My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.
My Musings: I suppose that I should have known going into this that a book about a mute girl would have a lot of internal dialogue, but wow.
I mean, again it makes sense but I found it to be a bit grating at times. Especially a mute girl with anxiety issues and yeah….lots of verbal diarrhea. I suppose it was realistic, but it would have been nice if it was trimmed a bit. Still… in all fairness the premise of a romance between a girl with selective mutism and a deaf boy was very intriguing.
I always like reading about people that deal with different issues than my own. It was interesting to get a small glimpse into the deaf world. It would have been nicer if the book felt a little less preachy about it, but I can see how easy it is to make a subject that a lot of people don’t have a huge understanding of into a ranty “ 10 Things not to say to a deaf person” book.
In all fairness the preachiness wasn’t a HUGE part of the book, but I did find myself rolling my eyes a bit during those parts as it felt a bit pretentious. Things I Should Have Known did a much better job at enlightening the reader about a sensitive subject without coming across as overbearing.
As for the romance I did like it for the most part, it made sense that the two protagonist would be drawn together and it went at a pretty realistic pace for teenagers.
I did enjoy this book overall, it had a unique premise and if you have the patience for a bit of talking down to I think you might enjoy this.
Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Borrow
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.