Sydney's Song

Sydney's Song

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.

Title:Sydney's Song
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781479192182
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    Sydney's Song Reviews

  • Uvi Poznansky

    It took me time to write this review because was too busy laughing and crying at every twist and turn of this story.Let me tell you what the title meant to me: Sydney, who is a girl barely 18 years ol...

  • Matt Posner

    Note: I received an advance review copy of this book in order to help the author with its launch.Sydney's Song by Ia Uaro, is an autobiographical novel of romance and struggle, a heartwarming tale of ...

  • Krystal Marlein

    I received a copy of this book for review as a goodreads first reads winner.Wow. What do I say about this truly masterful work of art, because that's what it is. It's art. The worlds on the pages, the...

  • Ia Uaro

    I wrote this one - so please read what the others say:-UVI POZNANSKY: "I was too busy laughing and crying at every twist and turn of this story."-IRINA DUNN: “SYDNEY'S SONG is intelligent, touching,...

  • Brenda Franklin

    It’s an amazing and emotional love story that pulls you in at the first page. If you can get past reading the first page you better make time in your day because you’ll be hooked unable to put it...

  • Cindy Smith

    Sydney is just finishing High School when her entire family structure falls apart. Her parents divorce and leave her to deal alone. While she is lost she meets friends at her new job. She becomes stro...

  • J. Dorner

    This book is a wonderful and compelling love story. Sydney and Pete brought me to tears thanks to my own related real experience. I highly recommend this to anyone who understood the power of love bef...

  • Diane

    My feelings about Sydney's song are mixed. I had a hard time relating to Sydney and considered the book sanctimonious at times. That said, the story is charming, the characters develop well and the de...

  • Paddy O'callaghan

    This is most definitely the best book set against an sporting backdrop that I've ever read. It's funny, touching and absolutely beautifully written....

  • Ia Uaro

    Oh well, I wrote this one - so please read what the others say:-KIRKUS REVIEWS: “Lovable. Memorable. Well-drawn characters…keep the plot riveting, with no telling what will come next. Warm, enjoya...