Friday, February 11, 2022

American Girl by Wendy Walker


About The Book:

A pulse-pounding novel about a small-town business owner found dead and the teenage girl caught in the crosshairs, American Girl is the latest thriller from international best-selling author Wendy Walker. 

Charlie Hudson, an autistic 17-year-old, is determined to leave Sawyer, PA, as soon as she graduates high school - in the meantime, she works as many hours as she can at a sandwich shop called The Triple S to save money for college. But when shop owner Clay Cooper - a man who is both respected and feared by many in this economically depressed community - is found dead, each member of his staff becomes a suspect in the perplexing case. Charlie must work to protect herself and her friends and uncover the danger that may still be at large in their tightknit community.

Best-selling author Wendy Walker returns with another riveting thriller, told through the eyes of an unforgettable protagonist. 

Please note: This audio contains strong language, distressing situations, and descriptions of violence that some listeners may find upsetting. Discretion is advised.

Wendy Walker recently curated a “Chapter and Verse” playlist for Pandora. 

My Thoughts

Oh yeah....all right...take it easy baby- make it last all night...she was an American Girl....I mean how great is this title? Good thing I love Tom Petty because I can't get this song out of my head now!

I am so excited today to be on tour for this fantastic audiobook! was so good. First off- the title is perfection. Charlie American girl...she is a small town girl...working at the sandwich shop...saving up money for college....because she wants out. 

Lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles...that is her mantra....that is what she chants in her head, to calm herself. Charlie is a normal girl- that just happens to be autistic. We can all relate to Charlie- well except maybe for the night she came home smelling of bleach, sandwiches and 4am...the night...her boss died...

The audio is amazing for this book! Wow! Not only did Paige Layle knock this out of the park...I really felt she was Charlie. She was the 17 year old girl telling us her story. We were in Charlie's mind. Another remarkable thing that made this audio stand out from the rest was.............the sound effects! I have never heard an audiobook that had sound effects like this - footsteps, cars. It really added to the atmosphere. 

In typical Wendy Walker fashion, she kept me guessing all the way until the end! Loved it! 

Thank you so much to Suzy Approved Tours and Wendy Walker for having me along on this tour! 

About the Creator: 

Wendy Walker is the bestselling author of All is Not Forgotten, Emma In the Night, The Night Before, Don’t Look for Me, and the Audible Originals Hold Your Breath and American Girl, with rights sold in twenty-three foreign languages as well as options in film and television.

Social Media:



Twitter: @Wendy_Walker 

TikTok: @wendywalkkerbooks

About the Performer:

Paige Layle is a 21 year old actor born and raised in a small town in southern Ontario, Canada (she/they). They have been acting for 15 years, taking part in local plays, musical theatre productions and professional commercials all throughout her life—with favourite roles including Timon in The Lion King, Sarah from Company and now, Charlie from American Girl! Aside from acting, Layle also runs her own business being a lash and eyebrow technician, and has a large social media presence educating others about autism, Layle being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at 15. Layle has massed 3 million followers across social media platforms with her engaging and entertaining ways of portraying how autism affects her life. She captures others with her honest and raw portrayal of autism, while also being educational, factual and helpful to the 3 million people interested in learning more about autism and issues surrounding ableism.

Layle is thankful that American Girl features an actually autistic actor portraying an autistic character, as they believe accurate autism portrayal in the media is important for autistic people everywhere, and for the general public to understand what autism can really look like.

As an avid routine-lover, Layle enjoys journaling and scheduling in their spare time. She also likes training and spending personal time with her 2 year old service dog, a German Shepherd named Macey.

Social Media:


Twitter: @paigelayle