Publisher: Macmillan Children’s
Genre: Young Adult. Contemporary. Romance.
Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.
This is my favourite read of 2017 so far!
I still have so many feels about this book, even though it’s been over a month since I read it, I simply don’t know how to put my thoughts into words.
I devoured this 300+ page book in a little under 5 hours and, as I got closer and closer to the last page, I found myself hoping and praying that it wouldn’t come to an end. Not only is the love story so cute, and you find yourself cheering for Steffi and Rhys, but Barnard’s writing makes you feel and believe what the characters are going through.
I fell in love with the characters from the first chapter, and I cannot wait to see just what other stories and/or characters Barnard has hidden away in her head.