Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the Twenty-First Centuryuntil she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and her bruises are getting harder to hide.
When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.
Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author with a passion for young adult fiction. As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received more than one million hits on Wattpad.com. When she’s not writing, Rivers works as a freelance digital artist and assists at a literary agency. She resides in Northern California.
Tone Deaf 4.6 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
*walks up behind him and sits on the bed next to him" "hello bab she hugs him
More than 1 year ago
*sits on his bed*
More than 1 year ago
This such a cute story of two different people who share common struggle 's and enemy's in a sense getting to know each other and heal together. Her reminding him of his past because she's Deaf and him reminder her of her past because he plays music. I recommend you read it because you have two strong charectors getting over the same hurdles for happiness and a life free of pain.
More than 1 year ago
Tone Deaf reminded me of Angie Stanton's Rock and a Hard Place crossed with Colleen Hoover's Maybe Someday, mixing romance, music, hearing impairment and abusive home situations.
This book was enjoyable to read, and easy to devour. I love characters who have serious struggles to contend with and both Jace and Ali have suffered abuse at the hands of their families. As a result they are hurting and distrustful. They join together, Jace reaching out to Ali and Ali in return delving into Jace's life and offering her own type of support.
Ali is deaf, but at times I forgot this while reading the story. Her ability to read lips, use ASL and even speak translated well to the written word, along with her descriptions of sounds as vibrations. It added another layer to the story, which I liked.
The romance is sweet and passionate, two hurting teens coming together and finding support they never expected is a lovely thing. And Jace's band mates bring humour, comic relief, more romance and Doctor Who references.
My only problem with this story was Ali's reliance on others to help her exit her abusive situation. I'm not saying she should do it alone, quite the opposite, I love that she could rely on Jace, his band mates and even her best friend to provide support and safety, but I would have liked her to be the hero of her own story at the end, even if it was only through the way she thinks about her situation. But it is a happy ending, nonetheless, and an enjoyable book.
The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
More than 1 year ago
Not having read any other works by Olivia Rivers, I was interested to read Tone Deaf, and needless to say it did not disappoint at all. The character are well thought out and developed that I was immediately pulled in right from the very beginning.
At the start of the story we get to meet Ali Collins, a seventeen-year-old girl whose tragic diagnosis with a life-changing tumor has left her completely deaf. Now she relies on reading lips and sign language to be able to communicate with people. Though she is still able to live her live normally, her past with music is what she will never get back. But when her best friend takes her to a Tone Deaf concert, she never imagined that her life was about to change. Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour of the band, and as she meets the lead singer, Jace Beckett, all she gets is a rude introduction that she wasn't expecting. This leaves a bad impression on her, and Ali doesn't want anything to do with Jace at all. But a text from him changes her perspective later when she is ready to leave everything behind to go to New York. Now she is hidden in his RV while traveling across country to her destination, but as the two start to get to know each other the more she is starting to see the real Jace.
Jace Beckett has it all, and he can get away with just about anything. But when he is rude Ali, his manager demands him to make things right with her. Yet, when he sees how scared and bruised Ali is he immediately takes action by offering to take her to New York. It is evident that both of them have pasts, and he is willing to put his aside in order to help her out. But Ali is different and he is able to open up to her, soon they are spending time together and sparks start to fly between them.
I liked the concept of the story and the characters themselves. When we first meet Jace, he is a total jerk to Ali, but he slowly starts to change when he offers to help her out. There is character development throughout the story that had me hooked. Their worlds are different yet similar at the same time that will leave you wanting for more. The one thing that could have made the book that much better is the length, it felt a bit rushed for me, and it left me wanting for more. Overall, if you are looking for a fresh romance story filled with funny, cute characters, and music then I would highly suggest reading this book. I cannot wait to read more from the author in the future. :)
***ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.***
More than 1 year ago
Ali is a darling. She might have lost her dreams of performing music the moment she lost her hearing – but it didn’t stop her from living her life. She adapted, and tried her best to live a normal life, thanks to lip reading and ASL (American Sign Language). The only problem lies at home, with her father who’s also fighting his down nightmares, and the bruises tends to show already. She could no longer hide them. Only a few months more before she turns 18, and then she could run away. But she promised herself, once an opportunity presented, she’d grab it, close her eyes, and just run.
Jace Beckett has his own demons, and looking at Ali makes him feel like looking at his past, and making him relieve the nightmare all over again. And he might have the reputation of being a jerk, but he also couldn’t help but offered Ali help when he saw the bruises on her arms. This was the other side of him that surprised me. There was more to Jace than he lets on – he can be sweet and considerate and thoughtful.
Ali will soon to discover that her road to escape would be the ultimate ride and adventure of her life. But what happens when she gets caught?
I like the characters, and even the secondary ones, most especially Killer and Cuddles. OMG, you’d adore them both in a 100-different ways. They made Ali’s stay in Jace’s RV more bearable.
This book totally rock, right from the start down to the very last note, I mean page. It was emotional, sweet, sensitive and clean. The characters gets out from the usual stereotype you read on novels. The bad boy rock star and the good girl – well, they somehow fit in to the description, but Ali and Jace are way more complex than that. This was my first Olivia Rivers novel, and certainly won’t be my last. She brought me to a world of diversity that has opened my eyes and ears to a whole lot of issues, way more than Ali’s special needs.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
More than 1 year ago
This is an engaging, innocent, YA rock romance.
Ali is a 17 y/o girl whose charmed life has taken disastrous turns. She was a child prodigy, playing concert halls in NYC before she even turned double digits, but a surgical procedure rendered her totally deaf. At the same time her mother was killed and she was relocated to LA in her estranged father's care. These days, her father is a retired decorated police chief who is an alcoholic and an abuser.
While at a concert with her best friend, Ali is selected to win a behind-the-scenes tour with the lead singer of the pop/punk boy band, Jace. Jace turns out to be just as much of a jerk as the press has led Ali to believe. He's unconscionably rude, and Ali leaves without taking the tour. Pressed to make amends, Jace offers Ali a large sum of money for her to return to the arena and take the tour--to stave off a PR nightmare. Ali only agrees because the money could provide her with a fresh start, and send her far from her abusive and controlling father.
This time, Jace notices that Ali knows a lot about music, and also, that she's bruised in ways which he can totally identify. He was an abused child, too. He's immediately engaged in her plight, offering to whisk her away on his tour--and drop her in NYC as that's the last stop.
Along the way, Ali and Jace become close--not in a sexy way. Jace knows that Ali can't be found, as she's explained her father's resources. Jace convinces his band that he needs to help her--and they need to trust him. This trust gets strained as Ali's disappearance becomes national news, and the risk of her discovery hiding on Jace's RV is high. The days turn to weeks, and Ali makes herself useful, managing Jace's social media and helping him with some of his songs in-progress.
What I loved about the book was the way Ali was portrayed. She never wallowed in her misfortune. Her desperation to get away from her father and build a whole new life was palpable. I liked the way her deafness was described and explored, and also her communication between her friends, Jace and her interactions in the world were all well-sketched. I also loved the diversity of the band members, who are childhood friends and form their own family--of sorts. Two of the guys are openly gay, and in a loving relationship together, which was a positive aspect. Jace is a jerk, a broken person due to years of abuse. His experience helping Ali, and getting to know her as a person, opens his eyes, heart and mind, to let some of his long-standing anger bleed out.
I had a few problems with some structural aspects of the book. Part of this was reality problems. I had a hard time believing that Ali's surgical issue would have rendered her completely deaf in both ears. It's a medical stretch and virtually impossible as described. That's my own two cents, as a physiologist who taught medical students. I had to simply accept that, and I couldn't, not once I got the whole "story," but most lay readers won't know this is an issue. I also have a little trouble with the pacing of this rock tour. It seems to travel at a snail's pace, and I couldn't understand the logistics. I'm a big fan of music; concert tours are streamlined and efficient travelers. They pack up each night when a show ends and hit the road...immediately. They have shows lined up every few days, especially in the summer season, and the talent doesn't drive the RV, for a band as the one described in the book. Those are my niggles. Expect an HEA.
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