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!
Author: Sara Barnard Publisher: Macmillan Release Date: 25th February 2016 Genre: YA, Contemporary Pages: 322
I was brave She was reckless We were trouble
Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.
If I’m to put it simply, this is amazing. I finished it a couple of days ago and I’m still kind of in a book hangover from it. The story follows a pair of best friends, Caddy and Rosie, whose friendship is “interrupted” by the sudden arrival of a new girl at Rosie’s school – Suzanne. Throughout the book, the reader discovers the baggage that Suzanne has brought with her and, oh my is it dealt with marvellously.
I had zero problems with this book. I think I maybe loved it so much because it just dealt with the complexities of female friendships, which tbh isn’t seen that much in YA. I’ve read a lot, possibly too many books that always feature a romance but I’m really glad that this book didn’t have one really.
“But people we love come and go, Caddy. That doesn’t mean we loved them any less at the time.”
This is fantastically well-written. The characters are so loveable and I’m literally 30 pages away from finishing A Quiet Kind of Thunder (Barnard’s second novel) and it’s made me realise that Barnard just gets teenagers. Like she just understands us. Also the fact that it was set in Brighton made it even better. Plus the ending is so tense, like I did not expect it at all and I was sprinting through the last 60 pages to find out what was gonna happen. Nerve-wracking af.
Anyways, this is amazing and everyone should go read this fantastic book because it’s so so so good.