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Laurie Halse Anderson is a phenomenal story teller. I read her book Speak in 1 day, one of her best. This story was intriguing, disturbing, and heartwarming.
The one thing I didn't like is how they audibly handled what I assume are cross outs in the written from of the book. There are beeps and odd volume adjustments. I think I'd rather hear a vocal change rather than an "editing" change. I think Jeannie Stith could have acted the "cross outs" without the annoying beeps. I personally don't like that directorial? choice. I'm curious to see how other audio productions handle that challenge
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The listening experience was fine the book wasn't interested.
What could Laurie Halse Anderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I've read a lot of eating disorder books but this book was repetitive and plain boring. It started off when her friend died, then it progressed to her being haunted by her friend's ghost and her relapsing from recovery. It didn't really keep my attention. It would've been more interesting if the book explained in better detail how her disorder started from the beginning and went into more depth about Cassie and Leah's friendship. Everything was in past tense. The book also mentioned Leah being a healthy 104lbs at 5'6 which is completely unrealistic.
What didn’t you like about Jeannie Stith’s performance?
When she spoke for masculine characters the voice change was just weird, and awkward.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book provides a good description of the anorexic / bulimic experience. I have read other reviews which state that it is inaccurate on this front, but there is no "one" experience of any illness - every individual's experience is different and Lia's experience is certainly not inaccurate. I don't think it either glamorizes eating disorders or moralizes on the issue, and is responsible about showing consequences.
If you are reading for an insight into what it's like for these girls, then this book will do the trick. But if you are suffering from an eating disorder, or ED thinking and emotional patterns, this book will not help and may act as a trigger.
Personally, I found the style irritatingly over-written and I probably wouldn't read another Laurie Anderson book. Her writing style is chock-full of so many mixed metaphors and similes (sometimes several in the same sentence) that I think it gets in the way of the story. It draws attention to the writing, and distances you from the characters. Does anybody (let alone a teenager) truly think like this?
I found the ending wrapped up too quickly, and not entirely plausibly.
My main issues were with the audio-recording, however. The reader is good, but for some reason, certain phrases/memories are recorded with a muffled voice. Probably in the print version, these phrases are in italics or something, but the audio technique is just annoying. You find yourself reaching for your iPod to check your headphones before realizing that it's that audio effect again. In the meantime, you've been yanked out of the story and lost a few lines.
Also, and I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a sound effect or if it's just some recording noise that hasn't been scrubbed from the final version, but there's an occasional "booooop" tone every so often, playing over the narration. If it's intentional, then I am stymied as to what it's supposed to signify, because I can't make out a pattern. If it's an error, then it's just not acceptable.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The book is brilliant, it has an actual story to it and is well written.
The reader for this book however, is boring and does the story no justice.
I expected a much better reader from this service.
Not that great pretty confusing and written in a hard to follow way. Probably appeals to those who don't have eating disorders but a bit cryptic and mythical for those with history or current ED looking to relate to or learn from a character to live with this illness