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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (614 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Siobhan Dowd Narrator: Sile Bermingham Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN: 9780739385906
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Holly’s story will leave a lasting impression on all who travel with her.Memories of mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family with their too-nice ways and their false sympathy. And she hates her life, her stupid school, and the way everyone is always on at her. Then she finds the wig, and everything changes. Wearing the long, flowing blond locks she feels transformed. She’s not Holly anymore, she’s Solace: the girl with the slinkster walk and the supersharp talk. She’s older, more confident—the kind of girl who can walk right out of her humdrum life, hitch to Ireland, and find her mum. The kind of girl who can face the world head-on. 

So begins a bittersweet and sometimes hilarious journey as Solace swaggers and Holly tiptoes across England and through memory, discovering her true self and unlocking the secrets of her past.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 2/2/2014

    " A very good YA adult book about a young girl with a troubled past. She is finally placed in a good foster home, but her past causes her to run away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 12/24/2013

    " After loving her other books, this was a disappointment. I did enjoy the exploration of disliking who one is and creating a different persona, one who is the things one wishes one could be. There was a theme of abandonment throughout, but far too resolved at the end. When a child is abandoned, they don't just "get fixed" - it is something they deal with forever and the young woman became too normal too quickly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen E | 12/16/2013

    " A bittersweet story. Holly is a lovely narrator, and I liked the way Dowd ended the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 12/6/2013

    " A really enjoyable read. Holly/Solace is a wonderful young character with a clear and endearing voice, and her gradual realisation of what really happened in her early life is quite heartbreaking. Some lovely characters met on the road too - I particularly loved Phil the vegan cheese lorry driver (you need to read it...!). And it was nice to see social workers portrayed in a positive light for a change... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ricki | 10/31/2013

    " I really enjoy Siobhan Dowd's writing style. The language is gorgeous. I just found this to be a bit slow at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian -always aspiring- | 9/29/2013

    " (Actual Rating: 3.5 stars) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 5/21/2013

    " Solace hitchhikes across England to stoway on a ferry to Ireland hoping to find her mother who abandoned her years ago. Dowd is one of my favorite authors and unfortunately, this is her last book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/2/2011

    " i loved this book, i will read it again one day, i will always remember it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 5/3/2011

    " Good book about a teenage runaway, who finally figures out who she is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 4/17/2011

    " An interesting concept, and I really enjoyed the book. It wasn't as powerful as A Swift Pure Cry but I liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Weezy | 2/8/2011

    " Kind of Slow but inspirational :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 1/27/2011

    " A bittersweet story. Holly is a lovely narrator, and I liked the way Dowd ended the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marj | 12/22/2010

    " One of my all time favourite books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cora Linn | 8/24/2010

    " It's amazing, isn't it? That even before reading the book you're in tears. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mahasin | 8/23/2010

    " Not a lot of action and therefore slow moving. When it gets good it's good though.

    Also, "Sweet Dreams" by the Eurythmics will be stuck in your head after completion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 8/20/2010

    " Gripping tale of a young outcast - I really couldn't put it down. "

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