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.