To Hear the Ocean Sigh by Bryant A. Loney
Published by Verona Booksellers on April 21, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Source/Format: An ebook copy was sent to me by Wes Florentine at Verona Booksellers for an honest review.
Jay Murchison believes he is a nobody at his high school in Oklahoma. Coming from a conservative family of affordable luxury, Jay has an overwhelming desire to become something great. After a mysterious girl named Saphnie in North Carolina mistakenly texts him, an unlikely relationship develops that affects Jay’s self-perception and influences the rest of his sophomore year. This correspondence leads him to a group of thrill-seekers who provide a grand departure from the quiet life Jay is familiar with and eye-opening experiences to witness first-hand the truth behind the loose morals his fellow classmates have come to know.
In a story filled with injustice, hope, hatred, love, grief, and understanding, readers will ask themselves what it truly means to hear the ocean sigh and learn of the dire consequences that come with its responsibilities. –Goodreads
Thank you to Wes Florentine and Verona Booksellers for providing me with a copy of To Hear the Ocean Sigh for an honest review.
When Jacob Murchison turns sixteen, his parents finally allow him to have a cellphone. He puts a post on his social media profile letting everyone know what his number is and to text him. The only text he gets is from a girl in North Carolina he has never met trying to find her ex-boyfriend. He quickly forms a friendship with this girl, which in turn leads to him making more friends at the high school he attends in Oklahoma. He was a nobody before he started talking to Saphnie. He never expected that his Sophomore year of high school would turn out the way it did.
I thought that this book was very well written. I liked that it wasn’t told in chapters, but rather in months and a count down of days starting from 178 days and ending at the present day in Jay Murchison’s life. I felt that Jay Murchison’s character was very relatable. He is a quiet teenager who feels like he doesn’t have any friends. He clings to the relationship with Saphnie because she is the first person who has really wanted to talk to him and actually enjoys talking to him.
The plot was well structured and kept me interested and wanting to read more throughout the entire story. The author, Bryant A. Loney, wrote the story very realistically. He wrote a story about a teenager who didn’t have a lot of friends until an accidentally message caused him to form a bond with a girl who in turn unintentionally helped him make friends with other people his age. A lot of teens and young adults will be able to relate to this story.
I recommend this novel to all teens and young adults as well as people who enjoy contemporary and realistic fiction.
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