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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,030 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Wynne-Jones Narrator: MacLeod Andrews Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Blink, man, what were you thinking? Sneaking into the hotel for a hot breakfast—hot scraps of someone else’s breakfast, really. Couldn’t you just feel ?that it was a wrong place/wrong time scenario? Even before you heard the banging and saw those dudes in suits jet it out of room 1616? Now you’re not only witness to a crime; you’re linked to it, thanks to the smartphone you were stupid enough to jack from the room.

And then there’s Caution. As in “Caution: Contents Under Pressure.” She’s also on the run, from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a nightmare in her past that won’t let her go. The last thing she needs right now is some skinny-ass street punk spouting crazy conspiracy theories, but something about Blink tugs at her heart—a heart she thought deserved not to feel. Charged with suspense and intrigue, this taut novel follows two compelling characters as they forge a fated, tender partnership.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wynne-Jones’ finest, most beautifully written novel yet, one more in a career full of distinguished works.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This gripping crime story is told in alternating points of view—second person for Blink and third person for Caution—a technique that is especially effective in the audio format…Two voices, both narrated by Andrews, create a story so fraught with woe, guilt, terror, and tension that the listener can’t help rooting for the teens to escape the situation they’re in.”

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  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens
  • Selected for the Summer 2011 Kids' Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile or Young Adult Crime Book
  • Winner of the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carrie Gelson | 2/19/2014

    " A dramatic story but what I loved most were the two main characters. Vulnerable. Real. Appealing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elaine | 2/12/2014

    " 3.5. Pros: Likable main characters, almost poetic writing. Cons: Blink seemed younger than he was supposed to be, which made the love story seem a little off; the mystery was a bit of a letdown in its predictability, but I didn't find that to be an important part of the story despite the fact that it drove the action. Other thoughts: I appreciate that Wynne-Jones tried something different by using second person for Blink's sections, but it didn't quite work for me. I had hoped initially that once I got used to it the narration would give me more of a connection with what the character was actually thinking rather than what he might want to share through first-person narration, if that makes any sense. Unfortunately, I found that I never fully got used to the use of second person (though it got better once his story merged with Caution's), so any greater intimacy from the narration was lost in requiring slightly greater effort to process an atypical style. But overall this was a relatively minor issue, and I'm glad I gave it a try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ms. McC | 2/12/2014

    " Great!!! Wynne-Jones combined appealing characters, suspense that raised my heart-rate, and two heartwarming stories of personal redemption to make one of my favorite books of the year! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Miz Lizzie | 2/5/2014

    " The novel tells the story of two runaways in two different narratives. Blink has fled his abusive stepdaddy and passive mother to live hand-to-mouth on the streets. His desperate schemes for food unexpectedly entangle him in a high-profile kidnapping that isn't all that it seems. His story is told in second-person, the current stylistic trend that usually drives me crazy but it actually was used quite effectively here. Perhaps it helped that I listened to the book but the "you" point of view works as the voice in Blink's head. The other storyline follows Caution in a more conventional third-person narrative. Caution is on the streets looking for punishment for the terrible deed she committed that is slowly revealed throughout the novel. Of course, the two storylines eventually become entwined as Blink and Caution join forces to figure out the mystery behind the kidnapping-that-wasn't. The ending felt a little rushed and the kidnapping scheme a bit of a let down after the fast-paced suspense that came before it. But I appreciated the way that Blink and Caution grew into themselves as they forged their partnership and how they each found inner peace and hope for the future. The story should appeal to both boys and girls. This isn't usually the kind of story (dark, realistic, contemporary story about teens living on the street) I enjoy and I put off reading it even though it had been getting good reviews and was on my local Mock Printz list. But then I started reading it and discovered that it had two things in particular that I am interested in. The Canadian setting in Toronto and Kingston made me feel right at home (even if the, otherwise quite effective, American reader mispronounced -- for a Canadian, that is -- a few words and jolted me out of my Canadian nostalgia). There's also a subplot (very much in the background, as it turns out, but still) involving Aboriginal land claims, my folklore research focus. Book Pairings: The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton "

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