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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471115739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471115738
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having spent most of her life in London, Sarah quit her job in the non profit sector in 2009 and took off on a round the world trip with her husband and princess obsessed daughter on a mission to find a new place to call home. After several months in India, Singapore, Australia and the US, they settled in Bali where Sarah now spends her days machete-ing coconuts and writing.

She finished her first novel just before they left the UK, wrote the sequel - Losing Lila - on the beach in India, and had signed a two book deal with Simon & Schuster by the time they had reached Bali.

She has since published a number of books with Simon & Schuster, including The Sound and Out of Control.

Sarah also writes New Adult Fiction for Pan Macmillan under the pen name Mila Gray, and romantic comedy as part of the writing duo Lola Salt.


You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and at www.sarahalderson.com.



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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nic Jones on 6 Aug 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I have to say upfront that it's hard for me to write an objective review of The Sound because main character Ren is partially based on me(!), but I love the story so much that I had to write something.

I'm lucky enough to know Sarah and to have shared many a chat and giggle about young adult books with her. We definitely share the same opinions when it comes to what we like about protagonists of certain stories and the kinds of characters we admire in young adult stories.

I was in the middle of travelling across America interviewing bands when Sarah wrote to me telling me her ideas about Ren. I was overwhelmed and excited at the prospect of an aspiring music blogger at the heart of the story. I guess it's even quite poetic that I was in music city Nashville when Sarah first sent me through some draft chapters of the story and I started putting a Spotify soundtrack to it.

Music is pretty much the centre of my world, and I think Sarah captures that so beautifully in Ren and keeps her relatable. She's a pretty normal teenage girl dealing with all the normal teenage stuff but she's so passionate about music and writing about it. I love that we have a character here who has her own passion and direction outside of all the other standard teen stuff she has going on. When I was younger I didn't really have a music writer that I knew about to relate to and to follow, so I love the idea that Ren might inspire some other young girls to seriously consider putting down in words how they feel about music (even if she is fictional).

Why should you read The Sound aside from the super cool music chick at the heart of it? Two words - Jesse Miller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nic Jones on 6 Aug 2013
Format: Paperback
I have to say upfront that it's hard for me to write an objective review of The Sound because main character Ren is partially based on me(!), but I love the story so much that I had to write something.

I'm lucky enough to know Sarah and to have shared many a chat and giggle about young adult books with her. We definitely share the same opinions when it comes to what we like about protagonists of certain stories and the kinds of characters we admire in young adult stories.

I was in the middle of travelling across America interviewing bands when Sarah wrote to me telling me her ideas about Ren. I was overwhelmed and excited at the prospect of an aspiring music blogger at the heart of the story. I guess it's even quite poetic that I was in music city Nashville when Sarah first sent me through some draft chapters of the story and I started putting a Spotify soundtrack to it.

Music is pretty much the centre of my world, and I think Sarah captures that so beautifully in Ren and keeps her relatable. She's a pretty normal teenage girl dealing with all the normal teenage stuff but she's so passionate about music and writing about it. I love that we have a character here who has her own passion and direction outside of all the other standard teen stuff she has going on. When I was younger I didn't really have a music writer that I knew about to relate to and to follow, so I love the idea that Ren might inspire some other young girls to seriously consider putting down in words how they feel about music (even if she is fictional).

Why should you read The Sound aside from the super cool music chick at the heart of it? Two words - Jesse Miller.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Passion for Life TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Aug 2013
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The Sound is fantastic! I'm in such awe by Sarah Alderson's work that I've come to this conclusion; anything she writes I'm going to love and The Sound just proves my point.

Following a 17-year-old British girl, Ren moves to Nantucket for the summer nannying for a wealthy family. While there, she tries to mend her broken heart and move on with her life, so when the rich and popular kids take interest in her, Ren's happy to have some friends in a country where she knows no-one. However, while renting a bike, she bumps into Jesse - the local town's bad boy, but is he really as bad as everyone says? Ren tries her best to keep out of trouble but in a town full of hidden secrets, a serial killer on the loose and trying to deny her growing attraction to Jesse, staying out of trouble is harder than it seems.

If you've read any of Sarah's previous work, then you'll notice that The Sound is not paranormal story, it's a YA Contemporary. I love both genre's so I was super excited to see where Sarah would take her first contemporary story, and looking back on the books I've read this year, The Sound is easily my favourite contemporary story for 2013!

As a British girl myself, I loved that Ren was British (there just isn't enough British protagonists in my opinion) and what I loved even more was how much Nantucket appealed to me as a reader. It is written beautifully, the sunsets and the views are to die for, and it made me really want to hop on a plane, and go a visit - minus the serial killer though. The story is jam-packed full of heat and swoon-worthy moments, it's exciting and so mysterious. Not only that but it's a fun story, but also one that deals with some serious issues too. There's nothing better when a story ticks all the right boxes, and The Sound did just that.
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