Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “In the Silences” as Want to Read:
In the Silences
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

In the Silences

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  22 reviews
When did life get so dangerous? Kaz Adams just wants to read comic books with her best friend, Aisha Warren. And maybe get up the nerve to ask her out, if Kaz turns out to be a gender that Aisha’s into.
Kaz figured she’d be the target of violence for her gender nonconformity, but a fatal police shooting thirty miles from their town opens her eyes to the realities of racism.
Paperback, 260 pages
Published May 15th 2019 by Bella Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.17  · 
Rating details
 ·  29 ratings  ·  22 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of In the Silences
Lex Kent
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-or-na, lgbtq, romance
This was a really good YA book. As I’ve mentioned multiple times I can be up and down when it comes to YA books but Gold writes really well. This is the third book I have read by her and all of them have been quality reads. Gold writes about topics that other authors tend to shy away from. In this book Gold takes on race, gender, and sexuality. Each time I read one of her books I walk away feeling like I learned something new which I always appreciate.

This book covers about three years in two
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bella, netgalley, ya-na
I'm not sure what I expected with this one, but it definitely wasn't the emotional ride that this book took me on! While it's not my normal reading preference, this YA novel really tugged at my heart. Know going in that this one is G rated, and it deals with some heavy subjects like race, gender, and small town racism.

After moving to a small and mostly white town, MC Aisha not only has to deal with a teenager, but she also has to deal with the serious issue of racism. She meets MC Kaz, who is
I wavered quite a bit before requesting this novel and in the end I’m glad I did because it was an enjoyable story as well as giving me a lot to think about. Kaz is in the eighth grade when Aisha and her family move in across the road. Their first meeting of her is tainted with a man yelling at Aisha for not controlling her dog even though it’s not actually her dog. It’s not long before Kaz realises that Aisha would be subject to this kind of treatment on a regular basis because she’s one of the ...more
Danika at The Lesbrary
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I originally was a bit worried about a book so much about race being written by a white author, I realized that this is actually about white people confronting the reality of racism, and how to be anti-racist as a white person. It really explores the day-to-day of microaggressions and unrelenting racism, particularly anti-black racism. (Kaz's best friend/love interest, Aisha, is a black bisexual teenage girl.) At the same time, Kaz is exploring their gender, and beginning to accept being ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this for an education on gender and racism.

Kaz and Aisha meet in the 8th grade and become fast friends. They grow and learn from one another. Kaz struggles with gender identity. She also begins to have romantic feelings for Aisha, who happens to be black. Through their relationship, Kaz begins to open her eyes to the real modern and prevalent racism that exists regardless of how 'woke' people claim to be.

I have never been a cartoon or comic book fan. So it was really difficult for me to
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I'm learning to find my way through the types of YA books I would end up liking and this is definitely one of them. Such a wonderful book. The author very bluntly and in a straight-forward and incredible way talks about current issues that are garnering a lot of political attention now and always and does not shy away from the topics that people would often feel uncomfortable to talk or to ask questions about.

This is a book that heavily discusses racism, sexuality and gender from the
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the Silences was one of the best YA books I have recently read. It was well researched and written. There were many topics discussed and debated throughout the story, especially by the main teenage characters, Kaz and Aisha. While Kaz was dealing with gender identity, Aisha was the target of racism. Throughout the story, they tried to enlighten, not only each other about their struggles, but their family and peers as well. Together they formed a formidable team.

As I was reading this book, I
Colleen Corgel
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance, lgbt, arc
This was very, very good. Gold has a way with using aspects of her character's personalities to help really get across what they are feeling, or even to foreshadow. It always makes for an interesting read. With this outing, it's no different. She uses her characters' love for comics as story elements in fun and creative ways.

Kaz Adams has a bit of a secret, well, two actually. One is that they don't know whether or not they are male or female; the second is that they are hopelessly in love with
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: queer, arc, reviewed
In the Silences by Rachel Gold
Rating: 3/5
Queer: YES! VERY MUCH SO! Main character is a white nonbinary person who uses they/them pronouns, love interest is a bi black girl, and there is a diversity club with other sexualities/genders!
ARC: I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Kaz is a white nonbinary kid who falls for their bi black best friend. Together, they navigate the world with discussions of gender, sexuality, and racism.


Listen, I really,
Michaela Aisling
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, poc-rep
I received an e-book copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

As is plainly stated in Rachel Gold's Author's Note, this is a book about a white person learning to be an ally, and it's an excellent one at that. So often on matters of race, gender, sexuality, and other such sensitive topics pertaining to minorities, there's a selection of 'allies' who – rather than using their privilege for good, and listening to those in worse positions than themselves – think that they
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars
A really well executed YA novel with depth and feeling that touches many diverse topics but manages to give a coherent and strong message to young people and adults alike. The characters are beautifully written, the plot interesting, the young romance sweet, the family dynamics amazingly well done.
Read it! It's more than well worth your time. Highly recommended.
eARC via NetGalley
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of In the Silences from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

In the Silences by Rachel Gold is a young adult novel centering around Kaz Adams, a genderqueer teen trying to navigate growing up in a world that seems increasingly off-kilter.

The backbone of the story is Kaz’s friendship with Aisha Warren, who moves into Kaz’s neighborhood when the two are fourteen. They quickly bond over a shared love of comics, and as their friendship deepens over the next
Annette Jordan
A powerful and important young adult book that examines gender, sexuality and race and how they intersect.
This is the story of Kaz and Aisha who become best friends over their mutual love of comic books and dogs. As they begin to wonder if the friendship is something more , Kaz realises that things may be more complicated than either of them imagined. Aisha has been out to her family for years, and they accept her completely but Kaz not only has to figure out changing feelings for Aisha, but
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Gold has written a new required reading textbook/fictional novel for 2019 and I wish all LGBTQ2+, young adults, teachers, parents, friends, aunts, uncles, heck, just everyone should read it. In the Silences is a modern day roadmap to begin understanding deep rooted racism, white privilege and gender nonconformity.

Fourteen year old Kaz Adams is searching for their gender identity while seriously crushing on their best friend Aisha Warren. Kaz wants to ask Aisha on a date but not until
why I think this book is really important and should be read by every white person on this planet, especially if they're cis and straight:

-MC (Kaz) is white and nonbinary
-best friend/love interest (Aisha) is a black bisexual girl with an accepting, open minded family and lesbian aunts and a trans cousin
-there is Indian and Asian American (Korean?) rep
- Kaz and Aisha learn so much about gender identity and race and racism
- the racism portrayed here makes you especially angry because it's subtle.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
'But we're not the same,' Aisha said. 'Our differences should be strengths, like superheroes. They don't have all the same powers, but they learn to use all their powers together to be greater than they can be alone.'

This was a really good book. I haven't read much/enough YA with such frank discussions of racism, and this was very educational, packing a punch by being told through a narrative. Kaz and Aisha meet in 8th grade and this story spans the first couple of years of their friendship as
Robin Moore
Nov 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Read this YA book for a book group that was comprised mainly of middle school YA readers. It deals with gender identity & gender confusion & gender nonconformity while also tossing in racism & white privilege & stereotypical behaviors. The 2 main characters are female (though one is not entirely sure she is a female -Kaz -and wishes to go by pronouns "they/them"; the other -Aisha - is a black lesbian). Kaz & Aisha try out a romantic relationship while dodging/dealing with all ...more
Pup Loki
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm kinda conflicted. books like these are needed more than ever, that being said I gave a four for the while simplified to the point of a parody on race story line. I felt the book was more of a two or three. maybe a Mexican opinion on a book about black and white won't mean as much but the characters felt fake. I get its fiction but still. maybe if it had been a nonfiction story it might have felt more realistic. Aisha and kaz's relationship was codependent from the start. characters were safe ...more
Best Lesfic Reviews
What an amazing book! It deals with very serious issues of insidious brain-washing that leads to non-acceptance, stereotyping, marginalization and discrimination on multiple levels and is breathtakingly brilliantly written.

Read the full review @
Katherine Reiter
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: very-good-ya
This was such a thoughtful and layered young adult, I'm impressed with how well it handled serious and complex issues in a way that felt natural. I would highly recommend this book, it opened my eyes and I'm sure it'll open yours
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great novel featuring a cute relationship, earnest discussion of systematic racism and how to be an ally, and insight into the nonbinary experience. As a comic geek, I loved all the references.
Kendall Blair
rated it it was amazing
Jun 16, 2019
rated it did not like it
Oct 08, 2019
rated it really liked it
Oct 07, 2019
Christy Dyer
I received an e-book copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Kaz and Aisha became fast friends when Aisha moved from sunny California to Minnesota. They went to middle school together and Kaz develops a crush on Aisha, but they are not the right gender for her. Kaz doesn't know what gender they are, they just know that "female" is not right, and "male" doesn't fit either. But that doesn't matter to Aisha. They start dating when they start high school. Now, they face an
rated it it was amazing
May 25, 2019
rated it really liked it
Oct 10, 2019
rated it it was amazing
Jun 06, 2019
rated it really liked it
Sep 26, 2019
Iany Mcgrawn
rated it it was amazing
Nov 23, 2018
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Create a Life to Love
  • Fear of Falling
  • Changing the Script
  • The Love Song of Sawyer Bell (Tour Dates, #1)
  • All the Worlds Between Us (All the Worlds Between Us, #1)
  • The Roommate Arrangement
  • Practice Makes Perfect (Legal Affairs, #1)
  • Top of Her Game
  • The X Ingredient
  • The Wrong McElroy
  • A Heart This Big
  • Always a Love Song
  • Body of Work
  • The Road to Madison
  • Write Your Own Script
  • Alone
  • Beautiful Dreamer
  • Daughter of Fire: The Darkness Rising (Destiny and Darkness #2)
See similar books…
Rachel Gold has spent seven years as a reporter, ten years in marketing, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Writing degree. She worked as the senior reporter for a weekly newspaper with a readership of up to 100,000. She also served as a PR manager for an international technology company whose reach extended to Europe, Asia, and Australia. She has appeared at the Minnesota Library Association ...more