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Steffi is selectively mute. Rhys is deaf. I think if that much intrigues you, you should definitely pick up this book.
The protagonist Steffi has severe social anxiety and suffers occasional panic attacks. Most of the book follows her struggles as she steps out of her comfort zone and tries to communicate with strangers (something which is very hard for her). Steffi wants to attend college after she graduates school but her parents think that it would be to much for her and try to dissuade her from doing so. She loves her job at an animal rescue shelter and hopes to be a trainer or a veterinarian someday.Through all of this, Steffi and Rhys start liking each other and it works for her as she doesn't need to speak out loud to him and it works for him cause she knows a little of Sign Language.
I do want to point out that this book is more on about their romance rather than them dealing with their disabilities, so I would suggest reading this only if you're into romance. Even though the disability thing is tackled well, romance is still a bigger theme. In conclusion, the book was worth reading. The writing got better as I read on.
OHMIGODDDD what even. This is like the cutesttt book in the worldd. It's so frikin cute. And Rhyssss and temmm and stefffii god I love all of them and Clark :( This book deals with grief in a very balanced way and when I got the package I was ready to read a page just to see how it was but I ended up finishing it in a few hours. Cause. It's. So. Good. I'm gonna read Sara Barnard's books now. This was my first book of hers and I'm happy I picked it up
This book is so adorable. I was grinning the entire time. It reminds you of being in young love. The story revolves around two teenager-one deaf and the other selectively mute. And it doesn't have insta-love..so if books with love-at-first-sight is turn off for you( like me) there's no need to worry.The romance builds with friendship. And it's all cutesy and adorable.
This cute YA book is an intelligent and empathetic story about physical and social disability, anxiety, love and friendship. It navigates the complexities of life and relationships very realistically, without giving up on love.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard is a deeply moving read. It follows the life of Steffi, who is a select mute and is in her junior year of high school, which also is a deciding factor on whether or not she will be able to go to college depending on how she interacts with people this year. She is introduced to the charming Rhys Gold who by birth is deaf. Although the idea of a deaf boy and a mute girl seems slightly odd the story is told in such a way thatakes the voices of both characters" loud" and clear. Steffi describes her relationship with Rhys as a quiet kind of thunder which fits perfectly for their kind of relationship ( trust me, you will understand once you read the book) Overall the book is a beautiful novel that takes the author's name to the next level. Although I did enjoy the author's previous book, Beautiful Broken Things, I enjoyed this one even more.