AWW2013 review: Sydney’s Song by Ia Uaro


SydneysSong

3 stars

This book is written by Ia Uaro an Aussie author who donates money from each sale to charity. The illustrations in the book are also mostly drawn by Ia which added another lovely little touch to the story that a lot of mass-produced books are missing. Ia tells us: SYDNEY’S SONG is written for males and females, 15-year old and above, readers of any genre who occasionally want something different. This novel is a socio fiction, humorous fiction, drama, romantic fiction, coming-of-age, self-help/empowerment, travel in Sydney/Australia,  fictionalised true stories – which first of all aims to entertain.

Synopsis: Olympic fever runs high in the Australian summer of 1999 and 17-year-old Sydney has caught it. Little does she know taking a holiday job in the beehive that is the Olympics’ public-transport call centre will be life altering. Shaken by her parents’ divorce, the sheltered Aussie is further plagued by abusive callers, obnoxious government agencies, constrictive office rules, and liberated friends. She is trying to negotiate these challenges as her own personal Olympics when Pete finds her. Pete, Boston’s former child prodigy whose soothing voice floats across her workstation, sees through Sydney’s tough outer shell. Pete knows what it takes to present a dignified front when all you want to do is howl at the moon. Treating their friendship like an art, he invests time and creative effort to pull Sydney out of her despair.

Tragedy strikes when an accident leaves Pete with a major brain injury in a Boston hospital. Their families think Sydney is too young to cope with all the complications, but she doesn’t agree. After all that he has done for her, Sydney refuses to leave Pete with people who view him only as an endless chore. Deferring her university studies, alone in a foreign land facing new trials, Sydney stays at his side—even when he doesn’t recognise her.

Set in Sydney and Boston where heartbreaks are juxtaposed humour, SYDNEY’S SONG is a young girl’s courageous journey to adulthood and a love story. A work of fiction based on real events, this novel with an Australian accent also shows the world that living with disabilities does not prevent a person from attaining happiness.

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