A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

A Quiet Kind of Thunder Book Cover A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Sara Barnard
Women's fiction , Teens & YA
Macmillan Children's Books
12th January 2017

Steffi doesn't talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can't hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn't a lightning strike, it's the rumbling roll of thunder.

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.

The stunning new novel from the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things is a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

I have to say I feel incredibly privileged to have read this book before it’s released. I feel like I’ve been exposed to something incredibly precious.

Steffi since very young has been a selective mute, there was no real trigger, there’s no rhyme or reason, Steffi just is. Her friendship with Rhys who suffers form deafness, is beautiful. Her basic knowledge of BSL means she is paired with him at sixth form to help interpret for him. The story follows their friendship and in turn their love story and how they help each other to feel more at ease in the world.

I thought the anxiety that Steffi suffers chronically with was depicted honestly and accurately. I’m sure everyone at some point has been in Steffi’s shoes whether its listening to that doubtful voice that likes to pop into your head to having a full blown panic attack to simply not talking. The story was engaging and the characters genuine, it was easy to fall in love with both Steffi and Rhys.

It was a heartwarming tale of first loves, friendships, having the courage to be yourself and finding who you are.

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