Book Review: To Hear The Ocean Sigh

Title: To Hear The Ocean Sigh
Author: Bryant A. Loney 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Coming-of-age
Publisher: Verona Booksellers
Rating: 5 Stars
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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 her the ocean sigh and learn of the dire consequences that come with its responsibilities.

My Review

Be ready for the tears... because this book made me cry. To Hear the Ocean Sigh was so beautiful! When I first started reading, I thought this was going to be just going to be another love story, but I couldn't of been more wrong. Just like the winds roaring of the ocean, Loney has truly blown me away! There are many unique things that he did in this one, I don't know where to begin! The way he formatted his writing style was so perfect, every page cascaded to the next making everything refreshingly coherent. I also loved that you don't realize what you're truly reading until the last few pages; which was about the point when the water-works really started flowing. I also cried at how Loney left the ending open of your interpretation, but I also loved it at the same time. Yes, it killed me! Yes, I need answers! (Loney, if you're reading this and evilly laughing, I hope you're happy you killed me.) Without knowing what really happened; I do have theories, but I don't want to spoil the story for those of you out there who haven't read, so I'll keep them to myself... for now.

I could also tell that Loney had a lot of fun building his characters throughout this one. Jay was a very relatable and reliable main character, He alone has taught me a lot form this story, not just about other people, but about myself as well; which made this read more enjoyable. Saphnie on the other had taught me that even when your world could be crumbling around you, it's important to never lose faith, because it can lead to a lot of pain for others and yourself in the end. Then there were other characters too like Lily, Ethan, Megan, Ty, Sandy, Carl, Eliza, and tons more that I really enjoyed reading and learning about too. But I also had another favorite character too, Kukowski. He was a nice emotion reliever, especially when the story turned to serious, critical, or sad; he was always there to make me laugh.

I also really loved the fact that this was a coming-of-age story. To Hear the Ocean Sigh makes you realize how ignorant human nature can be, how much we take of granted, and the prices we pay for these choices. This book also taught me that even if we don't meet a person in real life, our actions can still affect them in ways no one may be able to understand. I have Loney to thank for teaching me these valuable life lessons, so thank you. I highly recommend that you pick this on up, and learn a lot about yourselves, just like I did. To Hear the Ocean Sigh is beautifully written, and such a lovely story that everyone should have an opportunity to read it. Loney is an 18-year-old just like me, and I'm very impressed that he wrote such am amazing book, I look forward to reading more form him in the very near future.

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