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Freak City

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  256 Ratings  ·  40 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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Eva Lucia
Also posted on Eva Lucias blog (Danish review)

When silence is noise enough itself

"Freak city" is written by Kathrin Schrocke. She has written several youth novels but sadly, there are not translated to Danish (yet!) It is really easy to immediately like the story and identify with the main characters of it. "Freak city" is a youth novel that focuses on the main character, Mika, who meets a deaf girl called Lea and their meeting changes everything. The fact that Lea is deaf makes it a different i
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Kristi
Mar 27, 2014 Kristi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, realistic-fiction
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
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Catherine
This 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 books stays light and is an enjoyable lit ...more
Martyna
3 stars
Vann 's Wonderland
3 Sterne

Inhalt:
Mika hat gerade seine Trennung mit seiner Ex Sandra durch und läuft in der Stadt, mit seinen 2 besten Freunden, ein paar Mädchen hinterher. Darunter ein Mädchen, welches ihnen keine Beachtung schenkt.
Durch einen Zufall trifft er dieses Mädchen wieder, welches Lea heißt, und findet heraus das sie gehörlos ist. Mika ist total in ihrem Bann gezogen geworden und beschließt die Gebärdensprache zu lernen, während er sich immer wieder zwischen Lea und Sandra entscheiden muss.

Meinung:
Dies
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Manja
Jun 20, 2013 Manja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elif
Feb 22, 2012 Elif rated it liked it
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
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Josephine
Loved the premise but, unfortunately, in translation the writing became stilted and unconvincing. I didn't believe that teen boys would speak to one another the way they're portrayed her. This was a DNF for me.
Cora Lein
Feb 16, 2014 Cora Lein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Kasia Żmuda
Jan 16, 2017 Kasia Żmuda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Polacy, szczególnie nastoletni są z reguły mało tolerancyjni. Jeśli przechodzi osoba o ciemniejszym kolorze skóry od naszego nazywamy ją czarnuchem lub murzynem. Jeśli przejeżdża obok nas na wózku inwalidzkim osoba niepełnosprawna nazywamy ją kaleką. Przykładów jest więcej jak np. osoby z niepełnosprawnością intelektualną od zawsze były i już chyba będą wyzywane od downów i debili, a przecież każdemu mogło się to przytrafić. Równie wielkim powodem do żartów jest widok osób głuchoniemych porozumi ...more
Esutterlin
Jun 10, 2014 Esutterlin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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,
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Julia
Jul 08, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 00-standalone
Inhalt: 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... (Quelle: Lov ...more
Sabine
May 29, 2013 Sabine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
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
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Literameer
Mar 26, 2012 Literameer rated it it was amazing
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
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Michelle
Feb 11, 2017 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit
I read through this entire book hoping that there were some redeeming quantities to Mika. There weren't.
I also didn't enjoy the abelism throughout the book in regards to Leah's deafness. The fact that her own family didn't bother to learn sign language because it was difficult and they could"understand" each other through general motions was awful to read about. I understand that there is some truth to the situation throughout the world, but I didn't appreciate it in a YA novel.

There was also M
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Nikki
Jul 08, 2014 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Jessica
Jan 17, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-french
// Avis datant de 2014 //

Freak City est l'un de ses livres qu'on aimerait lire plus souvent. au premier abord, cela ressemble à un livre banal, avec une histoire mignonne mais tout aussi banale, mais l'auteur à su ajouter quelque chose en plus : La surdité de Léa. ET j'ai adoré ça, et plus particulièrement le fait que Léa soit si forte de caractère, qu'on ne la présente pas du tout comme une victime, au contraire. J'ai aussi adoré les moments de force de Léa, ainsi que ses moments de Faiblesses.
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Sarah
Sep 18, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has been sitting on my desk drawer for the longest time because it was a book I actually owned and it didn't need to be returned. I received this book as an ARC with Goodreads first reads, and in pretty sure the book has been published by now.

Anyways, Schrocke does an excellent job at taking us into the mind of a teenage boy. Sex is the only thing on the mind! While it was unclear that they were living in Germany, the book was very relatable. It did its intended purpose in revealing th
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Charlène
Jun 26, 2015 Charlène rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"En conclusion, Freak City aura été une très chouette lecture ! Je suis toujours sceptique quand je commence un livre sur un quelconque handicap, je dois quand même avouer que là, les éléments sont vrais, il n’y a pas de stéréotypes dans nos personnages. Non, les stéréotypes servent à l’histoire, pour montrer les freins que la surdité peut amener dans le parcours d’une personne. C’est pour moi un roman qui parle encore de mille et une choses de façon juste et intéressante. Un roman d’ados pour e ...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
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Ernest Leslie
The perfect "Lazy Sunday" read . Schrocke was able to guide me through the relationship of Leah and Mika at a good and enjoyable pace. I was able to finish this book in about an hour without rest as it is light-hearted and easy. Not much is left to interpretation and imagination as the thoughts were all clearly written out in the novel. Leah seems like a really nice person and it brought my spirits up reading and thinking about the character and how laid back she was , and I wished I was like th ...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...
Chloe
Dec 06, 2015 Chloe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Mika and his friends chase a girl through the streets and she totally ignores them. He finds a cafe that is totally dark and all the servers are blind and he finds the girl at the cafe and learns that she is deaf so he tries to learn sign language in hopes of pursuing a relationship with her. This book is a great romance story with just a little bit of action which is why i rated it five out of five stars.
Nanna Lundgaard Lundgaard
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Greta
Jun 02, 2014 Greta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Une Duchesse en Vadrouille
Un livre très intéressant et bien écrit qui parle (pour une fois) de l'univers de la surdité !

"Et si j'étais sourd ? Comme Léa ?
Je ne saurais rien de ce qui se disait.
Je serais là à manger mon gâteau, en me faisant mon film sur ce qui se passait autour de moi. "
Kelly
Mar 13, 2015 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, giveaway-books
DNF
I recieved a copy of this book as a giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The reason that I did not finish this book was because Mika (the main character) and his friends had an utter lack of respect for women. I found it hard to even read the portion that I did. This book was not for me.
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
Aug 05, 2014 Jessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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