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The Storyteller

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  6,255 Ratings  ·  1,188 Reviews
Anna and Abel couldn't be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prisonlike tower block at the edge of town. Anna is afraid of him until she realizes that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fasc ...more
Kindle Edition, 415 pages
Published January 16th 2012 by Amulet Books (first published February 2011)
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Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
*sees book for the first time*

OMG! I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!

*still reading*

No! What is happening? God,please don't let anything bad happen!



*reads the last line*

First I was like

Then I was
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This book! Oh! This book completely destroyed me. I haven't cried like this since Forbidden(sad tears) and Jellicoe Road(happy tears). (view spoiler)

There is so much pain and suffering in this book I almost can't believe it.

*hour af
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Catie
3 1/2 stars

I picked this up expecting a young adult coming of age/romance with a bit of magical realism and maybe a few darker themes about poverty and drug abuse. Okay, so here’s my little confession: I picked this up expecting Perfect Chemistry, with a side order of fairy tales and 150% more depth. One would assume (har har) that I’d learned not to make assumptions in my thirty-some years of life, and yet here we are. This book was so utterly different than what I was expecting. I didn’t read
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Kristalia
Final rating: 5/5 stars
“Go away princess. Leave your outlaw alone. You won't change him... go away, Anna, far away, and don't ever come back. The fairy tale doesn't have a happy ending.”


I think i tried to start this one at least 4 times, and i always dropped it and read something else. I was wrong. This book was simply not what i was used to reading, it was just...captivating of sorts. And, it was beautiful, amazing and heartbreaking. Seriously.

I loved the writing, it was so beautiful, s
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Feb 28, 2012 Stacia (the 2010 club) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Hushed or Forbidden
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) by: Isamlq
"I'm not answering any questions," he said, smiling. "I'm not one of the answering people. I'm the storyteller."

Abel Tannatek is the storyteller. He is a young man hiding an ugly reality behind pretty words and magical happenings.

In order to find out what he is hiding, we are forced to slowly watch as the layers of his true self are revealed, one ugly layer at a time. Secrets are the only method of survival in a world where you can count on no one but yourself. Secrets are the only choice yo
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Soumi
Just a tiny little pain
Three days of heavy rain,
Three days of sunlight,
Everything will be alright


A good girl, a bad boy, a deadly fairytale that might come true, in truth life is no fairy tale.

Anna was fascinated by Abel, school’s moody drug dealer. When she discovered Abel was actually caring for his little sister Micha, alone, trying to protect her from her abusive father, Anna was more drawn to him. In spite of friends’ warning Anna started hanging out with Abel and found herself engulfed b
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Yonaily
Oct 26, 2013 Yonaily marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, 2016
FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

I HATE this book.
But I also LOVE it.
FUCK. FUCK. FUCK.

I loved the storyteller, rose girl, the little queen, the sea lion, the lighthouse keeper, and all the characters from the fairy tale. But I wish things were different. I do.

Review to come while I figure out the rating.
♥Rachel♥
Feb 03, 2012 ♥Rachel♥ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ♥Rachel♥ by: Sam
"in love, there is no criticism. In love, there is no rationality."

This quote, to me, says it all in this story. It's a story will stay with you long after you're done. I'm still thinking and talking about it to whoever will listen.

Seventeen year old Anna finds a doll, underneath a couch in the student lounge. When Abel, the well-known drug dealer of the school, claims the doll belongs to his six-year old sister, Anna is curious, and ends up following Abel to see if it's true. When Anna sees
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Melissa Veras
Dec 24, 2013 Melissa Veras rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY. NOBODY SHOULD READ THIS EVER.
#44: A book that was originally written in a different language.

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OH. MY. GOD.

This has to be one of the WORST books I have ever read in my entire life. It's amazing how a book can be THAT BAD. I'm not going into full description of my problems with this... this... thing, because there were a lot of issues and this... thing is not worth it.

I just want to say one thing: Michaelis, I'm HORRIFIED of how lighly, badly, disrespectfully you treat such an important and delicate issue like rape. Seriously
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Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
I see it. Broken. Into pieces. My heart. There. On the floor.

I just need to pull myself together and then I'll write a review.
Here we go.

Just a tiny little pain,
Three days of heavy rain,
Three days of sunlight,
Everything will be alright,
Just a tiny little pain.


Have you ever read a book that you could find emotions on every single page of it? No. Well, me neither. Until now. Until this book. Everything is now changed. This book didn't only made me think about life and destiny and love, but it
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Becca
Jun 19, 2012 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
crying anime

Before I start here's a request, a plea: Please check this youtube video about the book (only one minute long).. So chilling, especially if you read the book. And Micha singing at the end ... Ok, ok here's the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oPa0F...

Never in my entire life did I read anything like this book. It was so dark and unbelievably sad.. Hauntingly beautiful with little humor here and there sparkling like thin rays of a rainbow on an island in a fairy tale.

BEFORE & AFTER

weeping

Befor
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Glass
Oh my God, what did just happen? Is that his father? What's the point with that creepy doll? Oh, no he didn't... But why?... Can someone point me in the direction of nearest music store - I need to find Leonard Cohen! Is she crazy? I can't believe this girl... And that's her best friend? Some friend... I want to live in her house. That poem on the first page - I'll learn it by heart! God, how can she tuch him after... I don't know what I would do if I was her.

I couldn't sleep all night...
Nia
Jan 15, 2011 Nia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ich kann dieses Buch nicht bewerten. Bis weit über die Hälfte war ich sehr begeistert davon, aber dann tut die Autorin etwas, was ich ihr sehr sehr übel nehme. Dieses Buch macht mich wütend und es bereitet mir Magenschmerzen. Ich denke, ich werde es sacken lassen, bevor ich eine Rezension dazu schreibe.

EDIT: Es sind einige Monate vergangen und mein Groll auf dieses Buch ist nicht kleiner geworden. Egal wie toll die Sprache, wie schön das mit der Realität verwobene Märchen ist, das reißerische, f
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Louise
Oct 27, 2013 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In a dream, in a fairy tale, nothing has to be explained, everything happens of its own accord.


Have you ever wonder, do all Fairy tales have a happy ending?
What if if it doesn't but what if it doesn't matter.

This is one of them books I can't get over with, it’s still there lingering from my memory, like it was real, like it IS real and I can hardly shake it. The worse of it all was I can't properly eat and sleep after finishing this book.

This is a story of innocence
Somebody was running towa
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Scarlet
My child, I know youre not a child
But I see you running wild
Between those flowering trees.
Your sparkling dreams, your silver laugh
Your wishes to the stars above
Are just my memories.

And in your eyes the ocean
And in your eyes the sea
The waters frozen over
With your longing to be free.

Yesterday youd awoken
To a world incredibly old.
This is the age you are broken
Or turned into gold...


How can I possible say that I loved this book when it broke my heart into pieces and I am still trying to recover from
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Ronyell
Storyteller

“Go away princess. Leave your outlaw alone. You won't change him... go away, Anna, far away, and don't ever come back. The fairy tale doesn't have a happy ending.”

Okay…I am seriously at a loss of words in how to describe my feelings for this book…I mean seriously; I had never, EVER read a book that turned out quite like this! Alright, so before I go into details about my thoughts about this book, this book is called “The Storyteller” by Antonia Michaelis and was translated from German by Miria
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Mags~CVAddikt~
“The wolf didn’t reply. ‘You’re shivering,’ he said. ‘Do you believe that you could spin a thread of my blood? To make clothes from?’”


Maybe that’s not the most dramatic-heart-wrenching quote of the book, but in my opinion, this quote holds the essence of the story, of Abel.

If you are looking for a New Adult book with the typical NA-Formula of
“HOT GUY + HOT GIRL + TRAGIC PAST + SMEXY TIME + HEALING OF A BROKEN HEARTH” then go read something else.

If you can stomach raw cruel realistic fiction
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Kajal Nehra
Mar 11, 2012 Kajal Nehra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
Just a tiny little pain,
Three days of heavy rain,
Three days of sunlight,
Everything will be all right.
Just a tiny little pain...


5 STARS!!! Hell, 10 stars!

OH MY GOSH... I'm actually in a state of shock right now. Each time that scene (please do not click on the spoiler until you've read the book or else you'll loathe me FOREVER!!!) (view spoiler)
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Fafiliebe ♥ Prince Maxon ♥ Raffe ♥
A MILLION STARS... I LOVED IT.. I LIVED IT.. IT KILLED ME..

A MASTERPIECE.. ALL OF IT.. I LOVED IT.. I..I..I...

I AM CRYING NOW... I CRIED .. IT WAS SAD AND BEAUTIFUL AND CREATIVE AND BITTERSWEET... TWISTED TWISTED STORY..


It was Micha who ran.
She freed herself from Anna’s arms and ran up the stairs, and Anna followed her, climbing the steps very slowly. She saw him lying there, saw the blood in which he lay, so incomprehensibly red, light red—big, burst droplets of blood the color of poppies. A s
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Violante
Spoiler y esas cosas

Me siento incapaz de reseñar este libro, de decir algo, de intentar explicarlo. No puedo. Cuando pienso en The storyteller sólo siento bronca. La narración, tan hermosa, tan descriptiva, se pierde. El misterio, la crudeza y el dolor se ve opacado. El contraste entre lo creepy e ingenuo no es suficiente. Y todo es culpa de un personaje. Abel. De sus acciones, de sus pensamientos, de su ridículo pasado oscuro. Todo es culpa de la autora, por plantear una violación como si nada,
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Fathima
Nov 01, 2011 Fathima rated it it was amazing
Just a tiny little pain,
Three days of heavy rain,
Three days of sunlight,
Everything will be alright .
Just a tiny little pain .....


An hour and a half has passed , and the only sensible thing that i've done in that past hour is cry . Cry , because that seemed the only way to get rid of the pain . Pain , that this soul stiring , questioning your beliefs on love and forgiveness kind of feel this book leaves you with . I would be lying if i said that i've heard or read this kind of a story befo
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Ails
5 STARS. (EDIT: With more details)

There are two kinds of a good book: those that you enjoy but will soon forget, and those that will linger in your memory forever. "The Storyteller" is the latter.

It's unlike anything you have ever read. Trust me.

This book is brilliantly, beautifully written by Antonia Michaelis. I'm completely mesmerized by her words and her ability to interweave magic and realism in an intricate writing. Below is just one of my favorites:

"That cloak of love you were wearing—he
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~Tina~
Feb 04, 2012 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Oh! It hurts! =(

For the record, I would like to state- for obvious dark and disturbing reasons, that this is not a Tina book.
But, I find myself in a very rare moment. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't recognize sensational writing, heart-aching characters and a powerful plot. The storyteller is a book I knew I shouldn't be reading, but the way it moves was so very enchanting that I couldn't stop myself even if I wanted too.
I would have to agree with one of my GR friends, Rachel. This book re
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Parvathy
Mar 02, 2012 Parvathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good story
Recommended to Parvathy by: goodreads
A good girl.
A bad boy.
A fairy tale that's true.
A truth that is no fairy tale.


Once in a while you come across a book that has a story to tell you, a story so alive that you feel you are living it with your every heart beat. A story where nothing else matter except the story itself. A story that stays with you every waking moment and makes you wish that it was just a story, You are not living it you are reading it, that makes a whole lot of difference. Why can't you come out the trance it c
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Wendy F
Update
I can't get this book out of my head. I talk about it at random times and I think about it very often. I had to bump it up another star, because it obviously affected me deeply.

Original Review
This book started out really strong. I immediately noticed how beautiful the prose was, especially for a translated book. I really liked the characters, and I loved the way that you got snapshot POV's for other side characters. Sometimes the characters did things that I didn't like, but every single t
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Ms. Smartarse
This book has been translated into English, as The Storyteller (see the English trailer on Youtube).

Anna is a good child, on the brink of her final high school exams, determined to do well, take a year off, and leave the "soap bubble" she's been living in. Her gaze gets drawn to the mysterious Abel, one of her bad boy classmates rumored to be a drug dealer.

Hit with a strong stalkerish urge, she starts following him around. Anna soon finds out that Abel has a 6 year-old sister, to whom he's been
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juan carlos
Apr 15, 2016 juan carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
UN LIBRO POTENTE, FUERTE, CRUEL, DESPIADADO, NO VOY A OLVIDAR ESTE LIBRO EN TODA MI VIDA.

NO VOY A PODER SUPERAR LA TRAMA DE ESTE LIBRO POR AÑOS, POR AÑOS, ESTOY MUY MAL, ESTOY ENOJADO, ESTOY TRISTE, DEPRIMIDO, VOY A ODIAR A ANTONIA MICHAELIS, POR HABER CREADO, ESTA MARAVILLOSA NOVELA.

Hace años, que no me estremecía tanto con una novela, y llego esta historia a mi vida, que le destine una semana de lectura y dios la mejor semana de mi existencia lectora.

¿Para qué leer EL CUENTACUENTOS?
1. Por q
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Isamlq
Feb 20, 2012 Isamlq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aaw-yeah
It’s one story in another with one mirroring the other. His story for his sister was magical and lovely. Only up close, it’s really quite a sad one because once you see who was who and what stood for what; then you could see/feel just how far removed his stories were from their reality. And their reality? Stark, depressing, and so far from even the possibility of a happily-ever-after.

If at first, like Anna, I was drawn to him, impressed by him and maybe, just, maybe slightly in love with his po
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Alejandra Arévalo
Hay autores que saben contar las historias tristes de formas tan bellas que no sabes si odiarlos o amarlos. Antonia Michaelis nos presenta la historia de dos jóvenes muy diferentes y que pertenecen a lugares diferentes y que además, adereza con las canciones de Leonard Cohen. Logra convertir una premisa muy utilizada en las novelas juveniles (el chico problemático, la chica protegida) y la voltea para crear una maravilla en su narrativa. La prosa, que siento roza en lo poético (y también creo qu ...more
Maggie
May 09, 2012 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
6 out of 5 stars, 7 out of 5 stars. What an incredible story.

Abel, 17 is caring for his 6 yr old sister Micha as their mother has abandoned them. He earns money any way he can, hiding from the authorities, wanting to keep Micha safe at any cost. Anna is also 17, the academically minded, well behaved daughter of a professional couple. Their meeting doesn't flow easily but the link between them is forged.

Abel has a remarkable gift, the gift of storytelling. Gradually throughout the book his tale i
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Antonia Michaelis has lived and taught in India. She is the author of several award-winning books published in her native language German.
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