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 enjoyed the story and the narration was very good. Somewhere towards the middle of the story, I was able to guess the outcome of the story but it did not keep me from staying engaged throughout the entire story. This was a nice, light, romance with a refreshing lack of overt sex scenes.
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.
Loved this book! Humor, sadness, heartbreak and love. The story caught me off guard I figured it out right before it materialized before my eyes. I know I will read/listen to it again and again. I have a new fav.
Wine, food and travel writer, editor, and aspiring novelist.
I would have enjoyed this book more, if it wasn't so predictable. I had it figured out very early on and kept hoping the author would pull a surprise out of the hat at the end. She didn't, but she did explore the contradictory emotions of the main characters before giving us a final, satisfying resolution. The characters are deftly drawn, and the dialogue amusing. The plot provides a nice balance between humor and pathos. Definitely worth your time.
I would say that this book surpassed my expectations, but I really didn't know what to expect. I took a chance on a Daily Deal and am glad I did. This book is well-written and entertaining, plus it covers a difficult subject matter brilliantly.
It was so much more than a YA love story. You won't be disappointed.