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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray; Reprint edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061799270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061799273
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,292,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An imaginative tale that brings to the surface the complexities of family, friends, relationships, and belonging, WHISPER also explore selfishness, selflessness, and the bonds that link us to each other.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“Common conflicts are nuanced by Kitanidis’s intriguing construction of Joy’s powers, unexpected plot moves, and strong characterizations.” (School Library Journal)

Whisper is a refreshingly unpredictable story with the perfect balance of family and friends, and magical gifts and secrets. Phoebe Kitanidis is a strong new voice in the young adult, urban fantasy genre, and I can’t wait to see what comes next. (Kim Harrison, bestselling author of ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY)

About the Author

Phoebe Kitanidis lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband and a big gray cat. A former language arts teacher and contributor to Discovery Girls magazine, she now writes fiction full time. She's absolutely addicted to swimming, chocolate, and Facebook. If you ever meet her, beware: It's quite possible she can read your mind.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Misty Baker VINE VOICE on May 20, 2010
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This was a book I pre-ordered a few months ago and I'm glad I did. I have been so wound up in request lately that I have barley had time to read anything of my own, and when I finally find the time to indulge myself, I devour it in just a few hours.

There are aspects of "Whisper" that were original, and some that were a tad bit copy cattish, but thankfully, the mixture of the two made for an original plot.

Joy has a gift... she can hear everyone's thoughts. Taking the advice of her mother (who is also a Hearer) she decides to make the world a happier place by granting peoples wishes (Have a sudden urge for chocolate? No problem 1 Snickers bar coming up), but after a knock down drag out with her clunky boot wearing, black pants sporting sister, and a migraine headache that makes the apocalypse sound like a good idea, Joy's little gift suddenly flip flops from "Positive" to "Negative." What happens when you suddenly realize no one likes you? What happens when your sister decides to take your advice and runaway? And more importantly what is up with that weird loaner boy from school?

As good as this book ended (in all honesty) it started off in a funk. I almost tapped out after a few chapters because of its lack of originality, and the fact that the main character just plan annoyed me with her constant need to overanalyze and whine, but thankfully, once "Phoebe Kitanidis" got past her boring setup (the "Positive") and got to the plot (the "Negative") the book became action packed (Yes... there were bouts of grand theft auto) and enjoyable. The writing was average, leaving me nothing to really rant about in either direction, and like I said before, once the plot was established it was clean and smooth.
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By Stacey Deere on January 8, 2013
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This book is about two sisters and their gift of whispering. Joy loves the ability while Jessica hates it. It's also about their relationship with their parents. There are some good twists in the story that keep you plenty interested. I had no problem finishing the book and there were no boring parts.
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By Kid at Heart on December 26, 2012
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I just finished reading "Whisper" and I loved it. It was very emotional and went much deeper than most YA novels I have read. I hunk I have just found m new favorite YA author! Awesome read. I just bought another Phoebe Kitandis novel called "Glimmer" and if it's as good as "Whisper" then I'm sure it will be getting and equally good review!
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By TheReviewer on September 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Book: Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis
Publisher: Balzer + Bray, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 3-Page-Turns
Recommend: If you enjoy a quick read with some simple contemporary fantasy drama where some chicks can Hear what you think. Spooky.
Book Pro's: Simple read, entertaining.
Book Con's: The pace was immensely slow, the first 200 pages were fillers and descriptions.
Favourite Line: None sadly.

Cover: A simple cover with a young woman looking serenely forwards. The word Whisper is engraved in what could be, a whisper. It's simple, spooky, and good. I'd give the cover a 3 really, because it isn't terribly outragious nor does it push the edge, it safely nestles itself in the middle.

Setting: Honestly, it's been a week since I've finished the book, which means that I should remember what went on right? But I can't. I remember that the story is set on the West Coast and that the drama starts in the middle somewhere and escalates to Seattle. Maybe it's because I don't live in the US and my American geography is sketchy, so I'll take a stab and say Oregon. Yes. Oregon. I think?

Characters: We meet our main character Joy as she is contemplating her upcoming birthday and how her `freak' sister, Jessica, manages to always ruin it. You see, Jessica and Joy are from a long line of Hearers, or women that can Hear (they write it like that in the book, ok?) what you think. They call these audible mental thoughts Whispers. Joy is a typical goody-two-shoes and is content to make people happy, giving them whatever they want as her `benevolent' mother does as well. Her sister Jessica, takes her Hearing badly, as did their aunt Joan and all hell breaks loose from there.
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