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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 281 pages
  • 152 x 216 x 25mm | 372g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0061799254
  • 9780061799259
  • 710,435

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Common conflicts are nuanced by Kitanidis s intriguing construction of Joy s powers, unexpected plot moves, and strong characterizations. --School Library Journal
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2,861 ratings
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4 30% (852)
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2 10% (286)
1 4% (122)

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Joy receives a message from her sister, Icka, that something bad is going to happen on her birthday. But Icka is always horrible to Joy on her birthday, so she chooses to ignore her. When it does happen, Joy wants to know what's happening to her and why. Unfortunately, no one is willing to give her an answer. Within a matter of days she has two crushes, finds out her friends might not really be friends, her mom that she trusted is not who she thinks she is, and her sister might be on to something bigger than both of them could imagine. Joy finds herself on the run with a boy she hardly knows, looking for a sister she barely acknowledges. What will they find and how does Joy know where she's going? I really enjoyed this book: the twists were surprising and the suspense had me so anxious I couldn't put it down. Joy really shined after her birthday, and the love interest was an extra bonus for the story I didn't see coming. Can't wait for the next in the series - I will definitely be reading it!show more
by TeensReadToo
Joy would be a normal girl, except for the fact that she Hears Whispers. In other words, she Hears what others desire, their desire-thoughts. In possession of this hereditary gift, Joy likes to make people happy, to give people what they want, which is the opposite of her sister's choiceâ??use it to make people's lives miserable. Like I have said since I closed this book: I have no words to describe how much I loved it! It is like no other "hearing thoughts" story. It is such a different, criative, unpredictable and well-written story. I dove into this and almost couldn't get off if it wasn't people calling me to do something while I was reading. I was so excited to know what would happen next that I stayed up really late. I needed to know what Joy would say and do next, who she would meet next. Although it is fast-paced, it doesn't sound like the whole story happens in only one weekend. It seems to happen in a longer time! It did surprised me, because the story is not a cliche at all, like the summary might make you wonder. I am so sure the highest positive point of my identification with this book were the characters and the dialoguesâ??and, as a consequence, the writing style of Phoebe Kitanidis, of course. It made Joy sound like she wasn't only fifteen, but an older, mature person with characteristics of a teenager girl. Oh, I can tell how big her heart is! Even when Jessica aka. Icka, her sister, treats her like a shitâ??which means always since they weren't kids anymoreâ??, she is a sweet person, until she explodes and tells Icka the worst things she thinks about their relationship she had kept inside, which leaves Joy super-regretful. Besides all that, she still has to deal with her so-called friends and their desire-thoughts, which turn into kind of "evil" ones. I really don't know if I can talk about J, who Joy barely knows, but steals a car and runs away with him to save her precious sister. I got so excited about it! Although they had once met, they don't completely know each othe, but get into a great, well-developed conversation after some events. They share feelings and things that even Joy's best-friend doesn't know about. J's revelation is a very interesting one. I'd love to learn more about it! Their relationship gets pretty intense in those two days while Phoebe Kitadinis shows us how two people who looks so different can be so much closer than you might think. The ending doesn't make you think it is going to have a sequel. Not for me. It sounded lovely and peaceful for the situation the characters were in. But I want to know what is going to happen to Joy after all this. And there is going to have a sequel! Whisper is an amazing debut novel that might make you consider carefully every little attitude you and people around you do. Phoebe Kitadinis has totally proved her writing quality.show more
by Raila Soares de Assis
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