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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Audio Review: Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin

Title: Big Girl Small
Author: Rachel Dewoskin
Narrator: Christine Williams
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Format: Unabridged Audio
Length: 9 hrs: 58 mins
Publication: March 29, 2011
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 of 5


Synopsis: Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old—sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town?

The fact that the national media is on her trail after a controversy that might bring down the whole school could have something to do with it. And that scandal has something—but not everything—to do with the fact that Judy is three feet nine inches tall.

My Thoughts: It can be hard to fall in love with a story when there is so much pain but i did just that with Judy's story. Judy is like every other teenage girl with the exception that she is a little person and attends a prestigious performing arts high school. Changing to a new school junior year can be difficult and Judy does her best to fit in and that includes participating parties and sampling drugs and alcohol. 

Judy is a great character. Like all teenagers she faces challenges and peer pressure. Most of Judy's behavior was based on fitting in and being liked. She made bad decisions that ended with no consequences and others that had major consequences. I love how Dewoskin stays true to Judy being a teenager. Even after all Judy has been through her thinking continues to be that of a sixteen year old. 

This is an unabridged single voiced audio. The original work is appropriate for audio adaption. Christine Williams did a wonderful job with the narration. She lifted Judy from the printed page and gave her life. It was not difficult to identify the various characters during the production. Pacing was well maintained throughout the production and the plot flows without interruption. 

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