About Average

  • by Andrew Clements
  • Narrated by Celia Keenan-Bolger
  • 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Can average be amazing? A girl challenges herself to become extraordinary in the latest from best-selling author Andrew Clements.
Jordan Johnston is average. Not short, not tall. Not plump, not slim. Not blond, not brunette. Not gifted, not flunking out. Even her shoe size is average. She’s ordinary for her school, for her town, for even the whole wide world, it seems.
But everyone else? They’re remarkable. She sees evidence everywhere - on TV, in movies and magazines, and even in the email blasts that fill her inbox. Tremendously talented. Stunningly beautiful. Wildly gifted. And some of them are practically her age!
Jordan feels doomed to a life of wallowing in the vast, soggy middle. So she makes a goal: By the end of the year, she will discover her great talent. By the end of the year, she will no longer be average. She will find a way to become extraordinary, and everyone will know about it!
Well known for his expert ability to relate to kids in a school setting, best-selling author Andrew Clements presents a compelling story of the greatest achievement possible - personal acceptance.

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Ouch! Not a good fit! Less than Average

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Maybe the printed version but not this audio book. This is certainly not the worst title in my library but it just doesn't sway me like it should. I love kids books and this just doesn't do it.

About Average is about a girl who is bullied in school and while she doesn't excel at anything in school for anyone to take notice, she does eventually save the day. The narration is too husky, too grown up, too angry, too weird to think I am listening to a kid. I had a hard time switching between characters when the voice just didn't change enough.

I wonder if the narrator had been Ariadne Meyers or Jessica Almasy if this title would have won me over. A know Ariadne would have been wonderful here. She is delightful to listen to (Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski).


Would you be willing to try another one of Celia Keenan-Bolger’s performances?

Not yet. Maybe never. Ok, fine. Maybe if the characters were much older, but not kids, not tweens, and not teens.


Any additional comments?

This whole story began and I sat looking at my player wondering if I had a download that had been compromised by aliens, it was wrong from the start. I did not listen to a sample of this book because I have read other Andrew Clements books before, and listened to a few titles. This one just did not cut it. I hate reviewing with a low score because I get something from nearly every book I read, this one didn't offend me like a few adult books but it certainly did not make me giggle. It requires a good belly laugh for to be a good book in my opinion.

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- Tina "I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-24-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio