Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Light in the Sound” as Want to Read:
The Light in the Sound
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Light in the Sound

by
4.72  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Rachel Richardson works in an adult toy store in Seattle. Her estranged family lives a thousand miles away, and she has a bunch of wretched friends. She really just wants to be loved, but this isn’t a love story. It’s about combating isolation. Rachel is tired of walking through life half asleep—literally and figuratively because she also suffers from night terrors. Counti ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published October 19th 2015 by Bread and Beauty Publishing
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Light in the Sound, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Light in the Sound

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-54
Average rating 4.72  · 
Rating details
 ·  25 ratings  ·  17 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Light in the Sound
Faisal
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults
The Light in the Sound

Thank you for the autograph book through Goodreads giveaway.

Wow, I really didn’t know what to expect with this book because it is out of my normal genre, but it was really great. I enjoyed reading the fictional novel about a young girl’s journey through family, relationships, work and life with scrutiny. The life of an average person living in today’s society is what this book shows with intense humor and sadly the judgmental views made by others.

The author Vanessa Gonzale
...more
L Fife
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Honest, witty and unique story of a woman traumatized by her family and the choices she made. This story is about life and strength. I found a champion in Rachel Richardson, a woman who ran away from home and works in a porn shop, trying to find love and figure out how to cope in this world without support. She is brave and fun to read about.
The characters were well developed, complex and there vulnerabilities were on display for all to see. I loved reading this book. Set in Seattle Washington,
...more
Rick Pryll
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rachel is going to have to choose. Is it going to be the long crushing Justin who doesn’t seem to have his shit together, the beautifully chaotic Cerise who definitely does not have her shit together, or the tall not-gay mechanic who just fixed her fan belt and is looking to fix a whole lot more?

The Light and the Sound is a literary fiction novel from Vanessa Gonzales. It is the story of Rachel Richardson, a twenty-something runaway trying to make a life out of it in Seattle, Washington. To mak
...more
Chloe Thurlow
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Does life have meaning? Or is random, absurd, a dead shooting star with its light still glimmering in the abyss? Surely the US election campaigns are an allegory for the chaos and violence eating out the heart of politics, business, the banks and family life – in the United States of America, as in the rest of the world, the downside of globalization?

How do we find meaning? How do we discover who we are, what we want, what we should do and how we should live when we feel as if “we have been cond
...more
Lynda Archer
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Want to get a sense of what's going on with the Millennial generation? Then dip into Gonzales' novel narrated by twenty-four year old Rachel, who ran from her parents' home in Utah when she was sixteen and presently works in a porn store in Seattle. Rachel is bright, feisty, funny and scared. She yearns to be deeply loved and accepted, not judged and criticized as she was by her Mormon parents. While this is a story of a young person's struggle to find herself, find her way, explore her sexualit ...more
L'Carpetron Moozious
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I initially started reading The Light in the Sound, I felt refreshed to finally see an honest approach to the description of what it is to be a young adult. I wanted to keep devouring this story of Rachel, a clearly strong willed young woman with a brutally honest outlook on life that is not so often portrayed.

I was immediately immersed in memories of how, at times, life can make no sense, and what it feels like to be stumbling around in the darkness that is adulthood.

The lament towards p
...more
Merilee
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. This is coming from someone who usually doesn't read. But there was something so raw about the main character, Rachel. I found myself connecting to her, empathizing, and rooting for her. It was so compelling that I couldn't put the book down. I wanted to join her on her mysterious outings and the people she meets.

Vanessa's writing is like artwork. She paints the surroundings around you with her words. You get a very good sense of the characters, places, and th
...more
Stephen Kozan
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Typically this genre isn't what I'm plucking from the shelves, but I felt compelled to give it a try based on the strength of the back cover.

I'm glad I did.

Vanessa paints with an extremely fine-bristled brush on her canvas of dialogue within the story. I felt one of her best strengths was capturing believable, movie script conversations between her characters. Her ability to maneuver so fluidly between character rebuttal was seamless.

Vanessa also does a great job depicting the main character's t
...more
Lori Byrd
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A clever, funny, laugh out loud book. I loved Rachel's character about working in a porn shop. I didn't know what to expect, but it met and surpassed all my expectations. Loved it.
Phil Yff
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of sound and light, signifying something: Protagonist, Rachel, is propped up between the bookends of her rigid Mormon upbringing and her present circumstances as a retail clerk in a porn shop. Between those two extremes, anything goes, and “The Light in the Sound” takes full advantage of the expansive playing field to do exactly that. It is set in ‘the present’ and the action occurs in a Seattle neighborhood. Yet, the contrast between present circumstances and upbringing allows the book’s s ...more
Challa Fletcher
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rachel is just as simple girl who is trying to make the best decision for herself, without the overpowering theology forced on her by her family. Long since left home, Rachel makes a living working in a sex shop, which has the added bonus of infuriating her father and giving her access to her  crush who works in the photo shop. Rachel becomes wrapped up in a three person love/infatuation-ship and discovers news that makes her relationship with her father even more strained.

The Light in the Sound
...more
Dan Santos
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Refreshingly, this is a hybrid genre novel; slightly beyond the “coming of age” sort, it’s more accurately an “OK, I’m here. Now what?” tale.

V.G. Anderson tells the story of a 24 year old finally away from a strict religious environment whose spark of independence lands her a job in a sex toy shop. She rationalizes it pays ten times better than McDonalds, but leaves the reader the impression it is her refuge from the night terrors she suffers. Yes, Rachel is a well-developed, complex protagonist
...more
Rachel Thomas
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was very different from most books I usually pick up. That being said I didn’t know what to expect but I enjoyed the ride. Some parts were wordy and the ending seemed rushed, I wanted to know more about where her relationships ended up. Nonetheless reading a book about a girl named Rachel, 24, artist, just trying to figure out life with no support hit close to home.
Gvlawyers
Jun 08, 2020 marked it as to-read
Khi bắt đầu đến 1 nơi mới, bạn cần thực hiện đầy đủ quy trình kí hợp đồng thuê nhà rõ ràng. Việc này sẽ giúp cho bạn mỗi ngày được yên tâm hơn và giữ vững được tâm lý khi ở nhà thuế. Người ta nói an cư mới lạc nghiệp, quả đúng như vậy. Hãy cùng nhau xem các mẫu hợp đông thuê nhà mới nhất dưới đây nhé.

https://gvlawyers.com.vn/mau-hop-dong...
...more
Gary
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Rachel Richardson is searching for something, a new life, a place to be, and people she can trust enough to be there with her. With Rachel, Vanessa Gonzales has given us a protagonist we can follow and believe in, mostly because we can see ourselves in her. Whether or not we’ve worked in a porn shop or grown up in a dysfunctional religious home, Rachel seems familiar, and it's easy to care about her. On top of this, there’s a brilliant cast of supporting players, each and every one of whom I wou ...more
Joseph Benedict
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is not at all like what I normally read, but it's a fascinating story with a compelling character. Rachel's struggle to figure out life and love kept me turning the pages. Definitely pick it up.
Michelle Olms
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book
Christopher Klim
rated it it was amazing
Jan 09, 2016
Sweetpea
rated it it was amazing
Mar 12, 2017
Steven
rated it it was amazing
Jan 30, 2019
William Lawrence
rated it really liked it
Jan 07, 2018
Alexa Sommers
rated it it was amazing
Apr 04, 2020
frank hardy
rated it it was amazing
Dec 12, 2016
V. Anderson
Nov 28, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: authored
Kenyatta Kelechi
rated it it was amazing
Mar 18, 2016
Alice
rated it it was ok
May 12, 2020
Brittany Himes
rated it it was amazing
Dec 10, 2015
Nicholas
marked it as to-read
Nov 17, 2015
Frederick Rotzien
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Margo
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Carla
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Ann Ellis
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Terry Pearson
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Todd Rumsey
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Ted
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Trica Johnson
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Emiley Allen Bowes
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Dawn Obrien
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Cheryl Bradley
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Kat
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Shana M. Garrity
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Tenesha
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Kathy Heare Watts
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Jamie
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Natalia
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Zandt McCue
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Carol
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Stacia Chappell
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Jazmin  Hunt
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Kim Friant
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Pam
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Michelle
marked it as to-read
Jan 13, 2016
Cynthia Schwarzer
marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2016
Ms. Reader
marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Calculating Stars (Lady Astronaut, #1)
  • A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony
  • Heroes Die (The Acts of Caine, #1)
  • The Fated Sky (Lady Astronaut, #2)
  • Jenny of Lebanon
  • Sting of Hope
  • Nine Princes in Amber (The Chronicles of Amber #1)
  • Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World, #2)
  • The Deserving
  • Girl Hunter: A Max Becker Thriller
  • Rabid
  • Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)
  • BEAUTIFUL, FRIGHTENING, AND SILENT
  • Taking Dicktation: Office FFM Menage Spanking Erotica
  • Paradise Palms
  • Killing Harry Bones (The Roger Storm Books Book 1)
  • Primal Intuition Book One Runaways
  • Arrest me, Please: A Dominick and Danielle Story
See similar books…
54 followers
V. G. Anderson was born in SLC, Utah but grew up in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle. She has degrees in Psychology, Journalism, and Creative Writing from Indiana University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University, Louisville, KY. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in US, UK, and Canadian literary magazines, and she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018. She’s a ful ...more

Related Articles

Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman know the radical life-changing power of a good friendship. The two launched their hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend ...
19 likes · 3 comments