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
This book was recommended by a few different listeners in the YA Audiobook Challenge on either their Goodreads page or blog so I decided to give it a whirl. Plus it is a short book as far as listening goes at a smidgen over 5 hours and since I started the challenge late I needed to catch up by getting as many books in as I possibly could in the beginning (I’m 3 books in now…still behind but definitely catching up!)
I don’t always read more than just the basic little blurb about a book before listening to it and I will basically listen to anything so I wasn’t sure what to expect.
The narrator was great and there was nice musical parts as well. As anyone who listens to books on a regular basis knows, a narrator can make or break a book. I have tried to get through a steamy love story with a ridiculous narrator and just can’t do it. Or, when the author decides to read their own book…not always a good thing. Yeah, Marley and Me, I am talking to you. Sorry but I could.not.listen to that book.
Anyway, the story was great. Not your typical storyline and not a girl-falls-in-love-falls-out-of-love angsty kind of book either. The emotions in this book were real – partially because of the narrator – and it was a little bit of every emotion. I found myself smiling, laughing, cheering, crying, and shocked even. And best of all, it left me wanting MORE. Good thing there is a second book in the series. I haven’t listened to it yet, but I will soon!
Not sure what I was expecting when I first started listening, but the book was absolutely gripping. Different than anything I've ever read, but great and thought provoking.
I just finished this book and totally enjoyed it. The author has a wonderful way of writing and great description. I am already looking forward to the next book to see what happens...
This is one of those rare audiobooks that just sticks with you. It's so well written and narrated and the story is just so beautiful and sad--A real tear jerker. I found myself tearing up as I listened on the subway.
A must listen!
This wasn't the longest book I've ever listened to, but it is one that held my interest. Very worth the price/credit to purchase.
It had a good story line, and realistic characters.
The ending :)
She was a good match for the main character telling the story.
I read during my commute, and I looked forward to listening on the drive.
Good book, and I am going to get the second book.
What can I say? Outstanding listen. Author, Gayle Forman, you really get it. Kirsten Potter, you really get it and perfect for the voice to send the message out there. High recommend for anyone to read.
The story was very nice - I listened to it straight through the day
This was a good story. I would possibly listen to it again. It was well written and wrapped up well. Very creative.
The strength of this book is the complexity and richness of the backstory. The life the character is living is rich and full. Her memories and the response of her friends and family tell a varied and complex story of a young girl maturing into womanhood surrounded by interesting people.
I loved this book. I loved the relationships and the story line and how the author told the story of her characters by going back in time and throughout the novel created these characters from the ground up. As soon as I was done listening to it, I immediately wanted to download Where She Went. *spoilers* I can't wait to see Mia on her new adventure, being the all-star cellist she was meant to be, and her reconnection with Adam. Simply fabtabulous (so fabulous it needed a new word).
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