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Peek Inside The Sound of Us

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.

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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.

Praise

"A winning story about a teenage voice student that hits all the right notes." - Kirkus Reviews

"A journey of self-discovery that is relatable, unpredictable, and heartwarming." - Amy Spalding, author of Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys)

"An incredible coming-of-age story with a feisty heroine, a moving romance, and outstanding supporting characters -- there aren't enough superlatives in the English language to say how much I love The Sound of Us!" - Fangirls Ahead

"Anyone who enjoyed Fangirl and could relate to Cath should give this book a try!" - Call Me Sensei

"I had the 'feels' while reading, I won't lie. I look for books that make my belly twist up for the character, as if they are a real person, andThe Sound of Us accomplished that feat." - Wicked Reads

"I think it is a perfect light summer read! I can definitely recommend it!" - Petuli

"I'm so glad that this book exceeded my expectations, and I kind of wish Planet Earth was a real show because it's totally something I would watch. This book should make it to your must-read list of this summer. Nothing screams summer like German opera and awkward first kisses--like I said, laugh-out-loud funny." - A Leisure Moment

"It wasn't predictable at all. I find that contemporaries can really be predictable sometimes but this one wasn't the case. This novel was always fast paced and never boring." - Faith

"I really liked the writing style of this book, mainly because the book was hilarious! Kiki, the main character, had me laughing out loud numerous times with things she said and thought. Her commentary through out the story was great. I loved her quirky and nerdy humor. I had such an easy time relating to Kiki. Kiki was passionate and endearing, which I enjoyed a lot. She was a little annoying and dramatic at times, but most teenage girls are! I know I was! I loved the growth she had in the book. Kiki became more confident in herself, and it was great to see that development." - Mrs.Leif's Two Fangs About It

"Charming, relatable and sassy story which felt like Pitch Perfect with a girl who just wants to sing." - Key Read That

"Hammerle has a wonderful writing style - down to earth and I love that she created a charming and smart and interesting female character (yes, it can be done!)." - Bookshipper

"The Sound of Us is filled with pop culture references of the past two decades, some you'll recognize, some are stand-ins, and it's a delight to read. I especially loved Kiki's tendency to compare every new person she meets to some character from a TV show. Her love for twitter and the imaginary tv show Project Earth are only small factors that contribute to making Kiki an insanely relatable character. I rooted for her from the first page. I loved reading about her experience." - The Bookavid

"Overall, this read is one I'm happy to put in my high school classroom library. It has a clean and compelling romance - they aren't squeaky clean, but they aren't going to horrify your mother with their antics -- a nice coming of age story, and Kiki is a character I would be proud to point to as a role model. It is definitely going on my wish list. Language and situations are appropriate for grades 14+." - Nicole Bledsoe, Educator at Mena High School

"Julie Hammerle's debut novel exceeded my expectations. My recent reads have been disappointing me, and The Sound of Us was a breath of fresh air. Our protagonist, Kiki, is the most genuine main character I have read from in quite a while. I appreciated how she wasn't this perfect person, inside and out. Her summer journey was so much fun to read." - Ready Set Read

"There's some great character development and you're able to see Kiki go from a girl who was just totally unsure of herself to someone that decided to take control of her life. She is super talented. If there is a #2 it would be interesting to see what happens with Kiki." - Boundless Book Reviews

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755024
Release Date: Jun 7, 2016
Page Count: 306
Imprint: teen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues

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By The February 08, 2017

Originally Published On My Review Blog The Bookavid

In THE SOUND OF US, Kiki is determined to get into the classical music program of a renowned university.

What intrigued me: A mixture of that gorgeous cover and curiosity about the premise

Fun, relatable, and unique

THE SOUND OF US immediately s... ...more

By Petuli May 29, 2016

I received an e-arc copy via NetGalley. Thank you NetGalley and Entangled: Teen.

When I saw the cover of The Sound of Us I was immediately hooked. It's just beautiful. So many YA contemporaries have a really ugly cover but this one is definitely well done. But we don't read books because of thei... ...more

By Abigail May 11, 2016

NOTE: I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher. This did not influence my opinion in any way.

Books about classical music are always a hit-or-miss affair for me. Whenever the protagonist plays a piece perfectly without needing to practice at all: please! In your dreams, girl. Or... ...more

By John February 12, 2016

Funny and fast-paced music-based romance that soars on the strong, dynamic voice of its main protagonist. ...more

By Moriah May 28, 2016

*This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment*

**I received an e-ARC of this book from Entangled Teen via NetGalley**


Singing is serious business, you guys. When I received this book from Entangled Teen via NetGalley, I expected the serious. I anticipated young hopefuls vying for one of seven s... ...more

By Kristy March 08, 2017

The Sound of Us was full of passion, friendships, and finding confidence within yourself.

"But that's life. Whichever road you choose, you're going to be missing out on something."

Kiki, our main character, is at opera camp for the summer where she is competing for 1 scholarship out of 7 being gi... ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) May 24, 2016

Can I just say that I loved this book?!? I loved Kiki's secret life as part of the Project Earth fandom as well as her seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of all things TV. I loved how she grows over the course of camp and comes to learn who she is and what she wants to be - this is coming of age wr... ...more

By Jenn March 21, 2017

Seriously, a book about a music camp, sign me up! Now, this isn’t your typical music camp (think Band Camp from Disney, or even American Pie), this is a highly competitive opera camp. Different, right? Opera is not really a genre of music that the young adult community talks about. I mean, I can... ...more

By Lekeisha June 07, 2016

Originally posted over at Lekeisha the Booknerd


The Sound of Us starts off with promise, goes a little haywire in the middle, and finishes with a flourish. I love the setting of music camp for pre-college students at the university. Lots of interesting characters running around, but there’s also l... ...more

By merireads June 13, 2016

I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley and Entangled: Teen, in exchange for an original and honest review.

I was so happy when I got an ARC of The Sound of Us. Overall, I loved this book, and definitely liked it more than I thought it would--in other words, it exceeded my already h... ...more

By Boundless Book Reviews June 03, 2016

It's Kiki's dream to get a full scholarship in music. Following the dream of Opera. Who knew that the camp would be so intriguing? The Sound of Us, is full of Pop Culture references. It's quirky and I really enjoyed this story.

Kiki has to learn a lot and strives to prove her parents wrong. Becaus... ...more

By Janet June 07, 2016

I really enjoyed this book. I loved Kiki's voice for one thing, and I found THE SOUND OF US to be a fresh take on a music novel. Kiki wants to be an opera singer, and I loved following her journey to summer camp, where she sees that her dreams might not be as easy to attain as she hoped. Kiki see... ...more

By Suze December 25, 2016

Kiki has managed to secure a place at a prestigious music camp. She's got something to prove and going is already a big step. She wants to show people what she's capable of. She's a geeky girl who loves watching television shows. She tweets about them and has a lot of online friends and followers... ...more

By Keanna (KeyReadThat) June 18, 2016

4.8

The Why
Charming, relatable and sassy story which felt like Pitch Perfect with a girl who just wants to sing.


Kiki is spending her summer in Krause which basically Pitch Perfect for opera lovers. At the end of the summer, there is the promise that the students will get a scholarship for a full... ...more

By Kristi June 05, 2016

I received a copy of this book from netgalley for review.

This book was an iffy one for me to request, but the music part got me interested. Holy crap, I kind of loved this one! I was so surprised to see that this is the author's first book. I fell in love with all the characters, even the ones I... ...more

By A Leisure Moment June 07, 2016

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Singing is serious business, you guys. When I received this book from Entangled Teen via NetGalley, I expected the serious. I anticipated young hopefuls vying for one of seven scholarships to study opera for four years of college. The competition, the stress, and the friendships formed by underst... ...more

By booknerd_dork June 02, 2016

This is the first book I've read about music. I really don't why I haven't because I love movies that have music. It's just I guess I never stumbled upon any. There is one book on my wishlist but I don't know when I'll get.
So back to topic, I enjoyed this book very much! The character arc of Kiki... ...more

By Jenny October 30, 2016

Hammerle created a well rounded and believable heroine and milieu for her debut novel. Kiki, with all of her rough edges, her doubt, her desire to be something more than she is, is an endearing protagonist whose choices are always grounded in believable motives and never just plot contrivance. Wh... ...more

By Samantha March 20, 2017

Mini-review:
-Fantastic, musical contemporary
-Great themes of finding yourself, discovering your passion, and embracing your talents
-TOP-NOTCH romance plot that shows bittersweet nuance ...more

By Julie May 11, 2016

Yes, I'm giving my own book five stars.

However, if you like music, geeky folks, TV, cute and frustrating boys, kick ass girlfriends, or any combination of these things, you'll enjoy The Sound of Us. ...more

By Dani June 14, 2016

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I went into this expecting a fairly standard YA contemporary. There is nothing wrong with the standard story, especially when you’re in the mood for something ea... ...more

By Erica May 19, 2016

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4.5 Angsty coming-of-age stars.

Young adult age range: 13+, mentions of alcohol consumption and kissing.

Julie Hammerle is a new-to-me author.

I had a slightly difficult time getting into this novel, to be honest. Not that I didn... ...more

By Genni December 19, 2016

*I recieved The Sound of Us via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own!*

The Sound of Us was such a blast.

Julie Hammerle's debut novel exceeded my expectations. My recent reads have been disappointing me, and The Sound of Us was a breath of fresh air. Our protagonist,... ...more

By Mariam March 06, 2017

3.5! Review to come. :)

Review originally posted on my blog HERE

Let me just say y’all that I am a music nerd. My heart holds a soft spot for singers, of any kind. To read a book about an opera summer camp was refreshing, amazing and fantastic. And this book includes all of the opera drama your hea... ...more

By John June 09, 2016

Kiki's between a rock and a hard place, but not in a completely bad way. She's embarking on a six week summer music program at Krause University, in pursuit of one of seven full ride scholarships that will go to participants. On the carrot side are things like a break from her best friend of twel... ...more

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Julie Hammerle

About the author

Julie Hammerle

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. Newsletter: http://juliehammerle.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=83bea3773ce2e6025ac4114c7&id=21c06afa78

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