Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Review: The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Released: December 19th, 2013
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 cash she needs to save the bar her father left behind, could she sell out for the chance to save her future? Who is she kidding? That's a no-brainer...but she never planned on falling head over heels for the lead singer.
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 references they'll make you dizzy. It's serious when it needs to be, heartfelt when the narrative calls for it and romantic where it counts. Junie is a fantastic person to get to know; snarky and down to earth while at the same time struggling with very relatable personal issues. Roman is the same, though his story is more dramatic from the get-go. Together he and Junie make a great team, utterly believable even though they're thrust into a world of media and paparazzi.
Nothing is easy for Junie and Roman, but together they muddle through, making and correcting mistakes like it's going out of fashion. Their initial meeting is a little coincidental, as is their next run-in, though I know all too well how fate can intervene in life and make something seemingly impossible happen not once but twice. My best friend met her husband twice over two years and two different holidays in Ibiza - how's that for an unlikely coincidence?! After that, I believe pretty much anything can happen! Also, it's a fictional book: suspending disbelief is easy, though not a necessity when reading this particular novel.
I love any book that revolves around music, whether it be through song references, quotes or a leading man in a band. Music is a huge part of my life and I enjoy seeing an author geek out about bands and songs through their writing. Ashley Poston does all of that, and her enthusiasm makes The Sound of Us a thoroughly enjoyable, music-centric read. I would like more books like this, please, publishing Gods!