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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,935 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison Espach Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In her ruefully funny and wickedly perceptive debut novel, Alison Espach deftly dissects matters of the heart and captures the lives of children and adults as they come to terms with life, death, and love. At the center of this affluent suburban universe is Emily Vidal, a smart and snarky teenager, who gets involved in a suspect relationship with one of the adults after witnessing a suicide in her neighborhood. Among the cast of unforgettable characters is Emily's father, whose fiftieth birthday party has the adults descending upon the Vidal's patio; her mother, who has orchestrated the elaborate party even though she and her husband are getting a divorce; and an assortment of eccentric neighbors, high school teachers, and teenagers who teem with anxiety and sexuality and an unbridled desire to be noticed, and ultimately loved.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Emily | 2/19/2014

    " A great read. It was the perfect combination of teenage rebellion against an inauthentic world in the tradition of "Catcher in the Rye," Vonnegut-like absurdity and distance, familial dysfunction and sexual and moral coming of age. I didn't like "Catcher in the Rye," but somehow in this context, that sort of attitude shone, possibly through authorial restraint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Plainjane26 | 2/15/2014

    " To me, this was reminiscent of "Prep" by Curtis Sittenfeld, but not in a bad way. Emily Vidal, the main character did seem a little far-fetched, but the overall themes of the book were realistic. I believe the point of the book was to keep you guessing as to who was really an adult and who was a child, based on behaviors exhibited by characters in the novel. I liked the book, but I can see how some of the themes can be off-putting to readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lizzy | 2/13/2014

    " Espach writes my "summer smut" novel of the year. I wasn't sure what to expect a few chapters into the book, but Espach delivers more than I anticipated with a gripping soap opera-esque story of Emily and the adults in her life - who tend to act anything but adult-like. Riveting dialogue, smart writing, and a beautifully crafted framed narrative prove to be entertaining and reminded me of the artful practice of a writer. If you are looking for a quick read and unexpected poignant moments, I would give Espach a try. You will not be disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by hannah | 2/7/2014

    " So fabulous! what Anthropology of an American Girl was trying to be. I wish I had written this. "

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