Author: Chris Struyk-Bonn
Would you like to nominate this book for Teens’ Top Ten?
If yes, please give a 2-3 sentence summary of the book that will make other teens want to read the book. If no, please tell us why you would not nominate this book.
Whisper is a sixteen-year-old girl with a cleft palate. The book documents around a year of Whisper's life. She goes from a camp for the deformed in the wood, to the her father's house in a small town, and finally, to 'the city'. It is a very intense book that leaves you with chills. The book shows how Whisper leads a tragic life yet comes out strong in the end.
What did you like about the cover? Did the cover reflect the contents?
I liked it because it is a girl who is covering her mouth and nose with the shawl described in the book. It pictures Whisper exactly.
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book.
I think the most compelling aspect was when Whisper and her friends from the woods-camp had to defend themselves from Celso and Jun.
Were you disappointed with any aspect of the book?
Yes, there was a little sexuality, but it was semi-appropriate and not in great detail; there was also a small amount of language. I was also disappointed in how we never heard what happened to Rosa, David, and Mateo. I was also disappointed when Whisper did not completely resolve various relationships.
How would you rate this book?
4 - Better than most
Anything else you’d like to add?
I commend the author for using very little language and no detailed sexuality, which was nice for a change. Also, I was glad it was not the perfect ending for all, but some of the characters had a good ending. It is a very intense book that leaves you with chills.