I read the reviews and I am glad I chose the book. Good story. The narrator was great. I will look for more books by the JP and other books narrated by the JW. I did question whether someone straight out of high school would be so knowledgeable of life but then I remembered from the start you could tell/feel she was quite intelligent. I will listen again.
I actually give this book 4.5 stars.
This was an incredibly clever story with a great plot. I love it when the author makes the characters so real and vivid that I become so invested in their lives. I cared about them, cried for/with them, and rooted for them.
Celeste was adorable and quirky and perfect. Just like Julie, I didn't want Celeste to change completely and I'm glad she didn't. This family was so broken but put on such a facade. It was heartbreaking and sad.
There is something that happens in the story that I guessed right off, but then doubted myself several times only to be right in the end. It was just so weird how the family lived. However, it was all explained in the end and was realistic. My small issue with the "thing" (I don't want to give it away) is that I feel it went on too long. I was ready for it to be over long before it was.
I love angst and heartbreak but I love the happy endings and the romantic love story the most. In some of these angsty books, I feel like the happy ever after is so short at the end. I need more. I want to see more happiness for these characters that suffered, cried, and hurt so much throughout the story.
This was a really great story with some exceptional characters. I recommend this for anyone that does like to cry, laugh, and have their happy ending.
I don't generally repeat a book (I have a few too many new ones to catch up on), but this was an enjoyable listen (I found this book by searching for narrator Julia Whelan) and a story that kept my attention. It's YA, but perfectly suitable for anyone (it is certainly less YA than say, Twilight). I would describe it as in the vein of Little Miss Sunshine, though a completely different story.
The snarky banter was great. I've know people who hide behind sarcasm, as these characters seem to do, but truly good "snark" is a honed skill. I would definitely enjoy hanging out with these crazy people.
Yes, I first heard Julia on Gone Girl and loved her performance. I've searched for her specifically and liked the two (this included) books I've listened to since. Not all narrators invoke the characters and story as well Julia; some sound as though they are reading the book for the first time. Julia pulls you into the story and enhances the experience.
I appreciated the way in which the author describes the paths the characters take in this story (to be vague enough not to reveal story spoilers). She avoids melodrama for the most part.
Time and a credit well spent!
I have just recently started listening to audio books and I'm still not sure how I feel about it. This is the first book where I truly enjoyed the Narrator and didn't feel like they sounded goofy. I loved this story, it had allot of funny parts and I found myself actually laughing out loud. The narrator did a great job of playing out the different emotions without sounding ridiculous. Out of the 4 or 5 books I have now listened to I am most happy overall with this one.
not exactly what i was expecting when i read the blurb of the book. I knew what was going on very early on in the book but still didn't make me like it any less. I loved the characters (especially celeste) I loved all the quirkiness. Made me laugh out loud & tear up at times.
A fun story with delightfully quirky characters that kept me fascinated through all the twists and turns of the well-written plot. I can hardly wait to listen to the sequels.
I absolutely loved this book… I will admit that I was brought in by Julia Whelan because she is one of my favorite narrators but the book itself was wonderful as well. I have already purchased flat out Celeste and even though I'm excited to know what happens to the Watkins family I'm very disappointed that Julia is not narrating that book as well… It seems confusing to me why a different narrator would be chosen?
I would like to start by saying the narrator did a fantastic job and I have nothing bad to say about her. She was great from start to finish!
Having said that, I really did not like this story. It's a funny concept but how in the world could she not see what was happening? Honestly, after my second introduction to Flat Finn I was like "oh, so that's what this is..."
and I thought that would be the end of it. As soon as your audience figures it out shouldn't your characters be pretty close behind? NOPE! The whole book later it finally comes out and I feel like shouting DUH!!
Don't get me wrong, I Loved Julie. I loved her relationship with Celeste and Matt and even Flat Finn, but I just couldn't love her trials because I found the whole scenario a little too strange to swallow (and I'm a huge Molly Harper fan so that's saying something).
Great characters, not so great story. Thankfully Jessica Park also wrote "Left Drowning" which was amazing and that made me feel better :-)
I would. It was fun to try to figure out the things behind the characters. They all had a lot going on. Yet I didn't feel like it was to over the top. Something as dramatic and horrible as what happened to this family will make people do funny and strange things.
You know I simply love her take on Matt.
So that I don't give anything away I'm just going to say Christmas tree.
I have recommended this to a friend. A light humor book that is suitable for all ages.
don't want to give it away.
love her. Nice to have a reader who can do diffrent voices so you know when the character changes.
I listen to books while I work. This is one I have listened to in one sitting. 4 times.