To Hear the Ocean Sigh

To Hear the Ocean Sigh

by Bryant A. Loney


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ISBN-13: 9780692381113
Publisher: Verona Booksellers
Publication date: 04/21/2015
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 1,261,583
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

You can follow Bryant Alexander Loney on Twitter (@BALoney) and visit his website at

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To Hear The Ocean Sigh 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book after reading some excerpts on Tumblr. It sort of had a slow start for me in the early chapters, but as the main character's friend group expanded, the action picked up. The dialogue in this book is close to perfect and is exactly how I imagine teenagers in similar situations would act. I also liked how their voices and quirks were consistent, like one character using Japanese emojis instead of the sideways western ones. One thing I didn;t like was how one character was homophobic (though his girlfriend set him straight) or how a couple characters (one of them a teacher) was blatantly sexist, though I can see why the author made the characters that way to show all perspectives in life, even the bad ones. The ending was a good crazy. I would recommend this book to teens to teens who feel lost in the world.
David_Taylor More than 1 year ago
Instead of some other teen books I've read, in To Hear the Ocean Sigh, you aren't always rooting for main character Jay. In fact there were some moments when I wanted him to fail so that he could see the error of his selfish mindset and his toxic friend group, both which the author thankfully addressed. I enjoyed this most about the novel, that none of the characters are entirely likeable, as they all have their faults and that's what makes the story so real. Jay learns that having friends isn't always best if they aren't the right ones for you, a lesson I believe everyone, not just teenagers, need to hear. Loney has created something special with this novel that I hope all young adults will give a read. 4.5 out of 5 stars.
vampiregrl123 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Wes Florentine and Verona Booksellers for providing me with a copy for an honest review. This coming of age novel is a story of conflict, growing up and forgiveness. It deals with real issues that most teens may face in their lifetimes. To Hear the Ocean Sigh is about a boy who feels very lonely due to his lack of friends and a text message that changes his life. This novel is genuine and honest. Jay Murchison is a sophomore in high school. He has zero friends. On his sixteenth birthday, the only thing on his mind is the fact that no one, except his parents, has wished him a happy birthday. When his parents give him his gift, a shiny new smartphone, he immediately posts his number on social media, thinking that this would spark something. He gets nothing for hours, except one text message from a girl who thought she was texting her ex-boyfriend. This text message is what alters the course of his life. I thought that this book was very well written. I loved that it wasn’t told in the typical style of 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. The ideas presented in this novel are relatable for teens. The novel presents a variety of issues from discovering who you are as a person, to the topic of depression, to the home lives that are presented by different characters, to other high school issues such as partying, smoking weed, etc. The characters were relatable as well. Jay Murchison is a quiet teenager who feels like he doesn’t have any friends. He clings to the relationship he develops with Saphnie because she is the first person who has really wanted to talk to him and actually enjoys talking to him. Saphnie is a girl who is lost and suffering through depression. Readers don’t get to see her thoughts but they do get to read the text messages that Jay receives. I believe that readers will still be able to make a connection with her even though she is not a narrator of the story. 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.