In this powerful audiobook, an utterly believable, bitterly ironic heroine speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while learning that, although it's hard to speak up for yourself, keeping your mouth shut is worse.
©1999 Laurie Halse Anderson; (P)2000 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
The audiobook accurately reflects the angst, power and pain that the books brings forth. The reader of the books convinces you that she is Melinda and is in the process of experiencing all that the character she is portraying is feeling. I used this audiobook as an instructional tool and my students loved it.
Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere
Yes. The stereotypes are yawn-producing. Cheerleaders=pretty & shallow; Jocks=stupid and etc. I'd like to see authors have the depth and creativity to defy stereotypes. After hearing the tired cliches, it takes me a minute to return to the story.
The difficult subject matter contained just enough detail without being too graphic or gratuitous. Effective use of metaphors with garden and tree project. It's a good story to read w/your teenage daughter and have discussions about the scary topics of rape and depression.
No, have not.
Yes. It was a solid read for a YA novel. I would recommend with only slight reservations. I enjoyed the narrator's performance.
I have listened to several hundred audiobooks and this was on of the best I had heard. I listened to this on holiday and it was so good I finished listening within two days.
I loved reading the book, but hearing the book read was like seeing Melinda's story take on a whole new image in my brain. I could see the story play out like a movie and it was better than anything I've seen or heard related to this story.
The book is fun, witty and moves quick. It's a very short listen, but seemed to be the appropriate length to develop the main character and the story. The narration is very good.
The girl they have reading this book is awesome. She captures the character brilliantly. I really felt like I was listening to someone pour out their heart and soul, and was in tears at certain parts.
The book is great, I downloaded this audiobook for my class. My 8th graders are reading this book and I wanted them to also listen to it.
I just wish there was a tracklist to make it easier for me to know where the chapters start.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
If the person is still in High-school and in need of anti-heroine.
The art teacher: he saw poptions instead of limitations
This was too ordinary. I would say "Bruiser" is far more advanced.
Yes. If it was played by Selena Gomez
Pre-teens longing for High school will love this "adult" book in their eyes. I would have given it a higher rating if it was in the kids category. I love diaries in fiction. Still I could not finish this listen.
I think the concept if the story is great, but I was frustrated with how much of a victim the main character was throughout most if the story. The reader wanted her to fight, and to talk to someone about what she was going through, but she was paralyzed with grief. It wasn't until the end, when she took control of her life, that I began to enjoy the story. I think that should have happened sooner, or she should have started to make progress sooner. Readers like a main character who is a fighter.
I loved the art teacher. He was a little crazy, but eventually reached her.
When she finally fights back!
Yes, but there were times when I almost turned it off. In the end, I'm glad I didn't.
I commend the author in tackling this subject.
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