Get Well Soon Audiobook Review and Contest!
Because of panic attacks, depression, and school truancy, Anna Bloom is sent to a Chicago mental-health facility, where she writes letters to a friend about her three-week hospital stint. Halpern’s lingo and amusing take on teens dubbed “crazy” and Siegfried’s delivery are spot-on-teen, evoking sarcasm, cynicism, anger, and fear. Siegfried presents believable characters not only for first-person Anna but for the minor characters, who receive distinct personalities. Saccharin tones depicting therapists echo stereotypes and totally capture the protagonist’s perception of the hospital staff. The story paints a realistic picture of a depressed teen who is just a regular kid trying to grapple with issues of making friends, losing weight, and having a crush on a cute boy. With ample doses of profanity, this may be more high-school than junior-high fare. The audio fits the bill for listeners who like teen chick lit with substance and humor. — Patricia Austin
What a great review! In celebration, I'm having a contest to win a copy of this well-reviewed audiobook. All you have to do is post a comment with either the name of your favorite audiobook or the name of your favorite audiobook reader. I'll pick a name at random this Friday, when I'll also be posting my first special YA author guest's Proust Questionnaire (I really need to think of a catchier name for this Friday feature thing).
My answer to the audiobook question? It's between Fat Kid Rules the World, written by K.L. Going and read by Matthew Lillard, and Fair Weather, written by Richard Peck and read by Estelle Parsons.