"If love is supposed to feel like anything at all, it feels like dancing cheek-to-cheek with Roman Montgomery."
*I received an original ARC in exchange for an honest review so some changes may have occurred.*
The Sound of Us was a surprising, light funny New Adult read and one I thoroughly enjoyed. It wasn’t your typical plain Jane meets bad boy rocker, this story had more depth and two very likeable MCs.
Junie Baltimore is still struggling to come to terms with her father’s death. Her mum swiftly moved on and that’s only left things awkward and difficult. Junie also has the added worry of the foreclosure of the family bar, the only lasting link to her father. A family holiday away is the last thing she needs but it might turn out better than she expected.
Junie’s crazy best friend Maggie is obsessed with the band Roman Holiday, although they went on an abrupt hiatus due to the death of a band member. The gossip columns are rife with rumours, not that Junie cares, as she can’t stand the band. So imagine her shock when she bumps into the lead singer Roman in the supermarket during her holiday. After a rather embarrassing first and second encounter, Junie agrees to go for some ice cream with Roman and she soon learns there is more to Roman than his public persona.
"Roman Montgomery, probably the sexiest, strangest man at the beach, called me beautitful. And he doesn't tell me to keep it a secret."
I really liked the storyline, there was depth to Roman’s character as he hid his feelings and the truth of what really went on with his band and Holly’s death. I also liked the premise was original to New Adult stories out there at the moment. Junie was a likeable character; she was just a young, kooky girl with her bright pink hair and love for music. The theme of music was well placed throughout the book, mixing Junie’s love for it as well as Roman’s career.
Then if the book wasn’t funny enough, Maggie and Roman’s band mate Boaz added to the comic relief. Maggie didn’t hold back on telling anyone the truth and Boaz was just plain crazy. I would love to read their story as that would make for some interesting reading.
Of course, Junie’s time with the hot superstar was soon exposed and the paparazzi were on their tail. Things became difficult for the couple and Junie had tough decisions to make.
My favourite scene had to be the moment Junie and Roman shared at Holly’s memorial it was a heartfelt scene and one where Junie proved to Roman that she could be trusted then it was followed up by the funniest scene, I laughed so hard when Junie and Maggie reverted to ‘Plan B’.
I really enjoyed the author's writing, I found myself reading this story quickly, the pace was well done and even though it took place over a short period of time, I felt there was a lot in the story without being rushed or skipped over. Even the side story of Junie's 'boyfriend' and his fiasco back home added depth and humour to Junie's journey. I also enjoyed reading the progression of Junie and Roman's relationship even though it was never properly defined and there were some lovely passages.
"Love is not planned. It doesn't have a set time or place. It is something you can't define because it's bigger than any of us alone."
The Sound of Us was a funny, sweet romance that left things very much up in the air at the end. I can’t wait to read what is in store for the characters next.
Ashley Poston is the author of THE SOUND OF US, a YA/NA Contemporary from Bloomsbury Spark. Graduating from the University of South Carolina, she interned at Random House Publishers with Kodansha USA, where she (helped) edit the Sailor Moon manga and that was really, really, really cool. She wrote a play that won some award, and can quote every Motion City Soundtrack lyric by heart.
She currently lives in South Carolina with her cat (aka her soulmate) and a plethora of books. When she’s not writing, she’s going to the movies (her second favorite past time) or taking extravagant road trips (her third favorite past time). Oh, and she’s naturally redheaded, and she’s already stolen your soul so don’t ask.
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