• The Girls I've Been

  • By: Tess Sharpe
  • Narrated by: Tess Sharpe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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The Girls I've Been

By: Tess Sharpe
Narrated by: Tess Sharpe
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Publisher's Summary

Soon to be a Netflix film starring Millie Bobbie Brown! In this feminist, suspenseful thriller the daughter of a con artist is taken hostage in a bank heist - and will need to tap into all her skills in order to survive. 

Nora O'Malley's been a lot of girls. As the daughter of a con-artist who targets criminal men, she grew up as her mother's protégé. But when her mom fell for the mark instead of conning him, Nora pulled the ultimate con: escape. 

For five years Nora's been playing at normal. But she needs to dust off the skills she ditched because she has three problems:

#1: Her ex walked in on her with her girlfriend. Even though they're all friends, Wes didn't know about her and Iris.

#2: The morning after Wes finds them kissing, they all have to meet to deposit the fundraiser money they raised at the bank. It's a nightmare that goes from awkward to deadly, because:

#3: Right after they enter the bank, two guys start robbing it. 

The bank robbers may be trouble, but Nora's something else entirely. They have no idea who they're really holding hostage....

©2021 Tess Sharpe (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A Forbes, Buzzfeed, Book Riot, and Kirkus Best Book of the Year

A New York Public Library and Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year

A Bustle, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, and Marie Claire Most Anticipated Book of 2021

A Best Book of January 2021 on PopSugar, E! Online, Book Riot, Bitch Media, LGBTQReads, and Culturess

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

Cosmopolitan 100 Best YA Books Everyone Should Read, Regardless of Their Age

An ALA Rise: Feminist Book Project and ALA Rainbow Book List Selection

“A captivating, explosive, and satisfyingly queer thriller.” (Kirkus, starred review) 

"An arrestingly incisive narrative...fiercely captivating and impressively characterized, this tightly plotted thriller is engrossing from start to finish." (Booklist, starred review) 

"Not since Veronica Mars have hardscrabble swagger, enormous grief and teenage noir been combined into such a satisfying piece of storytelling. The Girls I've Been is a heart-wrenching, perfectly paced, cinematic thriller...a romance, a tragedy and a story about reclaiming agency and power. It is a triumph." (BookPage, starred review) 

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On the fence? Take the plunge.

Sharpe not only writes an incredible story, but narrates it, too. Amazing. She is an auto-buy author for me now.

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Perfection to Completely

I have never felt more seen and understood in a book in my life it's like reading a book about me To put it simply it Touched my heart And change how I see myself

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Queer Bank Heist Thriller with Fantastic Narration

absolutely slaps from start to finish and handles sensitive topics with so much care, I won't rest until I know whether or not there will be a sequel

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Wow, hidden gem - REALLY enjoyed.

This book was great, first one in a long time I couldn't stop playing. Most audible books these days are white noise in my background. I was truly bummed when this book ended-the character development was wonderful and I really just wanted to follow our protagonist a bit longer . :) I love when an author narrates their own book, now I'm off to start the rest of Tess Sharp's books.

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YES

If you like the familiarity of rereading books but you also want to read something new, this is good. It's so well done and interesting and moving and fun somehow too! I will read everything this author writes from now on!

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The Art of the Con

Nora’s life was disturbing. Even in a fictionalized account, parts are hard to listen to. Tess Sharpe’s reading was raw and emotional and brought the characters out in a very compelling way. I highly recommend this book.

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Disappointing for fans of the book

I read "The Girls I've Been" first and was absolutely blown away by it. It left me speechless. I wanted to see if the audiobook held up. It did not in the slightest. The narrator made Nora sound overly dramatic and whiny to the point where her entire story and life experiences didn't sound plausible. That alone defeated the purpose of the book. Additionally, the voicing of the rest characters were so similar that it was often difficult to determine who was speaking. I was extremely disappointed by this audiobook. Even more so because the narrator is also the author herself.

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Started out quite good but got silly at the end

Three-forths of the way through this book, I thought it would be a 5 star read. Then, the book fell apart.

At the beginning of the book, Nora, the main character, is held hostage at a bank. This begins a cycle of reflections on the past interspersed with scenes from the bank robbery. As Nora tries to overcome the bank robbers, her past history does a very good job of explaining how Nora had these great skills.

But as the author tried to tie up all the loose ends, I believe the plot got away from her. The author had to rely on some truly outlandish plot twists and left gaping plot holes that just ruined the tight plotting from earlier. It was disappointing and sometimes laughable.

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Great book and narration

The book was really well done and captivating. Tess Sharpe is also a fabulous narrator - I thought the narration made this story even more effective and interesting. Totally recommend!

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What Every Book Should Be

I LOVED this book!! I’ve never thought of myself as an action-reader, but the action scenes in the novel are so perfectly described that I was gripping the edge of my seat with each word. The characters are unbelievably human with such rich, tragic backstories that I cannot accept they don’t exist in the real world. The structure itself is just as enthralling as the plot with constant flashbacks that elevate each and every event in the present. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more badass character than Nora. She’s dealt with so much, both physically and mentally, that its genuinely inspiring. The sheer amount of quotes I’ve pulled from this book that relate to my own experiences is unmatched.

“The Girls I’ve Been” is what I want every book to be: inclusive, full of captivating characters, and enthralling in every sense of the word!!!