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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
Moving from New York to the Midwest with her parents for seven months is the last thing 15-year-old Melissa Jensen wants. She's going to miss her school and the Midwest sounds somewhat unexciting. To her surprise, she comes to like it and finds it hard to resist the charm of the beautiful house they stay in, her new school with the famous drama teacher and fantastic orchestra, and the amazing Daniel Goodman, who is Jewish and super attractive. What she's not expecting is the presence of antisemitism in the school. Being Jewish herself and seeing her Jewish crush get bullied for being one, Melissa must act and make the right decision. Eileen Bluestone Sherman shines a light on discrimination in The Violin Players with an enthralling narrative.
Being aware of the effects of one's actions from the receiving end's perspective is a strong catalyst for positive change, and Eileen Bluestone Sherman delivers this experience with a spunky and heartwarming high school storyline. I felt the excitement from the very first page, and it kept me glued until the end. The cheerfulness of the main protagonist is depicted in her electric conversations with the other characters and in her love for things like poker, acting, violin, and baseball. The Violin Players progresses with a jovial tone and a little tension, which climaxes dramatically towards the end. I loved the characters in general, and it's easy to connect with them.
I was impressed when I found out that The Violin Players is narrated by the author. Not only does she write a great story, but she also does a splendid job of narrating it. I feel it's an excellent idea because it brings a closer experience to what the writer had in mind when creating the characters. Eileen Bluestone Sherman narrates so well that I knew every character by the way she changes her voice and expressions to portray them. The Violin Players is narrated so vibrantly and animatedly that the moods of the storyline and the narration harmonize perfectly. The good sound quality and the soft music that plays at the beginning also make the listening enjoyable. I had a fantastic time!