Audiobook, with a Star, from Lindsey Lee Johnson | Xpress Reviews

Week ending November 3, 2017

starred review starJohnson, Lindsey Lee. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth. 9 CDs. 11 hrs. Books on Tape. Jan. 2017. ISBN 9780451484000. $40. digital download. F
Johnson’s debut novel centering on a high school in a wealthy suburb of San Francisco is a compelling story to which  almost everyone can relate. Strong characters, issues ripped from today’s headlines, age-old teen angst, and an idealistic new teacher bring life to an unforgettable story that is heartbreaking on so many levels. The main teen characters’ lives were forever changed by a tragedy in middle school that they all played a part in, and now in high school, they are finally coming to terms with it. Told from a variety of viewpoints, this novel pulls emotion out of the listener, flaying the open wounds with which everyone escapes high school. Cassandra Campbell, as always, does an extraordinary job differentiating among the many teens and adults, without going to extremes.
Verdict Destined to become a book club sweetheart. [“Johnson’s polished debut novel puts a human face to the details of today’s daily headlines of teen life…. This bleak, potent picture will scare the pants off readers”: LJ 10/15/16 starred review of the Random hc.]—Donna Bachowski, Orange Cty. Lib. Syst., Orlando, FL

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