Sunday, June 27, 2010

Review: Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis

Author: Phoebe Kitanidis
Publication: Balzer + Bray; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)

Description: I'd love a cup of coffee. . . . I wish she didn't hide how pretty she is. . . . 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 Jessica Whisper I want to kill my Hearing dead, and kill me too if that's what it takes, 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.

Whisper is an exhilarating debut novel from talented newcomer Phoebe Kitanidis.

My Thoughts: This was an interesting story that really made me rethink any desire that I might have to hear other people's thoughts. 

Joy seems to me to be a very young 15 in that she is so concerned with being a "pleaser" and trying to always make the other people around her happy. She has managed to turn her talent for hearing "whispers" into a social asset and has gained acceptance with the good crowd at school by being able to give the other girls what they want. Watching Joy learn to cope with her gift was interesting. Having her learn to relate to people without her gift was an eye-opener for her. She didn't know how to relate to her friends without cheating.

Jessica, know as Icka, has taken a different path and uses her gifts to make life more miserable for those around her especially Joy. She is willing to try anything to get rid of her gift. But Joy's gift seems to be changing now that she is getting older. She is hearing some of the darker thoughts of those around her and hearing what her friends really think about her. 

Joy and Jessica's mom also hears whispers but she only seems to hear surface thoughts. Their father doesn't hear whispers and seems detached from the family. He is always thinking about work. This makes Joy uneasy because she doesn't know what she should do for him to make him happy.

Then, Jessica goes missing and only Joy can hear her. She makes a new friend who is willing to help her try to find Jessica and finds out she is not as alone as she had thought. She also finds new ways to use her gift and to relate to people.

I recommend this book to YAs who are interested in the paranormal and the ins and outs of high school life. 

Challenges: RYOB Reading Challenge, 2010 YA Debut Author Challenge, 2010 YA Reading Challenge, Paranormal Reading Challenge


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  2. I'd definitely want to read this book. It's already on my wishlist. And the story sounds quite similar with the Mel Gibson movie, What Women Want, except that this book is no comedy. Still, I think it'll be a great read! :)

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