Published by Self-Published, Tantor Audio on April 30th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
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Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years. Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still emotionally scarred from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Together they make an unlikely pair. Their relationship has always been a rocky one, but what happens when Amber starts to view her brother's best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer? Find out in The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window.
Maybe it was a good thing that I waited a few years to read this book. The inconsistencies that were mentioned in reviews from years ago aren’t as apparent in the version that I listened to or perhaps it was Leah Mallach’s hypnotizing voice that had me overlook the issues mentioned.
What was so great about Leah Mallach was the variety of tones she used throughout the book. Her emotions felt so real. When she was using her sad voice, I was sad. When she was elated, I felt elated. I seriously thought that there were multiple narrators reading the female parts of the story. She was that great.
So more about the book itself, I do agree that Amber had a few character flaws which made me contemplate…were her reactions appropriate for someone her age? I would say mostly yes. I didn’t expect much since they really didn’t really have an adult figure in their household. Her teenage brother Jake and his best friend Liam were her only support system for years.
Now, speaking of Liam – I can not tell you enough how impressed I was with his character. This boy was swoon-worthy. From the very first moment he laid eyes on Amber, he became hers. He would have done literally anything for his Angel. The portrayal of the first love was nostalgic, sentimental and cutesy.
What I appreciated most about the story was the portrayal of first love. It was nostalgic, heartwarming, sentimental and really cutesy. I thought Kristy Mosely played that aspect of their relationship extremely well.
If you hesitant about reading this book. I would suggest that you DO IT. If all possible, listen to the audiobook. Both Leah Mallach and Sean Craden did such a fantastic job narrating this book. I am certain I wouldn’t have enjoyed it as much without them.