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The Music of What Happens

Written by: Bill Konigsberg
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2019 Bill Konigsberg (P)2019 Scholastic Inc.

What the critics say

"Through the empathetic performances of two narrators, we meet gay Arizona high schoolers Jordan and Max, and their families and friends....  Froomkin and Perez's heartfelt portrayals ensure that listeners are in sync with the characters as they deal with everything from a traumatic sexual encounter and mental health issues to toxic masculinity and figuring out how to be true to oneself." (AudioFile)

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  • L. Cothren
  • 2019-03-14

Beautiful

This book was amazing. It resonated with me on so many levels. I cannot even explain, but it is truly heartbreaking, heart wrenching and beautifully glorious in every way.
The audible narrators were beyond perfect for telling this story. They could not have been more perfectly casted.

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  • Aptsolecist
  • 2019-03-13

Entertaing read!

Bill is so good at character development. I was a little sad when it ended because I wanted more of them. The readers also did a good job of adding to the uniqueness of the characters and added to how the listener experiences the story. It was a cute and touching story which facilitates an interesting conversation about the dynamics of sexual consent.

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  • Daniel Ridge
  • 2019-04-21

Really enjoyable, heart warming

I really enjoyed this book. The characters had a lot of interesting dimensions. I recommend it to anyone interested in gay fiction that’s more about relationships than hard core sex.

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  • chris
  • 2019-04-05

Enjoyable, but...

I'll start by saying, if you've listened to "Openly straight and Honestly Ben", you wont get the same character and plot development. Both of those books were amazing. That being said, if you enjoy the author's writing style, you'll also enjoy this book. Overall, the characters were pretty thin with exception of the two leads. The friends of both the boys, were just accessories. It's enough for you to identify with and get their purpose, but you won't go away with fond memories like in the other books.

In some ways this could have just been a story about the two guys over a weekend getting to know one another. The other characters didn't really add much. What I did enjoy was the examination of something else in the gay community that probably doesn't get the attention that it needs (spoilers) so I won't say much more.

Lastly, the "Jordan" narrartor was THE WORST. I almost cringed everytime I heard his voice. I couldn't wait to flip back to Max. The narrartor for Max while 10 times better, he wasn't perfect but played a teenage jock boy enough where I could imagine vidvidly what he would be like if he were real

The book was satisyfing, and was a nice distraction from my normal listens. Accept this for what it is and you'll enjoy too.

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  • Greb
  • 2019-03-21

Skip!

Who edited this book? He said, I said, she said over and over in the dialog. I won't suffer this subpar writing anymore.

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  • Tessa Kinnoo
  • 2019-03-11

Not a very good narrators, I'll buy the kindle...

I couldn't finish this book. I really wanted to, because I'm interested in the story, but I just couldn't. The narrators was so hard to understand, I believe there's two of them, since there's two point of view in the story. The way they tried to do the voice/accent of the different characters was so annoying and on the verge of incomprehensible. When they were narrating the thought of the two main characters it was fine, but as soon as the dialogue started, they tried to hard to emulate the different accents. I guess I'll just buy the paperback.

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