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The Voice in My Head

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  60 reviews
From the author of Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now comes an unforgettable novel about facing the impossible, dealing with family chaos—and making sense of everything you are.

For Indigo Phillips, life has always been her and her identical twin—Violet. The perfectly dressed, gentle, popular sister. But now Violet is terminally ill and, in a few hours, plans to die on her own te
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Inkyard Press
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Anonyma'am Read PinkAmy's review. I had the same question; her review answered it.

TL;DR - not too religious and, apparently, not preachy.

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May 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hmm. I’m not sure how to feel about this one.

Indigo and Violet are twin sisters. And one of them is dying. Indigo can’t imagine life
without her twin, so she attempts suicide, but her attempt is unsuccessful.

A broken arm, a concussion and one voice of God later, had Indigo dragging her terminally ill sister on a trip to the Wave. The voice in her head tells her if she gets her sister to the wave, she’ll live.

Determination and a mustard seed of faith take the family on a barely planned road trip t
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE VOICE IN MY HEAD by Dana L Davis in exchange for my honest review.***

Indigo prepares to jump from a building when she hears a voice in her head claiming to be god. Not wanting to live without her terminally ill twin Violet, god tells Indigo her sister will live if they visit The Wave. Instead of swallowing pills to die with dignity, Violet agrees to take a road trip with her family.

Depending on the reader’s perspective, Indigo’s
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: roadtrip, 2019, netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for the chance to read early for an honest review.

This book.

From the beginning of the story, I was laughing out-loud. Indigo's family is crazy in the best possible way. They were hilarious and the way they interacted felt authentic. There were so many good lines that I wanted to stop and remember.

This book deals with some pretty heavy issues - a suicide attempt and euthanasia. The humor is in no way downplaying these. And I think the discussion questions at the end are a good
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
The Voice In My Head is a sad story. Twins Indigo and Violet have lost the closeness they once shared but for a good reason. At eighteen years old, one of the twins, Violet, is terminal. Dying. The grief of the surviving sister is a palpable thing. Indigo begins to hear the voice of God telling her things to do to save her sister. The story is far fetched for me. It's proof that people will believe what they want to believe even though it's ridiculous. It's a sad story about a family in the midd ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok.. this book was just sad!!!

Ugh... super heart breaking :(.
The book follows the story of two 18 year old twin sisters Indigo and Violet who have lost their connection along the way of growing up. Indigo and Violet are the polar opposite of one another. Violet is suffering from an intense illness that will ultimately take her life. Violet is given a choice to end her life with dignity. This changes when Indigo hears the word of God in her head. This mysterious god voice is telling Indigo that
one of the first times o dnf an arc and i dropped really quick

was not a fan
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-arc of this title in exchange for an honest review!

TW for suicide, medical assisted suicide, terminal illness/medical stuff.

Indigo's twin sister Violet has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Indigo, unable to fathom life without her twin sister decides to jump from a building. But before she does, she calls to God to help. Then, just as Indigo decides not to jump, God answers back and she's so surprised that she falls off the building.

Mona  AlvaradoFrazier
I selected this book based on an interesting premise: Twin sisters, 18-year-old Indigo and Violet, are not close. Indigo lives in the shadow of her popular sister, Violet who becomes terminally ill. When she plans to die on her own terms via medically assisted death, Indigo spirals into desperation in her efforts to cope. That’s when she begins to hear a mysterious voice—a voice claiming to be God. The voice insists that if she takes Violet to a remote rock formation in the Arizona desert, her s ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first read the description of this book I passed it over unsure of what to expect. The words terminally ill jumped out at me and I assumed this would just be another one of those sad stories about the journey towards someone's death. But while Violet was very sick this story instead chose to focus on her being alive. The family goes on a journey based off the hope that she will be cured. And we follow them along for this crazy road trip. There were characters who I didn't enjoy but we get ...more
(ARC provided by Netgalley in return for my honest opinion.)

Indigo's sister is dying. As in, she's terminal. As in she's going to die by doctor assisted suicide. As in Indigo is about to be one half of a set. Overwhelmed at the prospect of living without her twin, Indigo climbs a building, prepared to die, too. But before she can leap, she hears a voice telling her that if she takes her sister to Arizona, she'll live. Always a believer, her sister Violet agrees, and the whole family takes off on
Seema Rao
Davis’ second book is about twins, one of whom is terminally ill. Interestingly enough, the plot is less well-done than Davis’ first book. But, the writing and character development are better. This book is a total tear-jerker. I am impressed at how Davis engages YA audiences in faith and death while maintaining moments of levity. As Davis says in her author’s note, this is a book about family. The relationship between the two sisters is very well done.


Thanks to Edelweiss+ for the ARC in exc
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

⭐⭐⭐/5 for this 5.28.19 release. Indigo and Violet are identical twins. When Violet, who is terminally ill, decides to exercise her right to die by medical assistance, Indigo starts hearing a voice that claims to be God. With the help of this voice, Indigo convinces her family to take one last trip, hoping to keep Violet alive. Sad and deep, this one is a good fit for high school readers.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, giveaway, fiction
I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

This is the story of Indigo trying to make her way through an incredibly difficult time that has impacted her entire family. She starts to hear a voice in her head, which leads her family on a wild road trip in a desperate situation.

I fell in love with this family very quickly and I wanted all good things for them. I was incredibly impressed with how Dana L. Davis dealt with such a difficult topic, death with dignity, that includes humor, hijinks and
May 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a unique story about twin sisters who will go to the ends of the earth for one another. Indigo must face the fact her sister is fatally ill but it's an impossible task. Just when all hope seems lost, she begins to hear a voice in her head claiming to be God.

Typically, I would steer clear of any story with a heavy religious subtext, but I decided to step outside my comfort zone with this book because I was curious about how the story would play out. I liked the unorthodox interpretation o
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Jun 01, 2019 is currently reading it
Shelves: favorites
Young Adult Family, Young Adult Social Themes
Gregory Schwartz
What an engrossing book! I love Dana Davis' books because she does the heavy lifting for me by crafting excellent, gripping, approachable stories and she allows my critical mind to disengage. So I can just read, get lost in the narrative, and enjoy. This is what a book is supposed to be -- an escape, and also a nourishing experience for your mind and soul. I'm so glad I got ahold of an advanced copy!
Lynne Lambdin
Sometimes a reader can get into a rut. When you read heavily, stories become predictable, sound alike and content begins to lack originality. I went into The Voice in My Head expecting the issues described. But what I got was a story that had me hooked and compulsively reading as if Voilet's life depended on it. And what a life experience it was.

Voilet and Indigo are eighteen year old identical twins. While they have the same DNA, their personalities could not be more different. Which is quite
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

Thank you to Inkyard Press for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

At it's core, this book is about two sisters who lost their close connection along the way. Indigo and Violet together are such a sweet combination and once they finally talk about their life, it's nice to see their bond grow closer again and open up to each other. Unfortunately, this doesnt happen until late in the book and truthfully I would've liked mor
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a 'coming of age' story about African-American twins who diverge in mind and heart when one decides to end her life with dignity after a severe, incurable lung illness and the other starts to hear the voice of "God" in her head.

I am not a big fan of grief reading. I enjoy the occasional Jodi Picoult novel but it isn't my first choice. So I when I picked up The Voice, I did it to resolve the 'problem' I had in needing to find out what actually WAS the voice in Indigo's head (spiritual, r
Sally Maxwell
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Harlequin TEEN for the arc of this book.
Such a heartbreakingly good read, I loved this book, it made me full on ugly cry, and touched my heart. Anyone with siblings will understand how Indigo feels, and her struggles with her parents.
It was lovely how they all came together, even though it was such a sad story, but very well written.
Michele Amedee
Jan 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I received this book from Net Galley to give an honest review and I couldn’t even get past the first chapter. Once she started thinking she was hearing voices and God was speaking directly to her, I was done.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Special thanks to NetGalley for a copy.

Trigger warnings for depression/anxiety, suicide, terminal illness, dysfunctional families.

Oh my goodness. I cried so many times while reading this book.

Indigo Phillips attempts suicide the night before her terminally ill twin sister, Violet, is supposed to die via doctor assisted death. When the voice, claiming to be God, speaks to her, Indigo decides not to kill herself and instead has to convince her sister and their entire family to go to the Wave whic
Savanna Waddle
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a complimentary arc of The Voice in My Head by Dana L. Davis in exchange for my honest review.*

tw for suicidal ideation and attempt, terminal illness, death, brief racists couple, being held at gunpoint, and physician-assisted suicide

OKAY FIRST OFF THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL. I really love it, and it captures the two sisters.

There were a lot of things I loved about this book, and a few things that I thought could have been handled better.
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TRIGGER WARNING: suicide/attempted suicide/medically assisted suicide/terminal illness

I am trying to piece my heart back together after this book. The story grabbed me from the first sentence and held me until the very end, but there were so many heartbreaking moments along the way.

Indigo and Violet are identical twins. Indigo has always felt like the lesser of the two, always striving to be perfect like her sister. Violet suffers from an incurable lung disease and wants to end her suffering by
Olivia Farr
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabc-reviews
Find my full review here:

THE VOICE IN MY HEAD begins with Indigo standing on a building, praying to God for her sister to live and trying to bargain. When she hears a voice, she slips and falls. Later, at the hospital, she had some severe injuries but still hears the voice. Her much older sister, Michelle, is a nurse practitioner and checks her out against medical advice so that they can go home. Indigo’s twin sister, Violet, is terminally ill with a resp
Samantha (WLABB)
Rating: 3.5 Stars

The time had arrived. Indigo's twin sister, Violet, would be "dying with dignity", and in a last ditch attempt, Indigo called out to God to allow her sister to live. What she didn't expect was for God to answer back. A family road trip resulted from her talks with God, and this road trip turned out to be an enlightening and healing journey for the entire family.

Beware, this book was pretty sad. It was about a family taking their final journey together as a whole unit. One child
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
**I received a digital ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.**

Beware: slight spoilers ahead

The Voice in My Head is not only well-written, it also propels the young readers towards reflection on life and the importance of living and loving to the fullest. I have been especially intrigued by the fun, yet deep writing style and the relationships between the Phillips family members – Dana L. Davis certainly knows how to flesh characters via dialogue. Although the main theme of the stor
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, ya
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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Apr 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-2019
Not as poignant as The Fault in our Stars and not as serious as My Sister’s Keeper, The Voice in My Head manages to address issues young people may encounter today and brings levity to the situations at the same time. In addition to the terminal illness of one twin and grief-stricken suicide attempt of the other, Violet and Indigo also have to tolerate serious familial issues while navigating the transition from underage adolescence to legal adulthood.

As a result of “the Voice of God’s” encoura
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