Tune It Out

Content Overview

Overall Content



Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking


Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty


Violence, Weapons, Blood, Crime


Potentially Intense Themes


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Tune It Out

Jamie Sumner

A 2020 BookExpo Book Buzz Pick

From the author of the acclaimed Roll with It comes a moving novel about a girl with a sensory processing disorder who has to find her own voice after her whole world turns upside down.

Lou Montgomery has the voice of an angel, or so her mother tells her and anyone else who will listen. But Lou can only hear the fear in her own voice. She’s never liked crowds or loud noises or even high fives; in fact, she’s terrified of them, which makes her pretty sure there’s something wrong with her.

When Lou crashes their pickup on a dark and snowy road, child services separate the mother-daughter duo. Now she has to start all over again at a fancy private school far away from anything she’s ever known. With help from an outgoing new friend, her aunt and uncle, and the school counselor, she begins to see things differently. A sensory processing disorder isn’t something to be ashamed of, and music might just be the thing that saves Lou—and maybe her mom, too.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads

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My Opinion

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) This is a cute, quick read about a 12yo girl with sensory processing disorder. She lives in a truck with her mom and they mostly make ends meet but are close and happy. At least that’s what Lou thought.

I liked “being in her head” and hearing what she felt during loud noises and how regular Sumner made it sound. We all have things we don’t like, this disorder just made them harder to hide. It was very normal and understanding to hear. Her journey to manage them and live with them made my heart happy. It was a big step for her development.

Lou tugged at my heart strings. Her mom was trying her best but fell short in quite a few areas and Lou’s realization of this was difficult to read.

Well (Maxwell) was my fav. He was the perfect friend for her, and her for him. I was happy they had each other. They both needed each other. 

“‘At least it sounds like your mom was around.’ I don’t say anything. I think of this house. The four-car garage. The pool. The movie theater. And then I think of Well’s dad, standing in the kitchen in his alligator boots in front of his son, but staring at his phone. I guess there are different kinds of neglect.”

It’s a warm, happy book about life, love and friends. Also what’s good for you and what’s not.

Thank you to Goodreads and Simon & Schuster Children’s for the giveaway win.

Detailed Content Review



H***- 1






Religious Cursing



G**- 2

L***- 1

Derogatory terms etc-

Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking

A mom smells of cigarette smoke. 

Some people assume a young girl is on drugs when she screams after they’ve touched her. 

A mom wears a nicotine patch to help her stop smoking.

Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty

*No LGBTQ+ aspects included*

A young woman was kicked out of her house at 17 when she got pregnant. 

A mom doesn’t know who the father of her child is and doesn’t want to know. 

Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood


Potentially Intense Themes

A young girl has problems with people touching her and loud sounds. She has screamed and pulled her hair and bitten people before. 

A young girl is driving a car and hits a deer. She hits her head and is taken to the hospital.

A young girl is taken from her mother’s care.

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  1. I love getting inside a character’s head to understand how he or she perceives the world! For example, I loved Ginny Moon and House Rules.

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