- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Teen (June 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1633755037
- ISBN-13: 978-1633755031
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,662,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sound of Us Paperback – June 7, 2016
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About the Author
Julie Hammerle writes a popular ChicagoNow entertainment blog, called Hammervision. Aside from TV blogging, she has been a Latin teacher, a Realtor, and a Weight Watchers leader. She started singing classically at age 13. She can be found on Twitter and at www.juliehammerle.com
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On the stick side is the unrelenting pressure. Right from the start, there's competition of the intense kind, coupled with strong hints from the faculty that any deviation from the rules like drinking, breaking curfew and, heaven forbid! singing anything non-opera, will result in no longer being considered for the scholarships. Add in the pressure from her parents, especially college professor dad, and it's no wonder her head often feels like a hamster wheel on speed.
When she meets Jack who's attending golf camp at Krause, it's like magic, but in order to see where it might lead, Kiki must decide what's really important to her. How she sorts out her feelings for Jack, how she learns to be brave and trust other teens in the program and most importantly, how she realizes what's right for her future, once she is able to get past other people's expectations, makes for a good read. It started off a bit slow, but quickly got intriguing and really hard to put down. The other teens in the program are well drawn and interesting, too. Music loving/TV show loving teens and those with issues of self confidence/self-image will find it a very satisfying read.
(In full disclosure I read this book before it was published and am friends with the author)