Silence is a clean, sweet contemporary YA romance 

Silence is a clean, sweet contemporary YA romance 

 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.


About queenbook

When the final bell rings, I stash those messy piles of essays and analysis assignments in a desk drawer and I head home to a pile of good books. My kids and dog eat too many chicken nuggets and the house could be neater, but as long as I get my daily read, I guess we are doing all right. When I was twelve and fifteen and eighteen and twenty, I believed I needed to get out there and do those things I had just been reading about, which ended in disaster, tears, a tattoo that scares me every time I catch a glimpse of it in the mirror, and the realization that some of us are meant for action, and some of us are meant to critique the pace of action in a book. I read primarily YA fiction as I have a rather hulking classroom library and a hundred high school readers to engage daily. Nothing makes me happier than coming to school and finding an impatient teenager waiting by my door to turn in a book and get another one just like it. I adore a good zombie, a medieval princess, or girl assassin (I would like them all in one book if you are a writer looking for some inspiration). I add historical mystery to my wish list a year in advance, and you should get out of my way when the next Outlander book comes out. I have an embarrassing fondness for rock star books, but only if they don’t get too trashy and embarrass me. My favorite book of all time is The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. My book boyfriends include Gilbert Blythe, Alonzo Wilder, and Jamie Fraser. They are mine and you can’t have them.

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