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Sydney's Song [Kindle Edition]

Ia Uaro
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Olympic fever runs high in the Australian summer of 1999 and 17-year-old Sydney has caught it. Little does she know taking a holiday job in the beehive that is the Olympics' public-transport call centre will be life altering. Shaken by her parents' divorce, the sheltered Aussie is further plagued by abusive callers, obnoxious government agencies, constrictive office rules, and liberated friends. She is trying to negotiate these challenges as her own personal Olympics when Pete finds her. Pete, Boston's former child prodigy whose soothing voice floats across her workstation, sees through Sydney's tough outer shell. Pete knows what it takes to present a dignified front when all you want to do is howl at the moon. Treating their friendship like an art, he invests time and creative effort to pull Sydney out of her despair.

Tragedy strikes when an accident leaves Pete with a major brain injury in a Boston hospital. When the going gets very, very tough, will you abandon the one who's promised to love you until he dies? Set in Sydney and Boston where heartbreaks are juxtaposed with humour,

SYDNEY'S SONG is a young girl's courageous journey to adulthood and a love story. A work of fiction based on real events, this novel with an Australian accent also shows the world that living with disabilities does not prevent a person from attaining happiness.


"Strong characters, evocative writing..." (Peter Fitzsimons)

"SYDNEY'S SONG demonstrates the way in which human beings can thrive under adversity using the power of their hearts and wills." (Matt Posner)

Literary editor: Irina Dunn Illustrations: Ia Uaro (vignettes), Alexandra Davidoff (portraits), Abbir and Will Belacqua (additional drawing) Trailer music: Michael Maas

Editorial Reviews


In Uaro's debut novel, a young girl must adjust to life after her parents' divorce... Sydney throws her energy into work, a job that is made all the more exciting by the upcoming Olympics. But nothing prepares her for the biggest excitement of all: Pete, a handsome young man from Boston who charms Sydney. But Pete has secrets of his own, ones that jar Sydney... Something far more tragic has occurred, however. 
Told with the breezy, fanciful narration of a young adult, Sydney is a lovable, memorable character. Her trials through love, disappointment and betrayal help shape her as the novel traces her development. The well-drawn characters she meets and the lessons she continues to learn keep the plot riveting, with no telling what will come next.
A warm, enjoyable coming-of-age tale.
"Calling All Romantics! A beautiful love story... a pure romantic delight. I was sorry to say good-bye to her at the end of the book. I am waiting anxiously for the next book by Ia Uaro." - Trudi LoPreto, Readers Favorite

"The best story on true love and eternal partners I have ever read."-Author Anna del C. Dye, Readers Favorite
"A delightful love story... charming and totally realistic with first-rate characters."-Alice DiNizo, Readers Favorite
"Engaging... a grace and determination and resilience that are inspiring." - Janet Jensen, Readers Favorite
"A robust novel... It is a love story, it is courage under fire, and it is hugely entertaining. Nothing is predictable in the story. The book is well-written and reading it is a thoroughly enjoyable, if occasionally humbling, adventure." - Stephanie Dagg, Readers Favorite

From the Author

SYDNEY'S SONG is written for males and females, 15-year old and above, readers of any genre who occasionally want something different. This novel is a socio fiction, humorous fiction, drama, romantic fiction, coming-of-age, self-help/empowerment, travel in Sydney/Australia,  fictionalised true stories - which first of all aims to entertain. 
Enjoy and best wishes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 916 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478157453
  • Publisher: Ia Uaro (September 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009HURJ3U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,101 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Song to Remember September 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Note: I received an advance review copy of this book in order to help the author with its launch.

I related to Sydney the moment I met her. She was a teen product of divorce who was forced to rely upon her own wit and wisdom in order to survive. But Pete, magnificent Pete, took her into his heart and under his wing. Their relationship was beyond love and adoration. Their capacity to know, to sense and to FEEL each other shone throughout the story. Sydney's tenacity during tragedy was remarkably well described and as with any Olympic event, I wanted to stand up and cheer for her. Throughout the story, I cried, I laughed and I swelled with pride when young Sydney grew from shy teenager to a take-charge woman, all within a single year of her life. I recommend this book for young adults, parents, teachers, music lovers and anyone who does not believe that love exists beyond the physical plane.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Masterpiece October 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It's an amazing and emotional love story that pulls you in at the first page. If you can get past reading the first page you better make time in your day because you'll be hooked unable to put it down. SYDNEY'S SONG is written with such honest passion and it practically oozing off the pages. When Sydney isn't so happy it makes you want to cheer her up, when her heart is racing you just want to check your own pulse, and when love is in the air you have to make sure to breath.

It's one of those stories that touches more than just the surface of love, but travels deep within the structure testing it every so often and battles all odds to come out on top.

I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to read Sydney's Song. Thank you for creating such a masterpiece and for reminding me of the miracles of love even in the hardest of times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sydney's Song September 30, 2012
So far I've read the first 5 chapters, but find this story quite interesting. Filled with emotion. The unexpected divorce of a young teenagers parents whom she thought were a perfect couple that were the backbone of the family, brought back memories that I too endured, but in a different way. Now, alone, on her own. The mother off living with her new lover, and her father so far away; is so sad. But this young teen I give much respect for having survived - to become the woman she did.Not many can accomplish as much as she. This story is one of victory one that is so moving it enraptures the readers heart to every bit of a beautiful example of a human being at every level. Her journey into womanhood is uniquely profound. I love this story for all the accomplishments of an amazing woman who finds her way, by making good decisions. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing and Crying at Every Twist and Turn December 10, 2012
It took me time to write this review because was too busy laughing and crying at every twist and turn of this story.

Let me tell you what the title meant to me: Sydney, who is a girl barely 18 years old at the opening of the story, is ashamed of her voice, thinking she is tone-deaf, and only when inhibitions are lifted, only in her sleep, does she dare to sing. But events in this story cause her to mature fast, so it is with great urgency that she finds her voice. This book is a love song; a song of songs to her beloved, to whom with amazing devotion she dedicates her life. What better quote for her transformation than the one at the opening: "You'll know who I am by the song that I sing." The soul and the voice are one.

It is hard, if not impossible, to fit this work into a literary genre, because the first half reads like an adorable girl-meets-boy story, only to take a sharp turn when Pete, the man Sydney falls in love with, has a bicycle accident on his visit to Boston. At the same moment, half a world away in Australia, Sydney senses a strong, inexplicable fear in her heart, and collapses. It takes weeks for her to learn his whereabouts. Lying in a Boston hospital, arm and leg broken, he is diagnosed with brain injury, and it is unclear whether he will ever regain consciousness. This is where the real fight, the fight for his survival begins; this is where you will get completely hooked with the Sydney's character.

The author of Sydney's Song is an artist as well, and her stylized black-and-white illustrations appear at every chapter heading, looking like a little window though which you can view events. Inspired by real events in her life, this story is a tribute to her spirit, her voice, and her song.

Five stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Human Beings Thriving Under Adversity September 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Note: I received an advance review copy of this book in order to help the author with its launch.

Sydney's Song by Ia Uaro is an autobiographical novel of romance and struggle, a heartwarming tale of devotion and endurance. In this tale, a young Australian girl, all but abandoned by her divorcing parents, falls in love with an itinerant musician who is taking a working vacation. Obstacles appear, as they always do, and Sydney (who shares a name with the city where she lives) winds up defying both families to care for her beloved under the worst possible circumstances. Sydney's parents think she is too young; Pete's parents prefer another woman; and throughout the entire story, Sydney must resist the free-willed, licentious atmosphere of drinking, drugs, and sex which pervades what is described as a typical young Australian lifestyle.

The early part of the story is the best part, featuring as it does Sydney's work on the city's 1-300-500 transit information telephone line. Long digressions to describe her experiences with callers give the book its primary source of intriguing detail. Watching Sydney's relationship with Pete in its early stages provides a good grounding for the drama that occupies the latter part of the book.

Sydney's Song demonstrates the way in which human beings can thrive under adversity using the power of their hearts and wills.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Sophomoric
This seemed like a book that belonged on a "teen summer reading" list. I started scanning paragraphs, then skipping pages and finally gave up. I didn't finish it.
Published 2 months ago by Joanne Yeaton
4.0 out of 5 stars Caught in a changing life, in a changing world--a nice coming of age...
Sydney’s Song, by Ia Uaro, combines that between-times era, when we still relied on paper timetables while using the internet, with that between-times age when a self-centered... Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Deeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Coming-of-age story that everyone can relate to
I love this book! My mom and I would fight over who gets to read it whenever we had downtime, even if we could only get a few pages ahead. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tiara A.
3.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring story of perseverance and overcoming huge obstacles
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Published 8 months ago by Lynxie
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful novel
Last night I got hold of Ia Uaro's novel `Sydney's Song'. My plan was to start reading it over the weekend, but I just couldn't resist and I had a peek at it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lillian S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Wow. What do I say about this truly masterful work of art, because that's what it is. It's art. The worlds on the pages, the illustrations at each chapter heading. Read more
Published 15 months ago by kmarlein
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to Be Strong
Sydney is just finishing High School when her entire family structure falls apart. Her parents divorce and leave her to deal alone. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cynthia J. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Triumph and tragedy
17 year old Sydney takes a job during the summer Olympics in Australia. She is dealing with her parent's divorce, horrible customers, and friends that are making her nuts. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Heather L. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Love Story to Savor
Sidney's Song came to my attention when the author, an writer friend in Australia, asked me to look at a glossary of Aussie slang that she was thinking of including. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Allan Wilford Howerton, WW II Era Author.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is the strongest bond
This book is a wonderful and compelling love story. Sydney and Pete brought me to tears thanks to my own related real experience. Read more
Published 18 months ago by J Lenni Dorner
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More About the Author

Ia Uaro is an Australian author.

She was a published author at 17 and used the proceeds to help fund her university studies, during which time she was active in aero-modelling, martial arts, mountaineering, speleology... and studied petroleum seismology among her music-playing friends. After her graduation she worked with French, Norwegian and American geophysical companies, besides being a volunteer translator.

In Sydney since 1995, she is now a mum who does several kinds of volunteer work, assesses manuscripts, reviews books, interviews authors and writes real-life socio fiction.

Watch out for "Heart of Borneo", her next real-life book on conservation series, a forest crime.

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