The Sound of Us – Ashley Poston


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.


Uh… did I miss something?

This started out pretty funny. It ended sweetly. 

But was there a middle part somewhere?! Maybe a portion where Roman and Junie built up some amazing relationship, and Junie actually got in deep with the paparazzi? Because things went from zero to sixty, FAST. 

By that, I mean there was very little character development. Pretty much everyone was trying TOO HARD to act different, stand out (or have some twisted idea about blending in), and fretting about themselves. There was hardly any development of any kind, really. About halfway through, I was shocked to realize that Junie wasn’t just being snarky and sarcastic, but this book was ACTUALLY that shallow and surface-level. And twee. Is “ebook-only” the book equivalent of “straight-to-DVD”?

Some parts were funny, sure. But aside from that, this book had me rolling my eyes (at least, during the parts when I wasn’t baffled by its abrupt about-face).

Related Reading

  • This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith (except this book was actually good)
  • The Rockstar’s Daughter – Caitlyn Duffy
  • Decked With Holly – Marni Bates
  • Audrey, Wait! – Robin Benway

Rating: 2/5


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