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Lucas wants to speak out against the injustices he sees at his school, but he's paralyzed by social anxiety. He decides to start an anonymous online video channel, disguise his face and voice, and expose the things no one dares to talk about. But when Lucas blames the student council president for harming another student, her powerful parents become involved to unmask the ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published October 1st 2020 by West 44 Books
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Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big fan of the author's work-she is able to bring characters and stories to life through short prose. I imagine the doors her accessible format has opened for reluctant readers (my own son used her first novel Second in Command to 'kick start his renewed love of reading).
This book will speak to those in middle or high school who feel left out, alone and just plain "don't fit in". Never preachy, Van nails the panic and isolation that popularity and ostracization that age can create. The end
Cameron Lynch
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is composed of poem after poem. It is a great easy quick read. It was the book that jump started my reading by giving me a book to mark off the list to get the ball rolling.
Cherlynn | cherreading
I want to know
why we worry
so much about
what other people
think but never worry
what other people

I enjoyed the story but found it a bit too cheesy for my liking, especially the ending. This is a quick read that's told in verse, though I feel like there's a lot more untapped potential.

When you are

you spend time
you want to be.

But when you are
with friends,
you spend time
to be
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A hi-low read for reluctant readers, Listen Up is a novel in verse about how one student uses online videos to speak his truth. When Lucas begins recording, he only seeks to explain the problems he sees in his high school. But when his videos have more damaging effects, Lucas must try to use his voice to make amends. Lacks depth and is resolved neatly and quickly. Fine for middle school and low readers.
Adrienne Carrick
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is for young reluctant readers and those who struggle with reading. The story is also told in prose - very impressive use of language. Great story with a Pump Up The Volume feel!
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