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  • The Upside of Unrequited

  • By: Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can't stomach the idea of rejection. So she's careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie's orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly's cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness - except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Ok

  • By G. C. Recipient on 04-24-17

Cute first love story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-17

I wish this book existed when I were in high school. It does a really great job of covering social pressure, families, and just the insecurities of being a teenager. I really appreciated the diversity in families and characters in the book. On top of all of that, it's a really cute first love story.

  • Food Freedom Forever

  • Letting Go of Bad Habits, Guilt, and Anxiety Around Food
  • By: Melissa Hartwig
  • Narrated by: Melissa Hartwig
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Food Freedom Forever shows you how to design your reset, making your short-term protocol maximally effective. You'll learn how to spot your specific triggers before they're pulled and strategies for dealing with temptation, strengthening your new healthy habits, and boosting your willpower. Melissa also shares advice for retaining your food freedom during holidays, vacations, periods of life stress, social pressure, and criticism from friends and family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changing

  • By Sally Rusk on 07-05-17

A well rounded plan

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-17

The thing I really appreciate about Whole30 is that it not only addresses our nutritional needs but it also addresses our relationship with food.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • You Had Me at Hello

  • By: Mhairi McFarlane
  • Narrated by: Julie Hesmondhalgh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

What happens when the one that got away comes back? Find out in this sparkling debut from Mhairi McFarlane. Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away. They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator ruins it

  • By sparkerart on 09-07-16

Realistic love story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-16

I will first say that I'm so lucky I was able to tolerate the narration long enough to partially acclimate to the accent. There really should be a version for American listeners. I'm sure it's missed out on some great parts because it was so fast and difficult for me to understand. However, the story really was worth it. I really appreciate the humanity of the characters, the humor, and the authenticity of the interactions.

  • The Little Flower Shop by the Sea

  • By: Ali McNamara
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

The blossom is out in the little Cornish harbour town of St Felix. But Poppy Carmichael's spirits aren't lifted by the pretty West Country spring. Inheriting her grandmother's flower shop has forced her to return to Cornwall, a place that holds too many memories. Poppy is determined to do her best for the sake of her adored grandmother, but she struggles with the responsibility of the more-shabby-than-chic shop.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Forgettable.

  • By M Jensen on 12-12-15

Sweet book...if you can get past the narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-16

The actual story in this book was a gentle journey that leaves you with a smile on your face. I got the pleasant escape I was looking for in the setting and characters and I would recommend this as a light read. However, in the audiobook format, the narrator was so distracting that I almost didn't finish the book. Her style was so slow that I had a hard time paying attention at points. Also, I don't know how she managed it, but she called one of the main characters "Jack" instead of "Jake" multiple times throughout the book. I have no idea how someone didn't catch that (although, if I weren't diving while listening I might have turned this mistake into a drinking game- one shot for every time she calls Jake "Jack"). Finally, her American accent for one of the characters was so bizarre that I spent more time trying to figure out what she was doing with her voice than listening to the character. Since the American character was a more prominent character throughout the book I had the joy of listening to that bizarre accent for the whole book.