This is a new series for my blog, wherein I will discuss whatever book or books I’m reading or have just finished that week. Feel free to post in the comments what you’re reading this week, too, or your own thoughts about the books I discuss.
12/23/10: Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
A girl from a family where the women Hear the thoughts of others, called Whispers, finds everything in her life changing when her Hearing changes.
I liked reading this book just fine, but didn’t think it was to the “can’t-put-it-down” level, until Tuesday night when I really couldn’t put it down until way past midnight. I had to talk myself into putting the book down. I had to tell myself that I had too much to do the next day (the last day of school before the break, a sick husband, the rodent-chasing puppy, another pair of kiddie mitts to crochet before the holiday, a major revision…). But it means I put the book down at the end of a chapter with one of those perfect chapter endings designed to make the reader turn the page and keep reading. I really wanted to turn the page and keep reading. I really really did. But my eyes burned. I was sleepy. And I had all those things I had to do yesterday.
And then I did it again last night. Another night up past midnight because I couldn’t put Whisper down until I finished it.
The beginning was a little slow for me, but it somehow hooked me gently without me noticing. Because by the time I got to the point where her Hearing changes and all that ensued, I was hooked but good! I guess I could relate to a story about a girl who always does what others want. She enjoys making others happy and fulfilling the wishes she Hears in her head. To the point where she doesn’t really know who she is and what she wants for herself.
What a universal concept!
Coming of age is about self-discovery. And this book is about Joy discovering herself with and without her Hearing, and with a Hearing that has gone from a gift to a curse. Yesterday I looked forward to reading the rest and finding out how Joy resolves the conflict between the Hearing she didn’t think she could live without and the Hearing she can’t live with.
It was quite a ride. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say there is a boy. A special boy. And I couldn’t help rooting for him as much as I rooted for Joy.
That Phoebe Kitanidis is a crafty one. I look forward to more from this debut author.
(And, of course, I love her name. She shares her first name with my beautiful and energetic puppy and her last name sounds Greek. Those who know me well know how much I love Greece and that I thoroughly enjoyed learning some Greek before my honeymoon. RocketMan still tells the story of how I charmed various older men with my language skills. But I so obviously digress…)
Anyone else out there read Whisper? I highly recommend it.