Saturday, April 30, 2016

Client Success: 'Musical Youth' by Joanne C. Hillhouse

I provided full developmental editing, line editing and proofreading for the young adult novel, Musical Youth, written by Antiguan author Joanne C. Hillhouse. The manuscript earned Hillhouse second place in the 2014 CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. Since its publication in 2014, the book has received some great reviews. Here are a few of them:

"Musical Youth is an entertaining read that reminds teenagers that they will survive their troubles. The writing is vivid; the characters are credible; the idea of using music as a thread to tie the characters together is brilliant. Hillhouse captures the angst of teenage love without being sappy or condescending."

    -Debbie Jacobs in the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian (Read the full review here.)

"Hillhouse speaks directly to young readers, but with concerns of colourism, class clashes, and society’s skewed expectations for boys and girls. There are no missteps in this tender coming-of-age romance, only an enthusiasm for love and life that reverberates triumphantly..."

    -Shivanee Ramlochan in Caribbean Beat (Read the full review here.)

"Brimful with resonant notes on first-time courtships; adolescent discovery; tightly-knit friendships and the rewards of discipline, Musical Youth deserves multiple encores — this is one young adult pick you’ll want to savour several times over."

    -Sunhead Magazine (Read the full review here.)