Sound of Silence
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...more
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 ...more
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.
After suffering through a traumatic event in his childhood, nineteen-year-old Renzy Callen has withdrawn and ...more
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 ...more
Yes it does, Renzy, and you did it perfectly. ...more
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 ...more
The writer gave a reason for Renzy's selective ...more
"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.
The ending was super confusing still but I enjoyed the cute romance and everything seemingly working out great for these lovely people!
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 ...more
I loved those three quirky kids, the siblings and Renzy and I especially loved their interactions with each other. No one was ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Rating: 4. 5 stars out of 5
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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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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
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 ...more