Author: Deborah Lytton
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Published: March 3rd, 2015
Hardcover: 320 pages
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?
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.
Silence is a beautiful story. I was intrigued with the way it was told, present tense first person. I thought it was a perfect way to really get to know what the characters were thinking and I was immediately in the situation with them. I loved Stella's journey and Hayden's as well, in finding their way back. I loved how Hayden took care of Stella, and how he wanted to give her 17 days to teach her how to hear the world around her without sound. Very sweet. Hayden's story was heartbreaking, but it helped me understand him even more. He had a presence about him that was so kind and protective. Both Stella and Hayden were hesitant to really admit they cared deeply about each other. Hayden being hurt by his mother and Stella still upset about her parent's divorce. I felt for Stella too after her accident. I couldn't imagine losing my hearing, and being faced with that.
4 out of 5 stars. Silence is a great story that you and your teen will enjoy. It is a clean book, that will pull at your heartstrings.