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3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  311 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Love is blind, but it's also deaf. Stella was born to sing. Someday Broadway. Even though she's only a sophomore at a new high school, her voice has given her the status as a "cool kid." But everything changes when a tragic accident renders her deaf. She can't hear herself sing not to mention speak. She can't hear anything. Silence. What happens when everything you've ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Shadow Mountain
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Shadow Mountain Publishing and NetGalley.)

“The injury to your head caused sensorineural hearing loss. That’s why you can’t hear anything.”

This was a story about how one girl coped with losing her hearing, and the boy who helped her.

“My name is there. Not in the supporting cast list. But as the lead. As Maria. The lead in the school musical. Me.”

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I felt quite sorry for Stella in this story. To lose yo
Mar 05, 2015 Abbie rated it really liked it
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(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I felt really sorry for Stella. It would be awful to suddenly lose your hearing like that, and trying to adjust to life without it would be really hard and confusing.
Not only did she lose her hearing, she lost her dreams of singing, and lost the relationship she had with her best friend.

I really liked the romance between Stella and Hayden. They understood each other, and they made a nice couple.

Overall, A moving read about a
Tara Chevrestt
Stella has big dreams, Broadway dreams, and she's been blessed with a great voice. But just when things start to look like they're really happening for her, she goes to party (I don't consider this a spoiler as I KNEW it was going to be a party) and gets hurt. She gets hurt in a manner that takes away her hearing. And while our (deaf people) voices vibrate and we can control our volume for the most part, deafness usually results in tone deafness--I know this. So naturally, Stella fears her ...more
I loved this book! Stella moved about a year ago to a new high school but is so quiet that nobody really knows who she is and she only has one friend, Lily. She has a beautiful voice and finally took a chance by trying out for the school play. Amazingly, she lands the starring role! She's becoming more popular and is on the verge of her dreams coming true. However, a tragic accident changes everything. When she wakes up, she learns that she's deaf and she's not sure what that means for her ...more
Mar 02, 2015 Terri rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of this book from the publisher Shadow Mountain via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Netgalley says that the publication date is expected for March 3rd however Goodreads says it was on January 6th.

I really should have disliked this book. It was so full of "rainbows and unicorns" and so squeaky clean. It spoke of a powerful love that went deeper than anything I have ever experienced and the main character wa
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
The synopsis of this book appealed to me because Stella is a musician, who looses her ability to hear music. As a teen my life revolved around my orchestra and choir concerts and I am drawn to books where the characters are involved in music.

Stella has an amazing talent as a singer. She is able to move others with her voice. While at practice for her high school musical, a new boy is introduced as the pianist. Hayden is also a talented musician, but he stutters and some people have a hard time w
Jenny - Book Sojourner
Jan 13, 2015 Jenny - Book Sojourner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-arc, read-in-2015
Overall: 4.5 Stars

Silence is a very thoughtful, sweet, and poetic read exploring the depths of self-identity, hopefulness, and new love. Not only is it well-written, but it is cleanly written, stripping away the distractions of over-sexualization and vulgarity that have become commonplace in this genre, and replacing them with sincere motives and purity of intention and heart. Silence is a beautiful and meaningful story and one I have no hesitance recommending.

I had not intended to read this bo
Mar 01, 2015 Morris rated it liked it
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“Silence” is a romance for teens about a boy who has a speech impediment and a girl who loses her hearing in a freak accident. At its heart it’s a very sweet story, and I wish I could have given it four stars.

I’ll begin with the good. It’s nice to see a book written featuring different sorts of disabilities and how they affect lives of both those with them and those around them. There are no sexual acts outside of kissing, faith is featured heavily, and there is no bad language. It’s written in
Misty Baker
Jul 16, 2015 Misty Baker rated it liked it
*** A 3.4 Review as posted on KindleObsessed blog ***

Silence is defined as: the complete absence of sound.

For the majority of us, we have never truly experienced silence. We can “be still” and “be quiet” but true silence is unfathomable, incomprehensible, a mystery. The world we live in is one MADE of sound. Even in the quietest of places ambient noise encircles us, adds depth to our surroundings. It’s what we KNOW.

But what if, in the blink of an eye, all that changed?

What if…in one second, one
Susan (The Book Bag)
Stella has a mantra she lives by.

'No boys. No distractions. Someday Broadway.'

She has dreams of singing on Broadway some day and boys will only get in the way. And it seems like she might be on the right path. She lands the starring role of Maria in Westside Story and she is only a sophomore. Usually the leading role goes to a senior. Yes, sir - her dream just might come true.

'When I sing, I make my own soundtrack. I believe anything is possible. Miracles can happen.'

That all changes one night a
Mar 20, 2015 Mindy rated it really liked it
Silence is a beautiful story. I was intrigued with the way it was told, present tense first person. I thought it was a perfect way to really get to know what the characters were thinking and I was immediately in the situation with them. I loved Stella's journey and Hayden's as well, in finding their way back. I loved how Hayden took care of Stella, and how he wanted to give her 17 days to teach her how to hear the world around her without sound. Very sweet. Hayden's story was heartbreaking, but ...more
Rebecca Foster
Mar 31, 2015 Rebecca Foster rated it really liked it
Two diffident teenagers with communication issues fall in love in this endearing romance. The novel alternates chapters from Stella’s and Hayden’s first-person perspectives. Lytton creates believable backstories for her characters to explain why they are both wary of love. Teens who enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars and Gracefully Grayson should find plenty to relate to in this novel about the forces that so often threaten us into silence and the struggle to find a voice anyway.

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Jul 14, 2016 Daryl rated it really liked it
A very good read. I'm glad it ended the way it did. Any other way and it would not have been worth reading. Job well done.
Oct 01, 2016 Swickedgurl rated it it was ok
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Alexis White
Oct 06, 2016 Alexis White rated it it was amazing
I love this book so much! I love the characters and all their characteristics. I also love the plot and how everything ended up happening. I liked this book because I get really attached to the characters. I really like Stella and Hayden. I think they are good characters. There wasn't anything that I thought was bad about this book. I was always entertained, and I always wanted to keep reading. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance, friendship, courage, and independence.
Tara Dole
Oct 03, 2016 Tara Dole rated it really liked it
This book was good enough for me to want to read it again before some other high-priority books on my list. I'm a sucker for romance and this had a relatively good blend of realism as well. Sure, it's super heterosexual, but you would expect as much.
I received a copy of this book for free on goodreads from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I must confess, I had high hopes for this story. The main character is a young girl whose only dream in life is to be a singer, but that dream is ripped away from her when she has an accident that causes her to lose her hearing. A shy boy enters the scene and shows her a life just as vibrant as the one she had when she could hear, restoring her hope and giving her a newfound love for life. All
Jun 26, 2016 Julie rated it it was ok
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Sep 23, 2015 BlvdofBooks rated it it was amazing
Silence was a wonderful read. I was drawn to the story from the very first line and couldn't put it down until the last page. One thing I really enjoyed about this story was that it talked a lot about hope and how it is important to keep going no matter what.

I found the protagonists very compelling. I liked how Hayden cared a lot about Stella, how he was there for her when she was in the hospital, and spent time showing her that there is still so much to cherish in this world without hearing.
Jun 04, 2015 Krista rated it really liked it
I received this book as a "First Reads Giveaway." I love it! I have never read anything like it as far as the writing style goes but I enjoyed it. It was a cute and touching story. But I think what I enjoyed most about it is it taught me some things that will stay with me for awhile. I am not deaf but I do have a disability. I am paralyzed from the waist down. I believe at times that society as well as we as individuals limit ourselves based on our abilities or disabilities especially when ...more
Tracey Neithercott
I’m always interested in books about main characters who are blind or deaf. I particularly enjoyed Antony John’s Dumb, and if you like Silence—or if you’re just looking for another good book with a deaf protagonist—definitely check it out.

Silence surprised me. From the first page, Lytton hooked me with her lyrical writing. And how appropriate that Stella’s opening chapter is so heavy on sound. She’s a singer who hears music all around her, and it’s a wonderful mind to be in:
I hear the thunder of
Mar 13, 2015 M R rated it really liked it
Silence is a beautiful love story that captures the hope that exists even in the midst of darkness and pain. When rising star, Stella loses her hearing in a pool accident, she faces not only the loss of her musical gift, but also the loss of her identity as a person. She’d pinned all her future hopes on the goal of Someday Broadway after her parents’ divorce. Now, she must figure out what else is worth living for, and Hayden, a boy with his own mysterious, dark past, can help her do just that. ...more
A young adult novel that tells the story of a singer that has her heart set on Broadway, but an unexpected accident finds her looking at an alternative future. Landing a lead role at her local school play, Stella finally feels she is on the path of her dream career. Stella learns the inner world of the drama class and finds herself rising in popularity at the school. Unexpectedly a quiet boy grabs her attention, for he is one that plays the piano at her rehearsals. His name is Hayden and he is ...more
Sep 19, 2016 Clara rated it really liked it
I loved the book! It was a very sweet story.
Jul 03, 2014 Allisa rated it really liked it
Oh man, this book is just so sweet! I was lucky to get an ARC and when I read the blurb, I had to snatch it up! It's funny, I'm always drawn to the whole 'not-talking' thing at this time of year. Last year, it was Speechless (which was not great). Silence, on the other hand, was FANTASTIC! There were a couple of problems with it, but overall, it was a great read.

Stella Layne is an amazing singer. When she makes the role Maria of West Side Story as a sophomore, she's so excited. Then a horrible a
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
Silence is a sweet young adult romance about two teens who taught each other about life and how to love. This book was written so well that I found myself completely lost within it. It was interesting that the story was about two people that have filled their world with silence that I found myself ignoring the world around me while reading.
I also found it to be nice to read a story where the two main characters have a disability. I happen to know a child that was in an accident and now he is bo
Katie W
Mar 03, 2015 Katie W rated it really liked it
There are a lot of things in life that I take for granted. My five senses are at the top of the list. I can't even imagine what it would be like to have the world at the tip of my fingers and with one accident, lose it all.

Stella has an amazing voice and has a big goal-- "Someday Broadway." She's only a sophomore, yet she has the lead in the school musical. Until a freak accident at a party leaves her unable to hear...leaves her world silent. She starts to lose hope and is so afraid of what the
Mar 10, 2015 Rachelle rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it at first--it is written in first person, present tense, which is tricky to do and keep everything straight. Lytton did a great job with the voice and point of view as well as the present tense. Silence struck a chord with me because I love music and enjoy singing, so I kept imagining myself in Stella's place and how I would handle things.
Envisioning her struggle through a teen's eyes, she handled things extremely well. It was neat to rea
Zoe Mark
Apr 15, 2015 Zoe Mark rated it liked it
I found this book at Powell's on a trip to Oregon. Powell's is amazing and has a huge selection of books. At first it was hard to find a book because there were so many different options, but because it is Powell's there is always a book for everyone. This was the first one that called out to me there, so I decided to get it. It is about Stella, she is a singer but after a horrible accident can no longer hear. This is devastating to Stella, but she soon finds hope in a new boy. This new boy ...more
Laurie Treacy
Mar 06, 2015 Laurie Treacy rated it really liked it
Something is different about him today. I sense it. He's more open, somehow. More present. I have no idea what caused the change, but I like it. Then it occurs to me maybe the one who is different is me. (Stella)

I have won. Not with my fists, but with words. I have won with the power of speech. (Hayden)

With a lovely ornate style of writing, author Deborah Lytton brings to life a tale of acceptance, redemption and love in her gripping YA novel, Silence. Stella and Hayden are two gentle teens, she
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