I have read very good things about Colleen Hoover, but this book was, unfortunately, not even close to what I was expecting. In my late twenties, I still enjoy YA books. Very often characters are strong, charismatic teenagers that behave like young adults. This is the story of a teenager that behaves like a teenager. In other words, I don't know if it was the way the main character was written or the way the narrator read her, but I just wanted to slap the girl!
I have my doubts I'll ever read her again, I would have to be convinced that it is not yet another YA book for 14 year olds...
Overall I did not like the performance. The main character's voice was of a young whiny teenager and the few witty sarcastic phrases she had were deprived of any coolness. To make matters worse the narrator had the bad habit of pausing after a dialogue phrase before the "s/he said" breaking completely the rhythm of the dialogue!
Is it truly necessary to describe every little thing she decides to re-arrange in her nervous breakdown?
I was forewarned and it helped so I forewarn you: this book is divided in three parts, survive the first part and you'll see that the story will get much better!
The performance is great, especially hers. I'm very happy I decided to get the audio book, Julia Whelan brought the book to an entirely new level.
I absolutely recommend this audio book for those who like psychological thrillers, like good spins and are a bit patient.
He does, as usual, a fantastic job in giving each character its own voice. Nevertheless, he should have prepared the pronunciation of German and Russian names, with the way he says them they are practically unrecognisable!!!
This book is absolutely recommended for those who like history and appreciate a good story. Although some parts are in my opinion, unnecessarily long, it is, all in all, a very good book.
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