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Tune It Out

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  343 ratings  ·  164 reviews
A 2020 BookExpo Book Buzz Pick

From the author of the acclaimed Roll with It comes a moving novel about a girl with a sensory processing disorder who has to find her own voice after her whole world turns upside down.

Lou Montgomery has the voice of an angel, or so her mother tells her and anyone else who will listen. But Lou can only hear the fear in her own voice. She’s nev
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting story about a twelve year old girl and the difficulties she faced. Lou was cared for by her single mom who had to leave her home when she became pregnant at seventeen. Since that time, mother and daughter dealt with poverty and homelessness. But they had each other and loved each other. Lou had an exceptional singing voice, and her mom pushed Lou to sing in front of strangers. Lou loved music, but her invisible disability turned those experiences into a living nightmare. ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Five sparkly, sensory-aware stars for this new book from the author of "Roll With It." Jamie Sumner, you have done it again! A girl who is being replanted with additional challenges learns to shine and grow in a new place -- with the help of some fantastic supporting characters. Lou is such a lovable girl and you can't help but empathize with her and the land mines that lurk for someone with SPD. Thank you to Jamie Sumner for bringing this condition out into the light of middle grade lit so that ...more
Cassie Thomas
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A story of understanding above all.
Lou’s car accident (driving at age 12) takes her away from her Mom. Takes her away from the only life she has ever known; living out of the truck, not going to school, and being forced to play musical shows even though she physically can’t handle it. Her placement with her aunt and uncle ends up being the best thing that could happen. She learns about her grandparents, her mom and why she feels the way she does, but more importantly the placement helps her lea
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Ms. Yingling
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Louise and her mother are living in Nevada, but things aren't great. Hermother has a job as a waitress, which is good, but money is tight, so they are living in their vehicle, which isn't. Lou's mom thinks that the two will be able to havea better life is Lou is discovered by a talent agent, so has her perform at talent shows and coffee houses. Lou's singing is great, but she hates to perform. She is very sensitive to sounds, and is uncomfortable in front of peopl
Afoma Umesi
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m a huge fan of Sumner’s storytelling prowess and essentially read this book in one sitting. The scenes were highly believable, as were the ups and downs of Lou’s life. Tune It Out also explores difficult questions about family and finding oneself, particularly the courage to strike out on one’s own and choose one’s path. More importantly though, until more #OwnVoices stories about SPD become available, I think books like these are better than none at all. It is always worth noting that no one ...more
May 16, 2020 added it
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for an eARC of this book.

Although I really enjoyed this story, I will no longer be reviewing books with neurodiverse characters unless they are written by ownvoices authors as I don't feel qualified to comment on the representation. Since I cannot determine if this book falls into that category, I will refrain from making any comments at this time.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I just cried so much reading this book
as an ADULT
a 23 year old PERSON who pays TAXES
(technically none of this makes me immune to crying while reading a children's book but hey, here we are)

I love Lou and her voice, and everything she experiences and thinks about just seems so real and down to earth. This book made me feel safe and seen, but for someone who relates even more to Lou, or to any of the circumstances and conversations that take place regarding Sensory Processing Disorder, neurodiverg
Mrs. Mazzola
Loved this story! There aren't a lot of stories about kids with sensory processing issues and I'm so happy to see more of them popping up. I loved Lou and seeing how as she understands more about herself, she becomes more self-accepting and even learns to advocate for what she needs to be her best self. I thought the complex family dynamics were genuine and compelling. Often, parents and other adults can be depicted as either wonderful or terrible in middle grade, but in this story, even though ...more
Theresa Grissom
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5th, favorites, 3rd, 4th
Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC of this book.

One of my favorites of the year! I loved everything about this story. I can relate with Lou who has SPD, sensory processing disorder, although mine is a very mild case compared to her. I loved to get in her head and hear the struggles she faced from her point of view. Looking forward to getting at least one copy for my elementary library. The kids will really love this one.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are not many books for middle grade readers that have truly explored sensory processing disorder. Tune It Out does that and more! Lou and her mom live in a truck at a campsite. Mom can't wait until Lou makes it big with her singing career but is that what Lou really wants? One difficult evening leads Lou down a path that will impact her entire life. She must learn to deal with a new home, a new school, friends for the first time and her sensory processing disorder. Is Lou strong enough and ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley and Atheneum for this ARC, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I'll post that review upon publication.

Updated 9/1/20

4 stars

This is a strong middle grade novel that delivers in the likability of its main character, representation, intersectional diversity, and smooth readability.

Lou, the m.c., is managing extremely challenging circumstances - sensory processing disorder, poverty, housing insecurity, exploitation, and neglect - all while blaming herself when th
Karen McKenna
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Jamie Sumner's first book, and so I was thrilled to get the chance to read an eARC of Tune It Out. I had an expectation that I would like it, but this story still blew me away! Jamie Sumner is quickly becoming a favorite author and I hope she writes many more middle grade books! Her characters are complex and well-developed while keeping her prose succinct and moving. She doesn't shy away from hard topics like poverty, foster care, and Sensory Processing Disorder, but her story is uplift ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finished! Loved it! OMG the very beginning made me miss sitting in Starbucks reading a book. I could smell it hear and feel it. I LOVE WELL!!! 🤣 He is amazing. Lou is the strongest person I’ve ever met! So much love for this book. Thank you Jamie!

I have so much ❤️ for this 📖! You will full in love with these characters! Tune it Out by @jamiesumner_ is about hope and the importance of family & friendship. Lou-the epitome of perseverance & strength. You will also fall in love with Well! #BookPosse
Richie Partington
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Richie’s Picks: TUNE IT OUT by Jamie Sumner, Atheneum, September 2020, 288p., ISBN: 978-1-5344-5700-3

Driving on snow-covered streets for the first time, on the way to pick up her mother at work, twelve-year-old Louise Montgomery accidentally wrecks the truck in which she and Mom have been living. Lou also suffers a concussion. Child Protective Services promptly removes Lou from her mother’s custody and escorts her across the country to Nashville, Tennessee. For now, she’s to live with her matern
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Lou and her mom live in their truck near Lake Tahoe. Lou’s mom pushes her to sing in public, even though she knows that crowds, loud noises, handshakes, and more scare Lou. Twelve-year-old Lou is expected to drive the truck a few miles into town late at night to pick up her mom after work. One night, Lou gets into an accident. Child protective services gets involved, and Lou is sent across the country to live with her aunt and u
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lou has an incredible singing voice and her mother is pushing her to perform so they can get their big break and earn enough money to stop living in their car. Lou hates this. She has a hard time with loud noises, big crowds, and especially people touching her. But she loves her mother and tries her best to please her. One snowy night, everything goes sideways and Lou is taken from her mother and sent to live with her aunt and uncle who she hasn't seen in over 8 years. As Lou adjusts to her new ...more
i feel weird complaining about something in an arc of a book that's already out. because what if the author changed that and now it's different and not bad? or worse, what if everything's totally changed from the arc to the real book, and i write a review and no one knows what the heck i'm talking about?

i don't know what to say! but i'm just going to roll ahead here.

the unfinished character arcs. they're driving me nuts, folks. i can't read under these conditions. please, save the characters. do
Sharon Layburn
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A girl with sensory processing disorder lives with her single mother who, while loving, cannot seem to keep a roof over their head or food on the table. When things finally come to a head in a disastrous accident, Lou finds herself living with relatives she never knew existed. While at first devastated by this change, little by little Lou starts to flourish in her new environment; making friends, being brave, and learning to accept herself. How long can this new life last, though- and does
Katie Mac
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5, rounded up—while this isn’t an #ownvoices novel, Sumner’s bio indicates that she has a child with special needs. This personal experience comes through when she writes about Lou, a middle-school girl with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). The aspects of SPD and homelessness/poverty are really well done; Lou’s neglectful mother, though potentially triggering, was also effective, as was Lou’s new friends and supp
Renee MA
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter, oei
While I loved this book, I couldn't help thinking of the main characters as 16 and not 12. I also wanted a few more chapters so I could spend a little more time in Lou and Well's lives.

Dear Ms. Sumner, Tune It Out #2 could take place in 2026 as the pair go off to college? There is just so much more to these friends than can be explored in 288 pages.
Jaclyn Brett Lewis
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lou is convinced that her aversion to noise and touch will always set her apart, so she stays on the road with her mom, driving from town to town and performing onstage to get by. But when her life gets turned on end, she goes to a private school where she must face a whole new set of problems, discovering herself along the way.
Sierra Dertinger
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Jamie Sumner for providing #BookAllies with an eARC!

Lou isn't your ordinary girl; she is more than that. Music lovin', coffee sippin', braver than on can think - she tackles her sensory processing disorder (SPD) and her voice to fight for what's right with her momma. Oh the heart I have for Lou! Invisible disabilities are real and I am so glad this book takes on this awareness for our students. I think Jamie developed such a well-thoughtout character that has to overcome many obstac
Lilly Garmon
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Rachel Smith
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale and Joan Bauer’s Almost Home will quickly fall in love with this story.

Lou struggles with loud noises and being touched. When the book starts she and her mom are living in their truck until an accident during a snowstorm. The accident separates Lou from her mom, but gives her the opportunity to reconnect with relatives, meet new friends, and attend school.

This book is an unforgettable, sweet story about learning to accept help and the power of friend
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from Atheneum Books for Young Readers through Edelweiss+.
Sumner shares another main character who manages life with a disability. Lou tells her story of life first being homeless with her mom and then finding her way living with her aunt and uncle and adjusting to attending middle school. She has a sensory processing disorder and it's only when she finds the confidence to accept help that her counselor shows her coping mechanisms.
The surrounding story presents typic
Melissa Thom
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I just finished Tune It Out and I loved it! It is such a powerful window into the life of a girl who is experiencing homelessness and they way Jaime Sumner wrote about her sensory issues was compelling. I will def be recommending this to fans of One for the Murphy’s and Benefits of Being an Octopus. Although the main character Lou is only 12, she read like a much older character because she has been through a lot in her life so it makes it more believable. Can’t wait until it comes out so I can ...more
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking For a Good book. Rated 3.5 of 5

Louise "Lou" Montgomery lives with her mom - a struggling, single parent with nothing but praise and encouragement for her daughter. Maybe a little too much so.

Lou doesn't like sudden or loud noises. She doesn't like to be touched (or any sort of contact). But Lou's mom won't listen to anyone who might suggest that Lou is 'on the spectrum' and she pushes her daughter, who has a great singing voice, to perform in public at
Anam Cara
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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5 stars

Jamie Sumner does it again! Lou Montgomery is a 12-year-old girl living hand-to-mouth with her single mom struggling to make ends meet through waitressing and Lou's amazing voice. The problem is that Lou appears to have a sensory processing disorder that makes her extremely sensitive to touch and sound, a problem when her mom wants her to sing in front of a lot of people, a problem if the slightest noise or touch can have her collapsing into a screaming fit. Her mother hides her condition
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Jamie Sumner is the author of the critically-acclaimed middle-grade novel, Roll with It. Her second middle-grade novel, Tune It Out, with Atheneum Books for Young Readers comes out September 1st, 2020. She is also the author of the nonfiction parenting books, Eat, Sleep, Save the World and Unbound.

She has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post as well as other publications and is

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