“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Laozi
Author: John Goode
Narrator: Michael Stillman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 7 Hours and 17 Minutes
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: Kyle Stilleno is the invisible student, toiling through high school in the middle of Nowhere, Texas. Brad Greymark is the baseball star of Foster High. When they bond over their mutual damage during a night of history tutoring, Kyle thinks maybe his life has changed for good. But the promise of fairy-tale love is a lie when you’re gay and falling for the most popular boy in school. A coming of age story in the same vein of John Hughes, Tales from Foster High shows an unflinching vision of the ups and downs of teenage love and what it is like to grow up gay.
Review: Stories included:
Maybe With a Chance of Certainty
The End of the Beginning
Raise Your Glass
Note: All three e-book versions have been previously reviewed by our wonderful lovely Lisa.
At first, I wasn’t too sure if I would be able to connect with the audio version of Tales From Foster High. Michael Stillman’s voice took me a bit to adjust to, especially when it came to Brad and Kyle’s conversations with each other. The emotions were quietly there, but there wasn’t much variation in the characters’ voices to help me distinguish one from the other. However, Michael Stillman did bring to Tales From Foster High a sense of focused intensity. His interpretation brought to life Brad’s and Kyle’s situations in such a dignified way that I was soon caught up emotionally with these boys’ lives. I felt Kyle’s heartbreak when he found out about Jennifer, Brad’s girlfriend. I felt anger towards Brad’s teammates when they turned against him, and I felt outraged when the Foster High faculty failed to do their jobs when it came to protecting their students against harassment and bullying.
Do I remember feeling all these wild emotions while reading these three stories the first time? No, not like I did with the audio version, and for me, that means the narration enhanced my imagination even more!
Kudos to John Goode, Michael Stillman, and Dreamspinner for bringing Tales From Foster High to life and making it a memorable listening experience!
It’s a 5 Star rating and a highly recommended audio.