I’d love a cup of coffee. I wish she knew how pretty she was. I wish I could drop this kid in the dryer sometimes. I just want her to be happy. I hope she didn’t find out what Ben said about her. I wish I knew how many calories were in a bite of muffin…
Joy is used to hearing Whispers. She’s used to walking down the street and instantly knowing people’s deepest, darkest desires. She uses this talent for good, to make people happy and give them what they want. But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse, and she uses it to make people’s lives—especially Joy’s—miserable. Still, when Joy Hears a frightening whisper from Jessica's own mind, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means deserting her friends, stealing a car and running away with a boy she barely knows—a boy who may have a dark secret of his own.
I felt a variety of ways about the characters. Joy was likable and a very strong character. She was someone I would like to know in real life. Icka was a very controversial character. I hated her at first, with a very STRONG hate, but as the plot moved along I could better understand her anger and bitterness. Joy’s friends were kind of just in the background. They didn’t play that big a role after the beginning. Parker made a comeback in the end, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about her. There wasn’t that much romance in this book, but what was there was short and sweet. I really liked Jamie and I’m hoping to hear more about his background and family in a sequel. Joy’s family members were likable as well, I really liked that her parents were still together and both were actually alive! In so many books now-a-days the parents are either separated, divorced, dead, etc. Aunt Jane was a character that also played a bigger role in the end than the beginning. Again, the ending is where most of the action takes place so be sure to stick it out if you’re not enjoying the beginning as much.
I would definitely recommend checking this out come April. It was an original, exciting debut and I’m eager for a sequel. Joy’s narration will pull you in and by the end you’ll be glued to the page. Whisper has a unique premise and writing style, with a quirky set of characters, but I definitely recommend reading it, you won't regret it. The cover is gorgeous as well. I love the gray with the pink, shimmery letters- that’s a cover that will look awesome in hardcover!
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars