Hopkins, who is known for writing novels in free verse that tackle tough issues like drug use and homelessness, explores the struggle for perfection and the damage it can do. Four actors introduce the characters with the ennui of typical teens describing how their lives fail to meet parental or societal expectations. As the story unfolds, each narrator bares the soul of his or her character; none falls short of excellent in doing so. Since this is a spoken performance, minor distinctions in delivery, such as odd pacing at line breaks, indicate the print is in free verse. Only Tristan Wilds, as Andre, consistently stresses the title of each poem. Usually with an ensemble cast, one voice falls short but not this time. The title says it all. M.M.O. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2012]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2011
CD ISBN 9781442344938 $29.99 Seven CDs
DD ISBN 9781442344945 $19.95
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2011
CS ISBN 978-1-4618-1907-3 $77.75 Seven cassettes
CD ISBN 9781461818939 $77.75 Seven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781461841241 $64.75 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
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