When the Beat Drops

When the Beat Drops

Seventeen-year-old Mira has always danced to her own beat. A music prodigy in a family of athletes, she’d rather play trumpet than party—and with her audition to a prestigious jazz conservatory just around the corner (and her two best friends at music camp without her), she plans to spend the summer focused on jazz and nothing else.

She only goes to the warehouse party in a last-ditch effort to bond with her older sister. Instead, she falls in love with dance music, DJing…and Derek, a gorgeous promoter who thinks he can make her a star. Suddenly trumpet practice and old friendships are taking a backseat to packed dance floors, sun-soaked music festivals, outsized personalities, and endless beats.

But when a devastating tragedy plunges her golden summer into darkness, Mira discovers just how little she knows about her new boyfriend, her old friends, and even her own sister. Music is what brought them together…but will it also tear them apart?

Title:When the Beat Drops
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781510733343
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About Anna Hecker

Anna Hecker grew up at the dead end of a dirt road in Vermont. She holds an MFA from The New School and spent a decade writing ad copy and chasing beats before returning to fiction, her first love. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and fluffy bundle of glamor, Cat Benatar. Follow her @HeckerBooks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


    When the Beat Drops Reviews

  • Jessica

    I received this book for free as part of BookSparks’ YA Summer Reading Challenge.Going into this book, I didn’t have very high expectations. I thought it was just going to be an average contempora...

  • Cora ? Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Music, family, love, secrets, hope.Well boy, that was a ride. And one I wasn't expecting.I requested this on impulse on NetGalley based on the cover because music is like catnip in books for ...

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    Music is a topic that I always seem to enjoy in books, so I was not surprised that I enjoyed When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker so much. This book is all about DJing, which I have never read before. T...

  • Colleen's Conclusions

    I received When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. That had no impact on my thoughts. My thoughts are my own.Maaaaan that was a good story. I wasn't sure w...

  • Zo ?

    Wow. This book was such a surprise!The story is so unique and it’s really interesting to read about someone who has a heart for music. I also appreciated that the darker side of the music industry w...

  • Julia Rubin

    I enjoyed this debut so, so much, and the ending had me in tears. As a huge music fan and a sister, all of it rang true for me, and every note felt pitch perfect, every character so real and relatable...

  • Jena

    "This beat is everywhere, percussion lines woven together in colorful tonal textile before unraveling just enough to keep the crowd on their toes, hints of distorted cello and bright, pure vibra-phone...

  • Cheryl

    Readers of young adult books will enjoy this book. The lead character, Mina was relatable and interesting. Although, I didn't like that she easily and quickly brushed off her best friends for the new ...

  • Mischa Thrace

    As someone who has no real interest in music, I was unexpectedly taken in by Mira’s passion - don’t let a lack of knowledge or interest in the music scene stop you from enjoying this heartfelt deb...

  • April Mathes

    “Mira, Mira, on the wall, who’s the dopest of them all?” So first off I want to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read this. I was immediately taken by Mira. She’s awkward, sma...