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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (371 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary E. Pearson Narrator: Natalie Ross Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN:
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A room is not much. It is not arms holding you. Not a kiss on the forehead. Not a packed lunch or a remembered birthday. Just a room. But for 17-year-old Zoe, struggling to shed the suffocating responsibility of her alcoholic mother and the controlling guilt of her grandmother, a rented room on Lorelei Street is a fierce grab for control of her own future.

Zoe rents her room from Opal Keats, an eccentric old lady who has a difficult past of her own, but who chooses to live in the possibility of the future. Zoe tries to find that same possibility in her own future, promising that she will never go crawling back. But with all odds against her, can a 17-year-old with a job slinging hash make it on her own? Zoe struggles with this worry and the guilt of abandoning her mother as she goes to lengths that even she never dreamed she would in order to keep the room on Lorelei Street.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah Crook | 2/20/2014

    " I tread The Miles Between and i found this book thinking that it would also be good becaus theyre by the same author but this one kind of dragged on so i never finished it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MaryAnn Harlan | 1/28/2014

    " I think I "read this wrong" because I didn't love it as much as everyone else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 1/20/2014

    " Teen problem fiction -- in this case an alcoholic mother, dead father & lots of parental neglect. Zoe decides her ticket out of her soul-killing situation is to rent a room from an eccentric character, Opal, who lives on Lorelei Street. Zoe is a fully realized, resourceful and sympathetic character who I think would appeal to teens living in tough situations themselves and are looking for a way out. Nothing about living on your own as a teen is romanticized, and Zoe is faced with some difficult decisions in order to keep her hard-won freedom. Some readers might not agree with her choices, but they will empathize with Zoe's plight. A good book for discussion and readalike for fans of Nancy Werlin's The Rules of Survival. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beaverton City Library Teens | 1/15/2014

    " This is a beautiful story of a girl without proper support or experience trying to get to a safe and stable place - essentially trying to find a room of her own. It's sad and very honest. Highly recommended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 elissa | 1/4/2014

    " JHUNT award winner that year. Well done, but not my personal favorite Pearson novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tree | 12/20/2013

    " Way too much swearing and ended kind of dumb "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Sellers | 12/6/2013

    " This book was a great eye-opener for me. I made me realize that sometimes the things that we do for the things that we want are not always best for us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 12/1/2013

    " I picked this book out from the library, because I am a Gilmore GIrls fan and the title jumped out at me. It kinda reminded me of a Sarah Dessen book. It was good! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cookie Lopez | 7/18/2013

    " A coming of age story of Zoe - with a long "e." Sweet story...at times confusing...other times startling. The differences in Zoe's life compared to her friends...makes one wonder how such differences are even possible...and yet, the story rings true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 5/26/2013

    " Interesting. Really sad at times, but overall it was a good lesson for teens. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia | 1/25/2013

    " I guess I'm not in the mood for dysfunctional dramatic stories about girls with too much pressure, especially from a drunk mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 10/10/2012

    " Another that is a 3.5. I like this character even though she's probably a bit to admirable. Pearson handles Zoe's position in her family interestingly and admirably, and she never really takes the easy way of difficult plotting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelia | 9/17/2012

    " I liked the emotional way that this author writes. I was pulled into the story and cared about what happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Relyn | 8/29/2012

    " I loved this book. Loved it. Gotta reread it now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 megan fraser | 6/30/2012

    " This book was okay, not the best but not the worst. There was a lot of words and a ton of descriptions but I don't think the author was saying much of anything compared to the length of the book. It was a good story but there was nothing in it to make me want to keep reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 6/22/2012

    " this book was sad at how her family hated her and never once showed care towards her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 6/18/2012

    " Kinda depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 6/24/2011

    " Very sad, depressing story- but with a message of hope. As a 25-year-old I had a hard time reading some parts; I can't imagine recommending it to a young adult. It was very good, hard to put down, just very somber "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Relyn | 11/27/2010

    " I loved this book. Loved it. Gotta reread it now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 11/15/2010

    " Very sad, depressing story- but with a message of hope. As a 25-year-old I had a hard time reading some parts; I can't imagine recommending it to a young adult. It was very good, hard to put down, just very somber "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelia | 11/12/2010

    " I liked the emotional way that this author writes. I was pulled into the story and cared about what happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cookie | 9/6/2010

    " A coming of age story of Zoe - with a long "e." Sweet story...at times confusing...other times startling. The differences in Zoe's life compared to her friends...makes one wonder how such differences are even possible...and yet, the story rings true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 5/30/2010

    " I picked this book out from the library, because I am a Gilmore GIrls fan and the title jumped out at me. It kinda reminded me of a Sarah Dessen book. It was good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 2/26/2010

    " this book was sad at how her family hated her and never once showed care towards her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 4/30/2009

    " This book was a great eye-opener for me. I made me realize that sometimes the things that we do for the things that we want are not always best for us. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tree | 4/29/2009

    " Way too much swearing and ended kind of dumb "

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About the Author
Author Mary E. Pearson

Mary E. Pearson is the author of a number of novels for teens, including A Room on Lorelei Street, David v. God, and Scribbler of Dreams. She writes full time from her home in Carlsbad, California, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.

About the Narrator

Natalie Ross is an actress and voice-over artist whose acting credits include multiple appearances in the television series All My Children, among others. She is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator.