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The Sound of Us

(Radio Hearts #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  916 ratings  ·  140 reviews
America's favorite pop band, Roman Holiday, is done, dead, and so totally last year. For eighteen-year-old rockoholic Junie Baltimore, this is music to her ears. But when she discovers their sexy ex-lead singer hiding out on the boardwalk, her summer vacation becomes the cover story of the year.

She's willing to keep him a secret, but when a sleazy paparazzo offers her the
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Published December 19th 2013 by Bloomsbury Spark
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Frankie Brown
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My cheeks hurt from smiling -- THE SOUND OF US was such a fun ride. It struck just the right balance of humor, nostalgia (carnivals at the beach, crappy cars, dive bars), beautiful prose, and characters you want to be friends with. Junebug was a riot and after finishing this book all I want is to hang out with her and listen to the radio. She and her best friend, Maggie's, pop culture references (among them Harry Potter, Boy Meets World, Star Wars) had me laughing out loud and nodding my head li ...more
May 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was really light and short, but unfortunately wasn’t that good. The story was cliché and the characters were horrible. I don’t mind cliché characters and plot, sometimes the book might be fun even if it’s not that original, but here it wasn’t. It was as if the author was trying to make the main character “different”. Not only am I totally tired of seeing this sort of main characters, but she wasn’t even that different. The main characters was supposedly different, edgy and really into ...more
Savvy Apperson
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are there words to explain what I feel for this novel? It's fun and hilarious. The characters are amazing, feel real, and are great for laughs (and some tears). I have to say, while I love Junie and Roman, Maggie and Boaz are totes my favorites. Their lightheartedness and quirky natures off set the seriousness that Roman and Junie seem to possess. Junie's dour outlook on life seems to have damaged her "Fun" button but, I mean, come on, who doesn't want to fall in love with a broody rock star? Le ...more
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
I enjoyed this so, so much, and in a category where it feels like every book is plagued with darkness, this is absolutely my new #1 rec when someone tells me they're looking for fun, lighter NA. The dialogue between the MC and LI is fantastic, and hanging out with them is just the best way to spend a few hours. Especially if you're into music-themed books, but even if you're just looking for fun, quirky characters to laugh with for a while, pick this one up ASAP. ...more
Candice Montgomery
This book makes me want to date boys who wear suspenders and will make up ridiculous acronyms with me. It makes me want to wear red lipstick and leather jackets, and tell people about The Smiths, The Strokes, The 1975, Walk the Moon, Little Comets, X Ambassadors, and all my favorite music across decades. But mostly, it makes me want to get my ass in gear and do some writing, because sometimes you read a thing that PUSHES YOU. For me, THE SOUND OF US was that.

Ps, Roman Holiday 5eva!
Katie (Kitkatscanread)
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ever wonder what it would be like to hang out with a pop star?
To see them behind the spotlight?

For Junie she gets the chance, but before long she discovers she's falling for Roman.
But Roman is still famous, and he'd never go out with a girl like Junie, right?

The Sound of Us is a epic tale of love, loss, friendship and being true to who you are.
This story will go far.

Fantastically written and a pleasure to read.

Full review:
Jenny Kaczorowski
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bloomsbury-spark
There is a special magic that happens when you meet someone on vacation. Something about being away from the people and places that know you allows you to be more real. Ashley Poston captured that feeling and wrapped it up in the gauzy haze of stage lights and classic rock ballads. Junie is earnest and broken and resilient, just the kind of heroine I love, and Roman is a brilliant, delightful mess. Together, their chemistry sings. Sweet and funny, with so much heart and just the right amount of ...more
Megan ~The Never Ending Book Basket
I really enjoyed reading The Sound of Us. I came across this book on a blog about books in the new "New Adult" book genre/category. After reading the synopsis, I was intrigued to read this book and see if it was as good as it seemed. I was not disappointed. Not one bit.

Junie is a serious jem of a character. I'll be honest though, all of the characters in this book are gems. Junie is spectacularly real and unapologetic. (And you have to adore her pink hair.) Roman is charming yet very raw. Boaz
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
A pretty fun premise let down by - a lot. For starters (and this is in the first section, so no spoilers), if the police are looking at someone for murder, they don't say "we couldn't find any witnesses to say he was somewhere else so he wasn't in their apartment killing her, so we'll let him go". Also, the vile journalist turned out to be ridiculously vile, and not even remotely credible. The scene at the cemetery near the end was -- (view spoiler) ...more
Ezgi Tülü
Oct 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF @ "i don't even know"

This feels like a cliche fanfiction, and I'm not a big fan of those. The main character is a "more of a classic rock type of girl" who "hates Roman Holiday" -- and Roman Holiday is the name of the pop? band in the book. It's very convenient to have the main character hate the band.

I didn't even read past chapter four but it doesn't take a genius to guess the rest of the book. There are many of the same story on Wattpad. Not that I have anything against cliches. I can en
Samantha (WLABB)
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: na, contemporary, romance
That was really fun, and I loved the little surprises Poston stuck in there. That one at the very end may have made me a little misty.

Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio-book-2018
This was ADORABLE!!! I wish I had read this sooner. On to book two!
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I saw the cover for The Sound of Us I was instantly drawn to it, and after reading the synopsis, I knew I wanted to read it. The cover is eye catching and looks like the book could be a fun read, and it fits perfectly with the synopsis.
The protagonist of The Sound of Us is Junie, she 'works' at The Lining, her Father's bar that she has taken over in the running of it in the attempt to keep it standing after his passing. Leaving behind The Lining, Maggie, her best friend, and Caspian, her ho
Serendipity Reviews
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on

This book was a refreshing change and a surprising one as it is on the debut list for Bloomsbury’s new ebook imprint, Bloomsbury Spark which is launched this month. The reason I found it refreshing was probably the setting. Considering how influential the musical and celebrity environment is on the younger generations, there aren’t many books that embrace the pop star phenomenon. I can only think of C.J. Skuse’s Rockoholic And Bridget Tyler’s Dru
Paula M
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc, favorite
You can also read my review here.

"..falling in love is like hearing your favorite song for the first time. It's something so unsuspecting, something so quiet, that you don't realize it's happening until it's over, an all you is hear it again...."

We all have a band that EVERYBODY loves... except for you.

That is Rowan Holiday for Junie. His song irks her. Annoys her. So imagine them meeting... in a very awkward way. Let's just say that there are underwear involve!!

Ooooh guys!! I love this stor
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Ash Poston’s been on my radar increasingly, as I’ve been told by Dahlia that Geekerella is SUCH a Christina book. I picked up the second Radio Hearts book off of NetGalley a while back, because I have autoapproval and it has a pretty cover. Then I picked up The Sound of Us in a sale. Unfortunately, I’m not that impressed with Poston’s debut. I think it could have been pretty good, but a lack of editing was the kiss of death.

Honestly, I’m pretty offended that Bloomsbury’s Spark imprint felt this
Kelley Lynn
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I seriously loved this book. I have a soft spot for stories that have some sort of music theme to them, and this one didn't disappoint. Poston did a fantastic job creating a flawed, confused and relateable character in Junie. Roman and Boaz and Maggie, the supporting characters in this tale, were well rounded and each had their own story outside of the one we were witness to.

I loved how I could feel Roman's pain and confusion and fear, even though I wasn't inside his head. The relationship betwe
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books, new-adult, ebook
Originally read as Roman Holiday: Radio Hearts #1. When initially released the book had a bit of a non-ending to it. The Sound of Us, released by Bloomsbury Spark, definitely gives us more closure.

I'm keeping my rating at 4 stars, because that's what I had it at before, but I have to say that I didn't enjoy this book quite as much the second time around.

Overall, though, a cute read with larger than life characters.
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4-4.5

Was so surprised by how much I really liked this! It's a lovely book! Review tk.
Judith Tewes
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Smartass rocker girl meets jaded boy band pop star in a glorious fusion of snappy one-liners, classic rock and pop culture references, and hotness. The Sound of Us is music to my keen reader ears.
Jen McConnel
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful, quirky love story! Complete with a light saber battle at midnight mini-golf, Junie and Roman's story will make you laugh, swoon, and speed read to find out what happens. ...more
Valerie Cole
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Favorite! Favorite! Favorite!! All the stars! Loved this one so incredibly much. I promise I'll review this more coherently soon. Until then, Ashley is my writer spirit animal. ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nothing super fantastic but it was cute!
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star
4.5 stars. A light, easy, cute read, finished in one evening and exactly what I needed on a low-mood day.
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love this book.

Yes, I realize how biased I am. No, I don't care.

I love Junie and Roman's story. I've loved it since I read one of its earliest drafts four years ago when I wasn't biased and Roman wasn't even Roman and Junie wasn't rocking pretty pink hair and Caspian kept annoyingly popping up when all I really wanted was some Roman and Junie make-out scenes. And even if Ashleyn insists on tagging me on Facebook in heartbreaking snippets that come in later books in the series because she is c
Suze Lavender
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Junie isn't a fan of the band Roman Holiday, but her best friend Maggie absolutely loves them. Because of the death of one of the members Roman Holiday won't be performing anymore. Maggie is devastated and she's keeping a close eye on all the developments. Roman and Holly used to be best friends and they were fantastic on stage, together with the third band member Boaz. Holly is the one who died and Roman doesn't want to let anyone know where he was on the night she passed away, which makes him ...more
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You have no idea how much I enjoyed this book!! The Sound of Us was such a fun, quirky read that I couldn’t help but giggle most of the way through it. Don’t get me wrong, there is a touch of seriousness in the storyline, but when the main characters are together, they are trying to forget about their pasts and have fun in the moment. And I can’t help but enjoy a story when a normal girl meets someone famous and they hit it off… Just like a cinderella story!

Junie is a fabulous character and I li
Joana Hill
Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Read more reviews on my blog, Words and Tea Bottles.

A free e-ARC copy was given to me in return for an honest review.

Well! What can I saw about Roman Holiday? It isn’t nearly the same book as it was when I first saw it, slapped up on inkpop and titled Junebug (the sequel to Roman Holiday is titled Junebug now, for one). That was a long time ago. And by long I mean three years.

Uh anyway.

Roman Holiday is a self-published new-adult novel. I’ll say up front that it does suffer from a typical self-pu
Jenny / Wondrous Reads
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, for-review
The Sound of Us is one of seven launch titles for the new eBook-first imprint, Bloomsbury Spark. It's another quality release which I think is being billed as New Adult, though there's no explicit content that would make it unsuitable for the YA market. It's one of those clever crossover titles that will appeal to a wide range of readers,making it more accessible and difficult to label. So, if you like YA or NA, you'll be golden with this one!

This book is fast, fun and infused with so many music
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I honestly didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I thought it'd be an enjoyable read, but nothing overly memorable or fresh. And true, the actual plot wasn't anything particularly ground breaking, but the romance and characters were fantastic.

While somewhat cliched, The Sound of Us contained quite a nice romance. To be honest, it’s difficult to pull out something truly surprising in a contemporary romance without killing off one of the characters or something, so I really shouldn't b
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