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Although fifteen-year-old Joy, who uses her mind-reading ability to grant wishes for people, and her older sister Jessica, who uses the same ability to bring misery into the lives of others, do not get along, Joy tries to find and protect Jessica when she goes missing.
Publisher: New York : Balzer & Bray, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061799259
Branch Call Number: KIT
Characteristics: 281 p.


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Jun 23, 2015

I love this book!

Jun 27, 2014

I really enjoyed reading this book. It's pretty cool learning about the details of Joy's power and I like the passion between the sisters. This book is one of the books that I've actually finished reading. :p I like how this book shows the emotions between friendship, love, and family.

Jul 31, 2013

Strange book, and not overly enjoyable. I enjoyed the concept of the whisper and how the sisters try to help each other come to terms with their power and dealing with what they hear. The constant fights between the sisters, the lies told in the family throughout, and the fathers supposed cluelessness all lead toward a family discovering each other and how to deal. I would have enjoyed more background on the characters as well as the power itself rather than jumping around so much. I find the main character really grows into herself after she stops trying to please everyone and instead goes with her instincts.

Jun 26, 2012

We don't exactly start off on a bright note with the main characters; having the protag fight with her sister doesn't tend to make either of them likeable, even though Jessica's cat in a worse light than Joy. (Her nickname's "Icka"... I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.)

Then there were the usual problems: detailing how the protag lived life with the power, the usual diversion of cute boys, and a not-so-subtle hint at who the real love interest would end up being. The first of those problems might not have been a problem, really, if Kitanidis had gone more in-depth with the history of the Hearing -- same goes for the power of the lead male.

Things pick up in the last third, however, where Joy finally makes it out of domestic life and into an actually interesting situation. A race against time will usually do the trick, as does a unique love interest. He may have been hinted at unsubtly, but I still adore Jamie. We need more guys like him -- sweet, sensitive and chivalrous. (Seriously, bad boys are oooverrated.) (Okay, he's a stoner too, but I'm sure he grows out of that.)

In the end, the theme of family was perhaps the most surprising aspect. There are a lot of lies stretched between Joy and her family, almost beyond the point of believability; trust is drawn taut until it snaps. I think Whisper is about recovering those bonds. It's definitely a book that gets better as you read.

Apr 10, 2011

A little weird...

Nov 25, 2010

I was #1 when it first came out.
And it was so good.
It took a normal 2009/2010 teenage book theme. And made it just that much different.
I really enjoyed it.
(In the 2009/2010 period, Twilight got vampire, werewolf, powers thing going)

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Nov 20, 2015

Gordonlu thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 42

Nov 25, 2010

Phenomenal thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Nov 25, 2010

Coarse Language: Not offensive to race/sex/attraction etc. f word is mentioned several times.

Nov 25, 2010

Violence: mild


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blue_dove_183 Jul 05, 2013

Joy is a special girl. She is not like any normal teenage girl. She can hear whispers. Whispers are people's desires. What they want and how they think about things in the world. Joy has always looked for only the good in people. She only hears good whispers; until, her sister, Jessica warns her about her hearing and Joy starts seeing the negative point of things. One day, her sister disappears. Joy then goes on adventure with a boy with many secrets, to hopefully save her sister and bring her sister back home.


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