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Whisper to Me

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Riveting mystery surrounds teen who hears voice in her head.

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Nick Lake takes on quite a lot with this story of a teen's struggle with mental illness, and he's more than up to the task. There's plenty here to keep the pages turning: mysteries including a serial killer, past trauma, a dad with PTSD, and a missing friend; the intriguing, sometimes harrowing exploration of Cass' struggle against the voice that tells her to hurt herself; and, of course, the budding romance. Lake balances all these aspects, keeping the plot moving and seamlessly shifting from one to another without short-changing any.

Cass' utterly believable narrative voice creates a likable, relatable protagonist who destigmatizes mental problems and could encourage the estimated 10 percent of teens who experience them by assuring us all that it can get better with help.

Book Details

  • Author: Nick Lake
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: May 3, 2016
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 17
  • Number of pages: 544
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 13, 2017

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