The Sound by Sarah Alderson
Published by Simon and Schuster
When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston's elite, she's hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.
What she doesn't count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets, falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy, and falling out with a dangerous serial killer...
I have mixed feelings about this book.
I loved that it was a UKYA contemp as I often struggle to find contemps by British authors and I always find myself craving them. I loved the story by the end and I enjoyed the action and the mystery thriller aspect of the book. I enjoyed the setting and loved loved loved the bad boy of the piece Jesse. I loved every scene with him in.
However for me I found this book a bit lacking. I felt that it took far too long for the story to get going and for the first part of the book I wasn't as gripped as I could have been. It wasn't until Jesse arrived on the scene that I got hooked and unable to put the book down. I also found Ren grated a bit at times with her own hang ups and insecurities. Admittedly it was probably those flaws that made her a very realistic character.
Definitely a book I'd recommend purely for Jesse swooning but one I really had to stick with to start.
You'll like this book if you loved ...
Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson
Sarah Dessen's Colby series (but wanted them to be dark instead of fluffy!)