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Sound of Silence

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  37 reviews

High school senior Renzy Callen hasnt uttered a word in years. He likes being invisible to all around him; it keeps life safe and predictable. In his attic bedroom, he experiences a world far from the drama of his family. He doodles, listens to music, and contemplates the troubled souls he observes when attending self-help meetings designed for people with problems he

Kindle Edition, 214 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Harmony Ink Press
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☆ Todd
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it

This was the 9th Mia Kerick book that I've read in the last 3 years and I have to say that it was one of her more memorable stories.

At 19 years old, high school senior Renzy Callen hadn't spoken a single word for over a decade, since the day "the thing" happened to him. Only problem was, Renzy had no memory of that traumatic event, so he quietly haunted his family's home, basically becoming the invisible kid who lived in the attic.

Enter 18 y.o. Seven Moreau-Maddox, who was anything but
4.5 Stars

Lorenzo Renzy Callen is a nineteen-year-old high school senior who hasnt spoken a word since he was a young boy. He doesnt quite remember how, when or why he stopped speaking, but hes learnt to experience and interact with the world around him in his own unique way. Renzys not necessarily happy with his life, but hes content; safe within the constructs of the quiet, albeit lonely life hes created for himself in his attic bedroom, with little meddling from his apathetic family members.

Both Mia Kerick and Raine OTierney are new authors for me and Im so glad to have discovered them. Sound of Silence is a completely enthralling and unforgettable tale and I am impressed with the beauty of the writing. The characters are deep and intense, and I love the mystery aspect as the story unfolds and the three teens grow, until everything comes together in a powerful ending!

After suffering through a traumatic event in his childhood, nineteen-year-old Renzy Callen has withdrawn and
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted this road trip to go on forever.

An extraordinary and really great book. I will always keep it in good memory.

Im Lorenzo Callen, and my silent voice is just as loud as anyones.

But my vocal cords are not my voice. My voice is in the songs I choose and the pictures I draw. It is the things I muse about when Im sober and dream about when Im high. Its the way I move my arms. Its my own invented sign language. My voice is my sloppy handwriting, my smile, my body.

It is the story of three
Dara Nelson
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog
My first read by these authors, this book spoke to me in more ways than I ever thought I could hear. It was beautiful, vivid, Hard, raw, and honest. I have long used music and written words to speak my emotions rather than spoken words so this felt like it was pulled directly from the center of my heart. Especially with moments like this: Have you ever drawn loneliness? It takes a while.
Yes it does, Renzy, and you did it perfectly.
Jenny Wood
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hmmmm, I did not expect this one. Not usually one for YAs , I was intrigued by the premise of this story. Renzy, had his voice ripped away from him at a young age, for so long he couldnt speak, but now that hes a teenager, he just doesnt. He doesnt know if he can or not, he just knows that he doesnt Its fine with the people of his house, though they just seem to overlook him after all this time. My heart broke for him so much in the beginning, because imagine that, what it would be like to live ...more
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though the main characters of this story are in high school and technically teens (18 & 19), dont think youll be reading a young adult story. Sound of Silence is really a coming of age tale primarily following Renzys journey to discover the reason behind his selective mutism, at the prodding of his new maybe-more-than-friend Seven, and accompanied also by Sevens sister Morning. There is also the touch of romance with the relationship that develops between Renzy and Seven, as well as some ...more
Joyfully Jay
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

The power of this novel lays in the absolute honesty of the characters. There is no way to sugar coat what happened to these kids and it is because of some very bold yet effective writing that this story takes flight and never lands until anyone reading it is absolutely breathless and spent, much like the characters themselves. Those who find physical abuse and rape triggering should tread lightly when it comes to this book. While the authors dont rub our noses in
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finished this story several days ago and I am still not sure how to write this review. It is a story that should be read slowly and carefully so you hear what Renzy, and Morning, are not saying. Because if you listen and only hear Seven, you are going to miss out on the silence, which speaks the loudest. Even though Seven was doing a lot of talking, you really need to listen to him as well. This story made me angry, made me sad, it frustrated me. It was emotional and sweet. It was friendship. ...more
❤ Aly ❤
Wow! Forgive me while I absorb what just happened and the story that I just read.
Christina Wade - BFD Book Blog
My relationship with Mia Kerick has been up and down. Ive started 5 of her books (this is the 5th) but only finished 3. However, the 3 that Ive finished have all been 5 star readsthe kind of 5 star reads you dont ever forget. Im always amazed when in a co-authored book I cant tell which author is writing when but this book is exactly like that. Ive read a couple of Ms. OTierneys books but this story flows so seamlessly that I cannot tell two authors contributed. This book is damn near perfect ...more
Inn Auni
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
When it comes to age, all I can think of is number. There's youth, young adult, new adult, adult (middle age) and senior (older adult). But, I never thought of it as life experience. So, I usually avoid books with YA and NA theme in it. But, being a parent, -and yes, I do not recall my youthful self anymore-, I wanted to remember what it feels like to be at that age. So, here I am, trying to figure out why an 18 years old child, chose not to speak.

The writer gave a reason for Renzy's selective
Becky Baldridge
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Young adult, coming of age, romance, and a bit of mystery all rolled into a beautifully written story that is absolutely impossible to put down. I don't read a lot of young adult, but the premise for this one intrigued me and once I started reading, the story was so compelling that I couldn't stop. There are parts of this one that are quite heartbreaking and even infuriating as Renzy's story unfolds. Then we have Morning, who is dealing with her own trauma, and her brother, Seven, who hides his ...more
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm
This book was so utterly stunning. My favorite sentence in this entire book was this one;

"There are many ways to say the sky is a beautiful shade of blue."

If you read this book , you will understand what that sentence means and I promise you, the meaning will resonate within your bones. It will shake your foundations. It will make you want to hug a loved one. It will make you view others around you differently.

Thank you, Mia Kerick & Raine O'Tierney, for such a beautiful emotional journey.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
insubstantial. Disappointing.
✿ Eva ✿
Randomly started this because I liked the synopsis and I basically flew through it! The characters were very complex and Renzy was a great narrator (Seven not so much but who can beat Renzy??).
The ending was super confusing still but I enjoyed the cute romance and everything seemingly working out great for these lovely people!
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, ya
Rating: 4.5 stars
I dont read many YA books as a whole, but this one was definitely worth reading. You go throughout such a heart-wrenching journey with each of these characters. You just cant help falling in love with Renzy from the beginning. Morning and Seven were a little harder to relate to at first. Seven more than Morning. Morning accepted Renzy as he was from the very beginning, while Seven felt the need to fix him. You eventually find out why Seven felt the need to fix the people in his
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: will-reread
This was an adorable read about two siblings who meet and befriend Renzy, a boy who won't talk. A lot of the prominent characters have mental issues, some survived trauma, so there might be some triggers like: (view spoiler)

I loved those three quirky kids, the siblings and Renzy and I especially loved their interactions with each other. No one was
Amy Dufera
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mia Kerick and Raine O'Tierney's Sound Of Silence, is an amazing and powerful story.

At it's heart, this story is an excellent exploration of the power of silence. Renzy has selective mutism, and the authors wonderfully illustrate how he communicates with the world. It's a fascinating and thought provoking story. How often do we sit in silence? How often do we think about remaining silent?

This is the story of a boy who has always felt invisible. When he's suddenly "seen" by Morning and her
I Dream of Dragons and Unicorns
The writing is weird and cumbersome, so we know me I had a lot to do with it, because Ive come to realize her writing, If you wanna call it that, is absolutely atrocious! What made me DNF this was the minute Morning accused Seven and compared him to her rapist simply because he did something that she didnt agree with [which was insisting that Renzy say something], absolutely enraged me, and ended my interest in this book completely!! Your brother has been there for you 100% in every conceivable ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 0-lgbtq-read
I saw it, I got it and I started reading it all within a few minutes... and WOW!!!

I have a feeling that I will be recalling parts of this story for years to come...

I have NO words to describe this story... you start reading and you are grabbed by the emotions... the need... the horror's of reality... the slow journey to healing from a past that had been forgotten and a past that was so horrifying that you just wanted to hide away and forget and by a past that made you an adult by the very young
Abiyasha Abiyasha
This novel reminded me of The Perks of Being A Wallflower. From the troubled main characters, to two wealthy sister-brother. It was hard for me not to think of Ezra, Logan, and Emma as Seven, Renzy, and Morning.

Theme-wise, it was quite refreshing because from all the books that I've read (especially YA) it's very rare a writer tackle Selective Mutism. Though I was actually m ore interested in Morning POV, because I felt like Renzy would be better voiceless in this book. So, the readers will only
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4. 5 stars out of 5

For the full review, visit

From that review: " It's not often a contemporary story can astonish me with elements of uniqueness but Sound of Silence by Mia Kerick and Raine OTierney certainly did.  Several times over.  Starting with the protagonists themselves,  the three wounded teenagers at the heart of this story, Renzy Callen, Seven and Morning Moreau-Maddox."

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Sometimes less is so much more and you don't need everything shown to you word for word, moment to moment. Sometimes you just read a book where all you need is imagination, vivid descriptions and superb characters you can't help but care deeply for, and the whole experience is utterly breathtakingly and unique .... which is exactly what Sound of Silence was. It had EVERYTHING for me. Definitely one of my top reads, EVER.
5.5 Stars
Christina's Bookshelf
Sound of Silence will easily go down as one of my all time favorite YA stories.

When I read the blurb I knew the story was going to be good. I don't think there's a single word that captures the essence of how beautiful and perfect Sound of Silence is. I'm very much in love with everything in this book.

You can see my full review here: Christina's-Bookshelf
The constant unsatisfaction of this book makes you keep reading. It was okay, trying to hard to be brilliant, when it just lacks that something special. It got so close, close enough that the concept of the book deserves a 4, but not the book itself.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every book I read by Mia I love more than the last. Sound of Silence is no different. This is now my very favorite book by Mia.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
3.5 stars
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

This was such a heartbreakingly beautiful story.

There are many ways to say that the sky
is a beautiful shade of blue
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional childrenone in law school, another at a dance conservatory, a third studying at Mias alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and

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