Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Jandy Nelson’s I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN is an award winner, with kudos including the 2015 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature and spots on “best books” lists from Bustle to Stonewall Honors. Brilliance Audio cast Julia Whelan and Jesse Bernstein to narrate the novel’s two viewpoints. We not only must see things from the differing perspectives of twins Jude and Noah; now we hear their distinct voices as well as their once excllent relationship turns angry.
A. J. Betts’ ZAC AND MIA, performed by Kristin Condon and Nicholas Mondelli in this Dreamscape production, gives us friends instead of twins. These friends, however, meet under life-altering circumstances and their viewpoints, too, are divided. Zac’s disposition is cheerful and, in Mondelli’s voicing, we can feel his easygoing nature even in the face of his present difficulties. Mia, on the other hand, has much darker problems than her cancer diagnosis, and Condon lets us hear her anger, terror, and temper as she tells her part of their shared story.
Light and dark, cheerful and angry, this week’s free audiobooks take us along on character journeys in which each story has two sides.