Every Other Weekend Audio CD – Unabridged, 30 March 2021
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- Publisher : Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (30 March 2021)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1799926370
- ISBN-13 : 978-1799926375
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 19.05 cm
- Customer Reviews:
"Every Other Weekend left me teary-eyed and hopeful with its flawless balance of unforgettable characters, tough issues, and a pitch-perfect love story."-- "Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author"
"A poignant, painful, and stirring story about two kids trying to navigate divorce, first love, and finding your dreams."-- "Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author"
"Adam and Jolene spark the page with their wit...and they'll slide into your heart as they discover each other's."-- "Laura Taylor Namey, author of The Library of Lost Things"
"Heart-wrenching and hopeful--a reminder that we can change our stories."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Heart, humor, and characters you want to know...This book is a winner!"-- "C. C. Hunter, New York Times bestselling author"
"With remarkable skill, Abigail Johnson has created distinct and unforgettable characters in Adam and Jolene. A must-read!"-- "Samantha Young, New York Times bestselling author"
About the Author
Abigail Johnson was born in Pennsylvania. When she was twelve, her family traded in snowstorms for year-round summers and moved to Arizona. Abigail chronicled the entire cross-country road trip in a purple spiral-bound notebook that she still has, and has been writing ever since. She became a tetraplegic after breaking her neck in a car accident when she was seventeen, but hasn't let that stop her from bodysurfing in Mexico, writing and directing a high-school production of Cinderella, and becoming a published author. Visit Abigail online at AbigailJohnsonBooks.com and follow her on Twitter, @AbigailsWriting.
Kirby Heyborne is an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian. He has received critical acclaim for his starring roles in the award-winning World War II drama Saints and Soldiers, the lighthearted family comedy The R.M., the award-winning boy-band mockumentary The Sons of Provo, and the award-winning quixotic comedy Pirates of the Great Salt Lake. He has had starring roles in thirteen features and many short films. Kirby has also appeared on the WB's Everwood and many national commercials. Recently, Kirby was seen as a recurring character on the hit FOX sitcom Free Ride. Kirby has received a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards for excellence in audiobook narration. He has narrated such titles as Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Black Swan Green by David Mitchell, Breathers by S. G. Browne, and The Genius by Jesse Kellerman. Kirby is a cofounder and director of the celebrated Los Angeles-based improv comedy group The Society. Also a successful musician, Kirby has released four solo albums and has had his music featured in many films. Kirby has delighted audiences across the country with his ability to blend heart-warming stories, beautiful music, and comedic wit.
Taylor Meskimen is an actress and a narrator. Her audiobook readings include several L. Ron Hubbard novels, such as Gun Boss of Tumbleweed and Death Waits at Sundown.
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I mean, Adam and Jolene start off on the wrong foot, but then Adam pretends she's his "girlfriend" to make his mom happy, which I found a little silly, really. Adam was a big jerk to his dad, who was genuinely a good father, and then there's Jolene. Rich girl Jolene with divorced parents, a neglectful father, an abusive mother, sarcastic, scathing and somewhere between likable and not likable.
Adam gets an actual girlfriend at home, in fact, he gets THE girl he's been pining over for the past I don't know how long, but then still goes all mushy around Jolene and continues on like she's his pretend girlfriend. I call that two-timing, but what do I know? Then his actual girlfriend dumps him, and he finally has an actual shot of being with Jolene, but wait a second, now Jolene doesn't want to go there. Or was it Adam who decided they should just be friends? Honestly, I can't even remember anymore.
As Adam's parents start to slowly find a middle ground and reconcile their separation, Jolene feels like she's losing him, so she starts hanging out with the creepy neighbor. Surprise surprise, that doesn't end very well.
So from one bad consequence to another, Adam and Jolene finally end up together.
Wow. That was exhausting.
I enjoyed this book very much and I believe it addressed some very important issues. The writing was well done and realistic, and I sympathized very much with Adam and Jolene as they became victims of their parents’ shortcomings and mistakes. Different types of relationships were covered, including family and romantic relationships as well as unhealthy, toxic, abusive, and dangerous ones. In spite of the serious subjects covered, the humor and witty banter made this book very readable indeed. I found myself laughing out loud many times. I didn’t care for the profanity, but I believe this is a very important book for people to read because abusive relationships are addressed and detailed in a realistic and heart wrenching way. The warning signs were there, and I hope that abusive relationships will be avoided in the future because someone reads this book and takes it seriously.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
This was well written and I liked seeing Jolene and Adam navigate these tough issues. I also liked their slow building romance, it made it more realistic. I did think the plot was a little slow moving at times and I was hoping for some more progress, at least with Jolene. Her mother is scary and I was seriously concerned for Jolene's safety.
The ending was sweet and a little different from what I was expecting. Definitely recommend.
1) The characters were fully developed, dimensional, and dealt with the problems that came up in their lives in a meaningful way that reflected growth and change. They aren't the same by the end of the book because they've learned and grown in believably ways.
2) The banter!!! Jolene and Adam see each other every other weekend due to custody arrangements, so a lot of the communication is in text format and IT IS PERFECT! It's no small feat to develop character voice using text messages, but Johnson nails it! The texts and conversations often made me (literally) laugh out loud while I was reading. Adam and Jolene are very different people from very different backgrounds, but their verbal sparring is like perfect harmony...they complement each other so well. It's fantastic to read!
3) There were a lot of issues going on, and, while some people found it too much, I found it realistic. That's life...sometimes when it rains it pours. One standout of YA is that the characters are in a unique place, lifewise--old enough to have opinions and ideas independent of their parents, but young enough that they're still stuck in situations they may know are no good. Johnson did an amazing job of braiding together the issues that were going on and dealing with them realistically. The bottom line is, sometimes there is no good resolution. Not every story has a fairytale ending (though this is a happy and optimistic book, don't get me wrong), and I think it's realistic that some elements had to be left hanging, because there's not a neat bow at the end of everyone's experiences. I LOVED that this book lacked drama for the sake of drama...there were times where there'd be a simple misunderstanding or miscommunication, and I was bracing for a long, drawn out drama between the characters...only to be pleasantly surprised when it was resolved by the characters JUST TALKING RIGHT THEN AND THERE! There were some storylines where it took longer to get to a satisfying resolution, but that worked so well because it was believable.
4) I really, really loved the romance. I loved that Adam was this great, supportive guy and that Jolene was a little snarky and pushy, but they so obviously cared so much about each other. It rang true to the intensity of first love and also those feelings of sweet uncertainty when you both know life is about to change dramatically. They made a great team.
5)The family relationships were varied and woven in through the book. They weren't always neat or sweet, but that's realistic. The families weren't just a backdrop...they were an integral part of the characters' lives, which is so true to life, but often neglected in YA romances. Super well done.
Abigail Johnson definitely became an automatic buy for me after reading EVERY OTHER WEEKEND. This book sucked me in and left me thinking about the characters for days after. Excellent, well-written book with so much heart and humor! This is a fantastic read!