Matt Donaghy has always been a Big Mouth. But it's never gotten him in trouble -- until the day Matt is accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High School.
Ursula Riggs has always been an Ugly Girl. A loner with fierce, staring eyes, Ursula has no time for petty high school stuff like friends and dating -- or at least that's what she tells herself Ursula is content with minding her own business. And she doesn't even really know Matt Donaghy.
But Ursula is the only person who knows what Matt really said that day ... and she is the only one who can help him.
In her first novel for young adults, acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates has created a provocative and unflinching story of friendship and family, and of loyalty and betrayal.Performed by Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe
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Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been several times nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys, Blonde, which was nominated for the National Book Award, and the New York Times bestseller The Falls, which won the 2005 Prix Femina. Her most recent novel is A Book of American Martyrs. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.
Hilary Swank won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Boys Don't Cry. Among her other films are The Gift, The Affair of the Necklace and Insomnia.
Chad Lowe, an Emmy Award winning actor, has starred in such television series as Life Goes On, E.R., Now and Again and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.From AudioFile:
Never were a pair so completely mismatched! Matt Donaghy, affable big mouth and vice president of the junior class, and Ursula Riggs, tough-spirited loner and hoops star, might never have crossed paths were it not for Matt's irreversible error, his loud, sarcastic, seemingly harmless joke about blowing up Rocky River High. Screen celebs Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe deliver alternating chapters in perfect counterpoint, superbly capturing the divergent emotional journeys in affect, tone, and pacing. When Matt is arrested and his life changes forever in a downward spiral of suspicion, fear, guilt by association, and media madness, gruff Urs is the only one to defend him, an act born of pure conscience and moral fiber that nevertheless leads to emotional entanglement. Matt's panic, his fury, his pitiful whining are juxtaposed with Ursula's harsh, unruffled, and unrelenting sarcasm. Even the urgent e-mail exchanges find voice in an audio recording that will be in huge demand by teens. T.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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