A book about friendship, love, and life’s hidden blessings. While it lacks the edge of many current YA contemporary romances, it might appeal to middle school and high school readers who are looking for a sweet and clean love story.
All Stella has ever dreamed of is Broadway but an accident leaves her unable to hear. Locked in his own bubble of silence, Hayden’s stutter has forced him to see life in a different way. When Hayden asks Stella for seventeen days to show her how great the world can still be, they both learn a lot about healing, friendship, and forgiveness. This is a clean YA read with a sweet romance. It is paced to develop a believable relationship, so readers who want a lot of drama and action should look elsewhere. Characters are realistic and each have personal conflicts that are addressed which creates some depth. As an adult reader, I found it rather boring, but I think it will appeal to many of my students, particularly those who like love stories — those seventeen days are romantic in a very sweet way. Language and situations are appropriate for middle and high school readers.