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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  2,239 ratings  ·  207 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...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by MTV Books
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Katie
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...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Ashley B for TeensReadToo.com

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...more
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
Kim
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...more
Adele
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...more
Christina Wilder
Oct 23, 2012 Christina Wilder marked it as to-read
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.
Patrizia
An entertaining and readable book, with a fairly predictable ending (over all if you've seen the Disney Channel's movie).
Sara
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...more
Charlie (Letter Trails)
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...more
Jane Story
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...more
Rachael
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
Helen
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Parvathy
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
Lauren

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...more
Saniya(Will Herondale is mine)
This Story is amazing! I loved the Cinderella mix in the end! I recommend everyone to read this book. It was awesome!
Tema
I wanted to read this book for a while because being a shy girl myself, I felt like I could relate to Tere's character a lot and I thought the plot sounded really interesting.

This was a cute little read, and I enjoyed it. It made me want to go into radio work, and I loved Jason's character. I think he was my favorite character from the whole book.

However, the plot idea had so much potential and this could have been a 5 star book for me, but unfortunately, the writing and the characters just didn...more
Jenna
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...more
Molly
I made it to Chapter 3 and have lost the desire to read any further....
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
A book that any one who's a little shy should read.
Tere is a character I can relate to. I'm a little shy myself. Tere Adams is a girl that doesn't like talking to anyone except for some people she knows. She isn't so shy when she's secretly pretending to be a DJ. Finally she decides to become one for real when an opportunity arises for a new DJ at the radio station her step dad works at. She goes by the name Sweet T and is a hit among listeners. As she's hiding the fact that she's Sweet T, Tere...more
Helen Corcoran
I was searching for this while I was in New York City, but unfortunately returned home empty-handed because I couldn't find it anywhere. Then I found it at work through a bizarre set of circumstances as the US edition was also being sold over here, odd as that seems. This is an easy and light read that I got through quickly enough. At lot of Tere's actions and thoughts in relation to her shyness were distressingly familiar. One of the scenes that especially rang true was one where it's shown tha...more
Emma
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
Reggie
Shrinking Violet is one of the most original books I've ever read...and it was amazing. A shy girl, dreaming of becoming a DJ is totally fresh and new. It's a fun read, but underneath all of the light-hearted themes is a message to believe in yourself and not be afraid of standing up for yourself.

Tere's character is completely new to me. I've never come accross anything like her. She's always being put down by everyone, and eventually, she learns to break out of her shell and shine. And even tho...more
Medeia Sharif
Teresa “Tere” Adams is a shy girl. People even go so far as to think she’s deaf or has a learning disability. No, she’s just shy. She loves music and an opportunity presents itself that she can’t resist: to be a nighttime DJ at her stepfather’s radio station. She goes by the name of Sweet T, and people go ga-ga over her sexy voice and confident delivery. Even her crush, Gavin Tam, is taken away with Sweet T and her taste in music, which Tere feels ambiguous about. He is enamored by the voice on...more
Aimee (Coffee Table Reviews)
I absolutely loved this! I had a really hard time putting this down until I read every last word! Tere is such a great character who is so shy, people think she's deaf and mute. But her dream is to be a DJ, where speaking is pretty essential. I was pretty shy in high school, not quite as bad as Tere, but I was able to really identify with her and what she felt when it came to talking to or in front of people. I knew what she was going through and was excited when she pulled through.

I am not a fa...more
Deltay
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...more
Kate
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Katie
First off I did like this book and it had the makings to be really great but for me it just fell a little short.

Teresa Adams the lead is a shy girl with a big dream to be the top DJ on her favorite FM radio station.Her new stepfather just happens to own that station.Starting off Teresa has some grate moments.Starting to like a guy at school who likes some of the same music as she dose standing up to her mother in a fleeting moment of courage.Sure we all new this was going to happen at some poin...more
Anna
Plot:

This book had a wonderful plot. The idea of a girl being really shy doing a radio show is really original, and the author also adds a little romance in the story to spice things up. I love the impact that music had on this book. Music is another one of my favorite things in the world, and when you mix books and music, if it's done right, I will love the book. And this book was done right.

Characters:

The characters were really real and I really found myself relating to Tere. I think she's ju...more
Milka Bago
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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...more
Yan
Another MTV book. Another amazing read. What I figure out why I happened to love MTV’s books were the fact that they tell a story that almost everyone—girl, boy, teen, or adult—can relate to. Teresa Adams is a shy girl when you first meet her. I can definitely, 100 percent relate to this!

So not only is Shrinking Violet a cute and fun read, but it is something that I can connect with on a whole new level. Granted it was predictable (I figured out almost everything from the beginning) but reading...more
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I'm the author of SHRINKING VIOLET from MTV/Pocket Books and INDIGO BLUES and PURE RED from Flux Books. SHRINKING VIOLET will be debuting as the movie RADIO REBEL on the Disney Channel in early 2012! When I'm not writing, I'm either listening to music, eating chocolate or swimming--sometimes all at once!

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