Book Title: The Sound of Us
Author: Julie Hammerle
Release Date: 6/7/2016
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write “for real,” she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her music playlist reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.
She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.
The Importance of Positive Body Image Representation by Jennifer Madero
All my life, I have been someone who didn’t fit. Let it be for my hobbies, my brains, my body, I didn’t feel part of the people around me. And this became acuter as I kept growing up. I was always the biggest one in my classes, the girl who was the tallest even among guys and the biggest in body proportions, with the too-long black hair, darker skin, and smart, someone who liked to learn, to top it off.
Movies around the world, not just Hollywood, don’t represent all types of people in their movies. The same goes with books. Readers read books, fiction books, for one reason: to escape reality. Let it be by riding dragons, falling in love with a swoony guy, solving a murder mystery, we read to experience the world through someone’s eyes. We relate to a character’s struggles as they try to survive whatever affects them, let it be Katniss fighting her way through the first Hunger Games, Harry as he battled against Voldemort, Liesel defying the norm and stealing books to be burnt, we felt for these characters. They resonated with us in an internal way.
Here’s one example I liked a lot. I had a few friends in middle school that had different conditions, from ADHD, to dyslexia, ADD, among others in varying degrees of severity. Many of these friends LOVED Percy Jackson. They were avid lovers of Greek Mythology and loved Rick Riordan’s way of writing. But they also loved being represented in the demigods who had problems in school that turned out to be sons and daughter’s of mythical beings. They felt better about the things they went through, and that they too could persevere againts many odds.
Now imagine that, but with their outside.
Another great example is Finn and Rey from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some weeks ago I read an article about how a kid was happily dressed as Finn who he could relate to.
In fiction, it’s important to value these things that make us unique as people the same way that we see it in our classrooms, in our jobs, the mall, and many other places. If you look around, you’ll see all types of people with beards, big or small noses, a hip bigger than the other, a double chin, blonde hair or pink hair, big and small, all types of people. Shouldn’t fiction have that type of diversity as well?
I believe that, as a reader, it’s satisfying to see that the protagonist isn’t always a blonde, thin blue-eyed girl, but instead a mega tall, brown eyes, dark skinned girl the the most damn cute ringlets in her hair and she is proud of them. Someone who’s like that girl will learn to stand straight with a chin high rather than look down in shame. It’s important that when that seven-year-old, thirteen-year-old, or maybe even twenty-year-old or older, open a book to escape reality, they are faced with a piece of truth that’ll make them confident in who they are, and that they are much more than just that.
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