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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,894 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Judy Blundell Narrator: Caitlin Greer Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Summer’s ending, Evie’s stepfather is finally home from the Second World War, and Evie is tired of her glamorous mother treating her like a little girl. Then a mysterious stranger appears; a handsome ex-GI who served with Evie’s stepfather. Slowly, Evie realizes that she is falling in love with him—but he has dark secrets, and a strange control over her parents. When he is found dead, Evie’s world is shattered. Torn between her family and the man he loved, Evie must betray someone. The question is ... who?

Evie slowly finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies in this brilliant mystery that won the 2008 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A taut, noirish mystery/coming-of-age story set in 1947…Readers can taste Evie’s alienation and her yearning; it’s a stylish, addictive brew.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Caitlin Greer paces the story perfectly, drawing out each scene, pulling each character into the drama. Each story line is given equal emphasis, so the listener doesn’t see how all the pieces fit together until the end.”

    AudioFile

  • “Evie learns that adults, even those closest to her, are not always what they seem. Blundell navigates this multidimensional plotline with unique, well-developed characters and insightful dialogue. Yet it is Evie and her rapidly maturing perception of herself and those around her that carry the story. In many ways she becomes the adult in the group, motivated by truth and justice rather than greed or superficial appearances.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Using pitch-perfect dialogue and short sentences filled with meaning, Blundell has crafted a suspenseful, historical mystery that not only subtly explores issues of post–WWII racism, sexism, and socioeconomic class, but also realistically captures the headiness of first love and the crushing realization that adults are not all-powerful.”

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  • Winner of the National Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Malena Watrous | 2/20/2014

    " I don't usually read YA fiction, but my mother-in-law had a copy of this lying around and highly recommended it, and I loved the cover and had nothing better to do on vacation, so I picked it up and essentially read straight through it in a night, which for me is a sign of deep immersion and great enjoyment. (I really don't understand why some people consider "fast read" a put down; I typically only read fast when I'm more invested in the book than in the distractions of my real life). I love the whole notion of a young adult noir, and I thought that Blundell nailed the narrator's shifting voice as she came of age in the process of the novel, which in her case meant discovering the dark side of human nature (including that of her mother and stepfather), and discovering her sexuality and capacity for love. Furthermore, the mystery was great, with enough twists and turns to keep it constantly engaging and surprising but never implausible. This was one of the better books I've read recently, YA or no. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrea Hecklinger | 2/6/2014

    " This book kept my attention and was a nice, quick read. I read too many reviews when I bought it though, and spoiled it by knowing the twist before it happened. I think it could have been more interesting if I hadn't, but I'll never know... Good insight into a teenager's mind, one racey part, I didn't like the choices the main characters made, but it read real. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Cindy | 1/25/2014

    " I wouldn't want my adolescent child reading this book, mostly because of a rather explicit almost-sex-scene. Not to mention that I wasn't overall very impressed with the story. I read it in a couple hours and was left feeling underwhelmed by the writing and plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Samantha | 1/18/2014

    " I thought this book was OK. I didn't like the characters in it so I had a hard time feeling sympathy for them or getting into the story. "

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About the Author
Author Judy Blundell

Judy Blundell is the National Book Award–winning author of  What I Saw and How I Lied. As Jude Watson, she is the author of several titles in the New York Times bestselling 39 Clues series, as well as the bestselling Star Wars: Last of the Jedi and Jedi Quest series. She lives in Katonah, New York.