Juno Loves Legs

Dreamscape Media. Apr. 2023. 8:23 hrs. ISBN 9781666635775. $17.99. F
Juno’s life is anything but easy, growing up in a poor working-class Catholic family in 1980s Dublin. Constantly on the outs with her strict religious teachers, Juno befriends fellow outcast Sean, whom she dubs “Legs.” Juno and Legs become inseparable and lean on each other as they face off against an unforgiving world. A gritty coming-of-age story, Geary’s (Montpelier Parade) latest follows Juno as she experiences a succession of harsh tragedies and the loneliness that ensues, made worse by substance abuse. Then Legs finds Juno after several years apart and draws her back into the fold of a deep friendship, rooted in the understanding of what it means to be different and loved. The raw narrative comes to life with the performance of narrator Alana Kerr Collins. Collins’s rendering of Juno’s raw emotions, spiky personality, and witty banter with Legs is impressive on its own. Add in her native Irish accent, and she inhabits Juno in her entirety.
VERDICT This heartbreaking, exquisitely narrated audio should not be missed; an essential purchase for all collections.
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