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…(Source)
Plot: I’m not going to lie, the premise of this book is kind of ridiculous. This teenage girl, who knows absolutely nothing about taking care of children, travels to Nantucket to become a nanny for a rich family. Not only does she know nothing about children, but the parents tell her all the time that she can go do whatever she wants. In fact, probably about 80% of the time (if that) she’s not even with the children she’s supposed to be watching. They let her drive their car (when she doesn’t even really know how to drive), stay out late, and pretty much do whatever the hell she wants.
Now, that aside, it actually is a really entertaining book. When she moves over, there’s been a lot of news about nannies in the area going missing (again a bit unrealistic given the situation). She’s worried, but tries not to focus too much on it because they pay is good. As the book progressed, I noticed it wasn’t very predictable. It kept taking turns I really wasn’t anticipating, giving more life to the story. The ending wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and I ended up getting very wrapped into the plot line.
Character: When you get past all of the ridiculousness of Ren and her situation, she’s actually a pretty funny character. I like that she’s real and relatable even in a story like this. Part of her character is that she’s working in a rich place like Nantucket, but doesn’t really look the part. I like that she doesn’t spend the whole book trying to fit in with the rich, snotty people there. She knows who she is and who they are and accepts it. But she still is a little insecure at times as well.
Cover: To be perfectly honest, I don’t really understand much of the cover or the title. It’s called the sound because there’s a spot in the book where a girl drowned called “The Sound” and I think the author was trying to be really deep and thoughtful, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense. I honestly think she only goes to the beach once too, so it doesn’t make a lot of sense to have that be the main focus. Other than that though, I do like the cover out of context.
Closing Thoughts: If you can get past the ridiculous parts of this book, I definitely recommend reading it. It’s a little cheesy at times and the author clearly just writes things in for the sake of plot. But overall, Alderson fixes it with how interesting it ended up becoming. I read this book in only a few days just because it gave me that feeling of “I can’t put it down.” Since I’ve gone to college, not a lot of books can keep my attention like that anymore. So I will give this book a C because it is a really fun read, but a little bit silly.
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