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It doesn't to take long for Steffie and Rhys to bond and soon they create a bubble all their own, learning how to communicate with each other. Rhys makes Steffie feel brave and understood, helping her find her voice and live the life that she wants. Eventually becoming more than friends, Steffie and Rhys have to now navigate not only the trials of being teenagers with special circumstances, but navigating a first relationship and what it means to truly allow someone else in their bubble.
Though I myself am not a part of the Deaf community, nor can I speak to the representation of selective mutism, I felt that Barnard was respectful of both circumstances and thoroughly represented the struggles and questions that follow them.
I will say that this is definitely a character driven narrative, so there is not a great deal of plot. It is all about Steffi and her relationships with Rhys, her best friend. and her family,and how they are all affected and cope with Steffi's anxiety and how Steffi struggles to do what normal people take for granted so she can have her own agency.
Though I did think the story was sweet, I found myself annoyed by the main characters at certain points, possibly because I could not relate to their difficulties. It also felt a bit too "insta-love" for me. Though Rhys and Steffi knew eachother for a couple of months before they became a couple, the book doesn't necessarily portray that.
Also, the narration of this story made it feel as though Rhys and Steffi were younger than they are. They are 18 and 17 in the story, yet I kept picturing them as 14 or 15. I am not entirely sure why.
Overall though I definitely felt this was a solid contemporary and would recommend.
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.
3.5 stars. This book was adorable. When I first read the synopsis, I was reminded of how I liked the interaction between the MCs of Eliza and Her Monsters, though this book centers a lot more on their interactions.
It's not complex, it doesn't have a lot of plot, and it doesn't move quickly but the great friendships, both wonderful sets of parents, and the dorky, adorable romance made this. There was plenty of anxiety on Steffi's part but it was well-balanced to keep the book from being a complete downer.
With lightning, you're never really sure if that's what it was; it's just a flash. Thunder, you know. You feel it."
The only thing I didn't like about the book is that Rhys had some sort of sexism problem that came out in the latter chapters to create some tension for the finish. I'm not sure how I would have handled it if I were the author but I'm not a fan of sexism, especially when the whole book Steffi is trying to break out of the expectations she and her parents have bound her in.
Recommended for those who would like a slow and sweet teen romance. (Warning: it does have some sexual situations but omgoodness it was awkward and cute. Just like first times.)
First of all, this COVER. Second, this book is ultimately a British book!!! So the characters use BSL (British Sign Language) instead of ASL. I thought that was really interesting! Plus, I loved reading all of the British lingo and words that we don’t use here in the states!
The characters were AMAZING and so diverse!!! Our main character, Steffi, was a selective mute and had social anxiety, both of which are very underrepresented in the YA book community. Steffi also has a black best friend who’s an incredible runner. And the other main character, Rhys, is Deaf.
I LOVED Steffi and Rhys together. They were so cute oh my gosh. Their romance was played out so well over the book. Tem and Steffi’s friendship was another amazing part! Also, I loved Steffi’s parents (especially her dad) and how supportive her stepdad and stepmom were of her. It was a complicated but nice family dynamic and very realistic.
My favorite thing was the BSL and the Deaf culture!! I’m very interested in studying ASL and I love reading books featuring a Deaf character!! I also enjoyed reading about Steffi’s selective mutism, something I knew nothing about before this book. And it was so cool how she and Rhys bonded because she didn’t speak and he wouldn’t be able to hear her even if she did speak. Like i said, their relationship was AMAZING and I NEED it in my life.
This was really a story about Steffi finding herself and finding her voice - both figuratively and literally. It’s about how she and Rhys fall in love, despite the communication problems they often have.
So I LOVED this book. With all my heart!!!!! Definitely one of my new favorites!!!!
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