I have a 3 hour commute to work every day so I listen to audiobooks to help with my drive. It's added some happiness to my day (if it's a good book)!
They didn't develop the characters well enough
I wasn't a fan.
Performance was sufficient.
Probably, to see Toby
I found the crush on the uncle "odd". I could not grasp why she was so appealing.
READ IT WITH YOUR SISTER
I ENJOY THIS NARRATOR
THIS STORY COVERS THE LOST OF A LOVED ONE, THE HORROR OF AIDS, THE LOVE BETWEEN SIBLINGS, AND HOW LOVE CAN HEAL YOUR WOUNDED HEART. I SPENT A LOT OF TIME CRYING ( I SUGGEST A BOX OF TISSUES)
I was so sorry when this book ended! I intend to find more books narrated by Amy Rubinate. She is excellent.
This was definitely a creative story of a young girl's relationship with her uncle/godfather and his partner - both who die of AIDS. It is also the story of intense sibling rivalry. The writing was good, though at times repetitive. I usually love coming of age tales, but there was something about this novel that just didn't work for me. I think it was because most of the story was realistic, while parts of the story required you to suspend reality. I think that the combination didn't work.
Young Adult readers.
No, didn't think it was compelling enough to warrant a sequel.
I had no trouble finishing this but don't know if I could recommend it to others. It is a story of relationships, deep and true and unlikely and sometimes, inappropriate.
I fast forwarded through so much of it because of the boring narrator. She is so monotone and she makes it hard to even listen to the story. It's like she's bored and tired and doesn't feel like reading.
I really liked Toby, and how he tried to connect with the young girl he didn't know so she could still have a piece of her uncle, and so could he.
Probably the ending... I can't say why without spoiling it.
This is a coming of age story with an interesting twist-it's set in a time when the aids epidemic is new and scary, and it's based around a young girl who's whole world is entirely altered by it.
Having lived in a time when this sad disease has been around for a long time, it was interesting to hear how it would have been for someone back then when it was new and had yet to have any kind of treatment for, and it was very sad to hear about how it altered her relationships and shook up her entire family. The heartbreak from the death and secrecy really makes this a not-so-typical coming of age story, however there are quite a few things thrown in that brings it back down to that category. Things such as learning to deal with their parents and being a "latchkey kid", fighting and growing distance between siblings, and learning more about boys and growing up than you expect to at fourteen.
Don't let that fool you, the main character has anything but normal relationships and feelings-some of which are a little worrisome and some of which account for those awkward teenage years.
Don't expect a very happy ending...
Still, it's a good read and I would recommend it.
I immediately got into this story. It took me a whole to get used to the narrator and I'd say she bugged me up until the end of the book, but I still really enjoyed the story.