A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make - and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
©2009 Dutton Juvenile; (P)2009 Penguin
Book was beautifully written. Characters were easily identified. The story really makes you think about what you would have done in her place. Definitely worth listening to.
I love the story of this book. I'm an avid reader of young adult literature, and my high school students were all talking about this one, so I thought I'd give it a try. The story was good, but the language is not even close to the way a teenager would think or speak. The author used some really pretentious, complex vocabulary that REALLY took me out of the moment. The narration added to this at times- I had trouble getting through the first part of the book. Mia's parents read as the archetype, exaggerated hipster "cool-parents". It was really offputting. Once I got into the meat of the story, I let myself get swept up in the narrative and I could put those annoyances out of my mind.
As a musician I almost quit listening to the book when it came to the "music" that was played between chapters. For a book about a classical musician, that mentions several very famous musicians and composers it is a cardinal sin to use MIDI computerized strings to add "music" to the listening experience! It would have been better to leave it out all together.
very easy to follow the story and get caught up in it. the reader was very easy to listen to and understand as well. the story although a challenging topic was very intriguing and really made me think.
I love the narration of the story. It really made you feel what the character was feeling. I love how the character went back and forth between the present situation and the past, when she recalls and describes each member of her family and friends particularly her boyfriend, Adam.
The ambiance or what the character is feeling at the moment.
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