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Freak City

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Mika's heart is broken, until he sees Leah. A smart, beautiful, and brave girl, Leah has been deaf since birth. When Mika meets her for the first time, he feels something electric. They cannot communicate much, so Mika decides to take a sign language course. His family and friends are skeptical, and Mika soon grows weary, too. The world of deaf people is so much different...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published 2010 by Sauerländer
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Nikki
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway which I'm very thankful for!
Mika had his heartbroken by his now-ex girlfriend, Sandra. He finds himself confused as Sandra is giving off mixed feelings like she wants to get back together with him and she doesn't at the same time.
What Sandra doesn't like about Mika is the fact that he isn't driven. Mika has no real focus in life. That is, until he meets Leah. Leah is deaf and Mika is compelled to communicate with her so he is learning sign language....more
Esutterlin
I liked the book on some levels, but found the writing (or translation?) awkward and not seeming to flow as naturally as I expected it would after seeing some good reviews. (I have not read other Goodreads review yet.)
But funny, here is my biggest comment: Ok, so what is with the cover art. The girl looks nothing like Mika's old girlfriend who dumped him but wants to keep him as a backup plan, Sandra, who has platinum-blonde dyed hair and wants to be a rock musician. Definitely it is not Leah,...more
Kristi
Mika, your typical horndog high school boy, is suffering from a breakup he can't get over when he meets Leah, who has been deaf since birth. He's immediately drawn to her, but he's ignorant of everything in her world, and despite his resolution to take sign language classes to speak with her, he keeps putting his foot in his mouth every time they meet.

This book just didn't work for me. I think a lot of it is due to the translation issue - the book was originally published in German - but there...more
Cora Lein
Klappentext:

EIGENTLICH HÄTTE ICH ES JA KAPIEREN MÜSSEN: ES LAG REGELRECHT IN DER LUFT. ABER ICH SAH NUR, WAS ICH SEHEN WOLLTE: IHRE WILDEN LOCKEN, DEN GELBEN MINIROCK, DAS TATTOO. FÜR ALLES ANDERE WAR ICH BLIND.



Lea ist hübsch, temperamentvoll - und von Geburt an gehörlos. Als Mika sie zum ersten Mal sieht, zieht sie ihn sofort in ihren Bann. Doch weder seine Freunde noch seine Familie können verstehen, warum er plötzlich einen Gebärdensprachkurs belegen will. Und Mika fragt sich mehr als einmal,...more
Sandy
There was absolutely nothing wrong with this book; it just wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was expecting to be reading a rom-com with Leah's deafness as an interesting twist. This book was not as light and fluffy as all that.

I also didn't quite realize that this book was a German import. Again, nothing wrong with that. I just wasn't expecting it. Part of me thinks that this might have something to do with the book's tone. It's well translated, but in my experience many European imports have...more
Catherine
4.5 stars. This was a really sweet book. It was the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon read. I loved Leah and really came around to Mika, who is the narrator of the story. (It was a bit of an adjustment reading from the perspective of an occasionally offensive constantly horny teenage boy, but he really grew on me.) The characters surrounding these two were a little unlikable, especially with regards to how they treat and talk about Leah and her deafness, but somehow, despite these characters, the bo...more
Sabine
Mika ist 15 und seine große Liebe Sandra hat ihm gerade den Laufpass gegeben. Er trauert ihr noch immer nach, bis er durch Zufall in das Café „Freak City“ gelangt und dort ein hübsches und temperamentvolles Mädel sieht – Lea. Dass sie gehörlos ist, ändert nichts an seiner Faszination für sie. Langsam tastet er sich an Lea heran, lernt die Gebärdensprache und bekommt Einblicke in das Leben einer Gehörlosen in der Welt von Hörenden. Und dennoch geht ihm auch Sandra nicht aus dem Kopf …
Ein tolles...more
Elif
Meine Meinung
Bei diesem Buch habe ich endgültig gemerkt, dass ich für manche Jugendbücher einfach nicht mehr das richtige Publikum darstelle. Ich versuche dennoch möglichst objektiv meine Meinung in Worte zu fassen.
Zunächst einmal war es die Handlung, die mich davon überzeugt hat, dieses Buch zu lesen. Ich habe noch nie ein Buch über einen gehörlosen Menschen gelesen und mir gefällt es, wenn solche Thematiken in Romane verpackt werden, sodass sie informativ sind, aber nicht wie Lehrbücher ersch...more
Manja
Kurzbeschreibung:
Lea ist hübsch, temperamentvoll – und von Geburt an gehörlos. Als Mika sie zum ersten Mal sieht, zieht das quirlige Mädchen mit der Lockenmähne ihn sofort in seinen Bann. So sehr, dass er spontan beschließt einen Gebärdensprachkurs zu machen. Familie und Freunde reagieren skeptisch und bald kommen ihm selbst erste Zweifel. Nie hätte er gedacht, dass die Welt der Gehörlosen so anders ist. Und plötzlich ist da wieder Sandra, Mikas Ex, über die er nie ganz hinweggekommen ist...
(Que...more
LIVE.LOVE.READ
Freak City von Kathrin Schrocke erzählt die Geschichte der beiden Jugendlichen Mika und Lea. Als Mika Lea kennenlernt, verändert sich auf einmal sein ganzes Leben, denn Lea ist taub und lebt in einer scheinbar völlig anderen Welt als Mika. Schritt für Schritt lernt er diese neue Welt kennen und nähert sich so nicht nur der Welt der Tauben sondern vor allem auch Lea an.

Doch nicht nur Mika lernt eine völlig andere Welt kennen, auch ich als Leserin wurde in eine mir zu Teilen fremde Welt mitgenomme...more
Sonya Edwards
Lacks people first language but is a simple story about a boy and society standards of acceptable. Mica finds himself first fascinated, then in love with Leah, a girl unable to hear. Because of the vast difference in their worlds and preconceived stereotypes, Mica lies to himself and others about what's going on. Leah isn't willing to submit meekly to the situation either. The book is about teen lust/love on the surface, but speaks volumes more about how society views those with disabilities.
Jessica
Remember that season of 7th Heaven when Matt falls in love with Heather, the deaf girl, and they have to decide whether or not they have enough in common to date and he learns some sign language? Freak City is just that, but in Germany.

I know very little about deaf culture in ANY country, but some of the characters' attitudes toward deafness and disability seemed bizarrely antagonistic. Maybe Schrocke played it up for drama, or maybe things are different in Germany...
Greta
This book was very sweet and i like it (but it wasn't like "OMG! WOW!"). I think that Kathrin Schrocke did very good job because it is hard to write about other world - the world of deaf people. I got acquainted with this world and i really enjoyed this journey.
Kelly Smith
This book wasn't my favorite book, but it was still worth reading. I liked the subject of having a language barrier, but the people were almost all really unlikeable. Everybody kinda acted like a jerk. It was interesting though. I didn't mind the writing style.
Jessa
I recieved this from a Goodreads giveaway. It wasn't anything I was expecting, but it was still a delightful and interesting story. There were a few twists and a few odd parts but overall it was a good story to read.
Janneth
Nov 27, 2013 Janneth marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. My review to be revised when finished reading it. Can't wait!
Ombeline
Une jolie histoire d'amour et de tolérance.
Katie Boettcher
very good book couldn't put it down
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