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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.
I really enjoyed reading this book from start to finish. Seeing as though I love Pitch Perfect, and this book was described as Pitch Perfect meets opera camp, I knew I had to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed.
I related a lot to the main character, Kiki. She has a great love (or obsession, whichever you prefer) with television and movies. She constantly has these things on her mind, which is something that I do often. She also has difficulties making friends with people, which is something that I unfortunately relate to. It’s not that Kiki doesn’t want friends, it’s just that she doesn’t know how to maintain her friendships. It probably doesn’t help that her best friend is a two-timing backstabber.
The entire time I was reading this book, I was rooting for Kiki and Jack to get together, despite Kiki’s reservations. I have to give Kiki serious props though for sticking to what she believes in, and dedicating herself to her singing, despite the serious distraction by a hottie! That takes some serious self control and determination.
I give The Sound of Us 4/5 stars. You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking on the book’s cover image below:
About the Author:
Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen in the summer of 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.