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The Sound of Us

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  105 reviews
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’
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Entangled: Teen
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May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 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 cover, right? (well, sometimes ...)

The Sound of Us tells the story of Kiki, a girl who is spending her summer practising her singing skills in opera summer camp. This combines some of my most favouri
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
*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 scholarships to study opera for four years of college. The competition, the stress, and the friendships formed by understanding and commonplace was expected. However, I did not expect it to be so funny. T
John Hammerle
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Funny and fast-paced music-based romance that soars on the strong, dynamic voice of its main protagonist.
Kristy Mauna
The Sound of Us was full of passion, friendships, and finding confidence within yourself.

"But that's life. Whichever road you choose, you're going to be missing out on something."

Kiki, our main character, is at opera camp for the summer where she is competing for 1 scholarship out of 7 being given away. Kiki is a quirky, easy-going, TV obsessed nerd, and is such a fun character to read about! I instantly loved her because she was so easy to relate to. She's passionate and her dream is to sin
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Can I just say that I loved this book?!? I loved Kiki's secret life as part of the Project Earth fandom as well as her seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of all things TV. I loved how she grows over the course of camp and comes to learn who she is and what she wants to be - this is coming of age writ large.

If you love music, Pitch Perfect, or High School Musical, then pick this up on June 7th!
Seriously, a book about a music camp, sign me up! Now, this isn’t your typical music camp (think Band Camp from Disney, or even American Pie), this is a highly competitive opera camp. Different, right? Opera is not really a genre of music that the young adult community talks about. I mean, I can honestly tell you that I know nothing about opera except that it’s mostly sung in another language.

The Sound of Us follows Kiki on her journey to be one of the coveted recipients of a musical scholarshi
Lekeisha The Booknerd
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally posted over at Lekeisha the Booknerd

The Sound of Us starts off with promise, goes a little haywire in the middle, and finishes with a flourish. I love the setting of music camp for pre-college students at the university. Lots of interesting characters running around, but there’s also lots of cattiness. Kiki is one of those indecisive protagonists who can’t decide on whether to be the dutiful girl, or to spread her wings and fly. I actually liked both sides, but for very different reas
I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley and Entangled: Teen, in exchange for an original and honest review.

I was so happy when I got an ARC of The Sound of Us. Overall, I loved this book, and definitely liked it more than I thought it would--in other words, it exceeded my already high expectations. I recommend this to everyone, especially my fellow music geeks (you know who you are).

This book is about Kiki Nichols, a nerdy, introverted singer who is spending the summer at a music
Boundless Book Reviews
It's Kiki's dream to get a full scholarship in music. Following the dream of Opera. Who knew that the camp would be so intriguing? The Sound of Us, is full of Pop Culture references. It's quirky and I really enjoyed this story.

Kiki has to learn a lot and strives to prove her parents wrong. Because she's known for not following through.. On pretty much everything. This story didn't go the route, I thought it was going to go. I really wanted the best for Kiki but she's a teenager. And teenagers ar
Janet McNally
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Kiki's voice for one thing, and I found THE SOUND OF US to be a fresh take on a music novel. Kiki wants to be an opera singer, and I loved following her journey to summer camp, where she sees that her dreams might not be as easy to attain as she hoped. Kiki seems totally real, sweet and sparkling. The dialogue crackles, and the supporting characters are well drawn. Highly recommended!
Julie Hammerle
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes, I'm giving my own book five stars.

However, if you like music, geeky folks, TV, cute and frustrating boys, kick ass girlfriends, or any combination of these things, you'll enjoy The Sound of Us.
Samantha (WLABB)
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary
This was quite a summer for Kiki! She had suffered quite a few blows at the hands of her former best friend, and was finally getting some distance from all that drama, but the summer music program was so much more than just an escape. Once there, Kiki was no longer the sidekick or the person cast in a supporting role. She was excelling and flourishing and being appreciated for all those things she thought were shortcomings.

I loved Kiki, and I was happy she was able to escape a sort of toxic fri
This review was originally posted on The Book Hookup here .

*Disclaimer: An eARC of these title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley invite in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: 3 stars! It was a quick read once I was able to get into it, but this novel wasn't anywhere near as light-hearted and fun as I expected it t
Nemo (The Moonlight Library)

TV nerd Kiki is off to a summer camp for an opera singing scholarship, where she jams contemporary pieces in the basement with a hot nerdy drummer at the camp for a golf scholarship. When her teachers forbid any kind of singing outside of opera, Kiki has to figure out if she will follow her heart or the rigid choices she seems to have locked herself into.


Cicero (kee-ke-roh) ‘Kiki’ has decided to follow in her big sister Tina’s footsteps and study opera at university, even though Tina
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I went into this expecting a fairly standard YA contemporary. There is nothing wrong with the standard story, especially when you’re in the mood for something easy and predictable in that Happily Ever After kind of way. I love those kinds of stories when I need a break between fantasies and dystopias. They’re great.

But that’s not what The Sound of Us was.

The Sou
Suze Lavender
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Kiki has managed to secure a place at a prestigious music camp. She's got something to prove and going is already a big step. She wants to show people what she's capable of. She's a geeky girl who loves watching television shows. She tweets about them and has a lot of online friends and followers. Unfortunately Kiki doesn't think she's anything special and she's socially awkward. She doesn't think she's slim enough or pretty enough to be noticed. She has no idea how to interact with strangers an ...more
Keanna (JustKey)
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it

The Why
Charming, relatable and sassy story which felt like Pitch Perfect with a girl who just wants to sing.

Kiki is spending her summer in Krause which basically Pitch Perfect for opera lovers. At the end of the summer, there is the promise that the students will get a scholarship for a full ride to Krause in the fall for college. When she first gets there, she decides to shed her Planet Earth fangirl who is being pressured by her parents to go to their school if she gets sent home. I really
Paula  Phillips
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
There are seven scholarships for a full ride at Music College and Kiki has been gotten into Summer Camp for the Musically Inclined and has landed herself a part in the top group. More often than not, the people in the top group are the ones that the scholarships go for and she can't afford to mess this up as if she doesn't end up getting the scholarship, then she has to attend the University her father works at and they don't have a music programme at all. With music camp though, there comes a l ...more
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I received a copy of this book from netgalley for review.

This book was an iffy one for me to request, but the music part got me interested. Holy crap, I kind of loved this one! I was so surprised to see that this is the author's first book. I fell in love with all the characters, even the ones I didn't want to like.

Watching Kiki figure out who she was during the book was awesome. It made me remember how incredible it was to finally make a choice for myrself as a teenager instead of following wha
A Leisure Moment

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 scholarships to study opera for four years of college. The competition, the stress, and the friendships formed by understanding and commonplace was expected. However, I did not expect it to be so funny. This book had me laughing and smiling, and the narrator, Kiki, kept things interesting. The idea of young opera singers a
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This is the first book I've read about music. I really don't why I haven't because I love movies that have music. It's just I guess I never stumbled upon any. There is one book on my wishlist but I don't know when I'll get.
So back to topic, I enjoyed this book very much! The character arc of Kiki is amazing. I like how Kiki was in wrong situations, how she dealt with it and made mistakes but learned and grew through them.
My fav part the friendship among the characters. They are there at the mus
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
-Fantastic, musical contemporary
-Great themes of finding yourself, discovering your passion, and embracing your talents
-TOP-NOTCH romance plot that shows bittersweet nuance
Brittany S.
YA Pitch Perfect? I MUST HAVE THIS!
Lissa Rice
**4 Stars** Full Review and Rating will be up at Boundless Book Reviews
I read an unedited version of this book. It was cute.
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (Thanks!)

I think my rating is more 3.5 stars. I really did like this book but about halfway through, I got really fed up with Kiki's inner dialogue (aka angst) about Jack. This novel kind of reminds me of All the Feels, except The Sound of Us was a bit more well-rounded because it didn't focus solely on the fandom.

This book is about Kiki, a girl who is going to a summer camp to compete for an opera scholarship. She wants to con
Lefty Reads
When I got accepted for this book, I was unbelievably excited because SINGING BOOK. In my opinion, there needs to be way more singing YA books in this world. And also TV shows. So basically, this book contained two of my favorite things in the entire world. I had high hopes for this novel, and there were some parts that really enjoyed, but, ultimately, there were quite a few major things that annoyed me, making this just an okay read.

I will say, the first half of the novel is solid af. We're in
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
As a girl who was obsessed with the Disney move, Camp Rock , I was so excited to read a book about a music camp!

Now, this book wasn't quite like Camp Rock , but it still gave me Camp Rock feels.

I thought it was interesting that this book was focused on the opera. I don't know a lot about opera, so it was interesting to learn about that music genre. However, I did find myself getting bored with the in depth descriptions about opera and singing. I would have liked that to have been cut back
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4.5 Angsty coming-of-age stars.

Young adult age range: 13+, mentions of alcohol consumption and kissing.

Julie Hammerle is a new-to-me author.

I had a slightly difficult time getting into this novel, to be honest. Not that I didn't enjoy the characters, the narration, or the set-up. But compared to the middle through to the end, it was a slightly slow start. Perhaps it's because the flow of information evened out- at the start,
Genni Eccles
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
*I recieved The Sound of Us via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own!*

The Sound of Us was such a blast.

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.

The Sound of Us i
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USA Today best-selling, RITA nominated author Julie Hammerle writes romantic comedies for adults and teens. Before settling down to write "for real," she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, aside from writing, she ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows includ ...more

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