Guy’s Girl

Books on Tape. Oct. 2023. 1,027p. ISBN 9780593747346. $85.50. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Lori Prince narrates Noyes’s (“The Sunken City” YA trilogy) adult debut, told from dual points of view, about a young woman’s journey of self-discovery. Ginny has always gotten along better with guys than girls. When she relocates to New York for a new job, she moves in with her closest college friends, taking the place of Adrian, who recently moved out. There she rekindles her friendship with her ex and also grows closer to the aloof Adrian, who immigrated from Hungary as a child. Unbeknownst to her friends, Ginny has been hiding the eating disorders that have taken over her life, while Adrian, having seen his mother suffer widowhood and a failed marriage, has vowed never to fall in love. Prince’s expressive narration captures the story’s roller coaster of emotions experienced by Ginny and Adrian, most notably Ginny’s mental health struggles. Descriptions of Ginny’s anorexia and bulimia are made more vivid through Prince’s performance. Capturing the nuances of their personalities, her portrayal of secondary characters brings them to life as fully as Ginny and Adrian. Frequently slow pacing may put off those who don’t adjust their listening speed.
VERDICT An honest and engaging story about romantic love, self-love, and coming into one’s own.
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