I've heard great things about her and I have one of her other books that I've not read yet so I thought this would be a good read...WRONG.
Yes...she sounds like a young girl which I realize this is written from the perspective of a young girl but it lacks depth and the way in which it's read doesn't help it at all.
I made it through 5 chapters and had to quit. I should have read the other reviews before I checked this out. Everyone else's perception was the same as mine. The writer lacks depth in developing the characters and the story line. It's really a book for a teenager with a simple story line. Very disappointing.
I really wanted to like this book. It took me several tries, starting to listen to this book & abandoning it, to finally get interested enough to stay with it. I finally got far enough into it to get interested in the story & want to finish it. Narrator wasn't great - I think a better narrator would have helped. It was an OK story & I was rooting for the girls towards the end.
I really like her writing and loved the two other books of hers that I have read.
I am not continuing to listen, because the narration is so unpleasant for me!
The pacing is off, the expression seems forced, and her voice is not professional in quality.
Jeannette Wall's is a good writer. I look forward to her books.
Hire a narrator!
Drab, too like her other books.
The characters are so well developed. I also loved Jeanette's narration.
yes. It's as good as the others. I didn't want it to end.
Great summer read!
The main character " Bean". Her 12 year old perspectives run a wide range from innocent to tenacious & stubborn through the whirlwind of changes she & her sister take on, both In their world as kids & the world of adults. Uncle Tinsley, the reclusive hoarder, was a close second with his odd, but caring efforts in offering the girls an anchor in their lives.
1st day of school at their new school - the mixture of excitement & dread against the backdrop of the historical timing.
There were both "laugh out loud" moments & moments where I winced with empathy for Bean, her sister, & her mom, & others in the Holladay clan.
Believable characters & real life dilemmas.