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The Music of What Happens

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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.

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"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
  • 14/03/2019

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
  • 13/03/2019

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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  • chris
  • 05/04/2019

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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  • rosalinda lam
  • 26/06/2019

Every time I see I food truck...

I really liked this book. I loved that even though the author discusses themes like coming of age, sexual preferences, class, race, mental illness and family disfunction the book never feels heavy or hopeless. I actually laughed out loud several times and the dialogue between the characters always felt real. The only problem is that every time I see a food truck now I make a love story in my mind about the people working there and I can’t help but smile like an idiot

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  • Devin Murphy
  • 26/09/2019

The voices are not bad

I don't understand why everybody is down on the reader for Jordan. He sounds exactly like an anxious teenage boy, which is super accurate to the story. I actually really loved how the boy voiced each other. It really highlights the differences in what we think, what we say, and what is heard by others. A really interesting perspective that is not often tackled in writing. The only issue I had was the leveling between the 2 readers always had to turn up the volume for Max which left Jordan yelling in my ear.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25/09/2019

Beautiful and Honest

Thank you to the author and the narrators for bring this beautiful and honest story to us.

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  • Melanie Maynor
  • 25/09/2019

Great story

I don't usually write reviews, but this book was so great, that i couldn't help it. This book deals with all kinds of serious issues while, also, being laugh out loud funny. This was one of the sweetest love stories I've come across lately.

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  • Robby
  • 27/08/2019

Intense

You can tell pretty early on some of the stuff that's going to happen, the not so good stuff. Foreshadowing and all that. you can prepare for it, but you still kind of have to follow them on that emotional trip and digest it alongside them. Which is kind of amazing it's digestible at all, these experiences that will be traumatic and foreign to many/most, and familiar to some. I ache, but love books that help expose your mind to real problems and pains other people deal with so that your not so ignorant if it connects back to you later in life.

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  • Janice Birnie
  • 16/08/2019

Superb.

The Music of What Happens is a beautifully written story of two adolescent boys on the cusp of growing into men. Of finding yourself and your connections with others. Of families, both blood and made and how we support each other through the best and worst of times. Adults can be severely flawed, or not. Teenagers can be miraculous; and flawed. In the end it’s the people who support us who matter. The voice acting was pitch perfect and the combination of words and narration made for a stunning listen. This novel should be in every school library and should be read by parents as well. Highly highly recommended.

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  • Ryan Knights
  • 17/07/2019

wonderful

another beautiful book by bill, a must listen if you're a fan of young teen gay romance

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 07/06/2020

Such a lovely story

i was moved to tears at the end. it's a really beautifull story about love and getting better when something terrible happens to you

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  • Janet ann allport
  • 25/08/2020

Heart warming coming-of-age story

Heartache , romance and disappointment..a rollercoaster of emotions. Max and Jordan certainly have a lot to deal with. A sensitive observation of dealing with ineffective parents, racism and prejudice. Well worth dipping into.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 14/08/2020

loved every word

This story was so beautifully written and resonated so much with me. I have to say that in the beginning, Jordan's narrator annoyed me to no end. He sounded overdramatic and whiny and everything else I hate...about myself :P I was always relieved when it came to Max's parts, not because Jordan's parts were terrible but I saw myself in them so much. Also, the part where he has to make everything about himself, of course. I realised that it wasn't the narrator being like this but more that he understood the vulnerability of this character so well and wasn't hesitant to portray it with all its ugly sides. I also had to smile every time Jordan's narrator imitated Max's voice and it sounded nothing like Max's narrator but very much like a stereotypical dudebro. I wonder if his perception of him wouldn't have changed as time passed. It kind of made him sound dumb sometimes- but I enjoyed it nonetheless.