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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 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...

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 their cov...

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Julie Hammerle

About the author

USA Today Best Selling 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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