Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he's truly afraid of is himself. With the help of his costume-changing friend, Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own; two aging punk rocker parents; and Rusty, the boy who'll become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.
©2014 Peter Monn (P)2015 Peter Monn
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"Amazing book :)"
I loved this book. I loved the relationship between Danny and every other character, and how those relationships help him find himself. I am a mother of twins and I see the close relationship talked about in this book everyday with them. And I know how one would be just as lost without the other. This is an amazing read and listen. I highly recommend it.
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Very pleasant to listen to. The change in voices from character to character is more subtle than distinctive.
Yes. It's the only book I've listened to twice in a row.
I wish I could find more like it. Please offer suggestions if you can.
"Excellent YA book that is not just for kids"
A very moving book about love and loss and identity. Outstanding narration. Both the book and the narration are far above the standard of most of the audiobooks that are rate 4 stars and above. Don't miss this one.
"A Must Read"
Absolutely. It perfectly captured my attention and kept me wanting more. Couldn't wait to find out what happened next!
I would compare this book to "Perks of Being a Wallflower" because it is the perfect teenage roller-coaster ride of emotions. I felt like i was truly experiencing what the characters went through.
His voice is relaxing and soothing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I feel that the characters were fully developed. As a new therapist reading this book, I found myself analyzing a lot of what was going on simultaneously to listening. I feel that the overall story is timeless, minus the fact that text messaging makes it 2000's. There were times I did not enjoy how the narrator read some pieces, it just felt off. The book kept me interested and reminded me why I need to listen to more fiction, and less work related books!!
Thank you to Mr. Monn for the free digital coupon in exchange for this review.
"A Stand Out Title!"
Sometimes I prefer it when I read and hear the voice in my head reading aloud the book but sometimes you just need someone else to do it to enjoy it.
The weekend of Danny & Rusty's anniversary when they shared many many sweet moments and had the best time together & also the aftermath. There was such a shift that my stomach fell when it happened.
I haven't listened to many audio books but from what I've found most of them are read in inflectionless voices like the narrator is just reading the book but Matt Hays brought the characters to life. He injected emotion into them and just made them more real. Especially Danny because he's bringing Danny to life at the same time that Danny is finding himself in the book and coming to life himself.
I have to choose one!? Well, I don't want to spoil anything but I would choose the moment Danny & Rusty met. A chance meeting on the curb of their school and a piece of gum offered started something epic and sweet.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Really and truly. I only hope that the author writes more in the same vein. Maybe the next one could be about Uncle Alex and Neal?
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