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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,869 ratings  ·  292 reviews
I’d love a cup of coffee. I wish she knew how pretty she was. I wish I could drop this kid in the dryer sometimes. I just want her to be happy. I hope she didn’t find out what Ben said about her. I wish I knew how many calories were in a bite of muffin…

Joy is used to hearing Whispers. She’s used to walking down the street and instantly knowing people’s deepest, darkest des
ebook, 281 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Balzer + Bray
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881 Yes. . Very cheesy and predictable love as well as turns of events. Yet quite entertaining

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Emma Michaels
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this novel. Normally I stop reading a novel once I see any cursing... okay, maybe that is an overstatement. It makes me want to put it away but in some cases, like this one, it isn't enough to warrant not finding out what happens next! It had a very emotionally raw (in a good way) feel to it not in terms of the writing style but in terms of the characters and their personalities. I am really happy I read this book and it was definitely a one sitting book for me. (Even if I was f ...more
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
Actual rating 3.5 Stars.

This book was good, i guess. But she seemed readlly inmature. But I really liked Jamie, or however the hell you write it.
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Joy would be a normal girl, except for the fact that she Hears Whispers. In other words, she Hears what others desire, their desire-thoughts. In possession of this hereditary gift, Joy likes to make people happy, to give people what they want, which is the opposite of her sister's choice—use it to make people's lives miserable.

Like I have said since I closed this book: I have no words to describe how much I loved it! It is like no other "hearing thoughts" story. It is such a different, criative,
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I've had this book on my to-read list ever since I first got a Goodreads account so it's about time I picked this one up. This book didn't wow me, but it has a very interesting storyline and I overall enjoyed it.

All the females in Joy's family to hear Whispers. Whispers are of people's desires, their wishes. Joy loves hearing Whispers. It lets her help people and she sees it as a gift. Jessica, aka Icka, sees it as a curse an
Sara Shaw
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sara by: I found it myself
Oh God, when I first read into it, I thought the hearing thoughts thing is a cliche, but boy could I be more wrong?
The author, Phoebe Kitanidis is a very good one indeed.
I loved Joy's Character, so innocent and sweet, thinking that her sis is the bad guy She too, couldn't have been more mistaken.
To be honest, Jessica's character is so like me.
Okay I do not do drugs or smoke, but I'm a truly Rebellious teen. I'm mean, rude and hurt people. lol its true!
Anyway, I didn't
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
To be honest, I didn't really read the whole thing, just up until the first few chapters then I skipped to the part where the story starts to happen but here's what I thought of what I DID read.

First of all, Joy really irritated me because she was so infuriatingly naive and pathetic. However, there is a point in the story where she realizes this about herself and becomes a bit of a stronger character. I may be wrong in this but I don't think I missed much from what I skimmed because it seems lik
Peter Kahle
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Whispers is an excellent twist on the young woman's passage into adulthood theme. Joy is every teenager, but with something extra, the ability to hear the mental 'wishes' of others. All her life she's heard their best thoughts and hopes; now turning sixteen, she begins to hear their ugly wishes too. I enjoyed Kitanidis' humor and her ear for young people's voices.
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
After years of granting people’s wishes and making the world a happier place, a night of a killer headache and deafening silence, Joy’s gift finally matured. She can now hear whispers that come from a deeper and darker place and manifest the side of humanity that centres on the satiation of wants. Disturbed and terrified, Joy found out that she can’t carry on doing the only thing that defines her: granting wishes. She was wrapped in a cloud of loss, loss for not hearing dark desires, loss of fri ...more
Merril Anil
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book
It’s there and it’s not there

It is sad to see that something with so much potential and interest picking up from a wrong note and going downhill from there. The book has a really good theme and had a bit more effort been put into its development this would have been one heck of a read. Technically I cannot beat my mind as to where exactly it started messing up but certain areas in the book did show that there was lack of effort.

The first page of the book is something that will make you sit dow
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I started it a few hours ago and read through the night. I went to bed thinking 'I'm so tired i'll just read for a minute.' Next thing I knew hub's alarm was going off for work.

Joy is your typical preppy girl that everyone (almost) likes. Only she -like her mother and sister- has a seemingly rare gift. They can hear 'whispers'. They hear people's most private thoughts/desires and making peoples desires come true makes Joy... eh happy? Well not technically it gives her a false
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like paranormal YA books
I really enjoyed this story and found the storyline to be both imaginative and engaging. The story followed a family who could listen to others thoughts or whispers. This was both a blessing and curse. The two sisters had very different experiences and followed different paths. On Joy's birthday, Jessica (her sister) makes a choice that will change their relationship forever. It was a book that provided some predictable storylines, but offered some surprises and in the end was a fun read about b ...more
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

Whisper was very interesting. You see, all of the females in Joy’s family have the ability to “Listen,” AKA read minds. Joy’s mother taught her to make the best of it and use it to make others happy. But Joy’s sister Jessica... she’s another story. She is very bitter about this ability and Joy doesn’t understand why. Until Joy starts to slowly see for herself why Jessica is the way she is first hand. Joy’s power is changing and she doesn’t know how to deal with it—
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya-fantasy
Joy's whole life was summed up entirely by pleasing others, and giving what they wanted. She did this because it was what was taught to her to do with her ability to Hear. Hearing Whispers was something the women of her mom's side of the family were born with. Dealing with the constant desires--wishes, hopes, dreams--of the people around her was bombarding when she was little. By the age of eleven, Joy could handle the Whisper's and even grant some of them. However, with her sister, Jessica, it ...more
Misty Baker
Jan 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, since I’m still not finished with “The Judge” (and honestly.. I should be by now) I figured I would switch up my schedule a little and bring you the review for “Whisper” a little early.

This was a book I pre-ordered a few months ago and I’m glad I did. I have been so wound up in request lately that I have barley had time to read anything of my own, and when I finally find the time to indulge myself, I devour it in just a few hours.

There are aspects of “Whisper” that were original, and some
Feb 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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Nov 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

I’d love a cup of coffee. I wish she knew how pretty she was. I wish I could drop this kid in the dryer sometimes. I just want her to be happy. I hope she didn’t find out what Ben said about her. I wish I knew how many calories were in a bite of muffin…

Joy's been hearing Whispers - peoples thoughts, wishes, desires - all her life. Her world revolves around fulfilling those wishes and using her power to make the world a happier place.

Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
2010 has been one heck of a year for books! All of these debuts have blown my mind away! And Pheobe Kitanidis' debut, Whisper, delivers just like all the others. The concept of this book is the fact that our protagonist, Joy, can hear thoughts, or whispers. Kitanidis put a great twist to this story making it her own. Joy can't always hear what people are thinking; she's not a mind reader exactly, and I found this to be...VERY refreshing. I literally sighed with relief when I found this out. Not ...more
Jun 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Whisper was an addicting and fast paced debut novel chronicling one girl's journey through a superhero type ability- hearing people's wants and desires, otherwise known as whispers.

Joy is the polar opposite of her dark, dreary, and negative sister Jessica. Jessica views her superhero power as a curse, unlike Joy who takes it in stride, becoming a do-gooder, instead, who helps people through her ability.

Joy was a character I found to be likable from the start, because of the fact that she was a
Alex Bennett
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
I think Whisper is either a hit or a miss for most readers. Before reading, I had read both totally negative and totally positive reviews. And I have to admit, I was a little worried to read it. But like I said, it is either a hit or a miss. And for me, it was a homerun!

Though the story started off a little slow, Joy and Icka’s powers keep you wanting to read and find out more and more. Speaking of the powers, they weren’t totally original, but Kitanidis did put her own spin on mind reading, whi
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a good book! Creative and original, with complex, mostly likable characters. An original treatment of telepathy, in what is otherwise a normal, fantasy-free contemporary young adult setting. The main characters grow and develop throughout the story, and Joy learns that things are often shades of gray, not just black and white. Learning to see the adults in your life as real people, not just parents, is a big growing up step, and it's handled artfully in this. Despite the privileged lifestyl ...more
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Whisper is another one of those breath-of-fresh-air kind of paranormals. Although it features no monsters or sinister villains, it still managed to capture me and take me on a suspenseful, fast-paced ride.

I really love the plot and how it’s set up. Hearing people’s desires is something that most would wish they could do. Kitanidis plays on both the positive and negative side of this power by creating the happy-go-lucky protagonist, Joy and her complete opposite older sister, Jessica. The book sh
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
WHISPER is a fresh and original take on having an ability to know someone’s deepest and darkest desires just by their thoughts. Can you imagine being bombarded with everyone’s worries, hopes, or dreams-good and bad? Yikes! I would be a headcase. This is exactly what Joy has to cope with. And to top it off, Joy has to constantly be on guard around her bad-tempered sister Jessica-who’s always on the prowl to wreck her social life.

The sisters’ extraordinary ability runs in the family from a long li
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis! At first I was just reading this book because the cover really caught my eye and it was suggested to me by a friend. I checked it out from the library and I am thrilled to tell you all, that I am going to go out and buy (it is that good). I felt like I was with the main character Joy, going through everything she went through. And it wasn’t just that Phoebe Kitanidis can pull you into an emotional roller coaster but the fact that she pulled you in ...more
E.J. Stevens
Joy and the female members of her family hear Whispers, the thoughts and wishes of those around them. Joy and her mom feel the need to grant these wishes whenever possible but Joy's older sister Icka watches on with disdain. Icka hints that there are more to Whispers than their mother mother is telling them and that Joy's power is about to change--for the worse. Are Whispers a blessing or a curse? What happens next may just change everything, but then again Icka could just be up to her old prank ...more
Mar 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Being able to hear people's thoughts is a new power for me to read about. I mean, I know in some books, vampires have this ability, but this is the first time that I have read a book where this is the main characters only power. I have always said that if I had the choice, my superpower would be to read minds. But after reading this book, I would have to add that I would want to be able to switch this power on and off. I wouldn't want to always have other's thoughts in my head like Joy did in th ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, teen
Joy can hear people’s thoughts. All the women in her family can. They call them whispers. Joy uses what she hears to try and make people happier. Her sister Icka, hides from the world. During an argument, Joy hears Icka wish to kill her hearing dead. So when Icka goes missing Joy will do whatever it takes to find Icka before she hurts herself.[return][return]I almost stopped reading because this book was so slow to take off. There was a little too much setup angst between Joy and Icka. However, ...more
2.5 stars. Whisper is about accepting yourself and making yourself happy instead of trying to be what everyone else wants you to be. I liked that message. The book also shows the benefits of being able to hear other people's thoughts, but also the harm that other people's thoughts could do to us, our self-image, and our relationships. There was a lot of cursing in the book and I didn't think it was necessary to use so much of it. I also wasn't crazy about the love interest. It wasn't really clea ...more
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, read-in-2011
Another hard one to rate...can I give it a 3.75?

I wasn't sure I was going to finish at first--it was just so abrasive. But I'm glad I stuck it out: the last half of the book was so fast paced and dramatic that I realized I could feel my own heart pounding, hahaha!

I was impressed with some good character development and some unexpected plot turns that made it feel more substantive. And it's nice when this kind of paranormal/fantasy story doesn't seem like it could be that improbable after all.

Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Review on 1.10.13:

I found this book at the library of my university. The story was pretty intriguing. Joy, the main protagonist, was a goody-too-pants for the whole book so I kind of disliked her for the better half of the book. Her sister Jessica turned out to be the intelligent one. The book ended with unfinished business and somehow the author never picked it up from there. I would love to know the rest you know, have some sympathy.
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“What have you done to your hair?” Mom’s broken voice said, pinning me back to this tiny hospital
“Holy shit!” Icka patted her head as if searching. “You think the nurse stole it? She looked shady.”
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