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
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"Recommend with Slight Reservations"
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.
"Well worth the purchase"
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.
"Hearing is Seeing "Speak""
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.
"Fantastic audio book for 15+"
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.
"A Great Reading"
Mandy Siegfried read this story well. I'm a new fan.
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.
i really loved this book. I became interested in reading this after i saw the move. I started and couldn't stop reading it. i read it so many times tjat i lost count. i would recommend this book to anyone
"A story everyone should read"
This story is well written, and honest. Although it is a very emotional read, it is one that I think every person should read. It really is a powerful story.
"Too Heavy to handle"
Yes, for sure.
It reminds me of Shattering Glass, which I read back in the day, similar setting, similar themes, similar main characters.
You really feel Melinda's pain in a way that you wouldn't if you were just reading the book on its own.
I had to put it down a few times, this is some heavy shit. The performance adds to that weightyness.
Read this book. Please.
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