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How April Sinclair managed to write a coming-of-age story of a black girl in Chicago during the late '60s, and make it not just sensitive and wise, but also light and funny, I will never know. What skill! I fell in love with Stevie and can't wait to read the sequel set in her college and post-grad years. The narration was great except for a really unpleasant voice choice for an important character (Nurse Horn, whose words are poignant and careful, speaks them in the most obnoxious, squeaking, asshole time). Note to listeners: A couple of times I had to rewind or check against the ebook text where time jumped ahead, but it was always accurate to the text, just hard to tell that it was an intended leap on audiobook.
I enjoyed the journey of growing up with Stevie. She and the other characters were portrayed well by the narrator. Just a chapter or two into the story, I had sent several text messages to friends suggesting they listen, too.