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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, the characters were well developed and the plot moved along at a comfortable pace.
What did you like best about this story?
Although this story has a young-adult character, Leila, the feel of the story is more adult. Set in Leila’s senior year of high school, on her own after the death of her father and in a new environment, Leila struggles with her artistic bent, plays blues piano with a bunch of Delta blues octogenarians every Saturday night, and runs as a way of coping with her a past that is quickly catching up to her. Throw into the mix her unconventional relationships with two male teachers, and I was surprised at how thoroughly engrossed I—an adult male—became in the life of a seventeen-year-old girl.
I enjoyed the switches in point of view, from Leila to Ian Brigham (the handsome and conflicted track coach) to Mr. Clarence Myles (the enigmatic math teacher). While it is a of high school setting, Chicoine focuses enough on the ‘internal’ life of her characters, providing a well-rounded story with impressive character developments. Chicoine’s stories tend to unfold gradually—organically—at the start, but soon escalate with crazy twists and turns that kept me turning pages. I can’t wait to read the sequel, Portrait of a Protégé!
What about Carolyn Nicely’s performance did you like?
There were a lot of emotional high points and the narrator carried them out with skill.