Stella is a vivacious teen with a deep yearning to become an accomplished Broadway musical star. Her dreams are shattered when a freak accident renders her deaf. Struggling mightily to communicate in a world of total silence, she meets Hayden who has such a pronounced stutter she can easily read his lips because he speaks so slowly. Communication leads to connection and an unexpected romance as they learn from each other and discover their own ways to overcome setbacks, find renewed purpose and recognize their true voice.
About the Author
Deborah Lytton is an established writer who began her work life as an actress at the age of six. She graduated from UCLA and Pepperdine University with a degree in law before becoming a writer. She lives in California with her two daughters and is an active blogger and member of SCBWI.
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Chapter 1 I hear the thunder of feet moving across concrete floors. Lockers clanging. Cell phones ringing. Flirtatious laughter. Hollered greetings. Books dropping. Doors slamming. The melody of Monday morning at Richmond High School. It plays in my ears like a soundtrack to a movie about someone else's life. I watch from the outside. Listen from the outside. Moving through the noisy hallways without making a single sound. Because I am a nobody. Invisible. Silent. I walk down the crowded corridor, wrapped in anonymity.
- YA Romance fans
- Readers of Fault In Our Stars
- Readers with any disability will relate to the story of overcoming the challenges of disability
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
WOW! This book is AMAZING! You will be holding your breath the entire book waiting to see how it all plays out! Stella is the new girl at school and a sophomore making her quite shy. But she can sing...oh she can sing. And that lands her a part in the school play...not just any part...but the leading part. Which quickly makes her an instant star...and puts her into the elite crowd at school. Hayden is also shy but for different reasons...(wait until you read about him :) Stella and Hayden connect in the most beautifully worded scene ever...(you will love this scene!) Then the night before the big production is to take place tragedy happens... Stella is accidentally knocked into a swimming pool hitting her head... ...leaving her deaf. Just as she was sinking into the pool she is now sinking into the darkness, into the loneliness, into the "silence." She will have surgery in 17 days to hopefully give some of her hearing back. And with that Hayden realizes he has only 17 days to help her "image how to be a different Stella...in a world without sound." Join Hayden as he shows Stella all the amazingly beautiful things the world and his friendship still have to offer. LOVED. LOVED. LOVED. THIS. ONE! It will be one of the GREAT ONES of 2015! A truly recommended MUST-READ!
“Silence” is a romance for teens about a boy who has a speech impediment and a girl who loses her hearing in a freak accident. At its heart it’s a very sweet story, and I wish I could have given it four stars. I’ll begin with the good. It’s nice to see a book written featuring different sorts of disabilities and how they affect lives of both those with them and those around them. There are no sexual acts outside of kissing, faith is featured heavily, and there is no bad language. It’s written in a very simple-to-read manner which makes it a good choice for middle readers and those looking for “clean” romances, which I know are often difficult to find. Unfortunately, the writing, while easy to read, is also over-the-top flowery. Considering there are two narrators, and both speak in flowery language, it is difficult to distinguish between their voices. Therefore, character development is stagnant. The plot is not bad, but seems more suited to a short story, making it seem like quite a bit is filler. I recommend “Silence” for those looking for a “clean” romance for younger middle graders, but don’t think it would appeal to other demographics. Your mileage may vary. This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley.) “The injury to your head caused sensorineural hearing loss. That’s why you can’t hear anything.” This was a story about how one girl coped with losing her hearing, and the boy who helped her. “My name is there. Not in the supporting cast list. But as the lead. As Maria. The lead in the school musical. Me.” I felt quite sorry for Stella in this story. To lose your hearing must be awful, and especially awful if you are dependent on your hearing like a singer would be. “When I do open my eyes, this is what I see. My mother is devastated, even though she tries to hide it from me. Her face is weepy every second.” The storyline followed Stella as she lost her hearing in a freak accident, and then how she coped afterwards. I found the prose to be quite poetic, and it was lovely to see how Hayden helped her and kept her positive about the chances of recovering her hearing. “Someday Broadway. There is not someday Broadway now. Without singing, I am invisible. A nobody. The girl with the voice is dead. Nothing can fix that.” There was a touch of romance, but I wasn’t really a fan unfortunately. “And that’s when it pours out of me. All of it. I tell Hayden everything. What’s wrong with me, and how I don’t even know if I will ever hear again.” The ending to this was fairly happy, and I was glad with the way things worked out. 6 out of 10
There are a lot of things in life that I take for granted. My five senses are at the top of the list. I can't even imagine what it would be like to have the world at the tip of my fingers and with one accident, lose it all. Stella has an amazing voice and has a big goal-- "Someday Broadway." She's only a sophomore, yet she has the lead in the school musical. Until a freak accident at a party leaves her unable to hear...leaves her world silent. She starts to lose hope and is so afraid of what the future will bring. Until Hayden. "I know only one thing. He is the white feather of hope drifting through the darkness of my days. And if I can hold on, I just might be able to fly." Hayden is a new boy in school and Stella feels an instant connection with him. He's had a hard life and knows what it's like to be silent, in a way. He spent eight years unable to talk and now he talks slowly, with a stutter, but he's incredibly talented on the piano. He is determined to help Stella and seems to be the only one who can, but life doesn't make it easy for them to be together. I love the way Hayden is able to help Stella really feel the other senses. I love the connection they share and the way that's expressed. I was moved by the relationship Stella has with her mom and her younger sister, Emerson. When times get tough, true friends are the ones who stick around and there's nothing that says those friends can't be family. Told in first person, this story is one that will really make a reader think and feel a range of emotion--love, happiness, fear, and even anger. Content: Squeaky clean romance; no language or violence; mild religious elements (characters attend church) *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*