Book Review: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto


Jessica Son, Staff Writer

WARNING: Contains spoilers

  “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” is a beautifully written book by Mitch Albom which follows the life of a musician named Frankie Presto. Born in a burning church, Presto spends much of his childhood under the care of a blind music teacher and his father figure.

  While he also influenced people with his music, Frankie made the greatest impact with the help of six blue strings. Each magic guitar string had the power to change one life, and Frankie harnessed this power without realizing it until much later. He saved lives and turned bleak futures around with his otherworldly talent for playing guitar. Through his extraordinary talent for music combined with his strings, he influences the people around him as he experiences love, loss, guilt and joy.

  Throughout the story, vivid imagery and emotions move the story along with Albom’s bold words, which paint a graphic picture for every scene. Because the narrator is Music, the story is described like a song, with dramatic parts and mellow parts and rests. Sometimes things flow along perfectly, and sometimes it’s suddenly interrupted by a dramatic sequence.

  The story inspired powerful thoughts while reading, and it seems light-hearted while still having enough weight to leave an impact on the reader. Meaningful topics and lessons are hidden throughout with a strong and fast-paced plot to sweep one along.

  Frankie‘s connection to music can be seen from his birth to his death. He was born into music and dies with music as well. When he was born, one of the first sounds he heard was his mother singing to keep him quiet. His first and last performance with his daughter is the end scene, and he dies on stage.

  Music is an important central theme in this book. Presto’s life is perfectly narrated by describing the bands that he joined in his life. These connections and relationships help shape Frankie and his love for music.

  “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” is one of the best books I have ever read, and I loved everything about it. I would definitely recommend this book to the people around me, especially if they are music-lovers. As a thought-provoking, deeply moving story, this book is bound to leave an impact to everyone who reads it.