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.
Nevermind the fact that I had the song `Thunder`by Imagine Dragons stuck in my head while reading this book…. Just ignore that. This isn´t about my own person torture ( although, I do find that song cute. Just not while I´m trying to concentrate on a story)
Let me just say one thing: LOVE!
That pretty much sums up my feelings for `A Quiet Kind Of Thunder` by Sara Barnard.
She doesn´t speak. He´s deaf. They connect. And from there on a reader is put on a ride that´s so cute it stinks to high heaven!
By all that´s pink and fluffy, I wasn´t able to handle so much awesomeness all at once. It´s like seeing a box filled with kittens and you just adore them to bits from afar but when you get closer you want to take all of them home and love them for the rest of their lives!
That is how I felt with these characters.
The idea of the story is perfect. Take flawed characters and have them fall for each other. Have them learn how to deal with their fears and learn how to appreciate themselves.
There is no exaggerated drama or evil threat involved in this book. It´s about love.
This isn´t an instalove story. It´s a story about a first love and the obstacles that come along with that first love while having disabilities.
I´ve read quite a few romance novels that had carried the same theme but none of those books come close to `A Quiet Kind Of Thunder`.
Now, let´s shove the fluff aside and begin with the nitty gritty. The real message the story wants to deliver ( and successfully does, in my opinion ).
While this is an absolute cute read it isn´t lighthearted. In fact- this book has themes included that aren´t so lovey dovey. Death and anxiety. And it´s also super educational. It wasn´t hard for me to tell that the author did her homework. Very detailed but not in a medical way. The author took great care in describing the Heroine´s feelings, which I appreciated. I don´t suffer from anxiety or panic attacks but when you accompany Steffi on her journey you can´t help but feel the reality of her pain. It feels realistic. I felt for her. Just as much as I felt for Rhys, the Hero. The author did a wonderful job and for that I cannot thank her enough.
As for Rhys…Dear Laawd, I loved that boy ( okay. That sounds creepy coming from Mrs. Robinson here ).
I think what I appreciated most was how true to life the whole story was. That when young people deal with their firsts in life, nothing goes smoothly. Because the reality is: when going through your firsts ( I´m refering to everything a teenager can experience for the first time ) there´s going to be a truck load of awkward moments. The author should receive a standing ovation for trying to “tell it how it really is” instead of painting out awkward situations to be something that has to be perfect.
Being in love feels awkward. Having sex for the first time is awkward. Fighting for the first time is awkward. This couple..they were awkward and lovable and just… perfect, despite their imperfections.
This is a story about how love does NOT conquer all. This is a story about growth and change. It´s about having a voice even if you can´t speak. It´s about the ability to listen even if you can hear.
Bah. * throws kitchen towel * I´m in love. That´ll have to do for now.
Would I recommend this book? Yes! Anyone up for a YA feel real teenage romance with imperfect kiddos… DEFINITELY! If you love fluff, ABSOLUTELY!
Would I reread this book? I most certainly will.
`A Quiet Kind Of Thunder is a gem!
The Cover – 5 stars: Matches perfectly with the story. Pink and hearts with gold highlights.
The Story – 5 stars: I have absolutely nothing to complain about other than it took me a bit to fully get into the story. But that didn´t bother me. It´s a love story. I love love stories.
The Characters – 5 stars: Perfectly flawed. Imperfection at it´s finest.
My emotional state after finishing this read: I might never shut up about this book.
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