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Fighting Silence

(On the Ropes #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  18,016 ratings  ·  1,979 reviews
Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?

I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers wh
Kindle Edition, 272 pages
Published February 23rd 2015 by Aly Martinez (first published February 16th 2015)
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Pennie Paris It's explicit, but not erotic. The story is so much more than the sexual relationship. Sex isn't the focus. But it's a beautiful part of their relatio…moreIt's explicit, but not erotic. The story is so much more than the sexual relationship. Sex isn't the focus. But it's a beautiful part of their relationship. (less)

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5 ‘I can hear you’ stars!!!

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Before I review this book, I just want to say (or shout) to everyone… If you haven’t read this book- read it. Read it now. Fighting Silence is an incredibly powerful, beautiful and moving story. It’s the first book I’ve ever read by Aly Martinez. I had no idea what was going to be in store for me when I started, but wow. I was totally and utterly wowed. The best book I’ve read in a very long time- I can see this book being my favorite book of 2015. It is at the ver
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
Re-read: 12/14/20...
Re-read: 1/23/16...

5 Stars

So I have several "whys" here.

Why #1:

Why did this languish on my kindle for oh so long?

Sports romance? Check.
Childhood love? Check.
HOT as F cover? Check.

Many of my favorite elements, yes?


In my defense, I did start this waaaaaay back in March...and was totally drawn in by the first Chapter.

But when the second chapter threw in the ole "Five Years Earlier" plot bane to my existence?


If you know me at all, you know I loathe flashbacks.

Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
5+ Fantasy meets Reality Stars

I'd never had anything I could call my own, but Eliza Reynolds would always be mine.

If ever there was a book that everyone has to add to their TBR, this is that book. This incredible, emotional, beautiful, simply unforgettable book. This is Aly Martinez's best book to date and quite honestly one of the best books I've read in a while. It was also probably my favorite friends-to-lovers romance I've ever read. Period.
Giorgia Reads
4 stars

This is my second Aly Martinez book and I definitely like her storytelling.

I’m not fond of friends to lovers trope (I like some but usually its hard for me to get on board) and I’m particularly not fond of the childhood sweethearts trope - NOW combine those two and I’m putting it in the “no way” category. By my own logic, I shouldn’t have touched this book BUT for some reason I like to do read things outside my comfort zone. This books was a pleasant surprise.

I genuinely don’t know ho
5 “This is reality” Stars.

Eliza (or Doodles) met Till when she was 13 years old and he climbed her window. Both poor and with both with families that neither of them deserved, they found solace (and a family) in each other. But as they get older, those feelings start to grow into a different kind of love. But both of them striking to survive, and Till not fighting not only for himself, but also for his younger brothers and against a genetic disease that is slowing turning him deaf. He wants Eli
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Fighting Silence is a fighter book like none other. I was expecting a book that mainly focused on fighting but instead, it was the love story of the man behind the gloves. The love of his family and the girl he nightly climbed through the window for.

Till and Eliza are teens who don't come from wealth or even a loving household. But the moment Till's 13 yea
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emotional

I really enjoyed this one. Eliza and Till were wonderful characters, complex, driven and charming. I adored them. But I'm being lazy today...

Overall, it was a sweet story about finding your soulmate at 14 and the struggle of dealing with the real world. I laughed, cried and swooned. And I'm really looking forward to continuing this series.

★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

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Oh my god, this was a five star from me! There was nothing I didn't like, it was perfect!!

When Eliza Reynolds and Till Page are thirteen they stumble across each other in a abandoned apartment. They are both escaping shitty parents, Eliza's don't even notice that she's missing half the time and Till's mum would much prefer to be getting her nails done than worry about her 3 sons.

This day is the start of a
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story completely blew me way with the feels. These two characters are insanely special to me and I loved their story.

One day after receiving horrible news Till Page runs to hide in abandoned building, little did he know that climbing into that window would forever change his life. That is the day he met Eliza Reynolds, who was also using the condemned building as her sanctuary. Eliza and Till both grew up in the projects and were both neglected by their parents. What starts out as an odd f
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Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.

They both happened anyway.

Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.

From the moment I read the blurb, I knew I had to read this book. I mean, c'mon! Doesn't that tug your heartstrings?! Plus, I've literally loved every book that Aly Martinez has written so... I had to
Sleepless Readmore

Till and Eliza .. ♥♥


Most women want a man that's already established. A strong woman will be apart of his struggle, survive it, succeed together, and build an empire. I'm in awe. This is one of my favourite friends transitioning to lovers .. incredibly realistic. Aly Martinez wrote this novel through a span of Till and Eliza's years together. #FLAWLESS. Till and Eliza's story was so beautiful, captivating, and challenging (AT TIMES). They both fought to make thei
Sophie's Reading Corner
4.5 silent stars

This is the story of Till Page and Eliza. Two kids who were meeting in an abandoned building, with Till climbing through the window for years. Till was one of the popular kids at school,while Eliza was the artistic, quiet type. "On The Ropes" is the new boxing gym that opens at town with free boxing lessons for students and Till immediately signs up, something that is going to change his life forever.

Years pass and they have never passed the line, because this is a fantasy and
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-read
"You're okay.
I'm okay.
We're okay.
Nothing else matters."
This book... this freaking book...

This will be short and giphy cause I need to start next book ASAP cause Aly? Really?

Eliza... such a kickass heroine at heart, always fighting for her Till...simply adored her...

And Till... hell... all Page brothers...

And their story... so wonderful... so touching... so heart-warming... and then...

No, really, how could you leave me hanging like this? Huh?

And in case I wasn't clear above...

I freak
Hulya Kara Yuksel
OMG I'm sooooo freaking happy and also so angry right now. :)
I'm happy cause I just read such an amazing story. And also I'm angry with myself because why the hell I didn't read this wonderful book before. I fell in love every single word. Yeah, it was really really good. ;)

Till&Eliza were so sweet and funny together. But also their chemistry was so freaking hot too. :)

I highly recommend this book everyone. Pls do not waste any more minutes and go start this series asap. You won't regret this, t
4 **magical** STARS

“There is nothing in the world that was ever more mine than you.”

My very first Aly Martinez read and I can honestly say it was a success. A sweet friends to lovers story, with a beautiful couple, adorable side characters and a heartfelt story. Maybe a little too light for my taste, but enjoyable nevertheless.

Fighting Silence tells the story of Eliza and Till. Both had a very hard start in life. Neglective parents who couldn't care less about their well being, no mo
Jennifer Kyle
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"This is reality"

Really enjoyable read!
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this one. Don't really go for ones with the characters so young ... and they even meet originally when they are even younger.

Liked Doodle and Till. The background story with his family was interesting.

Don't have a lot of time for reviews at the minute.

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***4.25 Magic Window Stars***
“I was okay.
She was okay.
We were okay.
Nothing else matters.”

Fighting silence is one of the best, friends to lover’s premises I’ve read to this date. It didn’t just spoke volumes of friendship but it truly brought all the aspect of love, life, sacrifice, and struggle to light.

Till Page and Eliza Reynolds have been friends since they were thirteen. It was one night when Till learnt the bitter truth about his life and he turned to an old building to hide from his m
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First off. No one warned me this was going to be sad. You’re all assholes. Sure, everyone was like “You have to read this book, it’s sooooo good.” But not a single person warned me that it was going to cause my fucking eyes to leak. So for those reading this review, be prepared for a major case of the feels. Both happy and sad feels – but be ready to have this book take over your life while you’re lost within its pages.

Till had one place he escaped to as a child. And one day that escape turn
• Lisa •
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"... claim me. I’ll claim you too."


Have I found a new author to claim as a favourite? I think that is what has just happened right here. Aly Martinez has got me wrapped up in her writing and I may have just experienced the crazy feelings that go alongside a monumental book hangover. Why you may ask? It's all down to this authors gorgeous writing talent and it has to be said that this book right here is phenomenal.

What's it all about?
This is the first book in the 'on
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6 The Silencer STARS!!!!

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"She burst out laughing. God, I loved that sound so much. I knew I’d never be the same when I lost it to the silence. I’d happily give up every noise in the world if I could just keep her laugh. But my life didn’t work that way.

Spoiler Free Review

Just WOW!!!Fighting Silence is one of those rare books that only comes along every once in a while that you just have to experience to understand. This was my first read by this author and I was completely blo
Yeah, yeah... I just set in the line of the Page brothers fan club. I heard a lot of good things about this book, so when I had the chance I started to read without hesitation. And I wasn't disappointed. You also won't be.

About the plot: Eliza and Till met at the age of thirteen. They both came from families with problems, who were not interested in their children. They both ran away from them and hid in an abandoned apartment in their neighborhood. This is where they met, and where continued an
Every so often a book comes around that speaks to your soul, and captures your full attention. That is what "Fighting Silence" did for me. I adore this book, absolutely; adore it! Yes, there is sex in it, and romance, as well as all the gushy stuff we like; but beyond that is a story of two kids who were from homes where they were pretty much ignored; found one another and made life the best that it could be. They did this together, and eventually they created a family out of what they were give ...more
V. A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you to include it in the choice awards
********UNSAFE READ ALERT*****/

CHEATING FOR ME but I'm a no-cheating freak.

Techincally no cheating but for those of you who didn't know this about me, I'm extremely sensitive to Other woman in romance books after H and h have kissed even if they aren't officially toghether yet, for me that's cheating.

Dear friends who hate OW (other woman)and OM other men in romance books there's more info in London's review.


I'm quoting a comment I found in Shari Kay's status by
3 'Doodle' Stars

I liked this story, but it didn't wow me. My main issue was how much time the story kept skipping, and overall the whole book was over this wide time span. It made it seem like nothing was happening since it would skip forward a certain amount of time and then spend a few pages summarizing what happened in those weeks/months/years that we didn't see.

With that being said, I really did enjoy this book even with the few issues I had with it. I thought Eliza was an amazing character
✰ Liz ✰
"I wanted to go home. But home wasn’t where I laid my head every night. I didn’t actually live there at all, but it was the only place I felt alive. What I needed was the dream that only existed inside those four walls."


Fighting Silence is a beautiful love story about overcoming the darkness in life. It is a story of a boy and a girl struggling through the depths of poverty. Eliza and Till grew up in the same neighborhood. Till an awkward boy with dirty jeans and Eliza an artist whose parents

6 "The Silencer" stars

FIGHTING Silence is the first book in the „On the ropes series“ and MY first book by Aly Martinez.

I am glad I finally got to it. This story was remarkable. It drove me into the world where fictional characters collide with the reality and you can't help but getting involved to the maximum. Feeling and experiencing with them. Being emotionally engaged in the story leaves you quite exausted in the end but it makes you very much alive and vivid.

There aren't absolutely no objec
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4.5 Angsty Awesome Stars!

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I'm not sure what took me so long to read Fighting Silence- . There's tons of glowing reviews for this books, reviews that are well-deserved, I might add! Typically I'm hit or miss with the New Adult genre. I can take a fair amount of drama but it needs to be the angsty kind and not immature. THIS is the kind of New Adult reads I love! It has all the elements of that first time at young love- coupled with a fair amount of strife yet hope- and bucket loads of angst f

RATING: 4.5 "...Ever more mine." Hearts!! :D <3 <3


“With one sentence and two steps, forever began. Till Page walked through my door for the very first time.”

Fighting Silence beautifully reminds us of all the reasons we love the new adult genre, making us live and breathe with our compellingly complex characters so we’re subjected to each of their sharpest of pains and their warmest of joys. The synopsis of this leads us to believe we’ll find a mere best friends to lovers story, what
Dilek VT
Feb 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Nuh uh, I cannot go on, I am left with no interest or enthusiasm... Although the writing is good and it makes you feel, I am too angry to go on!
DNF at 35%

I just cannot forgive him for leaving her and disappearing for 6 months after asking her to be her first.
Who would do that to a girl? A real as*hole, of course!
Imagine how much she hurt for 6 months after he left her the day after they had sex (with no explanation whatsoever).

Then, he comes back, saying he needs her and she takes him back in
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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, charcuterie boards, and her mildly neurotic golden retriever. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

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