REVIEW: WHISPER by Phoebe Kitanidis

WHISPER by Phoebe Katanidis

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (April 27, 2010)

  • REVIEW YY 1/2

    Whisper is a book that has an interesting premise that promises to be an original and intriguing read. The concept of being able to hear every one's thoughts and the power that comes with that ability....wicked cool.

    "I wish she knew how pretty she was...."

    "I hope she didn't find out what Ben said about her...."

    or is this ability all it is cracked up to be? is it more of a curse than a blessing? both sides of coin are explored in this new paranormal YA read.

    Whisper is a story mainly centering on Joy, a girl that has the ability to hear whispers. She can hear every one's inner thoughts, their wishes both good and bad. Joy is not the only one with this "gift" her older sister Jessica also has the same ability, but while Joy uses her power to appease the people in her life her sister Jessica uses it to make them miserable. Joy cannot understand why her sister is this way, they used to be close and now they are more like strangers. Then one night Joy begins to hear Jessica's voice and the message terrifies her and she knows her sister is in danger and that she has to save her. As she begins this daunting journey she encounters a boy that has some very dark secrets of his own and together they realize that whispers are not always best kept silent.

    When I read about this book I knew it was something that I had to read. It's premise sounded great and I even had to ask myself what would I do with this power..hmmmm...I was intrigued. Unfortunately I had some issues with WHISPER. I am not sure if it is fact that it had some plot holes or that it had scattered pacing or that it had such promise and fell short, take your pick. I don't want to read a book that makes me question, huh? I did appreciate how Phoebe Katanidis wrote about Joy and her growth and how she learned that while she used her powers to please others she essentially lost herself and did not know how to function properly in social situations unless she used her ability. I only wished it was explored a bit deeper.

    5 comments on "REVIEW: WHISPER by Phoebe Kitanidis"

    ladystorm wrote: April 22, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    I found it a bit lacking myself. Though I did like the aspects of the Whispering gift but it just didn't blast me with greatness and I hoped it would.


    katie wrote: April 22, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    I am sad that you didn't enjoy it as much as you thought you would. This is the first review I have read for this one but I still think I will have to check it out. Thanks for the honest review.


    Michelle wrote: April 22, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Eek, sorry you didn't enjoy it. Thanks for being honest though. :D


    Eleni @ La Femme Readers wrote: April 22, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Hm, nice honest review. However, I disagree, I thought it was pretty good :)


    So Many Books, So Little Time wrote: April 23, 2010 at 2:41 AM

    Thanks for the honest review. I might still give it a shot when it's out in paperback, though!


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