The Sound of Everything


Winner of the Everything with Words’ YA Competition 2019 judged by Patrice Lawrence, The Sound of Everything is a heart-felt coming of age story for all those who struggle to feel like they deserve love.

Betrayal, rejection, violence Kadie has known it all. She’s tough and prepared for everything. Everything except love.

Kadie has has just arrived in yet another foster home. She trusts no one and lives by the rules: don’t count on anyone, always act, be prepared to lose everything. She’s lost everything more times than she can count but then she meets Lips and learns that some things are even more important than survival. But she has secrets of which she must let go if she is to make a stab at friendship and love.


‘A stunning new voice. Outstanding, complex writing. So pleased this book is here!’ Patrice Lawrence

‘A rare precocious talent’  Alex Wheatle

‘A remarkably accomplished debut from a truly talented author’ Jenny Downham

‘Fizzing with energy and purpose, a vibrant new voice in UK YA’  Lisa Williamson

‘Firmly establishing herself as the genre’s most exciting new voice with this outstanding debut novel The Sound of Everything…exquisitely perceptive . . . A sensitive, mesmerising coming-of-age novel, this is a must-read for any YA devotee.’  The Independent, 15 best young adult books for 2021, Best New Talent

‘Debut author Rebecca Henry springs on to the YA scene with The Sound of Everything, an energetic and heart-wrenching account of a life in foster care. . . Henry’s ear for dialect and slang is particularly cite, and her depiction of adolescent bullying in the social-media age devastatingly sharp.” Irish Times

‘Brilliantly assured’ Guardian

‘It’s doubtful there could be a more authentic teenage voice than that of Kadie in The Sound of Everything’  FT

Nominated for the Carnegie 2022

Book Details


198mm x 129mm






July 22nd 2021, May 2020




Rebecca Henry