by Carolyn Mackler

Reviewer Rating:


I don't often listen to audiobooks when I am driving, but I had a surprising and pleasant realization as I listened to this book: I am a much calmer driver when I am listening to a book!  I don't mind stopping at yet another red light or being stuck behind the slowest driver on the highway...that just means that I get to hear a little bit more of my book before I arrive at my final destination.

This story stung a bit to hear--there are many difficult topics presented (eating disorders, body image issues, familial struggles, and relationship problems).  There were times as I was listening that I felt the was that of a close friend and not just a character in the book.  I wished I could tell the main character, Virginia, to pull herself together and love herself!  I also recognized her feelings as similar to those I myself faced as a teenager.

I was afraid that this book was going to end up being one that was whiny and depressed through its entirety.  I was very happy that I stuck through to the end--not everything was resolved, but I ended up feeling a great respect for Virginia that I didn't feel at the start of the book.

This would be a great read for teenagers going through angst-ridden times, regardless of whether or not all of the situations speak specifically to them.  They might not realize it, but these situations might be happening to someone that they know.  

The voice acting isn't stellar, but it isn't terrible, either.  I don't know that I would have finished this book as easily if I hadn't been listening to it in the car, but again, I am very glad that I did!


Seeing as how the American Library Association is having their annual Banned Books Week from Sept 22 to Sept 28, I was wondering if you were aware that this book is listed at number 34 in the top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009?

Thank you for bringing this to my attention! I hadn't realized that it was on the list of banned books.

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