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A Quiet Kind of Thunder

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Steffi doesn't talk. Rhys can't hear. They understand each other perfectly. Love isn't always a lightning strike. Sometimes 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. The stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things is a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout. Praise for Beautiful Broken Things: 'Beautiful Broken Things is the book I've been waiting for. It made me want to go and rugby-tackle my best friends and give them a giant hug. It's a beautiful tale of the power and complexities of female friendship' Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet? 'Beautiful Broken Things is a book that the YA world desperately needs - a book about the beauty, passion and extremities of female friendship' Alice Oseman, author of Solitaire 'Starkly realistic and ultimately uplifting, Beautiful Broken Things is a compelling tale of pain and redemption, growing up and growing together, and finding empowerment and strength in friendship' Catherine Doyle, author of Vendetta 'Stories about female friendships are hard to come by, especially ones with no romance, but Beautiful Broken Things fills that gap in an intensely compelling and passionate way' Lauren James, author of The Next Together

Children'sFiction & true storiesRomance & relationships stories Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 12/01/2017 ISBN-13: 9781509810987  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the 'on' switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of second-hand bookshops at a young age. Sara is trying to visit every country in Europe, and has managed to reach thirteen with her best friend. She has also lived in Canada and worked in India.

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I am writing this review because, a week after reading it, I still can not shut up about it; it's the best YA book I have read in 2016. That's a pretty bold statement since I have read so many AMAZING books this year, but for a book to have made such an impression it must be pretty special. I'm already recommending it to my customers and will be for a long time, and I am so excited for everyone to get their hands on it! One thing I love is that prior to reading it, I just thought it was a quirky contemporary novel with a teen romance between a girl who is mute and a boy who is deaf. However, whilst that may be the case on the surface (and I'm not disputing how important those storylines are - they add more depth to the book and characterisation), it's actually an incredible book about anxiety and the ups and downs of growing up and friendship. Back to the original impression of the book being about the love story between Rhys and Steffi, and that alone was an enchanting story. Selective mutism isn't a thing that I'm new to reading about, but combining that with deafness (something that doesn't come up often) actually worked brilliantly - Steffi and Rhys find other ways to communicate and express emotions and what they want to say. It was a brilliant way of showing how communication isn't just about talking, but also about body language and emotion coming across in other ways. I have never tabbed a book so much with memorable quotes and things that made me laugh and little facts about anxiety that I just want to put in people's hands and say LOOK! For people with anxiety, this book is perfect to show you that you're not alone; it's an illness that can strike anyone, can be totally out of the blue, but it is something that you can survive and it's okay to have bad days; "Little victories are everything." There are wonderful people out there who will help you and support you.

- 27/12/2017
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