S Students Across the Seven Seas series which is all about a female teenage protagonist studying abroad in a foreign country and the trials, challenges and romance that goes with it I have read a few of the books from this series in the past and this one was right in line it definitely did not disappoint The Sound of Munich follows seventeen year old Siena, a bohemian Cali girl who s heading to Germany to find the last person on her late father s carpe diem list Without spoiling too much, this book is packed with some adventure the trials of finding the man who smuggled her father and her grandparents out of Germany back when the wall was up , friendship the two girls she befriends over in Germany and her friends back home whcih she keeps in touch with over email and a romantic interest her RA in the program Unlike many of the SASS books, the romance in this book isbittersweet it doesn t work out for her in the end and isrealistic to everyday life.
In the end, this book was well written, accurate and a quick read I would give it 4 5 stars I really enjoyed it but is by no means the next great novel of the 21st century.
This book is garbage There s German errors almost every time German is used, cultural inaccuracies, contrived plot and characters, a ridiculous historical inaccuracy that Google could clear up in a second, but it was still enjoyable because sometimes bad books are and because I miss Germany so so much I read this book, I believe, in the 6th grade and remember absolutely loving it However, with that being said, I couldn t specifically remember the plot line nor the reasons why my 12 year old self got so giddy reading it, so I thought I d buy the novel onand refresh my now 17 year old self which btw, is Siena s age in the book.
In terms of the positives of this book, there were a good handful Honestly, when I decided to re read The Sound of Munich five years later I expected it feel a lot like a book aimed towards a pre teen audience However, to my surprise, the subtle profanity and dirty jokes here were endless I was so surprised how I missed them as a kid Definitely an awesome highlight Additionally, I m a sucker for girl goes to europe and meets guy romance novels So, inevitably, this book met the standards fairly well I mean, though it definitely was no Stephanie Perkins, I d like to acknowledge the fact that it was a pretty decent cutesy romance novel.
So in terms of the bad, there were also some things worth mentioning Like I said, I read this book in the 6th grade with a totally different perspective So, despite the relatability to Sienna s character and subtle dirty jokes, it s still kind of difficult to appreciate this book five years later with a different mindset I guess you could kind of compare it to re watching old shows you used to watch as a kid You enjoy it, but the connection and genuine appreciation you had years ago, isn t really present any.
That being said, some of the writing also was kind of a disappointment I wished Siena and Stefan hadmoments together explore their relationship One scene I remembered perfectly well before re reading this book was when they were outside the club and kissed I remembered how cute and giddy that chapter made me feel as a kid However, now, I felt that that scene felt extremely too short and dull.
I also think that the ending was a bit superficial with Siena going back and Stefan waiting for her Though he didn t explicitly state he was going to wait for her, the possibility of them reuniting and reliving everything over again just feels like a lost cause Let s face it Siena is going to go home and live her senior year like any American normal girl, while Stefan is going live in Europe and eventually meet someone else They ll both still treasure their time together in Germany, but that s just as far as it goes sighs bittersweetly Lol I think reading this five years later has got analyzing the story a bit too much But then again, I have no regrets This book was on from my childhood and I ll always appreciate it Honestly, who knows Might just even buy another book from the series just to see how it goes.
The Story is Alive with The Sound of Munich Alicia H Herr Schwalm, she said My name is Siena Bernstein I think you might have known my grandparents Nelson, 150 This story is about a young teenage girl who travels to Munich for a semester to learn about her dad s life, while there she meets a handsome German guy, and makes plenty of friends that help her through the semester Nelson s The Sound of Munich intrigues me with its heartwarming story and unique style The book The Sound of Munich displays a variety of different characters and settings that adds to the plot and experience of reading the book Many different characters were displayed in the book and they were all believable because they went through real things and bittersweet times, that we humans can relate to There is one main character and 3 background characters that add to the book, by helping Siena along in her journey in Germany Siena, the main character, is an easy going bohemian Cali girl She is very interested in her dad s past and wants to complete his bucket list that he never got to finish Siena s two friends in Germany, Meg and Chen, are completely different Meg is a very talkative, country girl that likes everyone, and Chen is a very smart girl that likes everything organized Siena s love interest in the book, Stefan, is a very tall, brown haired, blue eyed older boy that is in charge of Siena and her friends while they have their semester in Germany These characters help to add to the dynamic of the book by making them all diverse The setting in the book The Sound of Munich plays a very important part in the book The setting is very important because the person and heritage Siena is trying to find out about is in Germany The author really helps to portray the setting by providing descriptive quotes about how the Market Plaza looks or the little houses they pass while driving by The author tries to portray the story in a quiet part of Munich where all the kids are studying abroad The plot was written very well and has its ups and downs and relates to real life The story is about a young teenager, Siena who is going to study abroad in Germany for a semester While there, she wants to use her free time to learnabout her dad and complete the last thing on his bucket list Along the way, she meets two totally opposite friends that help her to pass her classes and finish what she came for She ll also meet a boy named Stefan, that s her love interest but is off limits because he is her RA while staying in Germany So, in the end, will Siena finish her dead father s bucket list in time, date the handsome RA, and pass her classes This book has many connections you can make with it, many on a personal level, and historical events that have gone on in the past One text to text connection I made was The Sound of Munich can be related to The Book Theif because they are both based upon and talk about disasters that went on in Germany They both also have a love interest in the book, and both books show reality and not happily ever after One historical event that is explained is Siena s father crossing the Berlin wall and how dangerous it was with all the shootings and bombings going on Another couple famous things that are mentioned are different castles and the Market Plaza that Siena and her friends visit One way I can relate to this book on a personal level is my ancestors and relatives came from Germany, it was cool to learn about some historical events they may have gone through in a fictional book I could also relate to trying to find outabout someone you have never met and how hard it is I never knew my one set of grandparents.
I like how the author wrote the book, but I think it would be cool if it was told totally by the narrator The way the author wrote the book is by letting the reader know Siena s feelings but not anyone else s I think it would be cool if we could know everyone s feelings, so I could get a better look at what type of person they are Author s voice or how he wrote the book is cool though I do like how it is written like it is from the 2000s, especially because of the slang and terms used Overall I did really like the book but I wish the book could have beenbalanced at times, in the middle of the story, everything started to go slow, and towards the end of the book, everything was happening too fast One second Siena was meeting Peter and the next she was boarding the plane to go back to America I would recommend this to anyone who likes a heartwarming tale with a little bit of romance, and if you like to learn about history while reading, this the book for you I would overall give this book a 3 1 2 out of 5 stars because of the way it is written and the inconsistencies in the tempo of the book.
I ve loved this series when I was younger and I still do These books make me wish I could study abroad but these books bring me close enough However, it s still your classic cheesy tourist falls for the RA It was cute and an easy read.
I received this book as a gift from my best friend on my 17th birthday My love for the German language and culture began after reading this novel.
Siena Bernstein Is Leaving Her Yoga Mat Behind For A Semester Of Study Abroad In Munich She S Thrilled With The Prospect Of A German Adventure Her Horoscope Is Encouraging As Well , But She Hopes To Make Than Just Her Dreams Come True While She S There Siena S Dad, Who Passed Away When She Was A Baby, Kept A Carpe Diem List Sort Of His Top Ten Adventurous Things To Do He Completed All But One Of The Tasks Going To Germany To Thank The Man Who Helped Smuggle His Family Past The Berlin Wall Amidst Her Adventures In Biergartens, Alpine Skiing, And A Rigorous Course Load, Siena Is On A Quest To Complete Her Father S List But She S Also Set On Having The Best Possible Time While She Tries With The Help Of Two New Best Buds And A Handsome RA In Her Dorm, She Ll Surely Succeed I remember my tita brought me book for christmas I already like this book make me enjoy.
Pros Siena s determination in the book to finish something meaningful for her dad was heartwarming Though her father died when she was a baby she wanted to honor his memory by finishing the final task on his Carpe Diem List This final goal was to find and thank Peter Schwalm, a man who had helped smuggle him and his family past the Berlin Wall, risking everything This one task on her father s list was the entire reason Siena wanted to go to Germany One interesting moment towards the end of the book was when Siera and Stefan s relationship, if you can even call it that, was tested when Briana saw them kiss This event triggered a possible threat to both of their positions in the S.
S program because of the possibility of Briana telling the administration about their relationship Since Siena is studying abroad in Germany I got to read about some cool places and learn about some of Germany s culture and history, which is exciting and even inspiring.
Cons This story started off very slowly, taking pages to describe short moments, but then the middle and end are very fast yet exciting It took several pages to describe Siena and her encounters at the airport and the debacle of her missing luggage, though it was a short, dull part of her life and story Even though the love interest between Siena and Stefan was cute and amusing at some points, it was overall unnecessary and predictable The forbidden love idea has been overdone way too many times as it is, so reading about another situation like it was kind of overkill Recommendation I would recommend this book to people who are interested in a sweet and heartwarming story Like many other stories, while in the process of doing something for someone else, in this case her father, Siena is able to find outabout herself and grow as a person It is interesting to read and fun to hear about a personal story that was related to a troubling time in history, because I enjoy history I find historyreal and emotional when you get to experience something from a person s perspective during that time, and even though this is fictional there are many stories like this about other people who escaped Germany.