Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love.
Two weeks before the most important violin competition of her career, she has bigger things to worry about—like growing out of that suffocating “child prodigy” label, and not disappointing her mother.
But it isn’t just the wrong time. It’s the wrong guy. Jeremy is Carmen’s most talented rival, and according to her mother, he’s only interested in one thing: winning.
He isn’t the only one.
Carmen is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to control performance nerves. But what started a year ago as an easy fix is now a hungry addiction. Carmen is too terrified to quit, but sick of not feeling anything on stage, sick of doing what she’s told.
Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall….
Praise for Virtuosity
A Kirkus Starred Review: “Martinez brings this overwrought world to tense, quivering life and guides readers through it confidently. A brilliant debut.” full review
“An intoxicating blend of passion, vulnerability, and the desire to have it all, no matter the cost. A mesmerizing read.” –Lauren Myracle, bestselling author of Shine and ttyl
“Passionate and true, Virtuosity sings from first page to last. I followed Carmen’s intense journey through obsession, heartbreak, and self-discovery as if her struggles and triumphs were my own.” –Sarah Ockler, author of Fixing Delilah and Twenty Boy Summer
“Beautiful writing, a swoon-worthy romance, and tension that will keep you turning the pages. Virtuosity is pitch-perfect.” –Lauren Barnholdt, author of Sometimes It Happens and Two-Way Street
“Heartfelt, gripping, and unflinchingly authentic. Virtuosity will change the way you think about music.” –Antony John, author of Five Flavors of Dumb