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A 52-Hertz Whale ❮Read❯ ➶ A 52-Hertz Whale ➺ Author Bill Sommer – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk It appears to be the only individual emitting a call at this freuency and hence has been described as the world's loneliest whale Wikipedia So here's how it all starts James a high school freshman is It appears to be the only individual emitting a call at this freuency and hence has been described as the world's loneliest whale Wikipedia So here's how it all starts James a high school freshman is worried that the young humpback whale he tracks online has separated from A 52-Hertz PDF \ its pod So naturally he emails Darren the twentysomething would be filmmaker who volunteered in James's special education program back in middle school Of course Darren is useless on the subject of whales but he's got nothing but time given that the only girl he could ever love dumped him And fetching lattes for his boss has him close to walking out on his movie dream and boomeranging right back to his childhood bedroom So why not reply to a random email from Whale Boy Predictably this thread of emails leads to a lot of bizarre stuff including a yeti suit drug smuggling widows a major documentary filmmaking opportunity first love a graveyard damaged echolocation estranged siblings restraining orders choke holds emergency dentistryand then maybe ends with something like understanding See it turns out that the thing that binds people together most is their fear that nothing binds them together at all.

10 thoughts on “A 52-Hertz Whale

  1. Maggie Stiefvater Maggie Stiefvater says:

    FIVE THINGS ABOUT THE 52 HERTZ WHALE1 It's told entirely in e mails As a writer I understand that yes this is a gimmick I have a high gimmick tolerance though as long it doesn't get in the way of my emotional or intellectual enjoyment of a book With 52 it worked for me It might not for you though so I'm putting it right here as #1 Full disclosure Emails 2 With that out of the way I can tell you that I found the two main characters of this book — a disenchanted heartbroken film student and a socially challenged maybe Aspergers whale lover — revoltingly charming Both of them have terrible things happening in their lives — fractured relationships and public humiliation — but the conceit of e mail chapters means it is funneled through their wryly self deprecating and dutifully factual voices respectively The novel is ultimately uplifting without being saccharine I know I use the word big hearted a lot to describe the books I love but it fits this little novel well3 There is some deft portrait making in this book 52 doesn't have a lot of words to do it in since there's no description and a fair number of characters sending e mails but I nonetheless felt I knew all the parties involved It is nothing like SOME DAY THIS PAIN WILL BE USEFUL TO YOU apart from also possessing a narrator named James but it touched me in the same way I felt I'd met real people4 My teen years were populated by many non teens and I appreciated that this teen novel was populated by non teens as well It made what could be a rather claustrophobic contemporary into a roomy narrative5 There are really not any whales in this book I mean there's one but he spends a lot of the book dead so don't get excited Spoiler? I just want you to be prepared if you're coming for the whales Come for the whale stay for the human dysfunction

  2. Corey Corey says:

    This was a uirky and strange look at friendship in the technology era James is a 14 year old with autism not explicitly stated but understood who has a fixation on whales He knows everything there is to know about them and even follows a pod online When one of the whales Salt separates from the group and is beached James panics and contacts a most unlikely allya 20 something volunteer he once met in his special education classTold only through email exchanges this story is wacky and interesting You get to know the supporting cast through their emails either to the main characters or to each other It sounds convoluted and it isbut it is also entertaining and fun

  3. Sreeni Nair Sreeni Nair says:

    Another YA book which seems to be the type of all the little fiction I read these daysI had bought this book for my teenage daughter as a Christmas present since I thought it's a bit different from all the dystopian stuff that she reads normally Also because I like whales Having nothing to read last weekend I picked it up and started readingThe book is good It has a lot of things I like whales teenage love random scientific facts phrases and expressions in foreign languages etc initially I thought the email format in which the entire book is written is corny but I came around to like it as the story progressedAs for the flaws the ending could have been a bit tighter I thought and also there were a couple of misspells but these don't take away much from the overall awesomeness of the bookStrongly recommended

  4. Heidi Heidi says:

    I loved this uirky book filled with characters who were real and funny and broken and learning and triumphant and awkward and delightful Written all in emails this story actually has several stories as the emails draw in other characters beside the two main characters If you like character stories this is a great one

  5. LouLou LouLou says:

    Read review in its entirety at 52 Hertz Whale is the debut novel of authors Natalie Tilghman and Bill Sommer A clever write up of conversational emails swapped between different characters constructs this work of fiction giving it a distinct styleThe two main characters James an offbeat teen obsessed with whales and Darren a somewhat egotistical 20 something who's brokenhearted converge viewpoints as they help one another through their exponential crises Even though it can only be perceived through back and forth e mail exchanges the character dynamics are great and the distinction between characters even better Readers really get the feel for the age and charismatics of each character because each is given a recognizable tone and grammatical compositionIndividuals within the novel are all uniue Encountering different situations gives readers a multidimensional view of each character but what enlists readers' regard for the characters' future happenings and attracts investment is the commonality that all the characters are learning and growing at definitive stages of their life Each is overcoming some sort of loss and finding ways in which to cope and overcomeBecause of the language please refer to content analysis below this fantastic novel that poignantly forays those struggling with acceptance and social approval is probably suited for older readersReaders take heed read this novel with no distractions otherwise you may miss the pivotal developmental growth of the characters because it is gradual thus making it a natural and relatable representation of real life evolutionSweet funny and ennobling feel free to take A 52 Hertz Whale for a spin you just may enjoy your ride

  6. Kimberly Kimberly says:

    To pass the time my friends and I would sometimes write stories by passing the paper back and forth I write a paragraph you write a paragraph type thing Apparently that's how the authors wrote this book by emailing each other in character and it's brilliant I thoroughly enjoyed reading this odd little book It felt like eavesdropping on strangers' conversations but who doesn't like to do that?We have James the freshman who doesn't fit in with anyone anywhere and lacks vital social skills resulting in major bullying from a group of guys in his school He's also obsessed with tracking whales dresses in a Yeti costume for his job at an arcade and has a huge crush on his neighbor Sophia He starts emailing a former substitute teacher from his social skills class and discovers that Darren has some major issues of his own he can't get over the breakup with his ex can't hold down a job and dreams of being a filmmaker In the midst of their discussions we also read the messages between a scientist at the oceanographic institute that James follows for whale info and the janitor Also we see the discussions between Sophia and her best friend Sarah who can't attend school due to a major illness that is never specified; the scientist and James; Darren and his friend hilarious conversations there and some women in an online group called youngwidowgroup It's a fascinating and heartwarming take on how we all feel disconnected even though we're actually always connected in some small way Sometimes we just need to be reminded

  7. Jackie Jackie says:

    As humans living in a world of noise chaos and humanity there is that need for silence at times But loneliness and it's ever constant silence can be deafening James a high school student with a learning disability maybe Aspergers? is obsessed with whales Darren is a 23 year old down on his luck stuck in a dead end job floundering lovesick production assistant James and Darren met nearly a year ago when Darren was serving community service for his stalking He was helping the class film a commercial as an assignment James reaches out to Darren a year later in his uest to get information about a beached whale he adopted Although Darren has no means to help him the two strike up a friendship through emails They pour out some innermost thoughts and in the process ease the loneliness each of them is feeling yet won't admit toAll sorts of secondary characters are added to the story that have some connection to the two main characters You as the reader start to put into place how James and Darren came to this exact point in their livesthirsting for friendship knowledge and acceptance A fun uirky novel that will have you scratching your head and laughing it off too at urban street language and the accompanying dictionary reference likeable endearing characters and threads of dialogue that only email can conjure up

  8. Lisa Lisa says:

    An epistolary novel for today's YA reader A 52 Hertz Whale is a story told through emails James is an awkward dorky high school student obsessed with whales and struggling with adolescence Darren a 20 something college grad and aspiring filmmaker is a bit taken aback when James starts emailing him out of the blue After all Darren only met him the one time But this unlikely pairing blooms into a real friendship that helps both of them growI don't read much YA literature but I found this to be breezy fun and so very readable I loved the characters not just James and Darren but the other emailers whose emails find their way into the story I bought this for a friend's teenage daughter for Christmas and she began reading it immediately I think that speaks volumes In the interest of full disclosure one of the two authors is the wife of a long time co worker I would have read it even if it was terrible Luckily it wasn't and I can't wait to read Natalie's next book

  9. Lucy Lucy says:

    Finally got around to this as part of #readathon It was cute I think it was the perfect book to kick off the Readathon I liked the idea of building relationships online Seems fitting today Also I was totally whale boy when I was a kid I had the sponsored humpback and the photos and everything so that bit held a special place in my heartI loved the main narrative between Darren and Whaleboy but honestly felt that the side stories were hit or miss I ended up skimming someOverall good but not great Thanks to the publisher for the galley

  10. Trever Trever says:

    Received this from Netgalley for an honest reviewSince this book is entirely in email format it is back and forth between different people over a time period In the end it comes together I'm not sure if the title was a 100% appropriate but I didn't think the book would be about a boy growing upI think if it wasn't in email format I would have never had finished it but I had to stick it out to see how it finished

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