By Phoebe Kitanidis
Joy is used to Hearing Whispers–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 mysterious and frightening Whisper from Jessica’s own mind, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means running away with a boy she barely knows–a boy who may have a dark secret of his own.
This Blonde’s Review:
I thought this book sounded really interesting from the first sentence of the description when I saw it on Around The World Tours. Joy was a character I had to learn to like. She comes across as a bit of a sheep at first. So eager to believe everything her mother tells her, eager to appease the wishes of everyone around her, and unwilling to look deeper or believe her sister may be telling her the truth. As she learns Jessica was telling her the truth Joy starts to break down. Until she hears a disturbing whisper from Jessica that leads to her confiding in a boy she hardly knows. As Joy tries to deal with the new whispers of the people around her and searches for her sister in an effort to save her, she grows and becomes a better person. She discovers something neither her mother or her sister had figured out and shows her true strength.
Even though I did have to learn to like Joy, I did really enjoy this book. Having to learn to like her actually made her a more defined character in some ways. The addition of the boy she meets, Jamie, was interesting since it opened Joy’s mind up to the possibility of more than she had imagined before. Plus they were able to work together in ways other characters couldn’t have.
This is a paranormal Young Adult story that focuses on family, friendship, and trust. It is set in the ‘real world’ so the only paranormal activity is in the abilities presented. If you enjoy young adult novels and are open to the idea of people being able to do something
More, this may be a good read for you. I really enjoyed it and will likely read other books by this author.