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Author: Jordan Sonnenblick Narrator: Miriam Volle Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9781338052008
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A new hilarious, honest, and hopeful novel from the author of Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

It’s not easy being Claire. (Really.)

Claire’s life is a joke . . . but she’s not laughing. While her friends seem to be leaping forward, she’s dancing in the same place. The mean girls at school are living up to their mean name, and there’s a boy, Ryder, who’s just as bad, if not worse. And at home, nobody’s really listening to her — if anything, they seem to be more in on the joke than she is.

Then into all of this (not-very-funny-to-Claire) comedy comes something intense and tragic — while her dad is talking to her at the kitchen table, he falls over with a medical emergency. Suddenly the joke has become very serious—and the only way Claire, her family, and her friends are going to get through it is if they can find a way to make it funny again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Authentic, funny, dramatic, fantastic.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “An achingly vivid portrayal…of emotions…A powerful and profound look at a family coping with unexpected change.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Sonnenblick has a knack for smart, droll first-person narration, and…the characters and their dialogue are convincing and often entertaining…[Listeners will] stay with [Claire] every step of the way.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Readers will sympathize with her struggles with a cranky teacher and almost-friends and will likely laugh out loud and wipe away tears at various points in the story. Refreshingly free of romantic entanglements, the focus in this novel is on family and friendship. The development of Claire’s relationship with her brother is a highlight.”


  • “With impeccable timing and a varied delivery, narrator Miriam Volle turns the spotlight on the young teen’s primary coping mechanisms: her spunky personality and quick wit. Volle’s informal style reflects Claire’s internal dialogue as she struggles to understand her beloved father’s prognosis and her own coming-of-age…[An] engaging audiobook.”


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About the Author

Jordan Sonnenblick is the author of the acclaimed Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, Notes From the Midnight Driver, and Zen and the Art of Faking It. In addition to being a writer, he is a middle-school English teacher and would never penalize one of his students for bringing an imaginary friend to school.

About the Narrator

Miriam Volle has voiced young adult and children’s characters in a variety of formats. She loves to bring great stories to life. She consistently invests in developing her skills and has trained in commercial, audiobook narration and ADR with some of the industry’s best.