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Whisper (Whisper #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  2,454 ratings  ·  275 reviews
Joy is used to hearing Whispers—to walking down the street and instantly knowing people's deepest, darkest desires. She uses this talent for good, to make people happy and give them what they want. But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse, and she uses it to make people's lives—especially Joy's—miserable. Still, when Joy hears a mysterious and frighten ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Balzer + Bray (first published April 27th 2010)
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Emma Michaels
I really enjoyed this novel. Normally I stop reading a novel once I see any cursing... okay, maybe that is an overstatement. It makes me want to put it away but in some cases, like this one, it isn't enough to warrant not finding out what happens next! It had a very emotionally raw (in a good way) feel to it not in terms of the writing style but in terms of the characters and their personalities. I am really happy I read this book and it was definitely a one sitting book for me. (Even if I was f ...more
Actual rating 3.5 Stars.

This book was good, i guess. But she seemed readlly inmature. But I really liked Jamie, or however the hell you write it.
Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
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I've had this book on my to-read list ever since I first got a Goodreads account so it's about time I picked this one up. This book didn't wow me, but it has a very interesting storyline and I overall enjoyed it.

All the females in Joy's family to hear Whispers. Whispers are of people's desires, their wishes. Joy loves hearing Whispers. It lets her help people and she sees it as a gift. Jessica, aka Icka, sees it as a curse an
Raíla Soares
Joy would be a normal girl, except for the fact that she Hears Whispers. In other words, she Hears what others desire, their desire-thoughts. In possession of this hereditary gift, Joy likes to make people happy, to give people what they want, which is the opposite of her sister's choice—use it to make people's lives miserable.

Like I have said since I closed this book: I have no words to describe how much I loved it! It is like no other "hearing thoughts" story. It is such a different, criative,
Sara Shaw
Sep 21, 2013 Sara Shaw rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sara by: I found it myself
Oh God, when I first read into it, I thought the hearing thoughts thing is a cliche, but boy could I be more wrong?
The author, Phoebe Kitanidis is a very good one indeed.
I loved Joy's Character, so innocent and sweet, thinking that her sis is the bad guy She too, couldn't have been more mistaken.
To be honest, Jessica's character is so like me.
Okay I do not do drugs or smoke, but I'm a truly Rebellious teen. I'm mean, rude and hurt people. lol its true!
Anyway, I didn't
Peter Kahle
Whispers is an excellent twist on the young woman's passage into adulthood theme. Joy is every teenager, but with something extra, the ability to hear the mental 'wishes' of others. All her life she's heard their best thoughts and hopes; now turning sixteen, she begins to hear their ugly wishes too. I enjoyed Kitanidis' humor and her ear for young people's voices.
I loved this book. I started it a few hours ago and read through the night. I went to bed thinking 'I'm so tired i'll just read for a minute.' Next thing I knew hub's alarm was going off for work.

Joy is your typical preppy girl that everyone (almost) likes. Only she -like her mother and sister- has a seemingly rare gift. They can hear 'whispers'. They hear people's most private thoughts/desires and making peoples desires come true makes Joy... eh happy? Well not technically it gives her a false
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After years of granting people’s wishes and making the world a happier place, a night of a killer headache and deafening silence, Joy’s gift finally matured. She can now hear whispers that come from a deeper and darker place and manifest the side of humanity that centres on the satiation of wants. Disturbed and terrified, Joy found out that she can’t carry on doing the only thing that defines her: granting wishes. She was wrapped in a cloud of loss, loss for not hearing dark desires, loss of fri ...more
Jan 18, 2010 Tara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like paranormal YA books
I really enjoyed this story and found the storyline to be both imaginative and engaging. The story followed a family who could listen to others thoughts or whispers. This was both a blessing and curse. The two sisters had very different experiences and followed different paths. On Joy's birthday, Jessica (her sister) makes a choice that will change their relationship forever. It was a book that provided some predictable storylines, but offered some surprises and in the end was a fun read about b ...more
Merril Anil
It’s there and it’s not there

It is sad to see that something with so much potential and interest picking up from a wrong note and going downhill from there. The book has a really good theme and had a bit more effort been put into its development this would have been one heck of a read. Technically I cannot beat my mind as to where exactly it started messing up but certain areas in the book did show that there was lack of effort.

The first page of the book is something that will make you sit dow
I absolutely adored Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis! At first I was just reading this book because the cover really caught my eye and it was suggested to me by a friend. I checked it out from the library and I am thrilled to tell you all, that I am going to go out and buy (it is that good). I felt like I was with the main character Joy, going through everything she went through. And it wasn’t just that Phoebe Kitanidis can pull you into an emotional roller coaster but the fact that she pulled you in ...more
E.J. Stevens
Joy and the female members of her family hear Whispers, the thoughts and wishes of those around them. Joy and her mom feel the need to grant these wishes whenever possible but Joy's older sister Icka watches on with disdain. Icka hints that there are more to Whispers than their mother mother is telling them and that Joy's power is about to change--for the worse. Are Whispers a blessing or a curse? What happens next may just change everything, but then again Icka could just be up to her old prank ...more
Whisper was an addicting and fast paced debut novel chronicling one girl's journey through a superhero type ability- hearing people's wants and desires, otherwise known as whispers.

Joy is the polar opposite of her dark, dreary, and negative sister Jessica. Jessica views her superhero power as a curse, unlike Joy who takes it in stride, becoming a do-gooder, instead, who helps people through her ability.

Joy was a character I found to be likable from the start, because of the fact that she was a
Whisper is another one of those breath-of-fresh-air kind of paranormals. Although it features no monsters or sinister villains, it still managed to capture me and take me on a suspenseful, fast-paced ride.

I really love the plot and how it’s set up. Hearing people’s desires is something that most would wish they could do. Kitanidis plays on both the positive and negative side of this power by creating the happy-go-lucky protagonist, Joy and her complete opposite older sister, Jessica. The book sh
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Being able to hear people's thoughts is a new power for me to read about. I mean, I know in some books, vampires have this ability, but this is the first time that I have read a book where this is the main characters only power. I have always said that if I had the choice, my superpower would be to read minds. But after reading this book, I would have to add that I would want to be able to switch this power on and off. I wouldn't want to always have other's thoughts in my head like Joy did in th ...more
Joy's whole life was summed up entirely by pleasing others, and giving what they wanted. She did this because it was what was taught to her to do with her ability to Hear. Hearing Whispers was something the women of her mom's side of the family were born with. Dealing with the constant desires--wishes, hopes, dreams--of the people around her was bombarding when she was little. By the age of eleven, Joy could handle the Whisper's and even grant some of them. However, with her sister, Jessica, it ...more
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I’d love a cup of coffee. I wish she knew how pretty she was. I wish I could drop this kid in the dryer sometimes. I just want her to be happy. I hope she didn’t find out what Ben said about her. I wish I knew how many calories were in a bite of muffin…

Joy's been hearing Whispers - peoples thoughts, wishes, desires - all her life. Her world revolves around fulfilling those wishes and using her power to make the world a happier place.

To be honest, I didn't really read the whole thing, just up until the first few chapters then I skipped to the part where the story starts to happen but here's what I thought of what I DID read.

First of all, Joy really irritated me because she was so infuriatingly naive and pathetic. However, there is a point in the story where she realizes this about herself and becomes a bit of a stronger character. I may be wrong in this but I don't think I missed much from what I skimmed because it seems lik
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
WHISPER is a fresh and original take on having an ability to know someone’s deepest and darkest desires just by their thoughts. Can you imagine being bombarded with everyone’s worries, hopes, or dreams-good and bad? Yikes! I would be a headcase. This is exactly what Joy has to cope with. And to top it off, Joy has to constantly be on guard around her bad-tempered sister Jessica-who’s always on the prowl to wreck her social life.

The sisters’ extraordinary ability runs in the family from a long li
Misty Baker
Well, since I’m still not finished with “The Judge” (and honestly.. I should be by now) I figured I would switch up my schedule a little and bring you the review for “Whisper” a little early.

This was a book I pre-ordered a few months ago and I’m glad I did. I have been so wound up in request lately that I have barley had time to read anything of my own, and when I finally find the time to indulge myself, I devour it in just a few hours.

There are aspects of “Whisper” that were original, and some
Joy can hear people’s thoughts. All the women in her family can. They call them whispers. Joy uses what she hears to try and make people happier. Her sister Icka, hides from the world. During an argument, Joy hears Icka wish to kill her hearing dead. So when Icka goes missing Joy will do whatever it takes to find Icka before she hurts herself.[return][return]I almost stopped reading because this book was so slow to take off. There was a little too much setup angst between Joy and Icka. However, ...more
2010 has been one heck of a year for books! All of these debuts have blown my mind away! And Pheobe Kitanidis' debut, Whisper, delivers just like all the others. The concept of this book is the fact that our protagonist, Joy, can hear thoughts, or whispers. Kitanidis put a great twist to this story making it her own. Joy can't always hear what people are thinking; she's not a mind reader exactly, and I found this to be...VERY refreshing. I literally sighed with relief when I found this out. Not ...more
Alex Bennett
I think Whisper is either a hit or a miss for most readers. Before reading, I had read both totally negative and totally positive reviews. And I have to admit, I was a little worried to read it. But like I said, it is either a hit or a miss. And for me, it was a homerun!

Though the story started off a little slow, Joy and Icka’s powers keep you wanting to read and find out more and more. Speaking of the powers, they weren’t totally original, but Kitanidis did put her own spin on mind reading, whi
What a good book! Creative and original, with complex, mostly likable characters. An original treatment of telepathy, in what is otherwise a normal, fantasy-free contemporary young adult setting. The main characters grow and develop throughout the story, and Joy learns that things are often shades of gray, not just black and white. Learning to see the adults in your life as real people, not just parents, is a big growing up step, and it's handled artfully in this. Despite the privileged lifestyl ...more
Jen Minkman
I loved this book! I read it in (almost) one sitting. Characters were believable, the relationship between Joy and Icka was so well-written, and the paranormal element was just enough and never too over-the-top. Highly recommended for YA lovers!
2 1/2 stars. This book is about accepting oneself and making oneself happy instead of trying to be what everyone else wants us to be. It shows the benefits of being able to hear other people's thoughts, but also the harm that other people's thoughts could do to us, our self image, and our relationships. I thought those messages were good, but I didn't appreciate the amount of cursing in it. I didn't think it was necessary to use so much of it. I also wasn't crazy about the love interest. It wasn ...more
Really, one of my favorites. Though it was quite fast paced and it ended rather quickly.
Another hard one to rate...can I give it a 3.75?

I wasn't sure I was going to finish at first--it was just so abrasive. But I'm glad I stuck it out: the last half of the book was so fast paced and dramatic that I realized I could feel my own heart pounding, hahaha!

I was impressed with some good character development and some unexpected plot turns that made it feel more substantive. And it's nice when this kind of paranormal/fantasy story doesn't seem like it could be that improbable after all.

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“What have you done to your hair?” Mom’s broken voice said, pinning me back to this tiny hospital
“Holy shit!” Icka patted her head as if searching. “You think the nurse stole it? She looked shady.”
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