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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,384 ratings  ·  170 reviews
I'm always trying to figure out what's really going on. Always having to fill in the gaps, but never getting all the details. It's like trying to do a jigsaw when I don't even know what the picture is, and I'm missing one of the vital middle pieces.

How do you know if your friends are talking about you behind your back or if a boy likes you? They could act innocent, but you
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 2011 by Hardie Grant Egmont
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Christine Hi. Sorry, I just saw this question. No, I'm not Deaf but I did do loads of research for Whisper. I spent a great deal of time at the Victorian Colleg…moreHi. Sorry, I just saw this question. No, I'm not Deaf but I did do loads of research for Whisper. I spent a great deal of time at the Victorian College for the Deaf. The book trailer is beautiful, hey? It was made by students in Bath, England. Whisper is a class text in some schools. Thanks for your question!

Chrissie Perry So glad you enjoyed 'Whisper' Sophie. I'm currently writing a series for younger kids called 'Penelope Perfect'. I'd love to do a sequel to 'Whisper' …moreSo glad you enjoyed 'Whisper' Sophie. I'm currently writing a series for younger kids called 'Penelope Perfect'. I'd love to do a sequel to 'Whisper' one of these days though.(less)

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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, anxiety
*4.5 STARS* Awwww this was so, so, so, so beautiful. Here's my video review - ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
”I’m always trying to figure out what’s really going on. Always having to fill in the gaps, but never getting all the details. It’s like trying to do a jigsaw when I don’t even know what the picture is, and I’m missing one of the vital middle pieces.”
On my morning commute to work, the first thing I usually do is put my earphones in. I choose to block out the tram rumble and the overly loud mobile phone conversations and the high school gossip with music. I don’t think I fully realised until
C.G. Drews
THIS WAS SUPER WONDERFUL. I admit I read it for selfish reasons though...I'm writing a book with a deaf character and I'm gobbling all the research I can. What I particularly loved about this book was how it was all about Deaf culture, too, and I loved how it talked about audism (discrimination to non-hearing people) and Deaf communities. And I loooved how it contrasted the narrator, Demi, who lives in a hearing family but is now deaf, and Stella, who is SO FIERCELY proud of her deaf heritage th ...more
Joy (joyous reads)
“It doesn't matter if she's deaf," he says. "My aunty Demi can listen with her eyes, and whisper with her hands.”

Damn Australian writers and their heart-wrenching contemporary fiction. It never fails. It's an automatic instant love syndrome but in this case, I'm the one falling in love and not the characters in the book. Not that I'm complaining, it's just...I have a difficult time reviewing them because I sound like a broken record with each review (see AUSSOME shelf on Goodreads). And this bo
Watermelon Daisy
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

A deaf girl? To be honest, I was reluctant. I've read my share of people with something out of the ordinary happening to them (like The Body Finder) and I completely hated that one. So I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked it up. I didn't really think much of the cover. But the pitch at the back drew me in, even if I was thinking, "Meh. How over-exaggerated. You don't have to be deaf to have a hard life."

Amazing. The sentences are short, but not choppy. None
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Books about teenagers are usually not great, but this one was...wrong. Every character felt very shallow and one note, including Demi herself. I could have told you what lessons she would learn and how she would learn them two pages into the book. I got sick of her complaints in about one paragraph. I appreciated that it told a commonly untold perspective- that of deaf students. I'm nearly fluent in ASL, so I understand some of the struggles of deaf people exploring the hearing world. It's an im ...more
axumm muah
Feb 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I give this book a 3 star review. It was interesting but not at the extent that I was hoping for as it had such a good synopsis.
Don't get me wrong, it was nice. The plot of the story was not the best but pretty nice and light. I liked how they made their book from the perspective of someone that is deaf. They made a book on someone who has a disability or as said in the book an audism. It was also nice to see how it had changed the view set of someone entirely.
I wished they could have made the
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
Quick, fairly forgettable book.

All the ingredients are there for a moving story: the heroine, Demi, has recently lost her hearing due to meningitis, and she's struggling to deal with it. She feels isolated and excluded by her old friends, but also resents her unashamedly deaf new friends for making her look like a freak. She also has a burgeoning romance with a hearing boy to deal with.

Unfortunately, the narrative voice is so simplistic that any interest I had in the book kept draining away. Dem
There was a lot to love about this book! It's sorta issuefic, sure, but it's well-written, plotty issuefic with real characters. I especially love the way the story makes the point that radical/separatist Deaf politics exists for a reason, and can be respected and not dismissed even by people who choose a more moderate/integrated path.

1.5 stars off for the constant, jarring use of the R-word, without any examination of the problematic way it's used. "You can't be an arsehole to me, I'm deaf, not
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Sep 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Demi loses her hearing as a result of meningitus when she was 14. The story starts 2 years later whan Demi and her family have been through a full cycle of emotions, from optimism that her hearing will return, to realisation that it isn't going to, determination to stay on in her mainstream school and the final resignation that going to a school for the deaf would be better. Demi has made this final decision although her mother remains convinced that she shouldn't distance herself from her heari ...more
Rebecca Sparkes
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is such an amasing, inspiring dtory of courage, hope and.... Well life. I read this by a complete coincidence as it was just a random book my boyfriend grabbed to get me out of the bookstore.
Since reading this I've become more aware of the world around me. I've started learning sign language and did my work experience at a primary/hearing impared school. This book has changed my life, inspired me to aspire to bigger, better things.
Above all else Chrissie Keighery has changed my world. Giv
this was a thoughtful, kind and quick read about deafness, anxiety, and self acceptance. very touching.
“We read to know we're not alone.” William Nicholson.

So this book is a reread for me. I remember loving the setting and the complex relationships between Demi’s friends and family, and also a bit for giving insight into a whole other world: the Deaf community. I don’t reread often, but when I do, it is usually for a specific reason, and here it is: slowly but surely, I am losing my hearing. Back in August, it reached the point where it is now having a major impact upon my life. I’m feeling isola
2021 EDIT: *sigh*

I expected to love 'Whisper' as much as I did the first time.

I didn't.

I'm just going to type up all of my thoughts on the second read of 'Whisper' in one go, one rush; best to get it over with, and out of my system forever. Sorry if I don't seem cohesive, or if I'm rambling, but here I am. Here is what this book has done to me:

I was really into it at first. Demi is a little thoughtless and insensitive towards the deaf, but it's for understandable reasons. If I were a teenager wh
Amanda Thai
5 stars.

Being misunderstood is one of the most internally tolling conflicts involved with being a teenager. No matter how many times you explain it, no matter how many ways you phrase it, people, especially adults, just don't know what it's like to be in your shoes. To be weighed down by expectations, doubts, and your very own feelings and thoughts. They pretend they do, say they were teenagers once too, but each person is unique, with their own individual problems and worries. That was
Kat H.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not deaf myself, but my husband and I are learning Auslan to help out our small group of deaf friends. This book was a great reminder for me personally. Often, I find myself not wanting to engage in conversation because trying to fumble through the signs I don't know can be exhausting when you're not fluent. But this reminded me to think about these deaf ones and how isolated they must feel day to day. When we make the effort to include them in our conversations it really must make a big di ...more
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is not a coming of age story as I first thought when I started it, but it is a growing up story, with a twist. However, I could not put it down. Growing up at fourteen is already hard enough as it is, but doing so while deaf, and only having been deaf for a short time is a tremendous blow, but the main character grows through it, and is all the better for it. I quite enjoyed the explanations of signs, but would have preferred a little more explanation of Auslan. There wasn't really a climax ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sadly, I don't own a copy of this book, and it is a little while since I read it, but it is a very powerful and extremely well written book, well deserving of the nominations and awards it has received.

In my classroom it has done the rounds of the girls (12-13yrs) and had a bit of a waiting list, even though we had two copies.

Two of my girls, who were not keen readers, discovered the power of reading through having read this book. Brilliant!
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it

This book was amazing. The plot AND the happy ending.

Though I had no idea people that were deaf thought that way.

Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, fiction, ya, z-2017
Quite satisfying, this one. In Whisper, Demi has been deaf for about two years. By the time the book opens, she's already learned the basics: she speaks decent Sign and has learned to read lips, she's learned many of the little things that make life easier when you can't hear. But Demi is frustrated by the way the rest of the world seems to fly on ahead of her—she misses much of what goes on with her friends and family, her mother is focusing more on Demi's seemingly perfect older sister than on ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
“It doesn't matter if she's deaf," he says, "My aunty Demi can listen with her eyes, and whisper with her hands.”

This was really beautiful and different than I expected. In a good way.

I've had this book on my shelves for more than three years, but I think reading it now was a good enough time because I didn't feel pressured and I enjoyed it accordingly.

I'm always curious on how authors treat disabilities in their books and if they serve a plot point in an otherwise even dull plot.

I have
Rachael (pagesofpiper)
I really enjoyed this book. I really liked the main character and her journey getting to know the deaf world and culture. I think if you enjoyed the series Switched at Birth you would like this book. The only downside is it was very predictable but it was an enjoyable read. There was quite a bit about technology too which dated it slightly, text speak, not a smart phone, MSN :)
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

Review to come!
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is story about a teenage girl who goes deaf and has to learn to cope. She explores a new, unknown word; silence. I would recommend it to fluent reader of about ten and older.
Every time that I finished a few chapters i felt as though I myself were deaf.
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-contemporary
Originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.

When I first picked up Whisper, I expected a book that would be an enjoyable, interesting read, but I didn't expect to be moved as much as I was.

Demi's story is such a sad one. Of course, it's awful for anyone to be deaf, but if a child is born deaf, they don't know any different. But to reach the age of 14 being able to hear perfectly, and to then have the world put on mute after suffering with meningitis, it's just so hard to deal with. But Demi is try
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love that this novel explored deaf/disability pride!
Read my full review on my blog: https://laurasadventuresinliterature....
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
Demi got meningitis at 14 and was left profoundly deaf. WHISPER begins when she's sixteen and has finally decided (against her mother's horrified opposition) to stop trying to manage in her old school and instead transfer to a school for the deaf. She's dealing with massive shock, humiliation, terror, and self-loathing. Over the course of the book, she discovers friends, romance, and most of all, self-belief and empowerment.

I read WHISPER with a shock of recognition. Obviously, ME/CFS (the chron
Zoe and the Edge
I'm a huge sucker for disability fiction. I like to read about them because it's something different. And I feel like I learn something because it makes me think in ways I've never thought before. For instance, the varying levels of deafness or being discriminatory towards people who can speak. Or how intonation and emphasis is conveyed through sign language. Or how important it is that the lights are on at a party for a deaf person who needs to read lips to know what's going on. Or how deaf peo ...more
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-stories
Bought this really for the book cover collection at work, but wanted to read it as I know nothing about being deaf and very little about living with or interacting with people who cannot hear. On the surface it is a typical YA book, although well-written, with none of the lazy characterisation or vocabulary that sometimes plagues writing for this audience. As far as I could tell it would engage such an audience in terms of its concerns, context and language. The main character's deafness (the re ...more
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