Narrator Jesse Vilinsky gives this first-person coming-of-age story a harsh sarcastic tone with an underlying note of resignation. Seventeen-year-old Bliss Walker has suffered neglect while traveling with her errant mother or, more often, while left in the care of relatives. Vilinsky allows listeners to see Bliss's softer side when she responds to her gentle friend, Blake, who believes that Bliss should have what she really wants in life. Bliss can't help but see the sharp contrast between Blake and her aggressive boyfriend, River. Vilinsky registers Bliss's mix of hope and distrust when her mother returns with big plans for a mother-daughter modeling career. Listeners will cheer for Bliss's emerging sense of self to win out over her mother's narcissism and her boyfriend's self-centeredness. S.W. © AudioFile 2022, Portland, Maine [Published: APRIL 2022]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2022
DD ISBN 9780063044685 $26.99
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