Someday, Somewhere

Lindsay Champion. KCP Loft, $17.99 (280p) ISBN 978-1-77138-931-0
In this New York story with clear allusions to West Side Story, Ben, a violin prodigy studying at a music conservatory, and Dominique, a young woman fascinated by his talent, fall for each other hard and fast. After Dominique sees Ben play at Carnegie Hall during a class trip, she conspires with her best friend, Cass, to find a way to meet him. When her plan works, she tells him that she’s an NYU student, though she’s still in high school. Ben is smitten and puts up flyers around the city looking for her (because they hadn’t exchanged numbers). Champion alternates between Ben and Dominique’s perspectives, emphasizing the different city lives they lead. Ben’s narrative unfolds in the high-stakes world of conservatory music; Dominique, meanwhile, lives in Trenton, N.J., where she helps her family make ends meet by working in her mother’s laundromat. Champion, in her debut novel, effectively balances a whirlwind romance with sobering realities: it’s not Dominique’s dishonesty that derails the couple’s happiness, but Ben’s mental illness, which is sensitively unveiled over the course of the novel. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/26/2018
Release date: 04/03/2018
Paperback - 280 pages - 978-1-5253-0042-4
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