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I think the thing I loved most about Jules and her family was the eccentricities that made them (painfully) unique. They live in cramped quarters above the family restaurant and all three siblings work in said restaurant while navigating high school and dealing with their dad’s mental illness. I immediately felt for Jules and I loved her funny and sarcastic voice in this story. I also loved the way that the paranormal elements were intertwined with the family drama. All three siblings are isolated by their work requirements and the situation with their dad. Lisa McMann did a good job of bringing you into those sibling relationships and communicating how close they were. Really, this could have stood alone as a contemporary young adult novel, but Jules’s visions kind of gave it that extra something. At the risk of sounding like a 13 year old boy, I thought the whole meatball truck was hilarious. It just added to the cringe-worthy social life that Jules had and, hey, I like a good meatball joke as much as the next gal. (I’m sorry, but some of them were really funny.) There were times when I wanted to stop Jules from talking to her lifelong crush, Sawyer, because it was so awkward. The awkward gets turned up a notch when Jules decides she has to save Sawyer, but it was a great girl saves boy story that I highly recommend.
The narrator really captured Jules’s voice. The way she delivered the lines made me laugh out loud a few times. The vocal differentiation between characters was good and she did a great job reading the tense moments, of which there were many in this book. Overall, this was a quick audiobook that delivered a lot of emotion, romance and quite a few laughs. I am looking forward to reading more about Sawyer’s journey in book two.
I received this audiobook in exchange for my honest review