5⭐️! I loved this story about Malú and her quest to be punk. Joe was a great character (and I ADORE Mrs. Hidalgo), and the way that Perez gives each character a complete "self" -- no one feels flat. (I admit to being puzzled / frustrated by the slowness of the audiobook narrator's speaking voice for Malú, but it was nothing a little speeding up couldn't fix)
Even w/out audio probs, this wasn't a pick. The author takes weird tangents, i.e., an excruciating passage about how a teacher who died mid year was a failure. Had nothing to do with book's thesis, so that part felt especially cruel. Additionally, almost every woman was objectified in their introductions to us. Finally, author was very condescending, so the above sentence in the afterword is clearly not his actual belief. Bummer.
IT JUMPED AGAIN. 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤
UGH. I'm struggling with this one because the author's tone is really condescending. On top of that, the audiobook has some weird pronunciation situations as well as a narrator who never changes his voice when he reads what people said, so you never know who's talking. On top of THAT, I was SO CONFUSED by a chapter only to just now find out that either Overdrive or the production team made the book jump from p 149 to 178, then back to 149 😡😡😡😡
Just over halfway through. I'm a little disturbed by the tone as well as by the criteria that appears to make up a "good" book. I'm still interested and will keep going for sure, but I am a bit troubled.
This book was a solid 3 stars. I didn't feel particularly compelled to keep going, but I didn't dislike it. I might have DNF'd if this were print, but I love Jorjeana Marie and stuck with this one for her narration. Overall, this is one that I'm not sure why I picked it up, so it's more my fault than the book's fault that I didn't click with it.
Aw man. I know I just posted that I was still going strong earlier this week, but I've listened to it every day since then and am ONLY on chapter 18. I wish overdrive would tell me the total # of hours I've listened and how many are left, because knowing that the book is long is apparently not enough information for me!!! 😹 I might pick this one up again later, but I don't think I'll buy it to keep going.
If you enjoy the first of this duology, you've got to pick this one up. The drama is more intense, and the book moves at a breakneck pace. (I read this one in print to avoid the accent issue.) Warning: drugs, eating disorders, and harassment feature in this book, too.
Read this one a few months back. If you want backstabbing ballerinas, high-stakes drama, and lots of tension, pick this one up! HOWEVER: not one of the narrators could do a good Russian accent in the audiobook, so any time a teacher spoke it was excruciating. Overall, however, this is a gripping read. Warning: drug abuse, eating disorders, and harassment feature prominently.
Still going strong!! There are a lot of plates in the air in this one, and they're keeping the suspense going nicely. And I love this narrator!
If you are looking for your next nonfiction read to do with friends, grab this one. I listened on audio, and I really hope some of my circle read this so that we can unpack it. Crispin says some things that had me nodding, some that had me frowning, and some that had me ? (she specifically calls out "feminists" who wear $30 blush...but I've had mine for 7 years and has lasted through 4 years of daily use!!! #awkward)
Is the scene with the board (night 2 of the hen) really scary? Do they even use it, or do they get interrupted? I hit pause when it was introduced because I am easily creeped out, but the book was so good that I wanted to check in and see if you guys think it would be doable to keep going?