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TO HEAR THE OCEAN SIGH is a contemporary-realistic, coming-of-age narrative by satiric novelist Bryant A. Loney.

Jay Murchison believes he is a nobody at his high school in Oklahoma. Coming from a conservative family of affordable luxury, Jay has an overwhelming desire to become something great. After a mysterious girl named Saphnie in North Carolina mistakenly texts him, a
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Paperback, 276 pages
Published August 2015 by Verona Booksellers (first published April 21st 2015)
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Nikka
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Full review on my blog, P A P ∃ R & T R E E S!

To Hear The Ocean Sigh is a coming-of-age novel about Jay Murchison on his sophomore year. It started with him talking about how unpopular and lonely he is which made me think "Crap. Not this again.", but I read on. And damn, was I surprised.

During the first few chapters, I found it difficult to connect with the story as well as the characters. I mean, it's very easy to read, but you just have no idea where's it's headed so you have to keep gues
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Defne (that-bookworm)
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, 2015
3.5/5

I received a copy of this book from Verona Booksellers in exchange for an honest review.

"(...)

'Some people were simply created with the right genes and the proper social skills, I figured. They ended up at a lunch table with a group of good-looking individuals, like them, who did what all good-looking individuals managed: making the rest of us feel both envious of them and sad for ourselves, intentional or not. They had activities outside of school and followers online—people of social nece
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JM Cabral
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thank you, Wes Florentine of Verona Booksellers, for sending me an eBook copy of this book! It did not, in any way, sway my opinions about it.

The Cover: The cover features a very "Percy Jackson" approved type of color scheme. It's extremely blue. The background is blue, the fonts are blue... But in the background, you could see the ocean, which was a big symbolism for the book. The cover's okay for a debut novel. (3 out of 5 stars)

The Story: I never expected myself to read a coming of age story
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Kassie
Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it
While I did have some issues with this story and the writing, this book was overall a decent contemporary YA novel. I gave it a 2.5 stars.

Jay is trying to figure out where he fits in the social world of high school and ends up making some friends sophomore year which takes him through some very stereotypical high school situations.
He also makes an unlikely friend in a girl, Saphnie, who accidentally texts him instead of someone else.

My issues mostly lie with the characters feeling much older tha
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Sally Moore
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary:

    Jay Murchison knew he wasn't popular to begin with, but it hit him hard on his 16th birthday, when no one even acknowledged the fact besides his parents, who had finally gotten him his own cell phone. He knew he wasn't popular to begin with and always felt on the outside of everything. But with a phone, he thought everything could actually change. Living in Arminster, OK, Jay's life is average, to say the most. Nothing happens to him, he always follows the rules and he never question
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Nancy Cothrum
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased "To Hear The Ocean Sigh" in the Kindle edition when Bryant's Dad on Facebook mentioned it. It did take me sometime to start the book but when I did I was captivated. As an adult, it provided insight to the teenage life and what they all go through. It also took me back to my teenage years with the emotions and experiences I dealt with.

To see the struggles of Jay Murchison with his many friendships, loves, losses & grief through the 5 1/2 months absolutely made the story quite re
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Jessie
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, first-reads
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. This book is a young adults book but adults can definitely relate to it. This book makes you think about the possibilities of things to come, chance meetings and what ifs. It makes you realize what can happen in a blink of an eye. Being popular isn't always what it is cracked up to be. This book also speaks the truth that you should always be friendly to everyone, for you never know what their struggle is. The ending of this book left b ...more
Brigida  Laranjo
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
(I received a copy of this book from Verona Booksellers in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my opinion on the novel or its author.)

Where should I even start? I have several things that I want to point out that I'm seriously afraid I'll even mix up my thoughts.
Well, let's start with the 2 characters I liked the most, which are one of the things that made me like and reflect so much about this book.

First of all, Jay Murchison. One word: Loner. More than one word: Someon
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Emily Hughes
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review
“There’s always hope.

And oceans.

Hope and oceans.”

–Bryant A. Loney

Thank you to Wes Florentine and Verona Booksellers for providing me with a copy for an honest review.

This coming of age novel is a story of conflict, growing up and forgiveness. It deals with real issues that most teens may face in their lifetimes. To Hear the Ocean Sigh is about a boy who feels very lonely due to his lack of friends and a text message that changes his life. This novel is genuine and honest.

Jay Murchison is
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Amy
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my opinion on the novel or its author.

I was a little bit hesitant to pick up a coming-of-age novel in my final months of high school. To me, coming-of-age has always seemed a little too realistic to be enjoyable, if that makes any sense. When I was fourteen, I didn’t want to read about pimples and popularity paranoia because I was living it. These days, I’m far happier to preten
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Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
Jay Murchinson believes he is a nobody at his high school in Oklahoma. Coming from a conservative family of affordable luxury, Jay has an overwhelming desire to become something great. After a mysterious girl named Saphnie in North Carolina mistakenly texts him, an unlikely relationship develops that affects Jay's self perception and influences the rest of his sophomore year. This correspondence leads him to a group of thrill-seekers who provide a grand departure from the quiet life Jay is famil ...more
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Feb 01, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
DNF @ 10%

This was just *sighs*. I don't want to be rude or mean, but it was not good at all. Like at all. Jay's character was whiny and weird and did not make any sense. I DNFed when he said he didn't know how to make a frozen pizza. But honestly, the text conversations were poorly written and the jumping around in topics was not fun for me. I am all for authors including texting in their stories, but please find a
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 Caty
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First of all I want to thank Wes Florentine of Verona Booksellers for sending me a pdf copy of this book. I'm really glad I had the chance to read it because it was really great. The story is deep and focus on many issues, such as depression, being alone, friendship and relationship. Jay Murchinson, the protagonist, was a great character. He is the unpopular guy who wants to make friends. He is good and nice, I felt a connection with him as soon as I started reading. Every character is so well-w ...more
Lotte
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review, 4-stars
I got asked by Verona Booksellers in Tulsa, Oklahoma to write a review of this book.

I thought this book was amazing. I loved the main character because I could really relate to him in some ways. This book really shows that you never know what might happen when you meet a new person, it could change your life. The characters were well written and relatable and this book showed that you should always be kind to people because you never know what they are dealing with themselves. The ending of this
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Jamie Scott
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved J & Saph. Their texts where often funny but many were thoughtful & poignant. This story had me crying & laughing & most importantly it made me think about really listening to the people you care about. Don't keep taking from others without giving back more than you receive, you may save a life in doing so.
Holly Storrow
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#To Hear The Ocean Sighis a clever and heartfelt read that explores love, friendship, serendipity, and the unfortunate injustice of life. Check out my full review here! ...more
Layla (Between the Lines)
I received a free copy of this book from Verona Booksellers in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion of the work.

"It’s human nature not to think of storms when the ocean is quiet."

This coming-of-age story follows Jay Murchison, a self-proclaimed loner who leads a seemingly comfortable life, but is filled with a yearning hope for something more. Fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower can find familiar comfort in Jay's noted self-awareness and observations of the peo
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Bethany
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I was sent an e-book of To Hear The Ocean Sigh from Verona Booksellers in exchange for my honest review.

To Hear the Ocean Sigh is a coming of age novel about a mid-western boy in his sophomore year of high school. Truthfully, I had quite a hard time getting into this book initially. It is written in first person from the perspective of Jay Murchison, a smart but awkward high school student. I found his voice to be quite stilted for a teenager and I couldn't tell how much of it was intentional b
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Tina
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all I have to say that in the past couple years I have read many Young Adult novels. I got started when my small-town library started running out of books for me to read. One day when coming up pretty empty-handed, the librarian suggested I try a couple YA books. I told her that I really didn't have any desire to read books revolving around teenagers and all their drama, as I am a parent of a teenager myself and really don't need to read about it - I LIVE it on a daily basis. Anyway, sh ...more
Hello Coffee  Corner
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
*I received a copy of this book from Verona Booksellers in exchange for an honest review* (2/5)
Synopsis: Jay Murchison believes he is a nobody at his high school in Oklahoma. Coming from a conservative family of affordable luxury, Jay has an overwhelming desire to become something great. After a mysterious girl in North Carolina mistakenly texts him, an unlikely relationship develops that affects Jay’s self-perception and influences the rest of his sophomore year. This correspondence leads him t
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Michael woods
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I was asked to review this book I jumped at the chance because the blurb really sold it for me. Its about Jay Murchison who is not very popular, but on his 16th birthday he receives his very first mobile phone and thought that it could be the start of a change. Jay’s life does change when Saphnie, a girl he does not know, texts his new phone by mistake. After an awkward introduction the two of them start to get along and become friends. Both characters have problems in their lives and they ...more
Hannah
May 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Here is my review for To Hear the Ocean Sigh by Bryant A. Loney. I was sent this ebook for an honest review by Verona Booksellers. This does not change my opinion of the book.
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To Hear the Ocean Sigh is a YA Contemporary Fiction Coming of Age Story.
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Synopsis:
Jay Murchison believes he is a nobody at his high school in Oklahoma. Coming from a conservative family of affordable luxury, Jay has an overwhelming desire to become something great. After a mysterious girl in North Carolina mistakenly text
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Katelyn
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Be ready for the tears... because this book made me cry. To Hear the Ocean Sigh was so beautiful! When I first started reading, I thought this was going to be just going to be another love story, but I couldn't of been more wrong. Just like the winds roaring of the ocean, Loney has truly blown me away! There are many unique things that he did in this one, I don't know where to begin! The way he formatted his writing style was so perfect, every page cascaded to the next making everything refreshi ...more
Kari
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just finished To Hear the Ocean Sigh, and I loved this book. I have read a few other books that touch on the subject matter of this one, and this one blew me away. (I'm not going to say exactly what that is because it will spoil the book for you.)

This book follows Jay and his account of his past few months. He has just turned sixteen, and he has no friends to speak of. He ends up getting a text on his new phone from a girl trying to reach her ex-boyfriend, and they end up becoming some semblan
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Maddie
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
I would like to say thank you to Wes from Verona Booksellers for sending me a PDF copy to review. This did not in anyway sway my opinions about this book.

Part of the synopsis:

Jay Murchison believes he is a nobody at his high school in Oklahoma. Coming from a conservative family of affordable luxury, Jay has an overwhelming desire to become something great. After a mysterious girl named Saphnie in North Carolina mistakenly texts him, an unlikely relationship develops that affects Jay’s self-perce
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Olivia
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of darker contemporary
Shelves: review-copy
Find my in-depth review on my blog, Heir of Glitter.

A quick but captivating and somewhat dark read. It was a brilliant book, considering it was written by an 18-year-old guy. :D
Neola
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting study in the teenage mind. A story of conflict, forgiveness and being friends. I liked the fact this book introduced the spiritual lives of these teenagers. I received this book from Goodreads. Thank you for this book. I would recommend this book to teens and adults.
Lily
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
*** I received a free ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review ***

I have to be honest here and say that if I was not reading this book for the purpose of review I would not have finished it. As a rule, I don’t think it’s fair to DNF a book when I’ve been asked by a publisher to review it, especially because I know that if you persist and trust the author a book can turn into something amazing despite a rocky start. I tried to like this book, I really did. Before I started readin
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Becky
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a copy of To Hear the Ocean Sigh by the publisher in return for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this book and I rated it as 5 out of 5 stars. I loved the narrative of this novel and the layout which was separated into months and days and I found the main character, Jay, to be very relatable. I got through this book quite quickly as I found that the plot was really gripping and I wanted to continue reading to find out what was going to happen. I really wanted to know what happened
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Olivia
Read this review along with others on my blog by following this link: https://bibliomad.wordpress.com/

To Hear The Ocean Sigh by Bryant A. Loney is a contemporary, young adult novel that deals with themes like loneliness and suicide. Jay Murchinson is essentially his high school's loser - or "Suicide Kid" - who is in desperate need of friends. But, one day, after finally getting a phone for his 16th birthday, he receives a text message from a girl named Saphnie by mistake. As aforementioned, Jay
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Bryant Loney was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1997. Sea Breeze Academy is his third novel; he is also the author of To Hear the Ocean Sigh and Take Me to the Cat. He loves dogs, poems, and haunted mansions. You can follow him on Twitter (@BALoney) and Instagram (@BryantLoney) or visit him online at www.BryantLoney.com.
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