"...beautifully written, heartfelt, sad and beautiful all at the same time, and I will be definitely picking up Taryn’s other book, The Harper Effect."
Lizz Reads Blog 

Jasper and Spice: "There is this thing with this novel, where within the first couple pages of a character’s existence, I fell completely and utterly in love with them, their quirks and relationship with others….Even if [the novel] did break my heart at the start, it was whole again by the end."


Goodreads Reviewer loves The Astrid Notes: "Heaps of emotion. Brilliant voice. Perfect." FIVE STAR!

Instagram Reviewer (_bookworm94_) "Astrid and Jacob. Within the first two chapters they had my full attention and heart...this was a five star read for me."

Goodreads Reviewer, talking about The Astrid Notes, says: "A beautifully written story of two souls bound by privilege and troubled by past (and recent) events! There are three main elements that I absolutely fell in love with while reading Bashford’s The Astrid Notes: The tragic backstories, the dual perspectives and the allusion of music."


Brooklyn the Bookword Blog: "I cannot recommend this book enough! It’s just got so much heart and soul poured into it, and coupled with the theme of music throughout and self discovery and not giving in or up, this makes for wholly remarkable and memorable reading!"

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Astrid Bell 
Dutiful daughter. Classical singer. Secret pop songwriter. And suffering from stage fright.

Jacob Skalicky. 
Trust Fund Kid. Indie singer. Immensely gifted performer. And refusing to sing again.

Are they polar opposites? In his grief and fury at the world, Jacob certainly thinks so.

But when Jacob loses everything and Astrid uncovers a shocking family secret, they may need each other to make sense of their lives.

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Publishers Weekly talks about The Harper Effect: "Harper’s struggle to sort out priorities, understand the meaning of love, and emerge a winner will be strongly felt." 
“A heartfelt story about perseverance, believing in yourself, family and love, THE HARPER EFFECT did not disappoint. Bashford kept me hooked from the first page. I was so engrossed, I ended up reading it in one day.” Teen Reads, about The Harper Effect
I'm the author of young adult novels. I write coming of age novels about teens who go above and beyond the norm. They're successful in their talent, but not so much in life. The Astrid Notes is set in the world of elite music and The Harper Effect is set in the world of professional tennis