Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
Take an autistic genetics professor using a questionnaire to find the most suitable wife, add a beautiful, relationship-shy young woman who meets almost none of his requirements for a potential wife, add an Australian accent, and you have so many laugh-out-loud unforgettable moments! This story grabbed me from the start and never let go. You gotta love Professor Don Tillman and his new-found friend, Rosie. You gotta root for them all the way. And along the way, you just gotta have fun! If you need a pick-me-up after too many somber reads, this is the book for you. Not just fluff, it is well thought out and very entertaining. The narrator is a natural. Highly recommended.
While Grover Gardner doesn't have a wide range of voices, he certainly nailed the father's character in this compelling story providing for us a thoroughly convincing narration. This story certainly brings up several very interesting questions, among them whether violence is inherited or environmental and just how far a person will go in believing their child's innocence. This story never lagged and provided a satisfying and believable ending. Highly recommended listen!
There are teen novels and then again, there are teen novels. Some I find merely geared to teenage girls and others appeal to a wide variety of ages, like this one. This book held me captive for two days. I felt like an interloper in an intense relationship and I just had to know how it turned out.
We have two very emotionally damaged teens who meet in their last year of high school. They are attracted to each other even before they even realize it. However, their life histories prevent them from acknowledging their real feelings toward one another. Their individual histories are so devastating that they may not even be able to experience or recognize true feelings. This is the story of their relationship with each other and also with their friends. It has mature subject material and would most likely not be appropriate for younger teens.
I found the characters in this story to be well-developed, interesting, and believable. I found the ending to be very well done . The narrators are both excellent. They are extremely convincing--it felt like they were the actual characters they were "playing." If you like YA literature and emotionally intense novels, The Sea of Tranquility is for you!