Now Is Not the Time To Panic

Harper Audio. Nov. 2022. 6:13 hrs. ISBN 9780063272651. $21.99. F
Wilson (Nothing To See Here) casts a spell with this angsty coming-of-age novel. Frankie Budge is suffering through another Coalfield, TN, summer when she meets an awkward out-of-town kid named Zeke, who is just as miserable as she is. She is an aspiring writer, and he is an aspiring artist. Together they create a quirky poster with a phrase that pops into Frankie’s head: “The edge is a shanty town filled with gold seekers. We are fugitives, and the law is skinny with hunger for us.” They plaster the town with copies of this piece of art, and it quickly spirals out of their control. Award-winning actress Ginnifer Goodwin narrates her first audiobook with her native Tennessean accent. She inflects the anguish we all go through as our teen selves find their way through the end of childhood. Wilson based this novel somewhat on a friendship he had growing up. His vividly heartwarming depictions of Frankie and Zeke’s friendship will warm listeners’ hearts.
VERDICT This charmingly narrated summer story will bring joy any time of year.
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