The Sound of Love (The Sound series #1) by Maria Watts – Review by Jana Teppih

The Sound of Love (The Sound series #1)The Sound of Love by Maria Watts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started reading and the first chapter build my expectations very high. I kept reading and … got more and more frustrated… I kept shaking my head and thinking to myself what the heck… and then, I put myself into the shoes of a 16-year-old sheltered girl who gets pulled into this crazy narcissistic life that seems so fascinating and cool on the pages of a tabloid but in reality is something completely different.
I loved how Maria Watts took the naïve Nina through the steps one needs to take when growing up, the contradictions, the peer/partner pressure, sticking with your principles, insecurity, self-esteem … we could go on and on. I think that Nina could actually be a sort of a role model to those young boy band fans as she is crazy about Chris (and has feelings for Nathan that she is in denial about) and wants to get to know him better and on a deeper lever but still sticking to her guns and not succumbing to the pressure (to have sex).
I did not like Chris very much as he was the stereotypical narcissist hyped boy band member who feels he is entitled to whatever he wants, though we did not get to know a lot what his story is, how he got to where he was… we could share his confusion and his abusiveness but there was no clear progression or growth and maybe it was not needed as for me the story was more about Nina and her self-discovery and growth and the Chris served more like a landscape that it happened on.
I wish that every girl who has a poster of a handsome guy on their bedroom wall (ceiling) and dream about him, would read this book as I think it gives a good glimpse into the reality and they could learn a lot from Nina without needing to suffer so much themselves.

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