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Tone Deaf Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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Gr 10 Up—This narrative of extremes (written by an exceedingly popular Wattpad writer) moves from your worst nightmare to your greatest dream. What holds it together is its two narrators, Ali, who moves intelligently in the company of freaks and geeks, and Jace, an angry young rock star. Almost 18, Ali is Deaf and being physically abused by her father. No one believes her until she meets Jace. Ali and her best friend Avery attend a concert by Tone Deaf, a heartthrob boy band. Their friendship is refreshing—the two girls display not jealousy but awareness of how much their differences strengthen their friendship. Ali wins the raffle for a backstage tour and meets Jace, the lead guitarist and songwriter of Tone Deaf. He recognizes the abuse and aids her escape. The portrayal of Ali as Deaf is authentic and modern. She loves rock concerts for the vibrations and sensory pull of the crowd. She prefers to sign but exasperatedly reads the lips of people who talk fast or turn away as they talk. As Ali, Jace, and the band tour amid Amber alerts, surprising emotional connections are painfully forged and will resonate with young survivors of abuse, especially as Ali takes small steps toward recovery. VERDICT This gripping tale of survival has great appeal due to the parallel boy/girl narrative structure, the portrayal of a Deaf character at home in the realm of music and songwriting, and the overall pop culture tenor.—Sara Lissa Paulson, City-as-School High School, New York City
Much like its hero, Tone Deaf’s flashy, rock-star exterior surrounds a sweet, vulnerable soul that made it impossible to put down. It is equal parts fun and touching, with a dash of humor and lot of heart. The friendships, as well as the romance, have intense, believable chemistry, and with a giant pitbull named Cuddles thrown in the mix, I was in love!” Laura Lee Anderson, author of Song of Summer
Tone Deaf is everything that’s best about YA writinga strong story, well-defined characters we can care about with distinct voices, and the writing is like walking into Hemingway’s well-lighted room. . . . Tone Deaf’s characters will stay with me for a long time.” Douglas Rees, award-winning author of Vampire High
Olivia Rivers has hit all the right notes with Tone Deaf.” A. R. Kahler, author of Pale Queen Rising and Shades of Darkness
The portrayal of Ali as Deaf is authentic and modern. She loves rock concerts for the vibrations and sensory pull of the crowd. She prefers to sign but exasperatedly reads the lips of people who talk fast or turn away as they talk. As Ali, Jace, and the band tour amid Amber alerts, surprising emotional connections are painfully forged and will resonate with young survivors of abuse, especially as Ali takes small steps toward recovery. VERDICT This gripping tale of survival has great appeal due to the parallel boy/girl narrative structure, the portrayal of a Deaf character at home in the realm of music and songwriting, and the overall pop culture tenor.” School Library Journal
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Ali has studied American Sign Language and does her best to read lips. She thinks about turning 18 and running away from her horrible father and life. She doesn't feel safe and she's miserable. Her mother was killed while she was in surgery for her brain tumor and she's stuck with a father that doesn't care about her. She and others have tried to get Child Protective Services to help many times but her father was a police chief and no one could believe it.
Jace is the lead singer of Tone Deaf and he has a reputation for being a jerk and a playboy. Ali wins backstage passes during the concert but when he realizes she is deaf, he is worse than normal. He grew up with parents that were deaf. His mother was loving but his father used drugs and abused him. He recognizes the way Ali acts and seems and asks her to run away and go on tour with him. He knows she's only 17 years old and he could be in serious trouble but he doesn't want something horrible to happen to her. He experienced it and wants to save her. His band is really different. Two of his bandmates (and one is his cousin) are in a relationship. But they are a tight group and they are always there for one another.
Definitely worth reading.
Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers is a book I will be adding to my favorites list! I love finding books that have a main character who has a disability!
Tone Deaf was extremely well written and while I don't have a disability myself, I felt connected to the heroine Ali thtough Olivia's wonderful descriptions.
The hero Jase and the heroine Ali were both written so well that I connected to each of them and the struggles they faced to move on from there painful pasts.
Parts of the story seemed predictable, hence my 4 star rating. I didn't really buy into Ali and Jace's romance. I liked them as friends and because they had a mutual connection to the deaf community. But for me, it ended there. I also could have predicted Ali would be saved in the end from her abusive father. No doubt a good thing, but a predictable event. Neither of these things deterred me from thoroughly enjoying this book though.
I look forward to more work by Olivia Rivers in the future!
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I would consider it to be straddling the line between YA and New Adult.Read more