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Shrinking Violet

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  2,712 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class.

But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out - doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blos
Paperback, 1st MTV Books/Pocket Books trade paperback ed., 292 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by MTV Books
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Feb 17, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
Teresa Adams is painfully shy. Her shyness is almost a sickness. Most people assume that there is something wrong with her because she can speak yet she won't. The only time she can really open up is when she is alone in her bedroom doing fake broadcasts along with the radio.

Tere knows that she is a disappointment to her mom and an embarrassment to be seen in public with. She knows that her mom always wanted a daughter that was pretty and popular and she knows that that will never be her. She an
Jennifer Wardrip
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Teresa Adams, aka Tere, is painfully shy. Just the thought of speaking to people feels like a glob of peanut butter is stuck in her throat.

The only time she is totally comfortable is in the privacy of her own room, her iPod pumping in her ears, and doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station - SLAM - which also just happens to be owned by her stepfather.

Tere surprises herself when a slot opens up at the station and she tells Rob, her step
Miriam Mathew
The storyline was kind of predictable and the characters all look like they've come out of a mulititude of stereotypical fairytales- Tere who's the Ugly Duckling, Gavin who's Prince Charming, Stacy and her friends taking the role of Cinderella's stepsisters and dear old Mom, who the evil stepmother. Then there's the matter of Therese (Tere) being a shy person- I don't think that Joseph portrayed her realistically as a shy person. I think she just took inspiration from the common misconceptions o ...more
Jun 02, 2009 Adele rated it liked it
How many of us have read books about shy girls who are about as shy as a Pussycat Doll? Wow look at that sea of hands. In the case of Tere, she really is a shy girl, so much so that her teachers and classmates don't expect her to speak at all. At one point someone even assumes she's deaf and dumb. Numbed and closeted by her mother's need to show her love through an onslaught of criticism, Tere avoids life...with an exception to her friend, Audrey, and her pretend hosting gigs on SLAM.

I had high
Nov 30, 2009 Helen rated it it was ok
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Oct 07, 2012 P α t r i c i α rated it really liked it
An entertaining and readable book, with a fairly predictable ending (over all if you've seen the Disney Channel's movie).
Feb 24, 2012 Kim rated it did not like it
It's a pity how a really good premise can be jeopardised by a less-than-stellar delivery.
This book really piqued my interest because who doesn't like an underdog-turned-heroine story? Unfortunately, the style of the writing, for me, fails to deliver this book to its maximum potential.
This book talks from a first-person perspective about a really shy girl, Tere, who, against all expectations, rises to become a successful DJ as she's always dreamed to become. However, I failed to connect with the
Jun 18, 2009 Rachael rated it really liked it
Teresa Adams is shy, so shy, the very thought of public speaking makes her feel queasy. But it’s only around other people that this unbearable shyness rears its head; from the safe haven of her bedroom, Tere has no problem pretending to be a radio DJ for Miami’s hottest station The SLAM, coincidentally owned by her stepfather. Music is the only thing that makes Tere feel like herself, so it’s no surprise when Tere volunteers to fill and empty slot for her stepfather’s station when it opens up. N ...more
Oct 28, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2009
A cute, fun read that is at times predictable but still not too cookie-cutter perfect. Tere is a shy high school senior who becomes a late night DJ nicknamed Sweet T at her stepfather's popular radio station. Practically overnight, she becomes a hit, though no one knows Sweet Ts real identity. The station decides to run a songwriting contest where the winner goes to prom with Sweet T, and she grows increasingly nervous about this unveiling of her identity.

I liked the backdrop of a radio station
Jane Story
Aug 21, 2010 Jane Story rated it really liked it
Shrinking Violet is a book that drew me in by the cover. It's such a pretty cover, isn't it?

That is my first bit of praise for this book. The rest of the praise will be solely attributed to the content. For one, the character of Tere Adams is one that is universal. Extremely shy, but with a hidden edgier side. There are shy girls everywhere we go, but it's only a matter of noticing them. I did think that her character may have been a bit exaggerated at points, but overall she was realistic and e
May 10, 2012 Charlie rated it it was amazing
Amazing, amazing, amazing!

I was about to give up after the first chapter because I figured out that being a closet radio DJ means she likes popular and mainstream songs but my interest on the book didn't backed down and I'm glad I continued reading it.

I've never read any chick lit that made me feel this giddy. I was literally laughing out loud to shake off the nervousness. Yes, I felt nervous during the prom scene like I was actually Tere.

I admit, I sorta kinda figured the ending. It's predictab
Christina Wilder
Oct 23, 2012 Christina Wilder marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya
I'm very interested in this because I used to be incredibly shy to the point that people thought I was mute, deaf, autistic, etc. Now I'm somewhat confrontational (heh), so I'd like to see how an author handles the frustration of shyness.
Jun 01, 2016 Elis rated it did not like it
I was frustrated with this book at the end. The story ended up excusing the troubling and frankly dangerous behavior of two characters. (More specifically, content warning for abusive parenting and workplace sexual harassment.) I wasn't satisfied or okay with the why. Really disappointing.
Mar 23, 2013 Molly rated it did not like it
I made it to Chapter 3 and have lost the desire to read any further....
Elizabeth Devan
Sep 17, 2016 Elizabeth Devan rated it it was ok
Read this because of the Disney movie "Radio Rebel" and I was curious how the book would go.
Sep 23, 2010 Saniya rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This Story is amazing! I loved the Cinderella mix in the end! I recommend everyone to read this book. It was awesome!
Erica Cameron
Sep 26, 2011 Erica Cameron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youngadult, lit-fic
“Might as well admit it—I’m shy. Not the kind where you blush when someone compliments you, but the kind that results in feelings of nausea when meeting new people. When I was little, I thought I was Shy Adams. People would ask my name, and my mother would immediately answer for me, “She’s shy.” She even did it three weeks ago when we met up with some of the radio people at a restaurant.”

Feeling uncomfortable in front of strangers is a feeling I know well, but not even I am paralyzed at the thou
Jun 19, 2009 Deltay rated it really liked it
Shrinking Violet - an undeniably unique title. And how befitting for a novel whose premise and leading lady are unique! Danielle Joseph's debut is a SLAMmin' success. There's something about the cover image that just pulls you in; kind of shy and in hiding, but at the same time, there's a mysterious, playful air underneath.

Such is the character of Tere Adams. Told from first person perspective from the infamous Sweet T/Tere herself in present tense, Shrinking Violet chronicles her inspiring jour
Apr 26, 2014 Jenna rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2014
Shrinking Violet reminded me a little of This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales in that Tere, like Elise from TSWSYL, found her passion and was able to connect with others through music.

I liked Tere from the beginning, but it was hard for me to relate to her. She was so shy. That’s why it was such a surprise when she not only dreamed of being a famous DJ, but took action to make that dream a reality. Sure, it was easier for her to get the job than it would be for most — her stepfather owne
Milka Bago
Jul 25, 2012 Milka Bago rated it really liked it
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shrinking violet - someone who shrinks from familiarity with others-shy person
-coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
-wallflower - remains on sidelines at social event

The book shows the life of Teresa Adams, an introvert teenager who is always afraid to speak her mind, as she slowly metamorphosized and gained confidence through the help of her friend, Galvin and her The SLAM FM radio station family.

TERESA ADAMS. She is a very s
Sep 16, 2009 BOOK BUTTERFLY rated it really liked it
Teresa Adams lives in constant fear of being asked to speak out loud in class. Her interactions with others are difficult and often painful. In fact, Tere is so shy that most teachers have given up on calling on her altogether. Tere prefers to hide out in her bedroom, pretending to be a DJ for Miami’s hottest radio station, the SLAM 92.7. Through a stroke of luck, Tere gets her chance to DJ and blossoms under the guise of her alter ego – Sweet T. Meanwhile, she is forced to participate in a grou ...more
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
May 13, 2012 Valerie (Val's Vicinity) rated it really liked it
As someone who's been labeled "shy" countless times, I'm always drawn to stories that feature shy or introverted characters. After reading the back cover of this one, I was anxious to see what the contents held and I quickly snapped it up.

I found Teresa to be a likeable heroine, so it's easy to root for her to succeed. The portrayal of her shyness is well done and the situations it creates for her are very authentic, sometimes painfully so. As for Teresa's family life, it left me feeling somewha
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
3.5 Stars - Shrinking Violet was a cute read. I was a shy person growing up, still am in many aspects of my life, so Tere was very likeable and I could really relate to what she faced on a day to day basis. She’s painfully shy to the point that she has only one friend and sticks to herself as much as she can. She tries to make herself invisible in the classroom for fear of being called on by a teacher.

Her mother has newly re-married. Her step father is the owner of one of the more popular radio
Jan 26, 2012 ChuCha rated it really liked it
Shrinking Violet had me just looking at the book cover – as the old adage goes: do not judge the book by its cover. But trust me, the story is just as good as its façade.


There are the characters. Teresa Adams or Tere is painfully shy. Of course, we have encountered such people in high school (or even in the universities). Her shyness is almost weird and people in her class or in school would just assume that either she’s mute or won’t speak at all. The only time she’s practicing her speech
Micaela Muldoon
Feb 22, 2017 Micaela Muldoon rated it it was ok
So occasionally I am a sucker for predictable but adorable-sounding love stories. This seemed like it would be one of those books, with the added benefit of a radio setting. Unfortunately, the story was dull, and most of it took place outside of the radio station, so it didn't feel all that much like a story about a girl pursuing her dream, with little side of romance. Instead, it was yet another story about a whiny girl with an awful mother (pretty standard for contemporary YA) trying to naviga ...more
May 13, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it

No real problems with this book, just a little bit of general annoyance. But it was good enough to keep me reading. I was just so ready for the poor protagonist to make her typical-protagonist-transformation, because I, closed-minded person that I am, had little interest in her story before she found herself. She was dramatic and, yes, I know she’s shy and socially anxious, but there is a point when you just have to face your problems in a mature way, and she definitely wasn’t seeing that at the
I am really disappointed that the first book I read in 2014 is a 2 star one. To tell the truth it may have been my expectation that let e down than the actual book. As I have already said before I am a big fan of under dog stories. Those people that overcome adversities and show there true potential. But the problem with any underdog story is the challenge to keep the character consistent. Of course motivation is a factor but it is always the consistency that counts. So what if you are shy o the ...more
Oct 31, 2011 Emma rated it really liked it
When I was growing up I was a huge fan of the film Pump Up The Volume. If you are not familiar with this Christian Slater masterpiece, he is a shy guy who comes alive on his pirate radio station which causes havoc and rebellion amongst his peers. So when I was perusing the YA US import shelves at the bookstore across the road from my flat and read the back of this one, there was no question I was going to buy it. When I got home, before I had even properly taken my coat off, I was eagerly starti ...more
Nov 06, 2011 Kelsey rated it liked it
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Jun 08, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it
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