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In this “gripping psychological thriller” (New York Post), two best friends at an exclusive Manhattan girls’ school make a pact: they will lose their virginity before graduation.

Carole is a shy, overweight scholarship student who finds herself under the spell of the charismatic, pedigreed Naomi—it’s an unlikely friendship t...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 10th 2006 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2005)
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Whitney
I really enjoyed this book. It was dark, depressing, stifling and interesting. It is always hard to enjoy a book when the majority of the characters are the types you dislike but I managed to find redeeming quality with the author’s objective. The author, Pam Lewis, clearly has no problem starting the dark drama off immediately. She leaves nothing to the imagination and throughout the book I truly felt the anxiety and desperation “Carole” experienced. It is amazing how desperate one can become t...more
Stephanie
Highway accident type of book. You don't want to look, but you can't un-glue your eyes. Nothing to write home about.
Juliet
Probably one of the worst first chapters I've ever read which turned me off the whole book completely...
Jenn
I read this book start to finish. And that's the best thing that I can say about it: I finished it. And I finished it not because it was enthralling and I had to know what happens, but because I hoped that it would get better. It does get better. Just a little better. And only in the last twenty pages so it's not worth reading the 310 pages that come before the part where it gets better. A little better.

The problem is the plot. That the main character is so taken by a cruel man so that she lives...more
Kate
this book was remarkably terrible, or at least as much as i read b/c i had to shelf it after about a 100 or so pages. there's only so much time i can devote to a book that's just not doing it, what with there being so many worthy books out there. the whole things was uber-cliched--mean, skinny prep school girl with rich parents, nice, fat, naive newbie to the school from the wrong side of the tracks, a guy that's trouble, some well meaning but clueless parents. honestly, i kept thinking of that...more
Melissa
This book was bad, so bad. But yet, I couldn't stop reading it! It was like overhearing a private conversation held in a public place - yes, you shouldn't listen in but they're the ones embarrassing themselves by having the conversation in public. The characters were one-dimensional cliches, the settings weren't descriptive and the plot was outrageously unbelievable. I couldn't wait to read more just to see what else I could roll my eyes and shake my head at.
The premise of the book sounded grea...more
Cindy
I absolutely hated this book and almost did not finish reading it (I have a hard time not finishing a book on principal, but this book really tested my resolve.) I did persevere and finish it. I disliked the situation that starts off the book and all of the characters presented in the beginning of the book. The circumstances that began the novel were violent and gruesome and the characters were either wishy-washy, reprehensible or non-entities. There really was nothing to propel me forward in th...more
Lindsey
This was quite the book. First off, this was one of those books where if your Mother happened to come over you quickly shove it under the couch for fear that she opens it and sees how horrific the first couple of pages are. It is extremely graphic and I thought of closing it numerous times. Unfortunately it was intriguing.

This book is a tragedy. It deals with a young teenager and one decision that in turns ruins her life. One lie turns into another and another to the point where she has alienat...more
Ruby
Apr 09, 2011 Ruby rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
The first quarter or so of the book is interesting enough: girl goes with her friend and a devastatingly handsome stranger on an illicit getaway in order to lose her virginity, only to inadvertently kill someone, then spends the next several weeks/months riddled with guilt and paranoia or what she believes herself to have done and get caught for it. But it gets less and less interesting until, at the end of the book, I really didn't give a damn over who did what and what happens to who. Likewise...more
Doreen
Aug 09, 2012 Doreen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who came of age in the 60's or 70's
Recommended to Doreen by: met the author at a luncheon
Initially, I didn't care for the way the author began the story. I was put off by what seemed to be a cavalier account of a sixteen year old girl losing her virginity, resulting in another woman's death. As I continued reading, I realized that the story needed to begin exactly as the author had written it.

It's important, when reading the book, to keep in mind the time period in which the crime takes place. It's 1965. Clueless, innocent, sheltered sixteen year old girls were common. The story ext...more
Aviva
This book is touted as a thriller, but I call bullshit. It's the story of two girls who make a pact to lose their virginity to this guy. Something awful happens and the girls are forced to cover it up with the guy. Over the years the girls grow apart, but the secret doesn't die. This was a very good, creepy read, but it wasn't the thriller it promised. The insecurities and little jealousies that plague teenagers ring very true here, and as the years go by and the girls grow up, it's cool to see...more
Donna
If you survive the first few chapters of this book, you will be rewarded with a suspenseful tale of survival as you follow a young woman from New York City to Vermont to the land of hippies in California in 1965 and back to Vermont.

Carole is a clueless 16 year old in 1965 who falls victim to peer pressure and an evil 26 year old guy named Eddie. What happens is statutory rape and an accidental death, but Eddie convinces Carole that she is responsible for a murder. He pursues her for the next 10...more
Autumn
Feb 26, 2013 Autumn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of psychological thrillers
Recommended to Autumn by: Aunt Stacey
Shelves: print
Good girl Carole makes a pact with her best friend Naomi to lose their virginity before high school graduation. On Carole's chosen night, things go horribly wrong, altering the course of her future.

Loved it. Pam Lewis threads a captivating thriller. I didn't want to put it down. My mom disliked Carole because she felt that Carole runs from her problems, but I felt Lewis did a great job of explaining Carole's rationale. Most of the novel seemed plausible to me.

I do wish that Lewis had spent more...more
Sprout117
Not the best literary writing, not too much thinking involved...just an ok mystery novel that will keep you entertained. dont expect too much from this...even the character development is a little weak (maybe she doesn't have teenagers around her), but overall a story well told. If you like the genre (as I do) and psychological thrillers intrigue you, then give it a try but not when you are in the mood for something really exciting...you wont be excited that you read it nor will you feel that yo...more
Carrie
Um...well, the first few chapters literally shocked me into almost not finishing it! It had a VERY graphic scene of two girls setting out to lose their virginty...and while I reading all I could think was.."This isn't something I would want my husband to come read." But I skipped ahead and saw it didn't continue that way so I trudged ahead and finished it. I'm not saying it was terrible, but it's something I could've lived without!
Victoria Karalun
This is a good thriller. It's not a great piece of literature or anything, but it's fun. There are parts that sound Wally Lamb-ish, and there are also a couple of mentions of him in the book by the author, so I think she was aiming for that style, but it fell far, far short of Lamb's insight.
Laura
This book was strange. There were times I found in interesting and other times it was frustating. The ending is silly and the whole relationship with the two main female characters unbelievable. I did read it fairly quickly though, I'm not sure what that means.
Ann
Nov 04, 2009 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Ok, so the beginning was a bit over the top...but the story itself-- WOW! Disturbing to say the least. Looking forward to the book club's discussion of this one.
Jill
well, quite a page turner, but I must be stupid coz I don't understand what the title means!
Tessa L
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Cavery22
In 1965 two bff’s from a prep school in NYC, Carole and Naomi, make a pact to lose their virginity before they graduate. They find Eddie, a friend of Naomi, who is willing to help them. So one weekend they sneak off to a cabin in Vermont to make this shit happen. Eddie throws in a surprise, however, and Caroles life is changed forever.

Let me say, the plot of this interested me. Then i read it. Carole is a fucking idiot. I HATED her. The whole time i was reading it, i wanted to shove a pipe down...more
Alice Bola
Speak Softly, She Can Hear is one of those novels that is an unexpected surprise. I have a fondness for novels about girlfriends and sisters. When I purchased this novel last year, I was intrigued by the tale of two friends, a pact to lose their virginity and a handsome and fatally charming stranger. What I received was a story of one woman's resiliency.

Carole was the average girl. She felt she wasn't anything special, plain, slightly overweight, normal when she would rather be anything but. Ac...more
Amandaj
Carole and Naomi decide to lose their virginity. So they find a guy,a guy named Eddie, and they make a pact to be virgins no more. Eddie is a douchebag. This is clear from the very start of this book.Carole is the first one to go through with it. The night it happens she is drinking and she ends up in bed with not only Eddie, but another woman. This women dies in bed and Carole believes she is the one to blame. Eddie, Carole, and Naomi bury the body in the snow and decide to keep their secret sa...more
Nikel27
Very good read, bookcrossing book
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BackCover:
It was 1965 when shy, overweight Carole Mason was only 16 and her dreams of losing her virginity to the handsome college-dropout Eddie Lindbaeck turned into a nightmare she could never forget. Her prep-school friend, Naomi, set it all up--a cabin in the woods of Vermont and Eddie to do the deed. After too much alcohol and sex, Eddie invites a strange woman into the cabin. Carole remembers little of what happened except that by...more
Louise
This debut novel by Pam Lewis was a real page-turner!! Read it one sitting as I just couldn't put it down and I wasn't prepared for the ending, that's for sure. I'll definitely be watching and waiting for a second and subsquent novels from this author:

From back cover:

"New York City, 1965: Two Manhattan prep school students, Carole and Naomi, make a pact to lose their virginity before graduation. Eddie, a slick Upper East Side dropout, is handsome, fatally charming, and more than willing to help...more
Roxy
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Janine Flood
I have to confess, I started this book a long time ago. It had been well over a year since I had put it down, but as much as I hated it then, a lot of it did stick with me, and when I recently realized I had only about 120 pages left (a fact all on its own which does not reflect well on a "psychological thriller"), I figured I should finish what I started. I went back and reread the first chapter, because it sets off the series of events that make up the novel, and then I skimmed through the res...more
Emily
I would like to say that I wouldn't really give the book 2 stars more like 2.5 stars, it was teetering between liking the book and thinking it was just okay.

The positives of this book is that I did like the plot and overall story line. The author also can write coherently and does grab your attention. Although the first chapter was what some people call "graphic" or "disturbing", it didn't really bother me. It had to be there in order to tell the story and to show the character traits of Eddie.

T...more
Rachelle
New York City, 1965: At Spence, the exclusive Manhattan girls' school, shy, overweight scholarship student Carole finds herself drawn into an unlikely friendship with charismatic, pedigreed Naomi. On a dare, Carole and Naomi make a pact to lose their virginity before graduation. Enter Eddie, a slick Upper East Side prep school dropout, expelled from a half-dozen private schools on the East Coast. Eddie is handsome, fatally charming, and more than willing to help the girls accomplish their goal....more
Steph Adams
I read this on Friday night and didn't go to sleep until 4 a.m. because I just had to finish it in one sitting. While it obviously kept my attention, I couldn't help but feel that the ending was a little anticlimactic. The "truth" was pretty predictable but without giving away the ending, I just felt like there could have been a better way to get to a resolution. There are a lot of flashbacks and I think the author did not do a good job of delineating between past and present at times. Basically...more
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