A Certain October by Angela Johnson audiobook

A Certain October

By Angela Johnson
Read by Harlie Vaughn

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2.85 Hours Unabridged
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Three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Angela Johnson writes a wrenching, honest audiobook about surviving the unimaginable and finding a way to go on. Scotty compares herself to tofu: no flavor unless you add something. And it’s true that Scotty’s friends, Misha and Falcone, and her brother, Keone, make life delicious. But when a terrible accident occurs, Scotty feels responsible for the loss of someone she hardly knew, and the world goes wrong. She cannot tell what is a dream and what is real. Her friends are having a hard time getting through to her and her family is preoccupied with their own trauma. But the prospect of a boy, a dance, and the possibility that everything can fall back into place soon help Scotty realize that she is capable of adding her own flavor to life. With artfully spare prose, acclaimed and award-winning author Angela Johnson explores the ramifications of unexpected death in this compelling coming-of-age story.

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Summary

Summary

Three-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Angela Johnson writes a wrenching, honest audiobook about surviving the unimaginable and finding a way to go on.

Scotty compares herself to tofu: no flavor unless you add something. And it’s true that Scotty’s friends, Misha and Falcone, and her brother, Keone, make life delicious. But when a terrible accident occurs, Scotty feels responsible for the loss of someone she hardly knew, and the world goes wrong. She cannot tell what is a dream and what is real. Her friends are having a hard time getting through to her and her family is preoccupied with their own trauma. But the prospect of a boy, a dance, and the possibility that everything can fall back into place soon help Scotty realize that she is capable of adding her own flavor to life.

With artfully spare prose, acclaimed and award-winning author Angela Johnson explores the ramifications of unexpected death in this compelling coming-of-age story.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A story of dazzling immediacy…Realistic dialogue and a cast of vibrant characters give lively texture to Johnson’s nonlinear narrative. Through minimal exposition and Scotty’s singular voice, Johnson gracefully explores life’s defining moments, whether painful or bittersweet, and how the world carries on, even when everything has changed.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A Certain October] provides raw and honest insight into all of the emotions the teen is experiencing…This fast-paced, well-crafted novel is capable of engaging even the most reluctant readers.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“This slim book looks like it will be a quick read, but it turns out to be much more demanding—and rewarding—due to the story’s complex structure and the author’s gift for showing, not telling.” Horn Book (starred review)
“A wonderfully crafted and deeply satisfying novel, full of detail that provides texture and meaning.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Reviews

Reviews

by Xenutia 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
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Abysmal

On what planet is this a three-time award winner, Bizarro world? I tried to listen and after half an hour couldn't stomach anymore. For pages and pages all it is is dialogue about a diner and what vegetarian food they're going to order. We see discussions about people and situations we have been told nothing about and the dialogue itself doesn't explain it to us, so we're lost. Johnson gives us literally NO information about the characters, where they live, what age they are, what they look like, nothing. They exist only as names and as whiny, shallow pieces of teen gossip with no grounding details whatsoever.

I honestly don't know who the target demographic is, here. Children and teens will be bored because nothing HAPPENS, adults will be driven to drink by the lack of substance and the constant talk of things they can't follow.

The blurb describes this as "artfully sparse". For "artfully sparse" read "woefully underwritten". I feel cheated into buying this by the blurb and the boast of awards, and wish I could get my money back. I hate leaving 1-star reviews and pride myself on always finding some redeeming quality in any book, but this is just irredeemable pap. Even if I've missed some major, original plot later on, the author is at fault for failing to introduce it soon enough or to hold my attention in some other way until we get there. I can honestly say I won't be checking out her work again.

Author

Author Bio: Angela Johnson

Author Bio: Angela Johnson

Angela Johnson is the author of several picture books and highly acclaimed novels for young readers, including Maniac Monkeys on Magnolia Street, Heaven, and Toning the Sweep. She is a three-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 2.85
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English