Story and illustrations by Ia Uaro.
Humour. Socio fiction. Coming-of-age. Love story.
2013 Finalist in Humor
IRINA DUNN - DIRECTOR, AUSTRALIAN WRITERS NETWORK, Sydney, NSW:
“This is a beguiling story which offers a new slant on the genre of “chick lit” in that its heroine Sydney steadfastly holds principles that put her out of step with her generation of youth, with their partying ways and easy sex.
The voice of the central character Sydney is good and reads authentically on the page. SYDNEY'S SONG is intelligent, touching, interesting and funny.
This well-told, humorous, moving and heart-warming story is based on the author’s own experiences but she has never deviated from the golden rule of fiction, and that is to tell her story well. Weaving the story around deftly drawn fictional characters, the author relives her own teenage traumas and her husband’s accident. She visits his sufferings and shows the world that living with disabilities does not prevent a person from attaining happiness.”
JACOB COATES – JAFFA BOOKS, Brisbane, Queensland:
“A fantastic love story grounded quite firmly in a suburban setting with real characters. An honest and emotional story of incredible passion and emotion, 'Sydney's Song' captures you from the off. Its serious story of love and heartbreak is expertly juxtaposed against the humour of the call centre.”
NORMA FOWLER - Author of The False Prophet and several others, Northern Kentucky, USA:
"This book is riveting in its context and in the author’s expressions of a set time in her life. It has the honest and open opinions of a young woman who is very keenly perceptive in all people and situations about her.
I have also learned many things as it pertains to the Australian way. Many pieces of language and terminologies are apparently privy to that corner of the world. I found them to still be comprehensible; sometimes light and airy, sometimes comical.
The ultimate thrust of the story; the love, honor and valor of a very young woman placed in a very difficult situation, was vividly seen throughout the story! I applaud the author for her compassion in sharing this story and conveying the important issues of brain injuries which could happen to anybody at any time.