Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover, 288pp
Age Range: 12
I’d love a cup of coffee. I wish she knew how pretty she was. I wish I could drop this kid in the dryer sometimes. I just want her to be happy. 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 a frightening whisper from Jessica's own mind, 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 a fresh and original take on having an ability to know someone’s deepest and darkest desires just by their thoughts. Can you imagine being bombarded with everyone’s worries, hopes, or dreams-good and bad? Yikes! I would be a headcase. This is exactly what Joy has to cope with. And to top it off, Joy has to constantly be on guard around her bad-tempered sister Jessica-who’s always on the prowl to wreck her social life.
The sisters’ extraordinary ability runs in the family from a long line of Hearers. While one sister uses her gift for good, the other uses it for bad. I couldn’t help but anticipate the fall out. Phoebe Kitanidis drew me into the warped world of these characters and locked me inside the whispers floating around in their heads. One word. WICKED. This ability is one that can wreak havoc on a full scale. I couldn’t get enough of this book, especially when trying to guess how everything would turn out in the end for the sisters.
Phoebe Kitanidis crafted an intense and mindboggling debut. WHISPER will entice readers to rethink their deepest desires and lock up those dark secrets that pound at us every day. You never know who’s listening in…
Great Debut! I can’t wait to see what Phoebe comes up with next!
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars