Title: Don’t Judge A book by Its Cover
Author: Robbie Michaels
Narrator: Michael Stellman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
The Most Popular Guy in the School: Book One
High school can be some of the best years of life—and some of the toughest. Mark Mitchell’s strategy for surviving is to emulate the mighty turtle: pull back inside his protective shell and keep a low profile to avoid trouble. And it works—nobody bothers him. Of course, nobody really knows him, either, even in a town so small it seems like everybody must know everyone else.
Mark certainly knows Bill Cromwell, whom he meets officially when his father volunteers him for manual labor at the school. Bill is his polar opposite: outgoing, gregarious, athletic. But when a massive snowstorm traps the two boys together for three days, Mark learns that being popular doesn’t mean you can’t be bullied or abused—or gay—and that bullying doesn’t stop at the school doors.
Mark isn’t naïve. He’s seen the news reports of gay teen suicides, and he’s determined not to become a statistic. But it’s not himself he’s worried about.
My View – Story:
Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover is a young adult title that imparts many good messages to its audience. It touched on physical and emotional abuse, hatred, and bullying. The story was very well done and is aptly named. The characters were likable including the secondary characters. In fact, I think my favorite characters are Mark’s parents. His mom could easily be a superhero!
I liked that this story shows that love can overcome all hatred. That when people stand up for each other, the world can show that bigotry is no longer the norm. This tale was well executed and well presented. I enjoyed it from start to finish and will gladly look into Robbie Michael’s other works. I also wouldn’t mind seeing more from these young men as they grow into their future.
My View – Narration:
This is my first time listening to Michael Stellmen. I liked his voice. It was easy to listen to and he did a good job portraying the characters and the story. I will definitely listen to him again.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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