Insightful and Heartwarming: The Hush Society Presents Book Review
When I got assigned to do a book review for The Hush Society Presents, I was shocked and intimidated to say the least. I had no idea what this book was about and it is not something that I usually read. I wasn’t able to read the summary before reading the first chapter. I started without having any idea, impressions, or expectations.
The Hush Society Presents is a story about a young budding musician struggling with his fear, self-doubts, and confidence. I don’t know what it’s like to be in a band, nor have any idea about the struggles and challenges musicians face, but the story made me appreciate music and musicians more. I believe that a lot of people can relate to the characters and their own personal struggles. I like that the author showed how we can be our own villains. Our own fears, insecurities, and vulnerabilities are the ones that hold us back from achieving our dreams. I have gathered 5 quotes from the book that are worth taking note of.
“Commit or quit.” (Chapter 8)
Nowadays, people start doing things without finishing it or joining activities without committing to the responsibilities. I like how Cameron was adamant in pursuing music. Although, I don’t exactly agree with his decision to quit everything to pursue music full-time, I do understand and appreciate his determination in going after his dreams. I believe that a lot of musicians would feel the same. The thought of having a fall back wouldn’t make Cameron strive harder because in his mind, he has something to go back to. Leaving everything behind means that music would either make or break him.
“Our lives are never static. It’s up to us, who we choose to become. We dictate how our lives will turnout, not the random events thrown at us.” (Chapter 23)
There may be hundreds of opportunities thrown at us but it is up to us whether to grab it or let it pass. Cassie gave Cameron an opportunity to jump start his musical career but it is still up to Cameron whether he would let fear and self-doubt make the decision or take a chance and just go for it. Same goes with our struggles, we have the power to let setbacks hold us back or push us forward. It is up to us how we want to live our lives.
“Nobody is perfect. It’s about choosing your next move when you think it’s game over.” (Chapter 22)
As cliché as it sounds, it is true. Cameron and his band didn’t perform perfect songs all the time. Some shows were off, some were not. But, every experience is a learning opportunity.
“Stop comparing your journey to others.” (Chapter 6)
Live your own life at your own pace. Life is not a race. Others may achieve their dreams faster than you but it doesn’t mean you don’t have a chance at your own.
I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It’s a casual and easy read, perfect for people who are starting their book journey. I believe that teenagers and young adults would really appreciate this story. One doesn’t have to be a musician to relate to the characters. There are a lot of moments where I had to reread some of the lines because I find it so relevant even in my situation. I would often find myself highlighting several lines from the book so I could look back to again. The quotes I have shared are just some of the lines in the book that everyone could find really helpful in their own lives. Most of the time, the characters seem older than they actually are from the way they talk and support each other. It seems that experiences made them older and wiser which I really like because age doesn’t define maturity. The way Cameron’s friends supported, pushed, and understood him is really heartwarming. I didn’t expect to gain so much insight and I wasn’t disappointed in taking this assignment, in fact, I’m glad I did. Everyone should give this book a chance as there are so many things to learn.
I want to end this review with a quote that I find really impactful in today’s world:
“There are things in this world worth fighting for. Your happiness is one of them.” (Chapter 8)
At the end of the day, we are still the one living the consequences of our actions…
The book is available here.