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Louder Than Words Hardcover – December 18, 2012

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Gr 9 Up-Seventeen-year-old Sasha is suffering from amnesia and hysterical mutism as a result of post-traumatic stress. At 13, she was the only survivor of a car accident that killed her parents and older sister. Now she lives with her aunt and uncle and is counseled by a psychiatrist. Enter Ben, a hunky classmate who carries a torch for Sasha. Coincidentally, he and his family live in her old house, and Ben is conveniently telepathic. Sasha juggles three narratives: a silent dialogue with Ben, one with herself that he eavesdrops on, and one that Ben seems locked out of in which she stage-whispers to readers. Adding to the melodrama, she is stalked by four high school thugs and is cornered, taunted, and almost gang raped before Ben comes to her rescue. Twice. He begins sex therapy to help Sasha scream and speak her first words in four years. Instead of being overjoyed to regain her speech, she is fixated on the growing sexual attraction between them. Then there's a dark memory shift as the teen suspects that her world-famous psychiatrist has a hidden agenda. Sasha is a feisty character with a sense of humor, but the superhero boyfriend, the malevolent thugs, the abundant sexuality, and a psycho psychiatrist add up to too much fiction without much substance.-Alison Follos, formerly at North Country School, Lake Placid, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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"Laurie Plissner's Louder Than Words is a fantastic debut. Plissner's writing style is witty, modern, and touching. Plissner manages to engage her reader with a smart and grieving protagonist, and a climax that will take the reader's breath away." --Blogcritics

"Author Laurie Plissner's debut novel portrays a defensive and smart-mouthed yet funny girl, damaged by tragedy, whose journey to recover her lost memories includes rediscovering herself. The protagonist's shocking findings are both frightening and dangerous, and the nonstop action draws the story to a most unlikely and terrifying ending." --New York Journal of Books

"Part medical drama, part mystery, part love story, Plissner takes us on a journey of young love and putting the pieces back together to reclaim your life. This is a quick read with an interesting premise and great characters. Great book which I completely recommend as a must read." --Maria's Space blog

"First, I found the premise to be totally unique and I loved reading everything from Sasha's perspective. I would suggest a mature teen audience." --Minding Spot blog

"This was an interesting book. I liked the mystery as to whether Sasha would ever recover her voice, as well as the mystery over whether there was someone else involved in Sasha's family's accident." --Sarah Elizabeth's Bookshelf

"Laurie Plissner's Louder Than Words is a fantastic debut for the older young adult audience. Plissner's writing style is witty, modern, and touching. Plissner manages to engage her reader with a smart and grieving protagonist, and a climax that will take the reader's breath away. Witty and unapologetic, Plissner's novel is a realistic representation of the teenage world: imperfect and complicated." --Book Addict blog

"Just from reading the synopsis, I knew that this was going to be a good story. The emotions going on in this book is a roller coaster ride; I didn't know what to expect at the next turn! Both characters are strong, which keeps the story blooming. This book is quite memorable, and I'd recommend it to anyone." --Bookworm 1858 blog

"I was really surprised by the layers in this novel. It's a psychological thriller, it's a romance, it's a mystery. I found that strong bond between teen and parent figures to be so refreshing--it's not something you see often in YA literature.... This is a great debut novel and a standalone that is perfect for those who are looking to read something out of the box. It's such a pleasant treat to stumble upon a novel that isn't like anything else out there!" – Christi, The Teen Librarian blog

"Louder Than Words is a fast-paced, young adult novel that will rivet readers' attention to the very last page. Nicely done, Laurie Plissner!" --The Best Reviews blog

"The characters were absolutely wonderful. The story was delightfully crafted with that special Shakespearean humor and banter but modernized. Tempestuous was an amusing and interesting read. A fantastic take on a classic with a magic all its own. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a fun, fluffy read with a little meat to it." --Refracted Light Reviews

"Sasha is a feisty character with a sense of humor." - School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Merit Press (December 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440556652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440556654
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,757,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I cringe when I think this book is labeled as "Young Adult."
Young Adult that contains sexual references that get 2 thumbs way up is Judy Blume - whatever happened to authors' like Ms. Blume? She could write about bullies and sex and yet, you wouldn't put the book down midway and be depressed. Louder Than Words contains sex and violence that left me feeling worse about life, not better.
In a world where there is already so much stress and darkness, Louder Than Words only adds a layer of grayness. If you are a reader that loves to be depressed, this is for you. While the writing it smooth and the authors' obviously are wonderful at their craft, the story for me was just too rude and crude and perhaps just not what I was seeking...
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First, I found the premise to be totally unique and I loved reading everything from Sasha's perspective. She does have spunk, which comes through in her own mind, and occasionally though her voice box. The voice box basically works like this: she has a keyboard that she types what she wants to say and then a microphone thing speaks it. The only thing is, her's is set to the voice of a male renowned scientist. It's a bit off-putting.

Anyways, she doesn't remember anything of her life before the accident, and even though their is nothing wrong with her physically, she can't speak. She goes to a therapist to work on different issues but after four years, nothing has worked. When a handsome boy helps save her from being accosted, she is stunned when he can read her mind. She finally feels like someone can hear HER and not just her words. Although she and Ben fall head over heels together, he decides she needs to find herself and her voice, he breaks up with her, but he's always waiting and watching.

Determined to get Ben back, Sasha immediately gets to work, even as she nurtures a broken heart. With the help of her best friend Jules, they try to go back to that fateful winter day of the accident, only what they find out isn't what they expected at all. It wasn't an accident at all, but can Sasha remember what happened before she's next?

I loved this book but I did have a few concerns with it. It's geared toward young adults, but there is a lot of heaving petting and sex talk in this book. I would suggest a mature teen audience, like seventeen and up! Also, there is quite a bit of swearing and two scenes of bullies trying to have forced sexual favors. I definitely wouldn't want my teenager to read this, and she's sixteen.
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This is a story of an underage high schooler who learns to speak again after a terrible tragedy through intense physical contact. Read: sexual acts.

The young lady loses her whole family in a car accident, loses her memory and loses the ability to speak. A young man who can actually read her thoughts comes along and wins her heart and in the end her ability to speak back for her. Along the way, she also learns about the truth of the accident.

This isn't your normal love story. This is smut with under age characters.

[SPOILERS]

This is not a book for teens. Not only does it have violence (Sasha is saved from imminent sexual assault), and massive quantities of cussing (including all the way up to many, many F words), but also includes explicit sexual activities up to and including oral sex. In the end, she learns to speak BECAUSE of the sex.

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This is an awkward chapter in the current sex-solves-everything book fad, along with the 50 Shades series and Twilight's non-stop lust-a-thon in books 3 and 4 and many more. Sex is so degraded by the way it is inappropriately lifted up that readers can't possibly be satisfied with real love. When you find that sex is abusive, like in 50 shades, or doesn't heal all wounds, like in this book, you are left more empty than before.

This book is smut. Teens should not read it because the violence, language and sexuality is inappropriate for their age and adults should not read it because reading about two under age lovers is also inappropriate.

This is the second book I've read from Merit Press and it's clear to me that they are interested in pushing the boundaries of books about children and teens. The language, sexuality, and violence in the books they publish are simply unexplainable. I recommend you keep your teens (and yourself) far away from this publisher.
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The 411 by Maria:

I am a big believer in the perfect cover but this one doesn't work for me. You get no sense of what the book is about and that can deter a lot of readers but in this case it shouldn't!

This is a wonderful little story (272 pages) about Sasha a 17 year old girl who is suffering with an interesting Post Traumatic Stress disorder called Selective Mutism. As if high school isn't challenging enough with social and study issues, Sasha uses a voice box to speak except with Ben, a boy she runs into at the library. Ben has an interesting gift of his own and he and Sasha were destined to meet.

Part medical drama, part mystery, part love story, Plissner takes us on a journey of young love and putting the pieces back together to reclaim your life.

You will find yourself wondering about everyone in Sasha's life and their part in her family's accident. BTW, nice twist Laurie! I had no idea.

This is a quick read with an interesting premise and great characters. While it is listed as Young Adult, I wouldn't recommend to my daughter until she is at least 18 as the girls in the book talk about oral sex and more and Sasha finds herself in a violent situation.

All in all, great book which I completely recommend as a must read.
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