Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2006
CD ISBN 0061161195 $25.95 Five CDs
DD ISBN 0061232157 $17.95
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2006
CS ISBN 1419394452 $59.75 Four cassettes
CD ISBN 1419394509 $59.75 Five CDs
Perkins's novel, a thoughtful, subtle character study in which paths cross in unexpected ways, is told through vignettes from mostly teen points of view. Perkins's humorous and poignant observations about Debbie, who wants something to happen, and Hector, who learns to play guitar, are compelling. Danielle Ferland remembers her own youth well or has hung out with teenagers recently. Her portrayal of their budding self-awareness bordering on self-consciousness is especially sharp, and she perfectly mimics the questions? teens ask when talking? in addition to their sarcastic downturns and flat tones. Ferland also easily navigates the potentially treacherous waters of Perkins's sometimes- experimental prose, which includes haiku, poetry, and Q & A formats. J.C.G. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 06/ JAN 07]
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