Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words

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Overview

A girl with no voice, only one friend, and a synthetic speech machine that makes her sound like a robot—definitely not prom queen material. So traumatized on the night of the car wreck that killed her entire family that she lost her ability to speak and most of her memories, seventeen-year-old Sasha faces a lonely, quiet future...until she meets a beautiful boy who can literally read her mind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440556654
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 12/18/2012
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard has written many novels for adults, including Two If by Sea. She has also written young adult novels; children’s books; a memoir, Mother Less Child; and a collection of essays, The Rest of Us: Dispatches from the Mother Ship. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, later adapted for a feature film starring and produced by Michelle Pfeiffer. Mitchard is the editor in chief and co-creator of Merit Press and a professor of fiction and creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband and their nine children.

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Louder Than Words 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! A few naughty things, but an aweso.e teenage book. I think sasha and ben r just PERF tg!! So cute!
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I'm going to admit that I wasn't that interested in reading Louder Than Words after reading the summary for it. I figured it was going to be a typical romance where the girl was falling all over herself to win over the boy. You know, I'm not even sure what caused me to request it on Netgalley. I did, though, and I'm really glad I did. I feel like Louder Than Words was different. There was romance, mystery, and a little bit of the supernatural. All of the elements of the story come together very nicely to create a wonderful story. A few chapters into the book, it was clear to me that this book was going to be very hard to put down. I just love it when books are impossible to stop reading. Plissner's writing was great. Her characters were real and alive. I want to mention again that I was afraid the story was mainly going to be about Sasha making a fool of herself to win over Ben. While Sasha's motivations did include Ben, I definitely don't feel like it was overdone or irritating. Although Ben might have been a big part of her finding the truth and getting well, there was much more to it than that. Sasha seemed to be a very real teenage girl. And to keep with that, Ben also seemed to be a very real, very confusing teenage boy. I really loved how Plissner developed both her story and her characters. I'm really glad that I was about read Louder Than Words. It turned out to be a really good book that I would definitely recommend.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Sasha’s world came to a screeching halt on the night when a devastating accident killed her parents and younger sister. Sasha can’t remember a thing that happened that night. All she knows is that she’s been unable to speak since that awful night! A famous psychiatrist who has practiced around the world seems unable to make any progress with Sasha. But now her attention is distracted by a young fellow student she meets. Ben has the uncanny ability to read the minds of people he is close to in physical space. It’s unnerving to say the least and yet Ben’s gentle revelations of Sasha’s thoughts begin to make her face what a private hell she’s created for herself by constantly focusing on her inability to communicate. The challenge Ben springs on Sasha is quite startling, especially considering that she has totally fallen for him and wants to be treated like a girlfriend. To Ben, however, Sasha needs to overcome her disability, to totally heal as much as one can in her experience. Her anger over this ultimatum and the help of Ben’s mother, a woman with her own unique alternative therapy skills, pushes Sasha to a new level. The clues and memories that return are gradual and then absolutely stunning when it all comes together. While the end might be considered too neatly tied up, it is very, very real to Sasha and is worth reading to see what finally frees her from her own self-imprisonment and a very real danger! Louder Than Words is a fast-paced, young adult novel that will rivet readers’ attention to the very last page. Nicely done, Laurie Plissner!
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Merit Press and Netgalley.) Four years ago, Sasha was in a car accident that claimed the lives of her parents and her older sister Liz. Sasha was unharmed, but Has since been unable to speak – a condition which the psychiatrists have told her is ‘hysterical mutism’. Now 17, Sasha has been seeing a psychiatrist weekly for 4 years, and is still no closer to recovering her voice. Then she meets Ben. Ben is also 17 but he seems much older. He rescues her from a near gang rape by four boys from her high school, and she realises how he managed it when he seems to be able to hear exactly what she is thinking. Ben being able to ‘hear’ her is a revelation for Sasha, and she finds herself falling for him. But when he tells her that he’s worried that she will give up trying to get her voice back because of him, and that they need to take a break, Sasha is devastated, and makes a renewed effort to regain her voice. Can Sasha ever get her voice back though? Was there someone else involved in her family’s accident? And can she ever get Ben back and have a normal life? This was an interesting book. Sasha had obviously been through a lot, and was still having to deal with a lot, and being then attacked by boys at school it made her feel even more like a weirdo, which she hated. I did think at times that maybe Sasha could have been a little more motivated to recover her voice, but after 4 years with no success I can see how she might lose motivation, especially whilst having to deal with her grief as well. Sasha’s problem was not something that I have read about before, and I did feel sorry for her. I would have hated to have been in her situation, although I didn’t think that her psychiatrist was really helping her very much by basically telling her to fix herself! I liked Ben, and I liked his supernatural abilities, which didn’t seem so out-there, just cause it was so natural for him. As bizarre as being able to read other people’s thoughts should have been in this contemporary book, it wasn’t weird at all, and was even endearing coming from Ben. I also liked Sasha’s friend Jules, who was so supportive and such a breath of fresh air. She came out with some cracking lines and ideas and I really loved her influence on Sasha. Funnily enough, this book was funny in places, and I even found myself laughing out loud. I liked the mystery as to whether Sasha would ever recover her voice, as well as the mystery over whether there was someone else involved in Sasha’s family’s accident. I did want a little more drama at times. I felt at moments that what was happening should have gotten bigger reactions from the people involved, and that sometimes events were a little anti-climactic, which was a little disappointing. The romance angle was nice, and although this book was very much a young-adult style book, there was quite a few discussions about sex, and actual sexual moments in the book, although nothing explicit. Overall; an interesting idea, and a nice mix of mystery and romance. 7 out of 10.