To be honest, I wasn't sure I would like "Virtuosity" as much as I did...but the first few pages were able to pull me in almost instantly.
"Virtuosity" is the story of Carmen, a 17 year old violin prodigy. Her mother, Diana, is constantly pushing her to do better so that she'll be able to win the prestigious Guarneri competition. But things don't go as planned. When she meets Jeremy, her competition, she begins to fall for him (something her mother advises against, no mingling with the competition). As the relationship begins to unravel between Carmen and her mother, it's hard to sympathize with Diana. She may be Carmen's mother, but she doesn't seem to care what her daughter wants out of life. That's why those very last words of "Virtuosity" are the perfect way to end the story.
"Virtuosity" is a beautifully crafted story of a young girl finding out who she is and the struggles she faces along the way. Martinez is an author to watch.