The Agony of Bun O'Keefe by Heather Smith audiobook

The Agony of Bun O'Keefe

By Heather Smith
Read by Amanda Arcuri

Penguin Teen
3.94 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Little Miss Sunshine meets Room in this quirky, heartwarming story of friendship, loyalty and discovery. It's Newfoundland, 1986. Fourteen-year-old Bun O'Keefe has lived a solitary life in an unsafe, unsanitary house. Her mother is a compulsive hoarder, and Bun has had little contact with the outside world. What she's learned about life comes from the random books and old VHS tapes that she finds in the boxes and bags her mother brings home. Bun and her mother rarely talk, so when Bun's mother tells Bun to leave one day, she does. Hitchhiking out of town, Bun ends up on the streets of St. John's, Newfoundland. Fortunately, the first person she meets is Busker Boy, a street musician who senses her naivety and takes her in. Together they live in a house with an eclectic cast of characters: Chef, a hotel dishwasher with culinary dreams; Cher, a drag queen with a tragic past; Big Eyes, a Catholic school girl desperately trying to reinvent herself; and The Landlord, a man who Bun is told to avoid at all cost. Through her experiences with her new roommates, and their sometimes tragic revelations, Bun learns that the world extends beyond the walls of her mother's house and discovers the joy of being part of a new family -- a family of friends who care.

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Summary

Summary

Little Miss Sunshine meets Room in this quirky, heartwarming story of friendship, loyalty and discovery. It's Newfoundland, 1986. Fourteen-year-old Bun O'Keefe has lived a solitary life in an unsafe, unsanitary house. Her mother is a compulsive hoarder, and Bun has had little contact with the outside world. What she's learned about life comes from the random books and old VHS tapes that she finds in the boxes and bags her mother brings home. Bun and her mother rarely talk, so when Bun's mother tells Bun to leave one day, she does. Hitchhiking out of town, Bun ends up on the streets of St. John's, Newfoundland. Fortunately, the first person she meets is Busker Boy, a street musician who senses her naivety and takes her in. Together they live in a house with an eclectic cast of characters: Chef, a hotel dishwasher with culinary dreams; Cher, a drag queen with a tragic past; Big Eyes, a Catholic school girl desperately trying to reinvent herself; and The Landlord, a man who Bun is told to avoid at all cost. Through her experiences with her new roommates, and their sometimes tragic revelations, Bun learns that the world extends beyond the walls of her mother's house and discovers the joy of being part of a new family -- a family of friends who care.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Teens will truly dive into Bun’s mind and her surroundings through her understanding of the world… A nuanced, well-done novel about tough topics that deserves a place in most collections. School Library Journal
Smith's strength is her attention to setting details and character development. . . . Recommended. CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Heather Smith's second novel burns with nostalgia, wonder and sadness… a quietly profound, starkly Canadian account of being unwanted by family and society. Globe and Mail
Although Bun is 14, she possesses the endearing naiveté and honesty of a child, but her first-person narration isn't sappy or immature. . . . Bun O'Keefe will settle comfortably at home in readers' hearts. Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
There's an abundance of humour both subtle and overt, and a shattering of stereotypes and tropes. . . . This is a book that grabs readers by the heart and the head. Starred Review, Quill & Quire
A Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2017One of the Globe and Mail's 100 Best Books of 2017One of Bank Street’s Best Children's Books of The Year (2017)One of Toronto Public Library’s Great Reads for Youth 2018One of CCBC’S Best Books for Kids & Teens (2018)Selection – OLA Forest Teen Committee’s 2018 Summer Reading ListOne of CanLit for Little Canadians' must-read Canadian YA books

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Author

Author Bio: Heather Smith

Author Bio: Heather Smith

Heather Smith is a voice actor who is known for her narration of Alice Clayton’s Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed, as well as J. Kenner’s Heated.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 3.94
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English