A ripped-from-the-headlines novel of ambition, music, and innocence lost, perfect for fans of Elizabeth Acevedo and Jason Reynolds!
Be bold. Get seen. Be Heard.
For seventeen-year-old Denver, music is everything. Writing, performing, and her ultimate goal: escaping her very small, very white hometown.
So Denver is more than ready on the day she and her best friends Dali and Shak sing their way into the orbit of the biggest R&B star in the world, Sean “Mercury” Ellis. Merc gives them everything: parties, perks, wild nights — plus hours and hours in the recording studio. Even the painful sacrifices and the lies the girls have to tell are all worth it.
Until they’re not.
Denver begins to realize that she’s trapped in Merc’s world, struggling to hold on to her own voice. As the dream turns into a nightmare, she must make a choice: lose her big break, or get broken.
Inspired by true events, Muted is a fearless exploration of the dark side of the music industry, the business of exploitation, how a girl’s dreams can be used against her — and what it takes to fight back.
Some songs included are:
Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston
When love was all we had worth giving?
The ride with you was worth the fall my friend
Loving you makes life worth living
This made me think of the friendship between the girls and how they had each other. All they wanted was to be singers together, but something less than wonderful came along and caused some issues. Including some of the more deep feelings Denver has for one of her friends.
Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
Looks like a girl but she’s a flame
So bright she can burn your eyes
Better look the other way
You can try but you’ll never forget her name
She’s on top of the world
Hottest of the hottest girls, say
This describes Denver perfectly. She is strong and like a flame. She wants to show Merc she has what it takes to be a singer. She also has a talent and voice that will show no one is going to forget her anytime soon.
The Boss – Diana Ross
Thought I could turn emotion
On and off
I was so sure
So sure (I was so sure)
But love taught me
Who was, who was, who was the boss
This makes me think of how Denver is so led by heart as well. She loves her music and her friends so much. She wants to only think about the music, but her heart gets in the way. And in the end, her love is what saves everyone.
I had so much fun making this playlist and hope you enjoy