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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  27,335 ratings  ·  2,264 reviews
For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world.

Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her, refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they h
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Published 2012 by Smashwords
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Chloe Palin It depends on maturity. I am a 13 year old and loved reading the book. I recommended it highly.
Katelynn Marie Englehart She did not know how her family would responded. Plus she answers your question when she says he told me not to or your mother will hate. It's not…moreShe did not know how her family would responded. Plus she answers your question when she says he told me not to or your mother will hate. It's not easy for a child in her predicament to tell someone about what happened to them especially if they feel threatened by the person who is hurting them.(less)
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Yvette Hunt
It really did feel that this book was written by a teenager. There is an unacceptable amount of spelling, grammatical and punctuation mistakes throughout that somehow made it into the final copy. The story itself is too fast-paced; any event that occurs that is explored in any real detail is usually one about hugging or something. Details that are vital to setting a scene, like exploring Italy or school, everything is shrugged off in favor of dissecting feelings associated with hormones and an e ...more
Sherreka Burton
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HayHay Brann
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!! (not exaggerating) *No Spoilers*

I started this book thinking it would me like other romances just without her talking. I was completely wrong. There was so much emotion, mystery, and even a bit of suspense I couldn't believe how much I liked this book! I've read plenty of teen romance books and none of them will ever compare to this book. I read some of the reviews before reading this book a lot said "not even worth it for free" they were dead wrong. I have never felt so stro
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FREE on Amazon US today (4/30/2016)

Book 1 in sereis, Series complete.

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For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world.

Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her, refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal frie
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Kelly Mccurdy
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in an entire day. I also read the review that went with the book. Not only are the people that wrote most of the 1 and 2 star reviews not very bright, but they also lack the knowledge that this author is from England, so the way that the spell words such as color and favorite different than we spell them. That being said, on to my review:

I gave this book four stars because it took a while for Ms. Preston to fill us in on what was going on and why Oakley was silent for 11 years.
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Kate Conroy
Oct 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This actually might have been the worst book I've ever read. First of all, ladies and gentleman, your first time is NOT meant to hurt, so I am furious with the author for putting that idea into the minds of teenagers. PLEASE get some basic sex ed before you write about sex. The grammar errors were appalling, of course. And good lord, did we really need so many pages of Cole and Oakley kissing? Honestly, if this girl was assaulted for so long, I find it very hard to believe that she could have ha ...more
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P.A. Warren
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I saw this Free on Amazon and I really feel bad that it was free because it is worth paying for.I mean Im sure the Author is doing a promo or something but let me tell you this book is a very well written and very moving book.I absolutely loved it. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series.

Silence is the story of Oakley (how awesome is that name?) who hasnt spoken a word in 11 years. You already pretty much know something traumatic happened to her. She is bullied at school for not tal
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Tina Lewis
This book had the potential to be very good given the subject matter. The book was very short and I felt it took way too long to get to the heart of the matter. It was very slow moving in the wrong areas and then rushed through in the parts I felt deserved more attention. And I'm still confused about Julian. I felt he was just thrown into the story as a fill in. And the ending!? I have no experience first or second hand with this topic but it seems to me it would have been a lot harder to be whe ...more
Jessica C Writes
this story broke me. the last few pages were so difficult to read, and I cried a lot. I felt connected to the characters, and I really fell in love with them and their relationship. TW: there are a lot of sexual abuse descriptions in it.

There were a lot of grammar mistakes, which is why i had to give it a 3 unfortunately. The author would change tenses or even switch POVs in the middle of chapters accidentally which would make it a bit confusing.
Paula  Phillips
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As readers of The Phantom Paragrapher, you will know that I have a tendency to read series out of order. It is not something that I mean to happen, but it just seems to be that way. The only way it doesn't occur is if I force myself to read them in order but where's the fun in forced reading. Luckily, for me often the series don't necessarily have to be read in order like the Silence series by Natasha Preston. If you don't read them in order, you can still catch the drift. A few weeks ago, I re ...more
Samantha
OMG!!! if I was a super emotional person I would have been bawling at the end!!!!! The cliffhanger TORE ME UP!!! DYING to know what happens in the sequel.
Sabrina Bay
Some people have side chicks, well, I have side reads and Silence was one of them.

You know, the kind of book you read on a tablet (mostly because it's free) and you "open" it once in a while when you're bored. Yep, that kind of book.

So yeah, I saw this book on ibook and it was free. My first thought was "YAY a free book with a nice cover" and my second thought was "there is a catch". So I read the summary and WTF a main character who doesn't speak! Awesome, unique and opens up for so much alter
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Angela
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5
Silence is a book that I am going back and forth with… I'm on the fence about how to really rate it. Silence is written in dual Pov changing between both Oakley and Cole. Oakley wasn’t my favorite character. I didn’t hate her but I definitely didn’t love her. She was strong in some ways but overall pretty weak. When she does go into why she isn’t talking I did overall like the reasoning behind it. As far as a character that doesn’t speak goes she was pretty interesting. I did think that for h
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Ari Reavis
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jumped from 3 to 4 stars at the end because it made me cry. This was an interesting read, in the sense that we knew what the main character, Oakley, was feeling and thinking and others didn't. But Cole won me over from the start by telling her it was fine if she never talked again, as far as he was concerned. He loved her regardless. The reason why she stopped talking wasn't explained until the end (although you had some idea of what happened) and it was very sad, and made even more heartbreakin ...more
E
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Well, it was free so that should have been warning enough. Some how I didn't quite realise how... bad this would be. There were an amazing number of typos, spellings, punctuation errors that drove me mad - how can you not edit something properly even if you are self publishing? But the story itself was lacking: the characters were unrealistic and inconsistent. Oakley not speaking for eleven years basically didn't seem like a big enough deal to her family and friends, and then when she did finall ...more
Nino
Feb 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
okay,what the fuck was that ?xD
Kayla Wedel
Aug 12, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I typically won't write reviews on books; however, I feel it is warranted in this case. I'm one of those readers who gets sucked in by the "recommendations for you" campaign and have been fairly happy with the results. I'm not picky in what I read and I'll pretty much give any book a shot, but this book... it was hard for me to even finish. I was misled by the amazingly high rating this book has and I am still trying to figure out how it has achieved almost an average of 4 stars. This book was v ...more
Sydney
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Christine
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Silence is a bittersweet story depicting how a young girl tries hard to conceal a life-changing secret in order to keep her family together, while giving up something everyone wants so badly to hear again: her voice.

Oakley hasn't spoken a word since the age of five (for reasons you won't find out until the end of the book). She is harboring a HUGE secret that would ruin her family's morale if the truth came out. Now at the age of 15, she still has yet to utter a single word. Her best friend from
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Maddie D
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2nd-9-weeks
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Shane
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of realistic fiction
Silence is a bittersweet story depicting how a young girl tries hard to conceal a life-changing secret in order to keep her family together, while giving up something everyone wants so badly to hear again: her voice.

I went into this story completely open minded. From the title, you could tell that something terrible happened to Oakley and she'd stopped speaking because of it. I had no idea she was "ordered" not to speak by someone in her life, someone she trusted. But when that started to come
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Kristi
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG!!! This book is a must read!!!! Its heart-wrenching.

Pam Nelson
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a unique story, I read this book many years ago and loved it. My heart hurt so much for this girl who gave so much to make everyone happy. Oakley’s story is a sad and hard one to read/listen to but the story is one that sticks with you, not because of the nature of it but because sadly this isn’t always fiction for some this is their real life.

The way this story plays out makes you see how strong Oakley is and what she is tortured with every single day of her life. I love that she has this
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Tahlia
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Silence by Natasha Preston, is an amazingly well-written book, that had me hooked from the first few pages. It is about a girl, Oakley, who hasn't spoken a word in 11 years, because of something that happened when she was very young. Her best friend, Cole, who she has had a crush on since forever, is the only one who respects her and loves her the way she is. This is a book was a perfect love story until the last few chapters. I almost thought it was too good to be true. Everything was going per ...more
F.R.
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember once watching a documentary about teenagers who have chosen not to speak. There are some who are affected by such intense social anxiety that they find it best not to say a word to anyone rather than say the wrong thing. It was a heart-breaking programme where I just hoped that these young people could get over their issues, or at least find a way to enjoy life.

This book focuses on such a person. Our protagonist is Oakley, a teenage girl who hasn’t said a word in eleven years. In many
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♥Erika
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a freebie on Amazon with an interesting blurb, so naturally I one-clicked. This story-line had a lot of potential, I just feel that the author went about it the wrong way. It took FOREVER for Oakley to speak up and tell her loved ones about the horrific things she went through in her past. The majority of the book gives us small details of the relationship between Oakley and Cole, which was great and cute, but all the relationship information made the ending of the book SO RUSHED. The r ...more
Matthew
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF

I get that Oakley went through a serious, traumatic experience, one which could scar someone for life, but wow. She is so boring. It's as if Preston went onto a website which generates YA MCs and just made one on the spot. She is literally the personification of every Young Adult trope times seven. The only thing that's different about her is that she can't speak. In order to succeed with this kind of thing, she needs to have some truly brilliant inner monologues. But no. She is unfunny, lil'
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Madison
Dec 08, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Madison by: Hailee (wolf girl)
As a mute girl myself I would love to read about a character who can't speak! I really NEED this book now!
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“Silence consumed my whole life; it suppressed things I could never express. My silence was responsible for my family’s happiness. Silence was my prison.” 25 likes
“Most people have heard the phrase, ‘Silence is golden’; many would agree with it: people with screaming children running wild around the house or working in a noisy office. For me, however, it meant something entirely different. Silence consumed my whole life; it suppressed things I could never express. My silence was responsible for my family’s happiness. Silence was my prison.” 12 likes
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