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Book Review: The Sound of Violet by Allen Wolf

The Sound of Violet by Allen Wolf

Desperate to find his soulmate, Shawn goes on one awkward date after another until he encounters the alluring Violet. He starts dating her, but his autism keeps him from realizing that she’s actually a prostitute.

Shawn thinks he’s found a possible wife while Violet thinks she’s discovered her ticket to a brand new life. This hilarious and dramatic award-winning story takes all kinds of twists and turns and has been adapted into a major motion picture.

The Sound of Violet Review

I was compensated with a small amount for my time and effort in reading the book and writing this review. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and are based on my honest personal experience reading the book. Nor did the publisher in any way shape or form ever pressure me to give a positive review.

Allen Wolf’s The Sound of Violet follows Shawn, a young autistic guy, as he navigates the difficulties of contemporary dating in his search for love. Despite his difficulties in relationships, Shawn approaches the world of romance with sincerity and resolve. He thinks he has at last found his soul match when he meets the mysterious Violet. But Shawn doesn’t know that Violet is a prostitute, and at first, she thinks he might be one of her clients.

As their relationship unfolds, both Shawn and Violet grapple with their own hopes, dreams, and misconceptions. Shawn’s sincerity and Violet’s resilience create a dynamic and heartfelt narrative that takes unexpected twists and turns. “The Sound of Violet” is a captivating exploration of love, identity, and the transformative power of human connection, with elements of humor and drama that resonate deeply with readers.

This is a quick and short romance read, and as an avid enthusiast of the genre, I found the romance to be undeniably charming, which is a significant plus. However, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the story beyond the romance lacked depth. Many themes and topics seemed underdeveloped, leaving them feeling somewhat superficial at times.

Given that this book presents itself as a cute contemporary romance, I believe it fulfills its intended purpose adequately. If you overlook the minor inconsistencies in the worldbuilding, particularly regarding the characters’ professions, it can indeed serve as another enjoyable, quick, and easily digestible read, perfect for a cozy Sunday afternoon, especially on a rainy day.

Having said that, this book explores a number of extremely serious subjects, including autism and human trafficking. Even though these concepts give the story greater complexity, I couldn’t help but wish these important topics had been given more time to develop and be explored. I was hoping for a more in-depth analysis of these intricate concepts because, despite the seriousness of the subject, it felt a little shallow. However, the recognition and incorporation of such significant subjects highlight the author’s desire to address contemporary challenges within the narrative framework.

To add on to that, it’s clear that the author made a great effort to bring feelings into the narrative. The story moves between humorous moments and emotional ones with ease, which improves the writing’s overall quality. These emotional swings make for a more engaging read since they let readers empathize with the characters and their journey on a deeper level.

The unique circumstances surrounding the characters gave rise to incredibly endearing couple interactions thanks to the contrast between Violet’s more mature profession and Shawn’s autistic tendencies. In the middle of these dynamics, the story has some hilarious lines that solidify the genre of comedy romance drama. The way the characters’ unique traits interact not only makes their connection endearing but also adds to the story’s overall humorous tone.

In summary, the book definitely achieves its main goal of being a charming romance drama novel, even though I wished there had been more in-depth discussion and analysis of the important topics woven throughout the story. Its romantic components are clearly able to hold readers’ attention, but a more thorough examination of the important subjects it tackles would have improved the narrative as a whole. However, the book’s execution as a charming and touching romantic drama is still praiseworthy.

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About the Author of The Sound of Violet

Allen Wolf is an award-winning novelist, filmmaker, and game creator. He is also the host of the popular Navigating Hollywood podcast.

His debut novel “The Sound of Violet” has won multiple accolades and is described as “Entertaining, well-paced, and highly visual” by Kirkus Reviews. It is now a major motion picture. (

He has won 39 awards for his games that are available as books, including You’re Pulling My Leg! and You’re Pulling My Leg! Junior. They’ve brought smiles to hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

As a filmmaker, Allen wrote, directed, and produced “In My Sleep,” which was released worldwide, won multiple film festivals, and is available on iTunes and Amazon Prime. Hollywood Reporter raved, “In My Sleep never rests, a credit to the tight, psychologically astute pacing of filmmaker Wolf.”

Allen graduated from New York University’s film school. He married his Persian princess, and they are raising two kids together. He enjoys traveling around the world and hearing other people’s life stories. Allen also cherishes spending time with his family, eating chocolate, and visiting Disneyland. See more at

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