1st Place: 2015 International Digital Awards, Young Adult Novel
Sometimes staying silent is the biggest lie of all.
Sophomore Jolia does the one thing no one expects from the girl who has perfected the art of keeping quiet.
She joins the speech team.
Jolia can't confess the real reason–not to her best friend, her new teammates, or even to crush-worthy rival Sam who offers to coach her in secret.
Keeping quiet might be the easy way out, but when what Jolia doesn't say starts to hurt those around her, it might just cost her a best friend, her spot on the team, and even Sam.
But she isn't the only one with a secret. It's going to take words–her words–to make things right.
If only Jolia can find them.
|Publisher:||Collins Mark Books|
|File size:||389 KB|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About the Author
Her novel, The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading (written with co-author Darcy Vance), was a YALSA 2012 Popular Paperback pick in the Get Your Geek On category.
Her short speculative fiction has appeared in UFO Publishing's Unidentified Funny Objects and Coffee anthologies, Kazka Press, Sucker Literary Magazine and Cast of Wonders.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A brilliant work. Moving, relatable, entertaining, thought-provoking. Beautiful. Charity Tahmaseb: I wish your book had existed when I was fifteen. With that said, I think The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet can (and should) appeal to a wide audience, even to people like this particular reader who, for the most part, stopped being a young adult fiction reader after her young adult years ended, if not before. Granted, I do still write about young people, and there are plenty of high schooler moments in Keeping Quiet to remind me that Jolia and her peers are indeed high schoolers, but the essential question raised in the novel is so universal: what happened to your voice, dear human, and how are you going to bring it back? I appreciated the dry humor in much of Jolia's narration, which is also full of many other nuggets that gave me pause. Honestly, what does humiliation sound like? Jolia shows us how we focus so much on our defects, real or imagined, past or present, until we've turned them into something they're not. I also found the progression of the friendship and romance dynamics in the story engaging, and Tahmaseb unfolds the storyline with a deft hand. In the face of failure, embarrassment, insecurity, or what have you, there's hope. This novel, for its brilliance, has earned a spot on my list of all-time favorites. ________________ I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Funny and Engaging! Pretty adorable. Takes one back YEARS to say the least. Funny and engaging, and I don't even read YA as I received this book as part of a contest. The author did a fantastic job relaying Julia's unique personality. Excellent read.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I love books that I can share with my kids and this is one of them. After I read this, I passed it on to my daughter who loved it as much as I did. The characters were very relatable and you see them grow throughout the book. The author has a unique voice which only adds to the appeal of this read.