Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2014
DD ISBN 9780062324931 $21.99
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2014
CD ISBN 978-1-4830-0385-6 $59.99 Seven CDs
Julia Whelan’s portrayal of first-person narrator Sara Wharton may make listeners uncomfortable. Whelan leads them inside the psyche of a 16-year-old “mean girl” who is so entrenched in defending her bullying that she can’t accept the slightest responsibility for actions that have led to a classmate’s suicide. As Whelan voices Sara’s self-pity and indignation at being named in a lawsuit, her reading is so convincing and the details so well wrought that listeners may have to take an audio break. Don’t quit! A fuller portrait emerges near the end, providing a much needed resolution. Gradually, Whelan expresses the hurt and fear that lurk below Sara’s cruel actions, allowing listeners to feel compassion as the remorseful protagonist, surprisingly, becomes a sympathetic character. S.W. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: JUNE 2014]
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