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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 drea ...more
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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
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
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 futur ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(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 dream ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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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
Jenny - Book Sojourner
Jan 03, 2015 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
Amy Leigh
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This ya contemporary has lots of feels. My heart broke for Stella when she lost her hearing and her journey was hard to read. I love books that change or challenge our perspective and help us not take things for granted. Having Stella and Hayden's povs helped so much and I loved seeing what they were both thinking.

Stella starts going to a new school and is shy and quiet until someone hears her sing. Her dream is to be a professional singer one day. She tries out for the school play and is shock
Katie W
Feb 26, 2015 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 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-favorites
“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
Kate Stericker
The premise of this book--a girl with a passion for musical theatre has to adjust after an accident causes her to lose her hearing--has promise, and the first few chapters, which focus on Stella's musical theatre ambitions and the accident itself, were fairly engaging. However, the way the book handles the subject of deafness and the romance between Stella and Hayden made the remainder of the book intensely frustrating.

As is the case in many romance novels, the connection between Stella and Hayd
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
Laurie Treacy
Mar 02, 2015 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
Mar 10, 2015 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
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Great book for readers of all ages!

Stella is 15 and 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! Stella is cast as Maria in the school's production of "West Side Story" and is instantly on the raider of the more popular crowd at school.

Hayden is 17 and is considered to be weird because
Mar 31, 2015 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.

(See my full revie
Jun 06, 2016 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.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended by a friend and that is why I took a chance and read outside of my regular genres. And I'm glad I did!

The story is about Stella and Hayden and the tragic to triumph story that they both were experiencing. I enjoyed that we were able to hear from both of their POVs. I loved that as we read some of the inner dialogue it was written like musical staccato measures that I felt referred back to the musician in both of them.

My favorite part was the effort in re-creating your
Misty Baker
Jul 16, 2015 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
Abigail Villagomez
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**Spoiler Alert**

"Trust your heart. Trust me."
The genres of Silence are drama, romance, and realistic fiction. Mostly because there is a character who can't hear and a character who stutters, they both feel an unexplainable connection between each other. I really liked this book. I think the thing I loved most was how good quotes it produces. That's one reason why I give this book 5 full stars.

Stella goes to Richmond High School, has friends, and a great voice. Hayden is considered an outcast,
Feb 23, 2015 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 they' ...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 a ...more
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
Allisa White
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, contemporary
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!

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 accident happens and Stella goes deaf. She's broken inside. Without her hearing, she can't sing, she feels like she can't do anything. Enter Hayden Rivers, golden boy with a stutter. Because of his speaking problem, she can understand him, and her world
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hearing is something I take for granted, I think. It's just part of my every day life and most of the time I just assume it's always going to be there. This book really helped me remember that you should never take for granted the big and little things in life. Being able to hear is a tremendous gift.

Stella is a singer. She has big dreams of Broadway. But one freak accident throws her into a world of silence and her dreams of singing are shattered. Stella is devastated. Even though her world has
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This book is AMAZING! You will be holding your breath the entire book waiting to see how it all plays out!

Stella is the new girl at school and a sophomore making her quite shy.

But she can sing...oh she can sing.

And that lands her a part in the school play...not just any part...but the leading part.

Which quickly makes her an instant star...and puts her into the elite crowd at school.

Hayden is also shy but for different reasons...(wait until you read about him :)

Stella and Hayden connect in t
Mar 03, 2015 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
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I always find books about teen love weird. True love in high school? It just seems weird to me. The teen part aside- it was an interesting book. I like the aspect of realizing life is beautiful and you have much to offer even if it doesn't go as you planned.
Maybe I'm a cynic- but two people being connected like them doesn't seem real to me. But I guess it could be. I like the thought.
Reading from both perspectives was a fun aspect- but I kind of doubt a boy really thinks that way.

Anyway- the
Ian Mcnamara
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 dreamed of and hoped for is shattered in a single moment?

Enter Hayden, the boy with blond curls who stutters. He's treated like a
Alexis White
Oct 06, 2016 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.
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