Life On Hold Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Fifteen-year-old Rae Maddox’s mom, Gina, is a big fan of fresh starts. Gina thinks of them as an adventure, but for Rae, each move is just one more friend lost, one more chance to feel like an outsider.
After arriving in Wisconsin, Gina promises to stay put until Rae graduates. Cautiously optimistic, she wades into the social whirl at Whitman High School, making a few friends and even earning a chance at love. But when the vice principal pairs her with fellow newbie Allison Daly, Rae’s tentative happiness is jeopardized.
It seems Allison was orphaned after her parents died in a suspicious house fire, leaving their daughter to bounce between relatives’ homes. When a sleepover at Rae’s house goes terribly wrong, Rae sees a troubling side of Allison — and learns a few secrets about her own mother in the process. Suddenly Rae is at risk of losing everything and everyone she cares about — unless she steps up and takes charge of her life once and for all.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 5 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 24, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #217,992 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2,584 in Children's Fiction on Social Situations
#6,052 in Children's Self-Esteem Books
#8,935 in Literature & Fiction for Children
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Life On Hold is a powerful story about regret, friendship and dealing with the past. While it is marketed as a Young Adult novel, it is a great read for all ages as it deals with suicide and the misunderstands that even adults run into. All the characters were relatable and believable. It had sweet moments between friends, dramatic moments and touching moments that serve as a reminder that we can make a difference in someone’s life by simply being a friend. One of my favorite quotes from the book is “You never really know what a difference you can make in someone’s life, if you’re to let them in.” Rae was usually on the outside looking in, not allowing herself to get too attached as Gina could decide to pack and leave at any moment. But there is something about Allison that is familiar and draws them together. While she doesn’t fully understand why but when Allison needs her the most, Rae must answer the call. I highly recommend Life On Hold for all ages.
Life On Hold is available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook.
Lots of things happening with her mom, two school friends, principal and a lost, traumatized teen girl. Everything happening in her life seemed true to being fifteen. Her stability was impressive. Her reserve about people was real. Well written, emotional and exceptional.
This story completely threw me off track (in a good way). I thought the story was going to be about Rae being dragged from one town to another, but it's really about Alison's character.
Rae is so unassuming and lonely - but she discovers there's a lot worse off than she is when Alison arrives in her high school. Alison is secretive to the point of seeming rude and a snob. But somehow Raes' friends and mother take interest in her (miserable people tend to have that effect).
Rae doesn't know what to think, between Alison's sometimes manipulative attitudes and the very different account about her she hears from the school's bully, with whose family Alison lives.
Little by little, Rae puts together bits and pieces of Alison's past. Tension builds up as a major crisis later, everything comes to light.
This was not your typical teenage girls'story (by that I mean it's no juvenile version of Sex and the City - there's no clothes or hairstyle chats between girlfriends). It is, however, a story about nothing being quite what it seems on the surface, and how other human beings are mysterious worlds of their own - and how difficult it is to fit in as a teenager.
It's a good story. It's not tragic, it's not full of humour or suspense, it's more life-like - and I liked it!
Top reviews from other countries
Life on Hold is a great YA story. Through Rae, you deal with situations such as displacement, searching for identity, social class and mental health. McQuestion has a little gem with the novel. A great story with likeable characters, Life on Hold is a good read.
Life on Hold by Karen McQuestion is available now.