This was an enchanting read I was pleased that a caribbean author dealt so sensitively with the subject of young love and the social problem of skin bleaching There was romance not sex.There was family values being highlighted In fact, it was a well structured journey of young people discovering themselves as well as learning to value others for who they are.It was a time machine It took me back to yesteryear when young people engaaged in romance rather than indulging in sex primarily Shaka This was an enchanting read I was pleased that a caribbean author dealt so sensitively with the subject of young love and the social problem of skin bleaching There was romance not sex.There was family values being highlighted In fact, it was a well structured journey of young people discovering themselves as well as learning to value others for who they are.It was a time machine It took me back to yesteryear when young people engaaged in romance rather than indulging in sex primarily Shaka and Zahara are a positive role model to young people getting to know each other and dealing with the various issues with which they are confronted Thank you Miss Hillhouse, for such an engaging well done piece It left me with a smile on my face Musical youth a novel well deserving of its five stars, though i don t usually read such novels this one was seemingly able to entice me into reading it by reading its summary i sensed a latent message within the book, and by reading it the message it held for me was revealed I shall not divulge what I was taught from this novel for I believe that it holds a message for anyone who reads it and so I say to anyone reading my review that you need not take my word for it, do read musical youth This was a sweet coming of age romance I found myself saying awwww way too often Shaka is the guy who falls hard for his girl and his animated crew lives the romance with him Zahara is complicated but the music frees her, each cord brings her to herself Many times in Caribbean books you reminisce about how your childhood compared and Pappy was it for me holding everyone and everything together with simple finesse that you didn t even notice it Grandparents are wonderful I have to admit th This was a sweet coming of age romance I found myself saying awwww way too often Shaka is the guy who falls hard for his girl and his animated crew lives the romance with him Zahara is complicated but the music frees her, each cord brings her to herself Many times in Caribbean books you reminisce about how your childhood compared and Pappy was it for me holding everyone and everything together with simple finesse that you didn t even notice it Grandparents are wonderful I have to admit that I was once weary of reading Caribbean fiction because they tend to get dark quickly and I don t read books to be depressed I am pleased to say that Joanne s Musical Youth was refreshing and uplifting Write on Joanne, write on This is one the best coming of age books I have come across There is young innocent romance where both boy and girl are happy holding hands Respect for elders and elders who respect the teens Gaining confidence and awareness that people who are perfect are just people.It also covers Antigua, its slavery past and its battling economy It also covers the issue of bleaching where black skinned people try to whiten themselves to bebeautiful The US pop icons have a lot to answer for And This is one the best coming of age books I have come across There is young innocent romance where both boy and girl are happy holding hands Respect for elders and elders who respect the teens Gaining confidence and awareness that people who are perfect are just people.It also covers Antigua, its slavery past and its battling economy It also covers the issue of bleaching where black skinned people try to whiten themselves to bebeautiful The US pop icons have a lot to answer for And there is a lot of music, musical references and again respect that musical tastes can be different but that is OK too 66 Antigua and Barbuda This was a really sweet story about friendship, love, family values and music, and it really felt like travelling to this little Caribbean island It also deals with colorism within the Black community, which is a topic I haven t read much about in books so far So I ve discovered cool music while reading this book, and people who love The Lion King should really listen to this 66 Antigua and Barbuda This was a really sweet story about friendship, love, family values and music, and it really felt like travelling to this little Caribbean island It also deals with colorism within the Black community, which is a topic I haven t read much about in books so far So I ve discovered cool music while reading this book, and people who love The Lion King should really listen to this Musical Youth is the first book that I have read by Joanne C Hillhouse, and I thoroughly enjoyed it She captured the excitement, insecurities, and elation of being part of something bigger than oneself for the first time and the extraordinary growth that comes from the experience I look forward to readingof Ms Hillhouse s books Music, Discovery, Love Can one summer make the difference of a lifetime Zahara is a loner She s brilliant on the guitar but in everyday life she doesn t really fit in Then she meets Shaka, himself a musical genius and the first boy who really gets her They discover that they share a special bond, their passion for music, and Zahara finds herself a part, not just of Shaka s life, but also that of his boys, the Lion Crew When they all get roles in a summer musical, Zahara, Shaka, and the rest of the Lion Crew use the opportunity to work on a secret project But the Crew gets much than they bargained for when they uncover a dark secret linking Shaka and Zahara s families and they re forced to confront some uncomfortable truths about class, colour, and relationships on the Caribbean island of Antigua Musical Youth placed second in theBurt Award for Caribbean Literature The tag line for Musical Youth is Can one summer make the difference of a lifetime and the experiences of Zahara, Shaka, and their friends certainly prove that to be true My children enjoyed this musical love story The characters are very realistic, and since the author tells the story through the eyes of both the male and the female characters, both my son and daughter appreciated it.It is set in the Caribbean and so it was for them a welcome change from the books they had been reading Th The tag line for Musical Youth is Can one summer make the difference of a lifetime and the experiences of Zahara, Shaka, and their friends certainly prove that to be true My children enjoyed this musical love story The characters are very realistic, and since the author tells the story through the eyes of both the male and the female characters, both my son and daughter appreciated it.It is set in the Caribbean and so it was for them a welcome change from the books they had been reading They were transported, not into a future world but into another part of our current existence where the young people lived different lives but at their core are dealing with many of the same issues as the readers are I loved the language and the important part that music played throughout the story Musical Youth is beautifully written It is a pride to Caribbean young adult fiction Though it addresses a strong and very real social issue, the writer skillfully educates you while she takes you back to the innocence of school days in the Caribbean You can t help but remember your first crush, how every little thing they did is permanently etched in your memory.There is a good blend of characters throughout the book and they complement each other well It was also refreshing to read a story Musical Youth is beautifully written It is a pride to Caribbean young adult fiction Though it addresses a strong and very real social issue, the writer skillfully educates you while she takes you back to the innocence of school days in the Caribbean You can t help but remember your first crush, how every little thing they did is permanently etched in your memory.There is a good blend of characters throughout the book and they complement each other well It was also refreshing to read a story about children doing positive things.I have thoroughly enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it to fellow readers