My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I gave up at 50%.
Thanks anyway, Netgalley and Shadow Mountain Publishing!
Love is blind, but it's also deaf. Stella was born to sing. Someday Broadway. Even though she's only a sophomore at a new high school, her voice has given her the status as a "cool kid." But everything changes when a tragic accident renders her deaf. She can't hear herself sing not to mention speak. She can't hear anything. Silence. What happens when everything you've dreamed of and hoped for is shattered in a single moment?I tried, I really did. But I just can't handle it any more. Stella is so overdramatic; she's deaf, not mute! She can talk just fine, so why does she say that she can't sing? Going to Broadway sure wouldn't be easy, but since she gave up on her dream right away, I didn't get the impression that it actually meant that much to her. Just because she may not be able to make money off her singing, doesn't mean she no longer has vocal cords.
Enter Hayden, the boy with blond curls who stutters. He's treated like an outcast because he's not "normal." And, yet, Stella feels an attraction to him that she can't explain. As Hayden reaches out to help Stella discover a world without sound, his own tragic past warns him to keep a distance. But their connection is undeniable. Can the boy who stutters and the girl who's deaf ever find a happily-ever-after? Silence is a story of friendship and hope with a lesson that sometimes it takes a tragedy to help us find and appreciate beauty and love in unexpected places.
And then there's Hayden. Apparently, Stella can read his lips (and no one else's, not even her mom's or sister's) because he stutters, causing him to speak slowly.
Wouldn't stuttering make him harder to read though? It just didn't make sense, and because they had such normal conversations, I never got the impression that she was actually deaf.
Also, their "connection" when they first met was so strong I was seriously wondering if this was actually a paranormal novel.
Hayden is so...girly. Being sensitive doesn't equal acting like a girl! Also, since when do guys smell good? Grant it, I don't usually sniff people (she was able to smell him because Hayden LEANED ACROSS HER in the car, just so he could roll down her window. Back off, idiot), so maybe I wouldn't know. But he smells like coconuts, has a perfectly clean car, and analyzes texts the way a girl would. I'm not saying guys can't do these things, I'm just saying nothing about him felt realistic. Seriously: guys do not smell good.
Even though I couldn't stand this book, it did keep me hooked and I stuck out for half of it. Plus, I'm the first reviewer to say anything negative, so maybe you would like this book, even though I didn't.
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Language: I think A
Sexual content: A