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I could not finish listening to this book. The breath intake sounds from the narrator made the story unlistenable. There are editing programs that can drastically reduce these sounds. I don't know why they didn't edit or use a microphone with a screen or buffer on it. I feel bad for the author becase I was enjoying the content. I am happy I have the ebook so I can finish reading the story. This audiobook copy was furnished through Audiobook Boom for review purposes.
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This book is a cross between The Phantom Tollbooth and a psychological novel for young adults. It's... well... awkward. I loved it.
Don't trust that description though - the one about the story being ugly and tragic. Yes, it's very stirring (thanks to the great, emotionally charged young voice of narrator Caitlin Kelly), but it's not as bad as all that. And it's definitely not ugly.
It's an allegory and it doesn't try hiding the fact. In the magical world of Awkward our hero and heroine meet psychological concepts turned monsters - the Swamp of Sadness, The Beast of Belonging, the witch named Perfection... they need to battle these things and it hurts. But somehow at the end - and as awkward as they are - their self-acceptance awaits.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if someone used this book in teenage therapy. It does go deep. Very nice job.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.