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Would you listen to Not That Kind of Girl again? Why?
This was an entertaining book which I would listen to again. At times I found the protagonist frustrating and self righteous, (which is kind of the point), but it all comes good in the end.
What did you like best about this story?
This is my second Siobhan Vivian novel. I like her style of writing, her style is a little deeper than many YA books which are popular at present.
What does Emma Meltzer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I may have struggled with this story if I was reading but it was a good listen and the narrator Emma Meltzer also helped to make it enjoyable, always setting the right tone.
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This book will no doubt appeal to listeners between the ages of 14 and 20 as it deals with the problems of a teenage girl in an American High School who has to deal with the entrenched sexist culture whereby a young male in pursuit of sexual satisfaction is revered for his success whereas a young female who satisfies her biological impulse is condemned and shunned by the other kids. This is depressing. The narrator is excellent and reads so well that I soldiered on to the end instead of giving up after the first two chapters. I am far too old for this kind of book so I don't want to pass too harsh a judgement as it will no doubt appeal to younger listeners going through their first crushes and so on. It does give one an insight into American culture and its values of ambition, success and social status and the importance of perfection or at least the appearance of perfection and a good name! I found the main character to be unbearably self-righteous and priggish even though she is also redeemed by her insight into cultural norms. Reading this as an ex teacher it confirms my vague thoughts that single sex education would be a good idea from the age of 12 to 16 while the hormones are wild and unruly.
The story just meandered along an a painfully slow pace. The main character was completely unlikeable. The nasal narration caused me to cut this off before finishing
Is there anything you would change about this book?
This was a painful story to listen to. It felt so slow and painful, the narration was horrible (in my opinion). The narrators NORMAL voice was fine and pleasant but once she goes into the different characters they all sound like 1st graders, and not in an adorable funny kind of way! If there was something I could change I'd say the author should have put it aside for a month and read over it again, but with that being said-maybe if I would have read the book and not have listened to it, maybe just maybe that would have been better.
Has Not That Kind of Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?
Not from the genre. One bad book doesn't make the entire genre horrible
Did Emma Meltzer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
Yes you can hear the difference... but they are all made to sound like 1st graders.
Was Not That Kind of Girl worth the listening time?
No it was not
Any additional comments?
Nasal reading (I think it was done on purpose) The sound of the narrators voice when reading in her most natural voice is pleasant but once she is going into certain characters I just got turned off. Maybe she just made Autumn and Spencer sound ridiculous but that is what stuck out to me the most.
ARGH I am so sad this book had so much potential ( or the narration had potential... I may give the book a read and try to not have the nasal 1st grader voices in my head)
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