The Music of What Happens Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the award-winning author of Openly Straight, a story about two teens falling in love over a summer that throws everything possible to keep them apart.
Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever.
Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His "wives" and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won't like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.
Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what's considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites.
Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they're willing to risk - to get the thing they want the most.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 17 minutes|
|Narrator||Joel Froomkin, Anthony Ray Perez|
|Audible.ca Release Date||February 26 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #48,525 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#36 in Teen Fiction on Bullying & Abuse
#52 in LGBTQ2S+ Romance for Teens
#60 in Teen Fiction on Dating & Sex
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Right at the top of the heap are Greg Howard's very funny and spiky "Social Intercourse", Julia Lynn Rubin's bleak and gritty "Burro Hills", and Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera's hopelessly romantic "What if it's us" - and now we can add Bill Konigsberg's "The Music of What Happens" to the A-list.
This novel is very special. Its two leads are exceptionally believable and relatable, as are their personal situations and the people around them. The device of the food truck as the backdrop for their developing romance felt clever and original to me. And it was wonderful to see the power of two damaged boys' love for each other help them begin to heal.
Whilst I love this genre, the writing can sometimes feel a little clunky and amateurish, with grammatical errors that really should not be made by published authors. This is certainly not the case with Konigsberg, whose prose is flowing and natural.
This book felt very real to me, and I think it would translate well to the cinema, the kind of quiet, character-driven drama that made (just as examples) "20th Century Women" and "Love is Strange" so special.
I highly recommend this lovely story to all fans of M/M romance.
As a side-note, there was not, as far as I could tell, a single typo throughout the book. That's got to be a first in this genre, and the editors deserve recognition for this amazing-even-though-it-shouldn't-be feat.