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Published by Simon and Schuster on February 23rd 2016
Narrator: Francisco Pryor Garat
Genres: Young Adult
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Source: Simon & Schuster Audio
Tommy Wallach, the New York Times bestselling author of the “stunning debut” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) We All Looked Up, delivers a brilliant new novel about a young man who overcomes a crippling loss and finds the courage to live after meeting an enigmatic girl.
“Was this story written about me?”
“Yes or no?”
I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty.
“It’s very rude not to answer simple questions,” she said.
I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn’t give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote on my palm.
I can’t, I wrote. Then, in tiny letters below it: Now don’t you feel like a jerk?
Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.
From the celebrated author of We All Looked Up comes a unique story of first and last loves.
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Overall Performance Story
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
When I first started listening this audiobook I was totally and utterly hooked with the narrator’s voice. He’s got my attention with his latin accent—I could listen to my own accent in him and that made me happy. And thank to that, I connected immediately with the story. As the story was developing, I found myself laughing at Parker Santé’s crazy imagination, at the adventures he and Zelda experienced and later, I understood why Parker acted the way he did and I ended up loving him.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Parker was one of my favorite characters. It’s funny because he’s not the first character who decides not to speak anymore after a tragic event in his life, but thank God his reasons were very different so as the way these two characters handle their traumas. At first I thought Parker was a troublemaker, a little delinquent who just wanted attention, but then I understood the reasons of his actions and stopped judging him. Another favorite character of mine was Zelda. She was awesome. Fierceless. A badass girl who did what she wanted, when she wanted and how she wanted, which was the reason why Parker was drawn to her, aside from her silver hair, because she was everything he wanted to be and had the chance to experience a lot with her. They both did a great couple, even if…No spoilers, sorry, you’ll have to read/listen to it to experience this story.
Which scene was your favorite?
There were so many great scenes in this book. When Parker and Zelda met for the first time, or the party they went together, the moment when they were talking about Parker’s dad’s diary, among others. I really enjoyed this story, it was so real and unreal at the same time.
What does Francisco Pryor Garat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His latin accent was the best!! Parker’s dad was Colombian, so that made him Colombian too—just like me, woohoo—and Francisco had a way to pronounce words that is very particular of people who speaks Spanish and I loved listening to that, because I pronounce them that way *chuckles* But… Francisco isn’t Colombian, which would have been awesome for me, he is from Argentina—there was a Neruda’s poem that he read in Spanish and his thick accent revealed his real nationality. Anyway… Francisco did a great job with this audiobook. His inflexions for Parker, Zelda, Parker’s mom, his friends and classmates were awesome. Francisco made Tommy Wallach’s words very enjoyable, bringing to life Parker and all his crazy adventures. Great book, great audio, great combo! 100% recommended.