I'm excited to be part of the The Sound of Us blog tour, which gave me the chance to read an eARC of the book so I could bring you my review with all my thoughts. Thank you to Entangled Teen for the eARC and YA Bound Book Tours for making me one of the tour stops.
Below you'll find the book, my review, infos about the author and a giveaway you should definitely check out!
The Sound of Us by Julie HammerlePublished: June 7th 2016 by Entangled: Teen
Number of Pages: 304 Pages (Paperback)
Kiki Nichols might not survive music camp.
She’s put her TV-loving, nerdy self aside for one summer to prove she’s got what it takes: she can be cool enough to make friends, she can earn that music scholarship, and she can get into Krause University’s music program.
Except camp has rigid conduct rules—which means her thrilling late-night jam session with the hot drummer can’t happen again, even though they love all the same TV shows, and fifteen minutes making music with him meant more than every aria she’s ever sung.
But when someone starts snitching on rule breakers and getting them kicked out, music camp turns into survival of the fittest. If Kiki’s going to get that scholarship, her chance to make true friends—and her chance with the drummer guy—might cost her the future she wants more than anything. (goodreads.com)
* Thank you to Entangled TEEN for providing me with
an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion *
The Sound of Us is an interesting read. It doesn't have some overly complicated world you need to get to know, or a way too complicated plot, it's simply filled with realistic teens spending their summer at opera camp trying to be one of the seven that will go home with a scholarship. As someone who always wanted to go to music camp, used to be a choir kid and loves to sing, this definitely tickled my fancy so I'm very happy I got the chance to experience that through Kiki's eyes.
I really liked Kiki, especially the fact that she was obsessed with this TV Show Project Earth and how it was constantly on her mind or she compared different things happening in real life to the show. That was very realistic because, as any fan of any TV show or book can tell you, that's what people in fandoms do. I also enjoyed how realistic she felt in terms of her thought processes and how awkward and shy she sometimes got.
The other characters were also quite interesting and fun to read about. I liked how they all interacted and really acted like actual teenagers, how they all just want dot have fun but, at the same time, knew they really had to stay focused and concentrated because their futures depended on getting that scholarship.
The Sound of Us also had a romance element, of course, which I fairly enjoyed since it thankfully wasn't your typical insta-love situation, but rather slowly developed, which is always nice to see. There was also some teenage drama, because of course there would be, it's set at a summer camp filled with teens, but it seemed fine. Sure, some of it could've been avoided, but it didn't make the story any less enjoyable.
I also really enjoyed the Twitter aspect of the story, how every chapter starts with a tweet and how it's also mentioned in the chapters itself, since social media is such a big part of todays lives, especially teen lives. We don't get to see that often enough in YA so points for that.
Julie Hammerle's writing style was quite good, showed that she knows what she's doing, and I really enjoyed the voice she created for Kiki.
All in all, I really enjoyed The Sound of Us. It's a fun summer read perfect for anyone who want to read something light and fun, people who enjoy movies like Camp Rock or High School Musical, or those who like music in books.
I give The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle 4 out of 5 Stars.
About the Author
Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write "for real," she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.
She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.
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