Private Lessons

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In a standout debut for the #MeToo era, a young pianist devotes herself to her art — and to the demanding, charismatic teacher she idolizes.

After seventeen-year-old Claire Alalay’s father's death, only music has helped her channel her grief. Claire likes herself best when she plays his old piano, a welcome escape from the sadness — and her traditional Filipino mother’s prayer groups. In the hopes of earning a college scholarship, Claire auditions for Paul Avon, a prominent piano teacher, who agrees to take Claire as a pupil. Soon Claire loses herself in Paul’s world and his way of digging into a composition’s emotional core. She practices constantly, foregoing a social life, but no matter how hard she works or how well she plays, it seems impossible to gain Paul’s approval, let alone his affection.

Author Cynthia Salaysay composes a moving, beautifully written portrait of rigorous perfectionism, sexual awakening, and the challenges of self-acceptance. Timely and vital, Private Lessons delves into a complicated student/teacher relationship, as well as class and cultural differences, with honesty and grace.

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  • sarah xoxo

    dnf at 50%I think this book is a classic case of it's not you, it's me.I went into this book with certain expectations in mind, and when they weren't realised I was disappointed. For some context, I h...

  • Kristi

    Private Lessons by Cynthia Salaysay is not a feel great sunshiny book. I don’t think the author intended it to be so. It’s a story about Claire, a piano protégé’ who falls prey to her instruct...

  • its.me.the.bibliophile

    **Thank you to NetGalley, the author, & the publisher for a chance to read & review an E-ARC of this novel!**This was a surprisingly intense read with important themes of overcoming hardships, grief, ...

  • Toya

    The more time I've had to sit and think about this book, the more I realize that this one really just wasn't for me. It has to do more with the writing rather than the specific content. Claire is a fi...

  • Shealea

    The tl;dr is that the book isn't terrible, but the main character certainly is. Full review to follow.I received a physical ARC of Private Lessons from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...

  • Nursebookie

    This story is about Claire and her struggles with losing a parent, her relationship with her very traditional Filipino mother, and about a new piano teacher in this complex student/teacher relationshi...

  • Jane

    Interesting YA novel about a Filipino-American teenager, Claire, who is a whiz at playing the piano. In order to get into a good college, she becomes the student of a noted piano teacher. She hopes to...

  • Yna the Mood Reader

    Looks like an intriguing read. Thank you so much Candlewick Press and Netgalley for the ARC.I'm very excited to read this Filipino #OwnVoices rep....

  • Sofia S.

    Thank you to netgalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and please remember my review is not in any way a personal attack against the autho...

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of PRIVATE LESSONS by Cynthia Salaysay in exchange for my honest review.***2.5 STARSI loved the premise for PRIVATE LESSONS. The scenario o...