Jamie Monroe has always played it safe. That is, until her live-for-the-moment best friend, Tristan, jets off to Italy on a student exchange program. Left alone with her part-time mother and her disabled brother, Jamie discovers that she is quite capable of taking her own risks, starting with her best friend's hotter-than-hot older brother, Sawyer.
Sawyer and Jamie have been neighbors for years, but as Jamie grows closer to the family she thought she knew, she discovers some pretty big secrets - not only from her, but from each other. As she sinks deeper into their web of pretense, she suspects that her best friend may not be on a safe exchange program at all. Jamie sets off to Europe on a class trip with plans to meet up with Tristan, but when Tristan stops all communication, suddenly no one seems trustworthy, least of all the one person she was starting to trust - Sawyer.
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Sometimes dreams do come true and sometimes they turn into nightmares.
Entertaining and engaging YA/NA story of friendship, love, lies, loyalty and family that is part mystery, part romance.
Even though it was easy to see where the story was going and exactly what was going on this was still an interesting and enjoyable story.
A likable cast of believable characters. The shy slightly insecure girl , the model good looking friend and the most popular guy in school.
Jamie discovers her best friend Tristan hasn't been completely honest with her. She's been keeping secrets. The mystery surrounding Tristan slowly builds as Jamie and Sawyer become closer. The story really gets interesting once Jamie and Sawyer arrive in Spain then start their search for Tristan. The last quarter of the book as it gets farther into the mystery surrounding Tristan is really good. It also takes on a much darker tone.
The story presents a very real and dangerous situation that does happen unfortunately in this world. It's a heartbreaking and scary thought to think how often this actually occurs. The story presents a scenario of just how easy it would be to get caught up in a situation like this.
Anna Kasabian did a good job with the narration. Pleasant voice. Easy on the ears. Clearly spoken with a nice pace. Good character voices. Her voice for Jamie was a bit to soft for me but it fit Jamie's character. It was also easy to tell when Jamie was thinking to herself. There is a slight difference for Sawyers voice but not much. But it was enough to distinguish between the characters and was much better than trying to do an unnaturally deep male voice. Her other male character voices were distinct and good. She was able to make you feel the emotions of the characters and bring the story to life. Overall very enjoyable.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.
since I have not "read" Foreign Exchange it is hard to say, but I thought Anna did an awesome job bringing the characters to life!
Jamie - she's unsure of herself at the beginning and as the story goes she really grows into her own skin. She shows that she's stronger than she ever thought she was and that she is loyal & would do anything to keep her loved ones safe.
I don't believe I've listened to anything by her before, but I thought she was awesome at bringing the characters to life.
When Jamie realized that she had gotten herself into a heap of trouble by going into the modeling agency. She understood quickly what was happening but refused to give up, once she was reunited with Tris, you see just how much their friendship means to Jamie when she is willing to risk her life so that Tris can get to safety.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
Very good book...I would recommend it to anyone!
- Amazon Customer