Silence [NOOK Book]

Overview

For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking,and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world.
Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it ...

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Silence

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Overview

For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking,and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world.
Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it still work as they start to grow even closer?
When Oakley is forced to face someone from her past, can she hold her secret in any longer?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045031387
  • Publisher: Natasha Preston
  • Publication date: 10/19/2012
  • Series: Silence , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,013
  • File size: 313 KB

Meet the Author

Late 2010 was when I discovered I enjoyed writing, before that I had never even thought about it. I fell in love with creating stories and characters instantly.

At first I didn't really take writing seriously, it was a hobby. Now, though, it's all I want to do.

I have the support of my wonderful fiance and family behind me. I count myself as one of the lucky ones.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

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    This book has gotten a lot of mixed reviews, but the subject mat

    This book has gotten a lot of mixed reviews, but the subject matter is so different from a lot of contemporary YA fiction of the non-paranormal genre that I was intrigued.  Sometimes these intense subjects can be glossed  over or sanitized for the YA book, so I was interested to see how that was going to play out in this book.

    The underlying "secret" of this book is a dark subject and one that was probably as tough to write as it was to read without getting extremely emotionally invested in the main character.  Oakley is clearly a girl who is haunted by something in her past, but we don't know what that was for much of the book.  The hints were subtle and that made the reveal that much more shocking and upsetting.  An interesting twist to this story was the fact that Oakley doesn't speak.  At all.  For that matter, she has virtually no communication with anyone of any kind.  Her isolation was so complete that, although she had a cell phone for texting, she never used it.  Every night, Cole texted her and she always answered him... but never sent them.  I didn't understand why that was until the end, which I won't share for fear of spoilers.  That isolation made me wonder how the story could possibly progress well with a character who had no verbal communication.  How can she maintain friendships and relationships, trapped in herself the way she was?  The answer was simple.  She couldn't, not really, outside of her brother and her best friend Cole.  It was tragic, her  isolation.

    There is romance in this book, and it is touching and sweet, but I think that the rest of it was more of the central focus of the book.  And I liked that.  I liked that there was much more to the story than teenage romance and angst.  

    This is a story that is, in my opinion, character-driven.  There were characters I loved and there were others that I hated with a passion.  Like in real life, there were points at which I hated/loved a particular character and then later in the story, my feelings would flip.  Oakley's parents are a perfect example of this.  As a mom, I felt like their hands off approach was a bit unbelievable.  But as the story progresses and you learn ore there are questions that get answered and make you understand.

    Things to love about Silence...

       --The subject matter.  Not that one can truly "like" the subject matter, but I liked how it was handled throughout the story.
       --Knowing Oakley.  As I said, I wondered how Oakley would be as a well-rounded character without communication and I was truly impressed with how much of a non-issue that turned out to be.
       --The relationships and characters.  Whether you loved them, or hated them, they evoked a response and that is important.

    Things I wanted more or less of...

       --More Cole.  Technically, the chapters of this book are done in POV-style, chapters for Oakley and chapters for Cole.  But Cole's POV doesn't come into play until Chapter 11, more than halfway through the book.

    Some quotastic goodness...

       --Silence consumed my whole life ; it suppressed things I could never express. My silence was responsible for my family’s happiness. Silence was my prison (1).
       --We couldn’t be together. I would never be good enough for him. He was perfect , and I was broken (18).
       --I loved her so much. More than anything in the world. Enough to let her go (211).

    My recommendation:  This was a moving story that I think is more than worth a read!   

    35 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Cool

    I was on page 38 of broken silence and realized that there was a first book. Ughhh :/

    25 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    sad

    This is a sad story with a depressing ending. Can't anyone write a happy ending anymore? If I want to feel bad while I'm reading, I'll get a newspaper

    14 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Anonymous

    I seriously could not and would not put this down unless I had to. I want to get the second book but it costs money. But it really is amazing. You should absolutely read this book. It truely is amazing. Stop everything and read this book. Silence is amazing.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 14, 2013

    Do not start this book,it has no ending

    Do not start this book,it has no ending

    11 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    Gram errors and just bad

    I don't even know what to write. So many errors and sparse on descriptive sentence. Thank god it was free

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    Not a teen novel

    This book has a 15 year old girl having sex with her boyfriend who she has never spoken to because she was traumatized. What kind of message is that for teens?

    9 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    Poorly written book. Her second book is $1.99 but will not wast

    Poorly written book. Her second book is $1.99 but will not waste my money.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Read this

    Thid book was absolutley an amazing book without any sugar coding and got straight to the point it made me cry and it takes alot to make me cry

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Loved it

    A great read read it in little over 2 hours I couldn't take my eyes off of my nook would recomend for 12+

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Not so good

    The book was written alright, but it left so much out! The author could have gone into so much more detail. The ending of the book was dissapointing because it didnt wrap everything up and explain what happened to the character, but instead left the readers hanging. Also the "I love him/her so much" was a bit too much. Its definitly a read for young teenagers, not adulta looking for a well written a story.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    This book needs an editor and a better developed story.  It tend

    This book needs an editor and a better developed story.  It tends to be very disjointed. I won,t get the 2nd book due to such bad grammatical errors andafore mentioned problems.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2014

    dumb

    what a stupid book!

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Very good book!!!

    Wasnt to sure about it at first... but then I couldnt put it down! Yes... a lot of grammatical errors, but who cares? U get the point! Kinda knew where it was headed until the very end!!!! Shocked the crap out of me... enough to get the 2nd one!!! About to start it now... hope its as good as the first!!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Excellent, intense

    This was a wonderful, emotional, and intense book about a terrified but brave person.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Anonomuse

    Slience is one the most life changing book for victumes who have been in the same situation as Okely. I cried while reading it cause i knew wht happened to her. This author is amazing and her writing is incredible. Loved it and i recommend it

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Great book

    I have read many books, but never like this. I was never much of a nonfiction fan, but I felt like I was actually there, and every single wird brought me closes to the characters. I hope to read more like this in the future..

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Mixed emotions

    This book was good, however only in terms of the content. The idea that this girl stopped talking due to a trsumatic experience, was very interesting to me, however, the characters truly lacked depth.

    This story was written mostly from the point of view of Oakley and other times it was told from Coles perspective although we never really needed to know how he felt about anything because it was already pretty clear. Most of the characters were hard to care about besides Cole and Oakley. The story seemed very far fetched. The only reason why I finished was because I wanted to know so badly why she would not speak and what the secret she was hiding was. The author was smart when she decided to reveal the secret at the very end because if I would have found out half way through, I probably wouldn't have continued reading.

    Although the book tries to be heavy/adult in terms of the "secret" it was very light. It won't really make you uncomfortable because nothing is explained in great detail, so if you are one of those people that can't stand traumatic experiences in gruesome detail,, this book will be okay for you.

    The odds lf me reading the second book are pretty slim.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Good book

    Still a better love story than twighlight

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    So Sad

    So sad, yet so great. I almost feel like crying. This is a great read for anyone who likes romantics and suspension. Though there is some content and language that is not rated for children under the age of 13.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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