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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,095 Ratings  ·  135 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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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)
*4.5 STARS* Awwww this was so, so, so, so beautiful. Here's my video review -
”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 r
Cait (Paper Fury)
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
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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.

A beautiful book that should be read by every teenager who is coming out of his/her bubbly comfort zone - and who is, appropriately, coming of age - and entering the real world.

Everyone - from a young, impressionable age - needs to understand that not everything considered "different" is inherently bad, and that no one with a disability deserves isolation and ridicule. After all, we are all different, which is what makes us all so unique and interesting. Which is why we all deserve to ask for ac
Lubos Panda
Typická youngadultovka ozvláštněná tím, že hlavní hrdinkou je ohluchlá dívka. Kladně hodnotím to, že čtenáře seznámí se základními pojmy ze světa neslyšících. Jinak je to hodně jednoduchý příběh, takže doporučuju dívkám od 12 do 17 let věku. Pro starší už by to mohlo být trochu nudné čtení. Pokud Vás zajímá svět neslyšících, tohle může být dobrá kniha na úplný začátek.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

Review to come!
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
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I've read the blurb of Whisper for the first time, I thought the book was about a girl moving to an entire new country. I thought "Hey! I can relate to that, this better be good!". Somehow, I missed the "profoundly deaf" part.

I bet every one of us puts earphones on when going to work/school/any other situation that doesn't require our full attention. We choose to block other sounds out and therefore not to hear. But what if the choice was taken away from us? Well, that's what happened a yea
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
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
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
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fantasy
Absolutely amazing, seriously!

I just- Ugh, I'm speechless after just finishing it. This book is not my usual genre but I decided to give it a go anyway and loovvveeeddd it.
The writing is lovely, the story is great, emotions are genuine, characters are well developed.
This isn't the typical YA book where it evolves around someone falling head over heels in love and their world surrounding that, but about a girl struggling severally and through love- from all around- becomes stronger and more conf
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Whisper is one of those gems that come your way when you least expect it! The author captures the reader's attention from the opening chapter - the complication comes as quite a shock, as the main character, Demi, is suddenly facing her future in a silent world. The reader is immediately drawn into the daily struggles that Demi faces so courageously - the cruelty of ignorant people, the changing relationship with her former friends, huge decisions to make about her learning, and dealing with fam
Apr 18, 2014 added it
I can defiantly relate to this book although I am only moderately hearing impaired and proud. When I don't have my hearing aids in I feel isolated and I hate it when people get frustrated cause I hear the wrong thing or it takes me 3 or 4 times to get what their saying. However I also hate it when people exaggerate their bodies or do really over the top movements or speak really slowly and loudly. These days you don't find many fiction books about kids with disabilities. Whisper also is a brutal ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating - 3.5

Whisper was quite a good read.

Demi was a really strong character.
Having to adjust your life, and not fitting into your old one anymore must be awful to go through, but Demi coped with it all rather well.

There was some parts in this that were quite sad, and i really felt for Demi.
Having your friends forget you're deaf, and then having them slag your new friends off is horrible.

Overall, a good read, with a strong main character.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow!! Just Wow. I was really suprised by this book and have nothing more to say. I loved the characters, plot and the message of the book. It changed my perspective of deaf people living among the people who can hear. Also the cover is really beautiful, which is always a plus but which also made me pick up the book in the first place.

In overall 4.5 star.
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2015
I really enjoyed this. It was narrated really well and I enjoyed the diverse perspective from the viewpoint of a hearing impaired girl. I was hooked in from the beginning. An emotional rollercoaster - fluctuating between sympathy, anger and content. I could really empathise with the main character as I too have a disability.
4.5 stars!
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