Thursday, March 5, 2015

YA REVIEW: Silence by Deborah Lytton


STELLA was born to sing. Someday Broadway. But everything changed when a tragic accident renders her deaf; she cannot hear, much less sing. Trapped in a strange new world of total silence, she must face not only the loss of her friends, her hopes, and her voice but also the loss of her identity and her life's purpose. Who is she is she's not a singer?

HAYDEN is a quiet loner, an outcast, and the only person Stella can communicate with; his profound stutter makes him speak so slowly, she is able to easily read his lips. As they find new ways to communicate despite their disabilities, their friendship grows into an unexpected—but welcome—romance. But is it a romance that can last if Stella regains her hearing and resumes her former life?

Alternating between Stella's and Hayden's points of view, Silence is a lyrical story of self-discovery, romance, and resilience, of two souls learning how to find their voices and break through the silence.


DEBORAH LYTTON is a writer and actress who began her career in front of the camera at the age of six. She graduated from UCLA and Pepperdine University with a degree in law. Deborah lives in California with her two daughters. She is active in the writing and blogging community and is a member of SCBWI.


If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be EMOTION.  This book practically oozes emotion: hurt and grief, love and empathy, confusion and anger.  Both Stella and Hayden must face the past before they can move on to the future.  But the past can be a painful place.  But Stella and Hayden have something in common: a disability that came about because of a tragedy.  They must help each other face the pain in order to be able to find any sort of future together. For me this was a hard read at times because of all the powerful emotions, but the characters drew me in completely that I had to finish the book.  This is the kind of book that leaves you thinking and feeling long after the last page.  Thankfully it isn't a depressing story since Hayden and Stella truly do come to care for each other in a deep and meaningful way.  Both a sweet romance and a story of surviving life's hard knocks to find a better way than one ever dreamed. Note: this is a clean YA, some kissing, although it does talk about abuse.

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