Tuesday, May 11, 2010

YA review: Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis

I’d love a cup of coffee. I wish she knew how pretty she was. I wish I could drop this kid in the dryer sometimes. I just want her to be happy. I hope she didn’t find out what Ben said about her. I wish I knew how many calories were in a bite of muffin…

Joy is used to hearing Whispers. She’s used to walking down the street and instantly knowing people’s deepest, darkest desires. She uses this talent for good, to make people happy and give them what they want. But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse, and she uses it to make people’s lives—especially Joy’s—miserable. Still, when Joy Hears a frightening whisper from Jessica's own mind, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means deserting her friends, stealing a car and running away with a boy she barely knows—a boy who may have a dark secret of his own. (summary from goodreads)

My thoughts...You can tell you are reading a good book when the author can manipulate how much you adore or despise a character within a few chapters of the story.  The two sisters in this book are polar opposites, and because of that, they repel each other.  Joy's character is outgoing, popular, friendly, and very sweet.  She's the type of person you want to be one of your friends.  Ika on the other hand, is very anti-social, mean-spirited, and a bit scary.  She will stop at nothing to destroy her sister's life.  Her actions were so bad, I found myself cringing and covering my mouth in shock at her cruel actions.  I instantly formed an opinion about the main characters in this story.

Next is where the plot takes off.  Joy and Jessica (Ika) can hear whispers.  These are other people's thoughts, good and bad.  Ika disappears one day and despite her anger, Joy has to search for her sister using her hearing.  Her searching left me holding my breath, hoping for Ika's safety.  The plot became very fast-paced and hard to put down.  As the search progresses lies and secrets are revealed the reality of these girls' lives is revealed.  It is good to the last page. 

Overall, I would recommend this to YA fans of all ages.  Whisper takes a detour from the paranormal scene of Vampires and Wolves and gives us something within the realm of possibility: real people dealing with extraordinary skills.  Whisper even has an infusion of romance.  It's unexpected twists and turns offers something for everyone.

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Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

Great Review!

Barb Webb said...

This sounds like a great read. Will have to recommend to my daughter, she loves paranormals!

Bookventures said...

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