Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
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I'd love a cup of coffee. . . . I wish she didn't hide how pretty she is. . . . I hope she didn't find out what Ben said about her. . . . I wish I knew how many calories were in a bite of muffin. . . .
Joy is used to Hearing Whispers. She's used to walking down the street and instantly knowing people's deepest, darkest desires. She uses this talent for good—to make people happy and give them what they want. But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse, and she uses it to make people's lives—especially Joy's—miserable. Still, when Joy Hears Jessica Whisper I want to kill my Hearing dead, and kill me too if that's what it takes, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means deserting her friends, stealing a car, and running away with a boy she barely knows—a boy who may have a dark secret of his own.
I was really excited to get Whisper in the mail the other day. I started reading it pretty much immediately.
Joy, the main character in the book went through a lot in this 288 page book. She was extremely nice to her friends and that didn't work out for her most of the time. Joy was always pleasing someone. Her sister was so mean to her, it was aggravating. It was sad to read about her distant father, that is always a tough topic for me to read. It was heartwarming to see her father come around slowly. This is just one more book that I can add to a small amount of books where the parents are actually around and involved in their children's lives. I liked the fact that you could read the thoughts of different characters and see who they really were underneath. My favorite character in this book was Joy's sister Jessica "Icka", she was the devil. Not really the devil, just extremely mean, rude and just all around unpleasant. I think the reason she was my favorite is because her character was so strong and bold. My favorite parts of the book was when Joy heard the whispers, I found it interesting and exciting to read, almost as if I were being sneaky.
Phoebe the author did a wonderful job telling this story. The characters were developed well and the last couple of chapters are so unexpected. My only problem with this book was that there was not as much dialog as I would have liked. However, I think that is just a personal preference. This is not a very long book, however the characters and the story developed at a very nice steady pace. Whisper had a great ending. It actually could be a stand alone book. I'm not sure it is, I'm just saying it had a very good, climatic ending. No cliffhangers. I'm glad I read whisper, I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
It's funny, since reading this book, I wish I had the power to hear whispers. It would make raising children much easier. Not to mention the fact that I am a poker player.
Thank you Phoebe for sending me this book, I loved the cute puffy sticker next to your signature :)
Profanity - Heavy
Sexual - Mild
Violence - Moderate
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