of the characters is 100% good, Dom (short for Dominique) is dishonest and Ben is a bit arrogant and chaotic, but both are passionate and lovely characters to read about.
“I crack myself open and pour everything tender and passionate and vulnerable out into a pool across the stage to counteract all the nerves and terror, sweat and fear. I can’t make everything sound right, but I can turn the notes on the page into music. That’s what I always do. That’s what everyone expects me to do.”
This is one of those books that just sweeps you away. While I was reading, I just forgot about everything, even time and I could keep reading forever if the book was that long. I can’t really put my finger on what it was that made this book so engaging, maybe the writing style, maybe the story, but it was so amazing. It also made me remember that books actually can do that, because it’s not something that happens often with me. I’m not a binge reader, but this book made me one.
She’s flowy and messy and jumbled, but in this totally beautiful way. Like Jazz.
I am giving this book 4 stars, because it was a really fun book that also had some darker and less joyful parts. It was happy but also sad, so don’t go into this book thinking you’re just going to read a cute contemporary! The book reminded me a lot of The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon, because it is similar in many ways. So I definitely recommend it if you liked that!