Feb 21, 2020
A 52-Hertz Whale
Posted by Natalie Tilghman Bill Sommer

In the YA epistolary novel an unlikely friendship develops via email correspondence between 14 year old James, who studies the Urban Dictionary in hopes of making sense of his bewildering peer interactions, and 23 year old Darren, who is trying to win back his ex girlfriend while doing grunt work on the set of a sitcom.

  • Title: A 52-Hertz Whale
  • Author: Natalie Tilghman Bill Sommer
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 400
  • Format: None
  • A Hertz Whale In the YA epistolary novel an unlikely friendship develops via email correspondence between year old James who studies the Urban Dictionary in hopes of making sense of his bewildering peer interac

    Maggie Stiefvater

    FIVE THINGS ABOUT THE 52 HERTZ WHALE1 It s told entirely in e mails As a writer, I understand that yes, this is a gimmick I have a high gimmick tolerance, though, as long it doesn t get in the way of my emotional or intellectual enjoyment of a book With 52, it worked for me It might not for you, though, so I m putting it right here as 1 Full disclosure Emails 2 With that out of the way, I can tell you that I found the two main characters of this book a disenchanted, heartbroken film student and [...]


    Yuniar A. Fithri

    view spoiler Well, it s true that the happiest people are usually actually suffering The loneliest whale in the world sings at 52 hertz No other whales are able to hear her so they re interpreting how she would feel alienated from all of the other whales The book is a story based on that It s a good book and I was moved at times The complete review might be on next time Now I just like it hide spoiler


    Corey

    This was a quirky and strange look at friendship in the technology era James is a 14 year old with autism not explicitly stated, but understood who has a fixation on whales He knows everything there is to know about them, and even follows a pod online When one of the whales, Salt, separates from the group and is beached, James panics and contacts a most unlikely allya 20 something volunteer he once met in his special education class.Told only through email exchanges, this story is wacky and inte [...]


    Sreeni Nair

    Another YA book, which seems to be the type of all the little fiction I read these days.I had bought this book for my teenage daughter as a Christmas present since I thought it s a bit different from all the dystopian stuff that she reads normally Also, because I like whales Having nothing to read last weekend, I picked it up and started reading.The book is good It has a lot of things I like whales, teenage love, random scientific facts, phrases and expressions in foreign languages etc initially [...]


    Heidi

    I loved this quirky book, filled with characters who were real and funny and broken and learning and triumphant and awkward and delightful Written all in emails, this story actually has several stories as the emails draw in other characters beside the two main characters If you like character stories, this is a great one


    LouLou

    Read review in its entirety at compassbookratings revA 52 Hertz Whale is the debut novel of authors Natalie Tilghman and Bill Sommer A clever write up of conversational emails, swapped between different characters, constructs this work of fiction giving it a distinct style.The two main characters James, an offbeat teen obsessed with whales, and Darren, a somewhat egotistical 20 something who s brokenhearted, converge viewpoints as they help one another through their exponential crises Even thoug [...]


    Kimberly

    To pass the time, my friends and I would sometimes write stories by passing the paper back and forth I write a paragraph, you write a paragraph type thing Apparently, that s how the authors wrote this book by emailing each other in character, and it s brilliant I thoroughly enjoyed reading this odd little book It felt like eavesdropping on strangers conversations, but who doesn t like to do that We have James, the freshman who doesn t fit in with anyone anywhere, and lacks vital social skills, r [...]


    Jackie

    As humans, living in a world of noise, chaos, and humanity, there is that need for silence, at times But, loneliness and it s ever constant silence can be deafening James, a high school student with a learning disability, maybe Aspergers is obsessed with whales Darren is a 23 year old, down on his luck, stuck in a dead end job, floundering, lovesick production assistant James and Darren met nearly a year ago when Darren was serving community service for his stalking He was helping the class film [...]


    Lisa

    An epistolary novel for today s YA reader, A 52 Hertz Whale is a story told through emails James is an awkward, dorky high school student obsessed with whales and struggling with adolescence Darren, a 20 something college grad and aspiring filmmaker, is a bit taken aback when James starts emailing him out of the blue After all, Darren only met him the one time But this unlikely pairing blooms into a real friendship that helps both of them grow.I don t read much YA literature, but I found this to [...]


    Lucy

    Finally got around to this as part of readathon It was cute I think it was the perfect book to kick off the Readathon I liked the idea of building relationships online Seems fitting today Also, I was totally whale boy when I was a kid I had the sponsored humpback and the photos and everything, so that bit held a special place in my heart.I loved the main narrative between Darren and Whaleboy but honestly felt that the side stories were hit or miss I ended up skimming some.Overall good but not gr [...]


    Literary Princess

    I thought thought this book was really sweet and awkwardly authentic The format entirely written through emails threw me at first it was a little challenging to figure out character connections for a bit But then the voices became clear to me, and I really enjoyed the difference from standard style.Light and quirky without much language Some crude references and a drinking scene hold it out of middle grade level, but I think most teens could handle it without discomfort.


    Trever

    Received this from Netgalley for an honest review Since this book is entirely in email format, it is back and forth between different people over a time period In the end it comes together I m not sure if the title was a 100% appropriate, but I didn t think the book would be about a boy growing up.I think if it wasn t in email format I would have never had finished it, but I had to stick it out to see how it finished.


    Jamie L

    Very quick read email format.If you re a neat and tidy ending person, this may not be for you.This book is extremely character driven practically doesn t have a plot , and I thought the characters were very engaging and well written.I ve already emailed my nephew to point him toward this book.


    AServingOfSantosha

    Engrossing and surprisingly sweet this tale of friendship shows that a bond can find anyone anywhere Written through a series of emails the story winds down a road of funny and poignant moments that illustrate how many ways one can truly care for a friend Lots of lessons about love, life and death can be taken away from this story.


    Miranda Lynn

    DNF after 40ish pagesThis is an it s me, not you situation I knew that the main character was 15 years old, I just didn t realize that it would read quite so middle grade And that s really not my thing He seemed like 12 years old, in my opinion.


    Judy

    I really enjoyed this book Perhaps it s because of the voyeuristic nature of reading other peoples mail It was interesting to watch the friendship between James and Darren develop and, while Darren offered helpful advice to James, it was probably James who matured the most.


    Great Books

    When taciturn high school freshman and relentless whale enthusiast James finds himself facing an urgent problem, he reaches out to Darren, a, 20 something aspiring filmmaker with ex girlfriend baggage Told with humor over a series of emails Reviewer 20.


    Diana Sims

    A cute YA read, written as a group of emails, from a high school freshman, who is totally enthralled with whales, and a young filmmaker, along with various other students and family members Funny, poignant.


    Taylor Patterson

    Not actually about a whaleRead this book based on a review and couldn t put it down Read it in only a few hours Written entirely as emails which proved to be easier to follow than I thought it would be.


    Chris

    I really enjoyed this totally unique book I love books written in letter and email form so this was perfect for me The quirkiness factor helped a lot too.


    K

    Creative engaging


    Josh Martin

    This was a sweet, funny story with a lot of depth.


    Harald Koch

    Maggie Stiefvater made me read this book and I m very happy that she did You should read it too.


    Steven Schaedel

    A whale of a tale.


    Leann

    Nice fun easy read YA book.


    Claire

    Two young men with fixations exchange emails, advice and friendship in this truly quirky story.Great for late middle school and early high school.


    Kathleen

    OMG one of the authors lives in Glenview


    Megan Clancy

    An interesting story told in a very unique way Quite the page turner.


    Amber

    I am sorry but wtf kind of kid needs urban dictionary This kid used urban dictionary for psyched legit and binge watching Like wow I am just Wow NO This book was so horrendously written by a old guy trying to be hip and with it that I rolled my eyes so hard I think I saw heaven I am sorry but no.


    MaryKate Hickey

    This was simply a charming story The characters were quirky and lovable, and the email format was perfect for the target audience I don t usually read YA but was glad I made an exception for this I am recommending this to my nieces and nephews who are heading into middle school, and to their parents this would be a great family book club read for families with kids in that awkward stage of life



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