Sunday, July 12, 2015
Audiobook Review - Weightless: A Novel
About the Book
When Carolyn Lessing moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the juniors at Adams High. Gorgeous, stylish, a great student and gifted athlete without a mean girl bone in her body Carolyn is gobbled up right away by the school's cliques. She even begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn's bitter romantic rival. When a make-out video of Carolyn and Shane makes the rounds, Carolyn goes from golden girl to slut in an instant, with Brooke and her best friend responsible for the campaign.
Carolyn is hounded and focused on, and becomes more and more private. Questions about her family and her habits torture her. But a violent confrontation with Shane and Brooke in the student parking lot is the last attack Carolyn can take.
A novel to drop us all back into the intensity of our high school years, WEIGHTLESS is a startling and assured debut.
Enjoy a clip from the Audiobook!
My Take on the Book
I am BIG on audiobooks. I travel a bit for work, and I would much rather be listening to a great book or podcast than the radio itself - but that is just me. When looking for audiobooks I am looking for a great story, with great characters, and of course a great voice telling the story and this book gave me all of that. The author of this book really did a great job at creating a book that has some very well crafted characters. Characters that you will grow to love very early on in the book. While I have never been a teenage girl, I can say that the author does a great job at helping the reader empathize with the main protagonist. One thing that is a bit unique in this book is the use of first person plural - but it works! There are some great characters here that you will also love to hate. While this book is not a happy-go-lucky story and is sad in places too, it is still true to life and real and you will relate to it no matter who you are! Bullying is real and the author in this book has created a great commentary on this in the guise of a novel. It is a must read or in this case, listen!
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