The strong relationship between its sibling main characters, and the narrative letters adding intrigue.
No, but I think I know her as an actor.
I did not have an extreme reaction, it's not that kind of story. But it is fun and sweet.
I don't know, I only listened to the audio!
The opening was hilarious, total Korman.
Yes - my only critiques are: I wish more narrators of young characters actually sounded young. And also: The narrator who was cast as Kate seemed totally wrong. She sounded really posh, whereas Kate came across much more brassy to me.
I probably could have, if I had time just to sit and listen to audiobooks.
Enjoyable lead character and likable supporting characters too!
I can't say cuz SPOILERS
I liked her in general, she had a pleasant voice and good inflection. But other narrators have done the "differentiating characters" thing much better. She did the job, though!
No, but it kept my interest.
The female characters in this book drive the plot so much that the dudes sometimes seem sorta useless - which was refreshing! I hated the love triangle, but at least everyone involved was likable. And don't be fooled by the "hunger games" pitching of the competition - at first, it made me groan, but it didn't feel the same at all in the long run. Which I liked.
My favorite part of this book is the timeliness of its issues - bullying, and cliques. My least favorite part about it was that I didn't find the main character's resolution totally satisfying.
It's sort of like a "Gossip Girl" version of 11 Birthdays. Or Groundhog Day.
The narrator was fine when she was reading the main character. However, her performance of the secondary characters was incredibly grating and absolutely no one else in the book came across as likeable. I understand that the people that Sam associates with are not GOOD kids. But it's hard to get through a book when you can't stand 90% of the people in it. This may have been a directorial choice, but it was a bad one.
Yes, this would be a good teen movie starring all the Pretty Little Liars girls.
I haven't read the print version.
I guess I'd pick John Green's works, as both contain a nice balance of humor and drama. Chbosky's work is quieter, though.
I love Galvin's audio performances! It's so nice to hear an actual teenager read teen narrators, and he is also very versatile with the other characters despite having a very distinct natural voice.
Both! Not sobbing, but i was definitely emotionally affected both happily and sadly.
I love how the drama of each characters lives unfolds slowly and subtly... it makes for a huge payoff, particularly with Charlie.
This is one of my favorites.
I loved the descriptions of the photography in the book. I think it would be hard, as a writer, to bring a strong image of a photograph to life in a book, but I could see each and every one very vividly. Same with the sports descriptions, and I'm not much of a sports fan.
I think this is the first one I've heard, and he was great. The performance of Peter's grandfather was very moving.
The whole thing was very well-structured. Peter's struggles with losing baseball, and his struggle with his grandfather's secret were very heart-tugging.
Give it a listen!
I like this narrator, I've listened to her before and she's got a great voice for teen novels. I did not love this book though, it did not grab me.
Everyone espoused this as comparable to The Hunger Games, and other than it's corrupt dystopic setting, I do not see that at all. The heroine is not engaging, and the violence (in the beginning) seems to be celebrated and the way it was presented was too much for me.
I listened to her performance of STRINGS ATTACHED which I liked. I think she was more suited to that one than this book.
This book IS about to be a movie, but I'd rather not see it. I probably will, because I'm a teen librarian and I need to be "in" on what they love. But I already know I'll be turning my eyes away a lot.
The performance and story are both stellar.
Tool is the most interesting character, of course, because he is both foreign and relatable, being human AND animal.
I particularly like actors who attribute clear vocal distinctions to different characters.
I confess, I haven't finished this yet, because it is VERY violent, and I go through phases where I have a hard time swallowing a lot of violence. but it's very well-written and performed so I'm saving it to pick up again. Worth the squeamishness, ha!
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