Whisper To Me by Nick LakeWhisper To Me by Nick Lake

Whisper To Me

byNick Lake

Paperback | June 27, 2017

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Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She's trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won't let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.

Desperate for his forgiveness, she's telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She's hoping that love==love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself--can save both of them after all.

Awards for There Will Be Lies
A Boston Globe Best YA Book of 2015
A Texas TAYSHAS Pick

Nick Lake is the much-acclaimed author of In Darkness, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, Hostage Three, which received three starred reviews and was named a Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Boston Globe Best Book of the Year, and There Will Be Lies. He is also the Publishing Director for fiction at HarperCollins Chil...
Title:Whisper To MeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.29 × 5.5 × 1.52 inPublished:June 27, 2017Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1681194384

ISBN - 13:9781681194387


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings For me this book was not overwhelming but it was good at the same time. I have to say it was a page turner for me, but i couldn't seemed to be captivated by the story as much that I wanted too.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book it was sorta hard to get into, but when I got into the middle of the book it was so addictive I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating Read I loved the idea of this book, and I enjoyed it so much. Also loved the way it was written to the boy she loved, it was so genuine for me. The different storylines and problems in her life all wove together and I thought it was written beautifully, but I just wanted that happy ending so badly... I guess it was a happy ending for Cassie, as she finally conquered her demons in a way, but there was just some things left unsaid for me.
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING i read this book awhile ago, and it stuck with me. it was emotionally raw in the best possible way. bit of a bigger book, but at no point did the story drag on. two thumbs up!
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful and Powerful Story With touching sensitivity Nick Lake weaves a heartbreaking but very realistic story about a teen struggling to overcome mental illness in "Whisper to Me." Unvarnished and frank in content it begins with letter of explanation written to a boy she loves and lost. Her vivid memories like the pictures of the ugly, simple things she loves to draw stir the reader's emotions as she shares remembrances of her inner conflict and her strange behaviour when she suddenly hears a troubling and bitter voice after discovering a severed foot encased in a sneaker on the beach. Plagued by guilt over her mother's tragically brutal death and her father's resulting eccentricities and temper, Cassie alone and afraid slowly concedes to the voice's abusive demands until her actions result in a stay at the mental hospital and healing sessions with a psychiatrist and a support group. Hoping that he'll respond to her plea for forgiveness after she breaks his heart the summer before her senior year, Cassie shares not only her valiant struggle to regain a sense of normalcy but also her search for a special friend who brought joy, support and acceptance to her life before she disappeared and was presumed dead. Fast-paced and heart-wrenching Nick Lake brings to life Cassie's world with visual sounds, dialogue and itemized lists as well as excerpts from her sessions with the two doctors helping her recovery. Dark in its intensity as the reader gets a glimpse into the events that shaped Cassie's recovery, from her friendship with Paris, her love of the unnamed boy, her therapy sessions and the renewal of her relationship with her father, the story hooks you quickly and doesn't let go until the startling conclusion that makes you wonder if the letter will be enough to heal a love gone wrong. Cassie is a complex character who buries the pain of her mother's death only to have it come back to haunt her after discovering a sneaker with a severed foot. Traumatized she begins to hear the voice of an older woman in her head who not only frightens her but undermines any shred of self-esteem she has left. That summer Cassie befriends Paris a big-hearted, spirited stripper who brings light into her lonely and confused existence, and falls in love with an enigmatic,good-looking and hardworking boy; both who are troubled by problems in their families. Even her father's traumatized by the death of his wife, alienating Cassie further when she gets sick and yet loving and struggling to understand and protect her. This is a beautiful story of bravery, love and self-discovery that captures you heart just as Cassie does. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Portrayal of Living With Mental Illness Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This was an emotional read for me. I always have a hard time reading about mental illness and characters with mental illness. I think Lake did this justice and really just created a wonderful portrayal of everything that goes along with dealing with a mental illness: the wanting to get better, the not doing everything you're supposed to, the lies you tell because you're a little ashamed. I think it was all done wonderfully. I really liked Cassie, although I feel like the Cassie we saw was a heavily edited Cassie. I liked that she grew as a person throughout this story. I also really liked that she learned how to take care of herself too. I think the positive portrayal of therapy and medication was the best part and I liked that Cassie even admitted that it was good for her. The revelation at the end -- the telling what is happening to you so people understand and can better help you -- was everything I could have wanted from this novel. I liked seeing the world through Cassie's filtered and unfiltered point of view. However, man was this a heavy novel to take in. Not only was it in stream of consciousness (which I have a super hard time with), it was also a letter. Much like IVORY & BONE by Julie Eshbaugh, it was told in first person but also second person. We were the boy Cassie was apologizing to, which immediately threw us into the story but also distanced us from it because we didn't have the emotional attachment that this boy would have while reading the letter from the beginning. I, personally, didn't get the emotional attachment until the very end (like at 91%). This made it really hard for me to connect with the story at the beginning, but I did like that there was no mention of the boy's name so we were totally immersed in the story and could really BE our character. I thought the female friendships in this one were great. Everyone knew Paris's profession and NONE of them shamed her for it (except Cassie's dad). I liked that they saw Paris for what she was: the bright spot in their lives. I also really liked Julie. I thought she was a friend that Cassie could really use because she was fun, daring, and still relatively down to earth. I think she really complimented both Paris and Cassie in that sense. I would have liked more Julie, is what I am saying. But I love love love the inclusion of female friendships and that these friendships were about every aspect of their lives, not just romance. Sure, they talked about that too, but Paris was there for Cassie when she had a major breakthrough in her recovery! That is SO important to have in YA stories and in real life as well. One of the best (and hardest) parts was that it was very long with one natural break, which would make this a hard one to not read all at one time. I was lucky enough to read this at 1am so I could finish it in one go, which I think made it really worked. But I would say you have to read AT LEAST the entire first part before taking a break or else you lose that connection to Cassie and her story. WHISPER TO ME felt like it was being typed up as I read it and that is exactly how it was supposed to be. A letter, a confession, a "I'm sorry" all rolled into one and it totally worked, but I am mentally exhausted after finishing it. I really enjoyed this one. I liked the positive portrayal of therapy and medication. I really felt for Cassie and thought she was a great main character. I really felt the relationship in this one between her and the boy and the friendships in this one were great. I did have a bit of a hard time because of stream of consciousness, but that's on me not the book itself. Lake really outdid himself with this one and I highly recommend picking it up.
Date published: 2016-04-28

Editorial Reviews

"I could not put it down. Whisper to Me is raw and lovely, dark and light, heartbreaking and human, and it left me both aching and filled. Stunning." - Jennifer Niven, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES"A genuine narrative exploring mental health issues, vulnerability, and how love can help bridge the two. A recommended purchase for all YA collections." - starred review, School Library Journal"Cassie's charming, self-deprecating narrative and the insight into her mental health are engrossing and moving." - Booklist"Part murder mystery, part love story, with plenty of drama for Lake's many fans." - Kirkus Reviews"Cassie is a deeply sympathetic figure . . . Part romance, part crime story, part meditation on mental illness." - Publishers Weekly"Will haunt readers' memories when they walk along the beaches and piers this summer." - VOYA"Cassie's story is completely absorbing . . . A fascinating exploration of the possible residues of trauma and the painstaking work of recovery." - BCCB"Perplexing and disorienting, full of the rich language and heady epiphanies readers have come to expect from the Printz-award winning author." - starred review, School Library Journal on THERE WILL BE LIES"Impressively unpredictable--a motley mix of taut thriller, transportive fantasy, and poignant coming-of-age . . . Shelby narrates the surreal implosion of her life in an indignant, funny voice, à la Judy Blume." - Entertainment Weekly on THERE WILL BE LIES"A rare joy to behold." - Booklist on THERE WILL BE LIES"Suspenseful, complicated . . . A fine exploration of the power of story itself." - Kirkus Reviews on THERE WILL BE LIES"Lake returns to the mix of reality and fantasy he used to great success in his Printz-winning In Darkness . . . Shelby is highly sympathetic." - Publishers Weekly on THERE WILL BE LIES"A twisty drama suffused with elements of folklore." - Wall Street Journal on THERE WILL BE LIES