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Louder Than Words

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  51 reviews


I thought I’d hit rock bottom when my dad died.

I was wrong.

I never dreamed my mom would choose drugs and alcohol over me.

I was wrong about that too.

I thought teachers were there to instruct, to guide, to counsel.

Wrong doesn’t begin to describe what nearly happened that last day of my Junior year. Lesson learned; trust is for suckers and actions spea
Kindle Edition, First Edition (Out of Print), 300 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Swoon Romance
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Iris Hi Kelly, thanks for your question. Yes! Soon it will be available in paperback! Just waiting for the original digital only publisher to revert rights…moreHi Kelly, thanks for your question. Yes! Soon it will be available in paperback! Just waiting for the original digital only publisher to revert rights back to me and then I'll release the paperback version. Stay tuned!(less)

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Julie Reece
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this awesome story so much. Can't wait for everyone to read it! ...more
Paula M
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, favorite, for-review
You can also read my review here!!

This is one of the most romantic and moving book I've ever read. I kid you not. Surprised is an understatement.


A drunkard mother, a teacher who forced himself on her and a boy who makes her heart race. Ellen's life is so not boring. Let me just start of by saying that I adore this heroine so much. I really want to hug her because of the stupid things that has been happening in her life. She's a tough cookie, I'll tell you that. I mean, sure, not at first.. b
Lisa (lifeinlit)
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
No surprise here… but what first caught my attention was the adorable cover. I just love YA contemps, and this one SCREAMED YA contemporary. Then I read the synopsis and decided this definitely sounded like something I would like. And the verdict is… I loved it!

Poor Ellen is definitely dealing with A LOT on her plate right now. Her father has died, her mother is a drug addict, her only brother is now her guardian, and she’s now stuck dealing with the fact that a well-loved teacher tried to put t
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance
Awwe! This book was so endearing. I loved the innocence of the romance in this book. It is not all sunshine though. This story covers some really tough issues. Just like real life, this book gets down and dirty with what being a teenager can look like. It is not always pretty. This book takes the reader into the mind of a girl called Ellen. A girl with a lack of self-esteem and self-worth. She can’t seem to say what she means, and her silence hides a terrible secret.

Ellen, is a 16 year old with
Paula  Phillips
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What happens when someone you trust betrays you ? Worst when it starts to affect not only you but others around you ? For Ellen Grayson, she has grown up with a world of disappointment from a father who was killed by a drunk driver to a mother who after her husband died went on an alcoholic and drug bender that never seemed to stop which caused Ellen to be put in the custody of her older brother Robbie. When during school last year, she finds her teacher easy to talk to , she thinks she has foun ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying this book has several triggers in it, so the subject matter may not be for everyone. I, however, enjoyed the story very much.

Ellen has quite a few chinks in her armor. Her father was killed by a drunk driver, which sent her mother over the edge, in search of the worst possible ways to numb her pain. Because of this horrific childhood, Ellen resides with her older brother. As if all that isn’t bad enough, a popular teacher whom Ellen confides in takes advantage of her. That
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, requested
This was a book that I was hoping would break the bad streak I've had lately when it comes to contemporary young adult books. While it didn't blow me out of the water, I was pleased overall with this story.

A large part of why I enjoyed this book was admittedly the lead character. Ellen has a lot of growing up and "coming into herself", so to speak, to do at the beginning of the book. She has horrid self-esteem and second guesses a lot of things. She's a relatable kind of awkward, and she goes th
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My God. I know I've actually shelved this book as "currently reading" days ago but I honestly haven't opened it until today. Yes, today. I finished it in one-sitting. I did eat my lunch and dinner while reading, and took three bathroom breaks. Does it still count as a one-sitting-read?
Now, I never, in my whole life, stopped for a minute to define what part of a romance novel I usually like. Partly because I'd be too immersed in the book to think about that. But while reading this book, I realiz
This is such a touching story, so amazingly written. It deals with so many issues, and manages to cover the subjects in a realistic and heart-rending way, while being accompanied by a beautiful heroine, and a list of well-developed complex characters. Mrs. St. Clair is a gifted writer, and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next.
I recommend this book to anyone that can get it.
The story is triggering yes, and it might not be for everyone, but if you can, please read it. If the blurb does
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, free-copy
Ellen’s seen what the world has to offer her, and she’s not having it. Guys will always chase the prettier girls. Teachers you trust will prey on you. And parents who are supposed to put you first will tumble into addiction and apathy. But she has her brother, a safe and stable home, and maybe even a future that’s better than all this — if she can just get through the present. So when a confident boy she can’t brush off becomes part of her everyday life, she’s twisted in knots and reluctant to t ...more
T.H. Hernandez
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4-1/2 Stars. This is one of those young adult novels I didn’t want to end because as soon as I finished it, I missed the characters. Ellen Grayson is so multi-dimensional, she very nearly becomes a living breathing person. There’s a lot going on with her, in addition to longing for new boy, Rex Jacobi, she’s dealing with her father’s death and her mother’s spiral into drug addiction. If it wasn’t for her devoted older brother, she’d be in foster care. She has body image issues, only a handful of ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, 4-stars
I received a digital copy of this book from YA BOUND BOOK TOURS in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All are my own opinion and is not compensated by any individual, organization, or company.

Louder Than Words is about Junior-student Ellen who was kissed by her Science teacher that almost lead to a rape if not for her timely escape. She was betrayed by the man to whom trust and life ramblings about her drug addict mother, school situation, and financial issues she shared; she decided t
Aug 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnfed
When I read the summary of the book I thought I would enjoy it, but no way. The story follows Ellen, whose father died in a traffic accident, leaving her with a mother who drinks a lot and takes pills, prompting Ellen's older brother to get her custody.
Ellen goes to a sort of summer camp where kids like her go to be watched over and taken care of. There, she meets Rex a guy I can't stand from his first moment on the book as I found him to be an ass but who gets to meddle with girls and ends bein
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First of all I'd like to thank YA Bound Book Tours for letting me read and review this amazing book and for hosting all those wonderful book tours and blitzes and cover reveals.

Louder Than Words caught me completely off guard. I thought that the romance will be the most important thing and even the other main theme of the book, the teacher, will be swept under it. Well, no. This book was so much more than I expected, it was about
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a review copy for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

There are many reasons why I love Louder Than Words, which by the way is the perfect title for this book. Ellen, the main character, is my favorite kind of heroine with humor and wit and courage. She's insecure with herself as she's very young, but she handles herself well. With what she's been through with losing her dad and basically her mom, too, personally I'd want to curl up in a ball forever. But Ellen keeps going
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it
This is a great story. I thought the storyline was unique and the characters came across as real.

Ellen's been through so much. When she turns to her teacher for help he abuses that trust. She needs to decide if she will keep quiet or let the authorities know.

Really great story that I'd recommend for fans of young adult reads. Although the cover is pretty basic I love it. It's to the point and very apt for the book.
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
grrr... this book is so super sweet. there were times that i wanted to smack rex, but i guess that makes him more of a realistic character than a fictional one, and there were a few pages there that i really just wanted to hug ellen too. this book is great.
Apr 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Enjoyable book, writing was good, plot interesting but main fave for me was the romance that slowly played out. The banter was cute and their interactions were quite realistic given their age and not eye rolling like most ya which expects us to believe that teens walk around acting/talking like 20/30 year olds. Slight problem with this book is that it rushes and fails to expand adequately on some very heavy topics but fortunately it didn't minimise my enjoyment.
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
*** I recieved a free review copy of this book from the author through YA Bound Book Tours as part of the Louder Than Words book tour***

Louder Than Words is a beautifully written story about what it means to be courageous and do the right thing no matter how difficult it is sometimes.

I'll admit that when I started reading the book it felt a bit slow, but it was also interesting enough to keep me hooked and continue reading. And it just got better and better the more I read. The characters were a
Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek)
I took part in the blog tour for this release, and was sent a copy of the eBook to review. This in no way affected my opinion of this book.

Original review, and giveaway, can be seen here - http://confessionsofabookgeek.wordpre...

I gave this book a 3.5/5 on my blog. When I give half-ratings on the blog I obviously have to round it on Goodreads, either up or down, and it really can be either way depending on my overall feelings. For Louder Than Words I went up, and I'm beginning to think I should
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Louder Than Words" is a beautiful, honest love story. Ellen is a very messed up girl with having a mother who is a drug addict, having a dad who has passed away & having her teacher make a move on her- it all gets a bit much for her.
Bring in the charming, kind-hearted, friendly Rex Jacobi with his love for books & respect for people - things can only get better from here.
I loved the friendship between them and I also love how something as beautiful and innocent as a friendship can turn into a
Melinda Howard
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

This was a really enjoyable read although it dealt with some deep issues including rape and drug abuse. I really liked the two main characters Ellen and Rex and especially like Ellen's cynical remarks (they were quite funny). The issue of rape was dealt with really well and the importance of speaking up and not being ashamed is really emphasised; this really pleased me as this is something every girl and boy should know. Also
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Rex was a great character. He was supportive, swoon worthy, and a good friend. Ellen is a strong, cynical character. While this can usually get old pretty quick, her reasons are justified. I swear I could have kept reading this for at least a hundred more pages. The ending was sufficient, though I didn't want it to end.
Best quote ever: "I've been in love with you for so long, I barely remember when I wasn’t.”
Sharon Hughson
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So, I open the book expecting this to be in the vein of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. And the opening scene keeps that illusion alive (see paragraph one, two and five from the blurb). But after chapter three there’s nothing more about the groping teacher.
Sure a small scene where he practically threatens her at a restaurant, but the story is obviously “just” a romance. It’s about her pushing away Rex and then regretting it. Attempting to settle for friendship with him when her heart and mind a
Lea (Between fantasy and reality)
Review also posted on my blog Between fantasy and reality

I was pleasantly surprised by this great debut. It was written beautifully, the characters were
amazing and the story progressed smoothly and beautifully.
This is a story about a girl who knows only disappointment in life, from her mother, her peers and ultimately her teacher, when he tries to seduce her but fortunately, she manages to escape.
From there the story follows Ellen while she battles to find herself, to come to grips with what h
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teenage
Ellen isn't your normal 15 year old girl, her Mom abandoned her for drugs after her father died. Leaving her to be raised by her brother who is only twenty, putting his college education on hold, causing Ellen to feel responsible for what her brother has stepped up to do for her.

She meets a new boy, Rex who lives pretty close to her, and even donates his time during the summer before senior year where Ellen donates her time. Together they work with children, providing childcare for those who can
Nikki Gutierrez
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Another 5-star read for me! This book is exceptionally written and the characters were given their own personalities that I felt like I really know them. What I like about this book is that Ellen, despite being harrassed, stayed strong through out the book. She met Rex at summer camp and that was a totally different story when the school started (it went from harassment to physical abuse to harassment again), which I like.

Anyway, Rex is so swoonnnnnnyyyyyyyyy! He was so patient with Ellen! At fi
First let me say that I don't like most romance novels. They have to be super good to hock me, or they have to non-cis, so we have that hanging over how much I would like this novel. But I wasn't drawn to it for the romance, I was drawn to it because it was dealing with Ellen, the main character, being kissed by the "good" teacher, and keeping it to herself.

I wanted to see how this was dealt with. There are a few novels out now dealing with being raped, or sexual assaulted, or some such, and I t
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I read this book quite a few months ago and never got to writing the review. I was in a bit of a slump and had a few personal things going on so I apologise for the delayed review.

This book follows Ellen. Ellen is a bit naive and quite damaged. She is however extremely brave. She's gone through a l
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars I was hesitant to read this book because of the adult taking advantage of kids aspect. That kind of thing causes some serious aggravation in me, especially when it's done well, as it was in Louder Than Words. And it's the only thing that kept me from giving this book five stars. Completely a personal issue.

That said, it's a wonderful young adult contemporary with a sweet romance at its core. By the time we were done, there were several characters I just wanted to hug. Great book!
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My YA debut, LOUDER THAN WORDS is now available in Kindle and paperback. Coming to other ebook formats soon!

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I also write books for adults under the pen name of Claire Gillian. That is my more active Goodreads account, where I track my books read and to be read.

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