Author: Sara Barnard Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books Release Date: 12th January 2017 Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance Pages: 320 * 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. * As soon as I heard about this book, and as soon as I saw just the cover tbh, I knew I really wanted to read this. Mainly because it features a deaf character and this could teach me a few things for my own current WIP, as my main character is also deaf.
I read Beautiful Broken Things for the first time only last week and I moved swiftly on to this –– and it was even better than I expected! Like – oh wow!!
A Quiet Kind of Thunder follows the beautiful, amazing Steffi, who has selective mutism and anxiety and mental health issues that she doesn’t deserve to have!! Anyways, when new boy Rhys – who happens to be deaf – joins her school, they instantly connect and fall in love. The book tells the story of their relationship and through its ups and downs, it’s just so magnificent.
“And then it happens. The panic. It's slow at first, creeping through the cracks in my thoughts until everything starts to feel heavy. It builds; it becomes something physical that clutches at my insides and squeezes out the air and the blood.”
It is so obvious from reading that Barnard has spent a lot of time researching panic attacks, and deafness and selective mutism, and it has definitely paid off because these characters are represented sooo well. It makes me happy that they are because I can imagine people in real life who struggle with these issues, and Barnard having captured them perfectly and without mistake must be a great satisfaction for those people.
Also, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Barnard is just amazing at capturing the real essence of teenagers – who they are, what they’re like, the fights they have over nothing and the trouble they find themselves in while in a relationship. Not to mention the pressure of parents and education and friendship. She’s amazing.
I won’t praise this for long enough. I’m so excited for Barnard’s third book – if that’s even a thing? (It better be.) 5 OUT OF 5 STARS!