The Sound of Us Body Positivity Blog Series

The Sound of Us Body Positivity Blog Series

Are you ready for The Sound of Us‘ body positivity blog series?

If you’ve read Julie Hammerle‘s debut YA novel, The Sound of Us already, then you know that one of key characteristics of Kiki, the main character, is her penchant for describing other people she meets by way of other, well known TV or movie characters, aka their celebrity twins. It should come as no surprise that this is her normal because she’s a huge part of the Project Earth fandom, which is a faux TV show in the book’s world described as “Alias meets Battlestar Galactica meets Shondaland.” ( Is it any wonder that we really wish this show existed IRL, and if we had any sway with Shonda Rhimes, we’d make some calls so it happened?)

However, in one poignant moment that had Kiki pulling at our heartstrings, she addresses the reader her own lack of a celebrity twin:

(You’re probably wondering who my celebrity twin is. Well, there aren’t a lot of women in pop culture who have my body type, i.e. dumpy. I’m too fat to be thin and too thin to be fat. Head-wise, I have the glasses and mouselike features of Mary Katherine Gallagher from Saturday Night Live with hair like Hermione before someone gave her hot oil help between the second and third movies.)

When we read that passage our hearts hurt for Kiki, the girl who doesn’t see herself represented in any of the TV and movies that she holds so dearly. And we’re pretty sure that other readers – and soon to be readers – of The Sound of Us would feel the same way since the vast majority of teens and young women don’t have the body shape of Hollywood celebrities…or if they do, they are criticized for it relentlessly.

So it was for this reason that in addition to a regular blog tour with reviews, we wanted to invite authors, bloggers, and booktubers to share their top 10 lists for, stories of, and responses to the concept of body positivity over the course of the next few weeks.

Here’s the schedule of posts that we’ve devised so far:*

June 6, 2016:

Julie Hammerle on Hammervision

Melissa on Books are Love

Veronica on V’s Reads

June 7, 2016:

Carol Riggs on Artzicarol Ramblings

June 8, 2016:

Jennifer on The Bookavid

Lisa Brown Roberts on Lisa Brown

June 9, 2016:

Suze on With Love for Books

Ali on Dazzled by Books

Maria on Big City Bookworm

June 10, 2016:

Jennifer on Boricuan Bookworms

Alyssa on the Pucks and Paperbacks’ Booktube Channel

Dani on Dani Reviews Things

June 13, 2016:

Eli on The Silver Words

June 14, 2016:

Andrew on Endlessly Reading

June 15, 2016: 

Kate Brauning on Pub Hub

June 16, 2016:

Sascha on Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored

June 24, 2016:

Camille Espiritu on The Young Folks

Later this Month:

Tiff on Mostly YA Lit

* Missed the sign up for The Sound of Us‘ Body Positivity Blog Series? Think you signed up, but don’t see your name listed on the schedule? (Sorry we experienced a little technical difficulty with the sign up form.) Contact me at melissa {at} entangledpublishing {dot} com and I’ll get you added to the schedule!

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About The Sound of Us:

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, equally geeky drummer can’t happen again, even though they love all the same shows, and fifteen minutes making music with him meant more than every aria she’s ever sung.

But when someone starts reporting singers who break conduct rules, music camp turns survival of the fittest, and people are getting kicked out. If Kiki’s going to get that scholarship, her chance to make true friends—and her first real chance at something more—might cost her the future she wants more than anything.

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