Once again, I am bringing another blog tour post. I wonder if people are sick of them yet, but I have been enjoying all of these good books. This time, I have I Hope You’re Listening, a young adult mystery which kept me reading long into the night. This one is cool because the main character has a podcast, and the entire mystery just gets way more crazy than I was anticipating! I can’t wait to share with you my favorite quotes and a review on this book. But first, here is what the book is all about!
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Publishing date: October 6th, 2020
EVERY MISSING PERSON HAS A STORY.
In her small town, seventeen-year-old Delia “Dee” Skinner is known as the girl who wasn’t taken. Ten years ago she witnessed the abduction of her best friend, Sibby. And though she told the police everything she remembered, it wasn’t enough. Sibby was never seen again.
At night, Dee deals with her guilt by becoming someone else: the Seeker, the voice behind the popular true crime podcast Radio Silent, which features missing persons cases and works with online sleuths to solve them. Nobody knows Dee’s the Seeker, and she plans to keep it that way.
When another little girl in town goes missing, and the case is linked to Sibby’s disappearance, Dee has a chance to get answers with the help of her virtual detectives and the intriguing new girl at school. But how much of her own story is she willing to reveal in order to uncover the truth?
‘None of that matters when the record starts skipping.’
-This one was my favorite because it reminds me of how anxiety can be hard to describe when one is younger, and this reminded me of all those feelings I could never put into words perfectly.
’…for the first time in ten years, I tell my story.’
- I liked this one because I think telling a story is important, especially in your own words. Dee finally finds her courage and tells her story.
‘…it’s Sibby who shows up to save me.
- I don’t want to spoil the story, but this quote will make sense when you read the book and realize how meaningful this is. I got chills when i read this quote.
Podcasts are awesome, and people have taken to doing their own detective work. This is the story of Dee who has a podcast that helps find missing people. She lost her best friend when she was ten, and this is the story of her trying to help the community in her own way.
The mystery of the story is well done, I was often wondering what happened and if there was a connection to the newer case which happens in the book. Also, I thought it was good it talks about how many missing people there are and that sometimes WOC/POC dont get enough coverage when they go missing. Even Dee knows there is a problem aboyt the way some missing people are covered, and she was trying to give a voice to all.
Her best friend went missing a long time ago, and she never dealt with it in the right way. The podcast helps. She also meets Sarah, someone she tells her story to after so long. I thought it was awesome to see a sapphic relationship develop so well, and it was healthy. Both of them cared for each other, and I thought it was awesome to see it just be mainstream in the book and no one blinked an eye. I hope this will continue to happen with books.
The mystery and where it leads shocked me. I had no idea what to expect, and it went to another level I was not anticipating. It was a good story, and I stayed up late to finish. I think this will be a popular book, especially with the podcast aspect. I cant wait to hear the audiobook when they can do the podcast like how Sadie was done.
Meet the author
Tom Ryan is the award winning author of several acclaimed books for young readers. He has been nominated for multiple awards, and was the winner of the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best YA Crime Book. Two of his books were Junior Library Guild selections, and three of his young adult novels, Way to Go, Tag Along, and Keep This to Yourself, were chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, in 2013, 2014 and 2020. He was a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction.
Tom, his husband and their dog currently divide their time between Ottawa and Nova Scotia.