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3.00046019328118 out of 53.00046019328118 out of 53.00046019328118 out of 53.00046019328118 out of 53.00046019328118 out of 5 3.00 (2,173 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joyce Carol Oates Narrator: Hilary Swank, Chad Lowe Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Matt Donaghy has always been a Big Mouth. But it's never gotten him in trouble -- until the day Matt is accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High School.

Ursula Riggs has always been an Ugly Girl. A loner with fierce, staring eyes, Ursula has no time for petty high school stuff like friends and dating -- or at least that's what she tells herself Ursula is content with minding her own business. And she doesn't even really know Matt Donaghy.

But Ursula is the only person who knows what Matt really said that day ... and she is the only one who can help him.

In her first novel for young adults, acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates has created a provocative and unflinching story of friendship and family, and of loyalty and betrayal.

Performed by Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Gripping.”

    Washington Post

  • “A seasoned pro from the world of adult literature turns her keen observer’s eye to young-adult realism, with notable success. Honest and penetrating.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Believable, full-blooded characters propel Oates's first YA novel…Readers will relate to the pressures these two experience, both at school and from their parents, and be gratified by their ability to emerge the wiser.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers will be propelled through these pages by an intense curiosity to learn how events will play out. Oates has written a fast-moving, timely, compelling story.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Distinguished novelist Oates’ first young adult novel is a thought-provoking, character-driven drama about the climate of hysteria created by school violence in America, and how two teenagers find the courage to fight it and to find themselves in the process.”


  • “Screen celebs Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe deliver alternating chapters in perfect counterpoint, superbly capturing the divergent emotional journeys in affect, tone, and pacing…in an audio recording that will be in huge demand by teens. Winner of the AudioFile Eaphones Award and 2003 Audie Award.”


  • Winner of the 2003 Audie Award
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Fiction
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rhonda Cilibraise | 2/20/2014

    " Fun, funny look into stereotypes among teens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Steven | 1/23/2014

    " I thought this had a good premise, but it didn't really deliver for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kimberlayy º | 1/22/2014

    " at first i didn't really like this book. i thought it was good enough, so i stuck with it. and i ended up really enjoying it!! the unexpected love at the end is so cute, i wanted to just smile!! i really was happy with this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jakob Krejsa | 1/16/2014

    " i really did not like this book "

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