book review

The Astrid Notes | Taryn Bashford



Astrid Bell 
Dutiful daughter. Classical singer. Secret pop songwriter. And suffering from stage fright.

Jacob Skalicky. 
Trust-fund kid. Indie singer. Immensely gifted performer. And refusing to sing again.

Are they polar opposites? In his grief and fury at the world, Jacob certainly thinks so.

But when Jacob loses everything and Astrid uncovers a shocking family secret, they may need each other to make sense of their lives.


I’ve been lucky enough to read some great books so far this year, ones that make you feel so many emotions all at once, and The Astrid Notes was one of those.

We follow the story of Jacob, a lead singer in a band, who loses everything. He stops doing everything that he loves, and just completely loses himself in his grief, completely shutting himself off to anyone and everyone, and in a while just sliding through life at that moment, and not really living it fully.

One the other side is Astrid, an opera singer, managed by her dad, not really living the normal teenage lifestyle so to speak, not going out, having fun or discovering herself. After losing people she has loved, she doesn’t want to disappoint her dad or those who have left her behind. Astrid also struggles with wanting to keep her dad happy, all the while stopping herself from being who she really wants to be and doing what she really wants to do and loves.

With Astrid and Jacob being brought together, they bring out the best in each other, and push each other to be who they really want to be.

I loved everything about this. How both Astrid and Jacob are so similar in ways, but yet so different. The exploration of grief, and how each individual handles it differently, and how two completely different people can come together and heal each other.

The Astrid Notes was beautifully written, heartfelt, sad and beautiful all at the same time, and I will be definitely picking up Taryn’s other book, The Harper Effect.


* Thank you to the amazing team at Macmillan Aus for sending me a copy of this book to read and review.


Book details:

Publication: 23/07/19

Imprint: Pan Australia

Format: B-Format Paperback

RRP: $16.99 AUD

ISBN: 9781760556440


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