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This Is What I Want to Tell You by Heather Duffy Stone
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Apr 11, 2009

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Heather Duffy Stone captures the voices of Nadio and Noelle extremely well (where it really sounded as if you are sitting in front of them), but I feel that this was more of Noelle's story of feeling left behind and unloved. She reminds me a little of Emily Black from I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, same rebellious nature, same desire to find her place in the world. I wish that Keeley also had a voice of her own, instead of hiding within the twins' POV. Her own troubles and secrets seem somewhat downplayed, although I could tell by her actions that she really wanted to talk to Noelle about them.

The prose is a little distracting, I admit, with its lack of quotation marks. However, it really flows well like a conversation that you start to become absorbed with Noelle and Nadio's stories. The writing is phenomenol if you can tell by the excerpts above!

Honestly, I am not sure how I feel about this book. I liked it, but felt a little dissatisfied with the ending (which isn't bad, it just lets life continue on its unhurried path). It is unlike other YA books that I have read. I would compare it to cracked up to be, more serious though Noelle does not seem as harsh as Courtney Summers's Parker

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