Book Review: Silence by Deborah Lytton

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. 

Release Date: January 6, 2015
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley
Reviewed By: Kelli


Books like Silence are what keep me coming back to contemporary young adult fiction.  This book was stunning.  Silence is beautiful in its simplicity: a young teen loses her hearing in an accident and is left trying to put her world back together.  But at the same time, Lytton provided tremendous depth to the story via her characters' feelings, histories, and response to trauma.

Silence could have had a predictable storyline, but it didn't.  I loved that feeling of never quite knowing where the story would go next.  There was so much character growth throughout the book, much more than I expected out of a book that encompasses about four weeks' time.  I usually don't like it when books are based on such a short time period, but Lytton avoided the pitfalls of a rushed plot and insta-love, so I ended up with zero complaints on that note.

Silence ended so beautifully.  This book left me feeling grateful for everything I have and more conscious of the beautiful world around me.  I highly recommend Silence and look forward to reading Deborah Lytton again. 


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