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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, ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 370 pages
Published September 19th 2012 by Ia Uaro
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Uvi Poznansky
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Matt Posner
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another 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 bot
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Krystal Marlein
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for review as a goodreads first reads winner.

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. The story is beautiful and sad at times. Funny at other times. One minute I'm laughing like a hyena the next I'm bawling like a baby. It's a very heartwarming love story with a beautiful message.
As far as debut novels go this one hit a home run in my book.
Ia Uaro
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: written
I wrote this one - so please read what the others say:
-UVI POZNANSKY: "I was too busy laughing and crying at every twist and turn of this story."
-IRINA DUNN: “SYDNEY'S SONG is intelligent, touching, interesting and funny."
- DIANA WILDER: "A wonderful book that will have you smiling, weeping - and then smiling widely through your tears."
- MERLENE ALLISON: "Tears fill your eyes as she struggles with disaster only to be replaced with pride as she triumphs over each obstacle"
-SADIE DUARTE: "An in-d
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Brenda Franklin
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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 st
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Cindy Smith
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sydney is just finishing High School when her entire family structure falls apart. Her parents divorce and leave her to deal alone. While she is lost she meets friends at her new job. She becomes strong in her desire not to follow the crowd and meets a man who shares her views. When he returns to the US to clear up some stuff, an accident changes the plans. Sydney learns to face the present logically and not just emotionally. She chooses her love and learns all that was necessary to have it. She ...more
J. Dorner
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful and compelling love story. Sydney and Pete brought me to tears thanks to my own related real experience. I highly recommend this to anyone who understood the power of love before they reached adulthood. The exploration of the dynamic of the broken family was deeply moving. I consider myself a happy bystander who had the honor to read about Pete and Sydney living their lives.

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Diane
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
My feelings about Sydney's song are mixed. I had a hard time relating to Sydney and considered the book sanctimonious at times. That said, the story is charming, the characters develop well and the depiction of Australian culture was fun.
Paddy O'callaghan
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing




This is most definitely the best book set against an sporting backdrop that I've ever read. It's funny, touching and absolutely beautifully written.
Ia Uaro
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: written
Oh well, I wrote this one - so please read what the others say:

-KIRKUS REVIEWS: “Lovable. Memorable. Well-drawn characters…keep the plot riveting, with no telling what will come next. Warm, enjoyable.”

-JANET JENSEN: "Engaging... a grace and determination and resilience that are inspiring."

-ANNA del C. DYE: "The best story of true love and eternal partners I have ever read...beautiful, down to earth, touching, and moving"

-STEPHANIE DAGG: "Hugely entertaining. Nothing is predictable in the story."
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☼♄Jülie 
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ☼♄Jülie  by: Goodreads
I found this book very moving with it's raw honesty, and I was often brought to tears of empathy, sometimes to the point where I had to stop and take a few deep breaths...really. Sometimes though, I found it a little too honest for comfort as I felt at times, almost as if I should avert my gaze, like I was eavesdropping on something very personal and private. I guess that means kudos to the author for being able to evoke such emotional responses in a reader.
I was carried along on that journey a
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Heather Alexander
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. Then she meets Pete, Pete who sees her for who she is and who will draw her back out into the world. He will be her greatest ally and possibly her salvation. The love that develops is wonderful and something that everyone hopes for. But then Pete is gravely injured in an accident. Sydney is by his side, determined to take care ...more
April
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great love story with plenty of twists and background. Definitely a great read. Anyone who wants to understand love and its obstacles. Every story has its obstacles and every life has its broken stories. This stories brings those together as many people can already understand and gives them a life of their own. you will truly enjoy this read if your looking for that read that takes you on a new adventure in love that has yet to be brought to life by most authors. won on good reads but would recc ...more
Jess
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: goodreads-author
Due to poor time management skills it took me 1 month to read this book. I wish I had of been able to find the time to read it in a week. What a great book about Sydney, Australia and how 2 people can meet, fall in love and keep going over every hurdle. it proves to show that when you live with a disability you can still do what you put your mind too
Holly
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a sweet book and love story. I enjoyed it immensely. If I had any issue with the book, it was in some of the dialogue. The American characters spoke with a -how to say this? dialogue? that isn't really American but what I think of as an Irish way of speaking. Really it wasn't a big deal, it was just something that while reading kept popping into my head...
Francesca
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book just as much the second time round! As a past regular user of Sydney public transport, this made me miss home a lot! The writing is evocative and the story just takes you along for the ride. Absolutely lovely!
Sheila
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 teenager begins to grow up. Seventeen-year-old Sydney views her parent’s broken marriage as selfish failure and betrayal. While readers might view their leaving her alone in the house as the true betrayal, the young protagonist mopes and moans as convincingly as she lectures—telling her parents in one place “You’re highly ...more
Lynxie
Sydney's Song is a story packed full of emotion and experience. It is the emotional journey of Sydney, the young 17-18year old girl through dealing with the painful breakup of her parents marriage to the initial forming of her own relationship with the quiet and intriguing Pete.

I liked the detail of Aussie culture sprinkled into the daily life of the characters, it was a welcome addition to the story and it didn't go overboard with Olympic fever, despite the story being set in Sydney, Australia
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J. Dorner
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is a wonderful and compelling love story. Sydney and Pete brought me to tears thanks to my own related real experience. I highly recommend this to anyone who understood the power of love before they reached adulthood. The exploration of the dynamic of the broken family was deeply moving. I consider myself a happy bystander who had the honor to read about Pete and Sydney living their lives.
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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 volunte
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