Whisper to Me by Nick Lake | SLJ Review

redstarLake, Nick. Whisper to Me. 540p. ebook available. Bloomsbury. May 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781619634565. YA_Lake_Whisper to Me

Gr 9 Up –After a devastating find on the beach, Cass is haunted by a voice that is demanding, threatening, and vulgar. It pushes Cass to confront a battle within herself and her new friendships. The latest from the Printz-winning author is a spooky epistolary novel in which the protagonist confesses to her only love about her mental illness and unresolved past traumas whilst also seeking forgiveness. Characters are layered and nuanced, and carry their troubled pasts. The writing is clear and flowing; Lake’s depiction of a Jersey Shore town is authentic and well realized. Characters’ uncovered histories, their emotional defeats, and the discovery of new information create a genuine narrative exploring mental health issues, vulnerability, and how love can help bridge the two. VERDICT A recommended purchase for all YA collections.–Briana Moore, School Library Journal

  This review was published in the School Library Journal April 2016 issue.

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