- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library
- Audible.com Release Date: May 2, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XR2KRLG
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Meanwhile the prose is crisp and clean, unpretentious and effective. I would have liked a greater sense of the atmosphere/energy of each country/city the protagonist visits: generally it seemed as if the reader's only window into those settings was through whatever specific internal reaction the protagonist experienced there. Perhaps this is just an inherent limitation of the first-person narration, but beside the specific events that happened in Paris vs Belgium vs Ireland etc. I did not notice any distinctive characteristics. How does being in Paris *feel* different than being in Ireland? I don't personally know so I was hoping to discover that through the character's eyes.
All in all, though, a very good coming-of-age novel with a refreshingly very ordinary teenager, and laced with humor and good observations.
This is very well written: the interests and attitudes of the protagonist are believable, not cliched nor played for laughs or pathos.
I suppose it should be mentioned there is talk - all positive - about sex. Nothing graphic. Lightly romantic, but mostly about emotions. I definitely want my daughter to read it, around age 14, but other parents may differ.
This is a story that is as thoughtful and measured as it is funny, honest about the challenges of emerging adulthood without being condescending. I would recommend it to anyone.