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The Color of Silence

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Alex is seventeen years old, and she feels her life has come to an end. After being involved in an accident that killed her best friend, she doesn't see why anyone would want her around. Sentenced to community service, she is assigned to spend time with Joanie, a severely disabled girl who is trapped in a body she can't control and seemingly unable to communicate. Alex com ...more
Paperback, 269 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Second Story Press
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: B+

Two unlikely friends. Alex, mourning the death of her best friend, chooses not to talk. Joanie, trapped in her body by an unnamed neuromuscular disease, has an endless supply of words in her head, but she lacks the physical ability to speak. As part of community service, Alex is assigned to be Joanie's companion.

Joanie reminded me a bit of Pollyanna, cheerful and optimistic, in the worst of circumstances. I had a hard time warming to her, because she seemed inauthentic, however I came t
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This novel has a unique perspective. It opens up the world of a severely disabled young woman to teen readers who may not have considered such a life. Giving words to a character who is trapped in a life without the ability to communicate raises important issues about how people with disabilities are treated, what makes a life worth living, and how small acts of kindness can transform someone’s existence. Liane Shaw succeeds in writing a compelling, heart wrenching story that could teach empathy ...more
Kayla Jane
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I honestly just could not get into this book. I really like the concept, but it is not what usually interests me. Maybe in a couple of months, I will be able to pick it up again and re-read it, to see if I hopefully will be able to connect to the characters in some way. It wasn't really memorable and that's a bummer.
Ena Weverink
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Good book. It's aimed at teenage audience and handles the issue of loss, guilt, and death quite well. It's worth putting on a class reading list.
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The writing style was hard to follow for me and also the direction the plot went was not for me ... I crave certain kinds of endings for a book and nothing in the burb suggested that THIS would happen - otherwise I would not have picked up this book.

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Yilin Tan
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very touching story and really inspiring. Would recommend other teens to read it too.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The last few pages tore me apart. It was too sudden. I felt miserable at first, but then I finally understood that it was for good :')
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May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Does silence have a colour? Or does silence have different colours? If I'd been asked those questions, I might have initially given silence the colour black - a void, without filling, a black hole of nothingness but the potential for sound. But Liane Shaw shows us that The Color of Silence will vary with the listener, here specifically two teens: one whose world had been filled with laughter and song, and then terror, before she choose
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Confession time, I missed downloading this on NetGalley before it was archived, so I ended up buying an eBook copy via Amazon. I am SO glad I did.

Premise of the book. Two 17 year old girls are the MCs. One was involved in a car accident that took the life of her best friend. Yes, it involved a car and a party, but no alcohol or drugs. I appreciated that. There was enough to deal with that alcohol/drug use wasn't necessary to get the point across. It actually made the accident more tragic and sad
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen, may13
Alexandra is a shy 17 year old, who has a best friend named Cali. Cali was an opposite of Alexandra,until one day Cali passed away in a car accident. Alexandra never stopped blaming herself so she dropped out of school, went to a therapist, and stopped talking to people. She was assigned two hundred hours of community service hours while she was on her one year probation. She served her hours at a hospital with a patient named Joanie, who has no control over her body and cannot speak. Joanie has ...more
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The tears that dropped down my face while reading this book. It didn't turn out like it was supposed to, ahhhh. IT SHOULDN'T HAVE ENDED LIKE THAT, SHE HAD SO MUCH POTENTIAL. WHYYYYYY?

The color of silence is a novel based on Alexandra's life, which is full of losses. Alexandra is a shy 17 year old, who opened up once she met her best friend Cali. Cali was the total opposite of Alexandra which helped her be more outgoing, and try new things. Until she passed away in car accident which made Alexan
Seventeen-year-old Alex refuses to talk except when it's absolutely necessary since she blames herself for the death of her talented, vivacious best friend Cali. There's no point in talking now that Cali is gone. As part of her court-ordered community service, Alex begins working with Joanie, a hospitalized girl who cannot speak and has little control over her limbs. At first, Alex makes her visits dutifully, but somehow in the middle of the time she spends with Joanie, she realizes that Joanie ...more
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I actually didn't think I was going to like this at first... reading it on my kindle made it a little confusing at the start to tell when we were in Alex's present vs. her past and it felt like things kept jumping around and it was frustrating.

But then I got into it. Like, super-duper into it.

And it fucking made me sob buckets.

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Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book was about these two girls . One couldn't talk physically and one coudln't talk emotionally. The main characters ran into the problem of learning how to communicate. I could relate to one chracter in the story. I have felt the same way as one of the characters. I liked the book because it was how these two girls learned how to communicate in different ways to let out their emotions. My favorite part was when the physically disabled girl learned how to talk from a computer. I would recomm ...more
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story is about two teenagers who do not speak, one because she is disabled and the other because of a horrible tragedy. The story alternates between their viewpoints, sadly and slowly, but the story still flows nicely. I enjoyed the book, even the sadness, because the author really gets into some of the psychology and technology that can help each of them. Having gone through some horrible periods in my life, I can attest to some of the usefulness of the techniques described.
Rie Charles
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two parallel lives, one trapped in her body unable to speak, the other choosing not to speak and wanting out of her body and each with rich internal lives that scream to get out. But through their forced meetings, Alexandra and Joanie help the other to communicate and through the remarkable process become friends.

Liane Shaw in the Color of Silence (Second Story Press) has written a story that walks a fine compelling line and never descends into excessive sentimentality. Wonderful.
Kate Schoedinger
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great YA book for girls that explores loss, grief and hope and healing. Read this in one sitting (airport delays but worth it) and loved the pace and truth of character. Believable characters but Joanie's history could have been developed further rather than briefly implied that her parents abandoned her for her disabilities . Good read.
Susan  Dunn
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Joanie is bedridden by neuromuscular disease. Alex is grieving the lost of her best friend, and blames herself for Cali's death. When Alex is assigned community service by the courts for her part in the accident, she meets Joanie. She didn't think she'd ever be able to enjoy life again, but working with and getting to know Joanie gives her a new perspective.
Ilaria Tomasini
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful novel about the silence of two girls.
Alexandra feels guilty for the death of her best friend in a car accident and she doesn't want to talk anymore, Joanie is trapped in her body and she could never speak or tell others the beautiful world of her mind.
Even if they can barely communicate, they became friends and this friendship will heal their souls
Sue Marie
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
What happens if you've never been able to speak, and then are offered a key to communicate? What happens if an accident has made you feel like you've lost your voice? Two 17 year old girls develop a friendship by bridging the silence. Thought-provoking and heartbreaking.
Nov 03, 2013 rated it liked it
so heart-felt and deep
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nicely done-the story of two teenage girls who both need a friend. Each chapter alternates between the two girls telling the story. A slow start but a strong finish.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was pretty good.
Rachel Brune
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Overpoweringly haunting and immensely sad.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
this book made me cry! YOU MUST READ!!
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was OK. Read it just a few weeks ago and I had a hard time remembering it even after I read the goodreads summary. So not real memorable.
Ampersand Inc.
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: karen-s-reads
Two compelling teenage girl voices.
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