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’t happen again, even though they love all the same TV shows, and fifteen minutes making music with him meant more than every aria she’s ever sung.

But when someone starts snitching on rule breakers and getting them kicked out, music camp turns into survival of the fittest. If Kiki’s going to get that scholarship, her chance to make true friends—and her chance with the drummer guy—might cost her the future she wants more than anything.

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 to be. The Sound of Us had its high moments, but overall, I guess I just wanted more.

♥ Review: In the spirit of honesty, I’ll admit that I’m still—even weeks later at this point (!!!)—trying desperately to recover from a serious book hangover, and I’ve yet to find that perfect book to push me over that slump. So, as I’ve discovered numerous times prior to this occasion, even when I try to be objective, it’s hard for me to clearly judge a book’s quality and I get stuck between a rock and a hard place. Yet, the only way over a book hangover is through it, and sometimes that means I end up giving really good books a lower rating just because they simply don’t measure up or hold my interest quite like the book that still has my mind wrapped around it, unfair as that may be. With that said, I fear that this might very well be the case with this book seeing as so many others enjoyed it more, or at least that’s what I’ve gathered while glancing at reviews on Goodreads.

Generally speaking about this book, I can say that the writing was decent, but I struggled with the pacing of the book. It never really took off for me and though I love books where the theme is music-related, I felt like all the in-depth discussion and class chat about opera really weighed the text down for me. (However, those familiar with opera terminology and such would probably appreciate it more than I could.) Additionally, the characters were good enough, mostly fleshed out and some really leaped off the page, but I had a troublesome time connecting to them. I think that was mostly hindered by my ability to relate to the experience they were going through. Furthermore, it was the drama surrounding so much of the plot—drama about the supposed mole, drama about love interests, drama about life choices, drama about a TV show, drama llama for your momma about all the things—that really made it hard to just focus on the people and what they were going through. I’m okay with drama when it’s necessary to furthering the plot or helping a character evolve, but all the various forms of drama in this book started to feel convoluted and read like a bad teen reality TV show. Lastly, the ending may work for some, but it felt very rushed and anti-climatic to me. I felt like KiKi went back for resolution about a number of things, but when everything was supposedly settled, the readers were left with a giant question mark about her future, especially where Jack was concerned.

And, bless it, I’m not trying to be ugly because there were certainly good, even great, things about this novel. I laughed out loud a few times. For instance, when Kiki and Nutty Bar Boy were rocking out or enjoying their togetherness, it was ridiculously cute. I believe that had the book done away with the conflict about why Jack couldn’t pursue Kiki and just allowed the drama surrounding the scholarship to flourish, perhaps this would have been a more enjoyable reading experience for myself.

♥ Teaser Quote: 

     “It’s a date,” I say, before catching myself. “I mean, not a date. A thing…an appointment. A meeting.”
     Jack pounds the wall with his fist before leaping away and heading back down the hallway. Without looking at me, he says, “It’s a date.”
-quote taken from the eARC of The Sound of Us at 25%

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♥ Rec It? Maybe? I’m sure others will definitely enjoy this more than I did, and perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood for this particular kind of read. Maybe on a different day when I was ready for this brand of teenage angst, I could have even loved it a lot more. There are plenty of other reviewers on Goodreads giving high praise for this novel, so maybe take my opinion with a grain of salt.

♥ A very special thanks to the publicist at Entangled TEEN for providing me with an advanced copy of this title.

*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.

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