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The Silence Between Us

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Moving halfway across the country to Colorado right before senior year isn’t Maya’s idea of a good time. Leaving behind Pratt School for the Deaf where she’s been a student for years only to attend a hearing school is even worse. Maya has dreams of breaking into the medical field and is determined to get the grades and a college degree to match, and she’s never considered ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 13th 2019 by Blink
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Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Maya Harris is 17 years old and was rendered deaf when a bout of meningitis left her profoundly deaf at the age of 13. Her mother's job relocation forces Maya to leave her special hearing impaired school and move to Colorado, to a regular high school. Maya's young brother is also afflicted with cystic fibrosis and her mother is a single parent, having to cope with two children with chronic h
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***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of THE SILENCE BETWEEN US by Alison Gervais in exchange for my honest review.***

Maya is less than thrilled to beginning senior year at a hearing school half way across the country. Deaf for four years, leaving her secure previous school, where everyone signed to one where she’ll be the only Deaf student and need an interpreter scares her.

When Beau, a cute popular guy starts learning sign language, Maya is certain he’s either pitying o
I got this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

You know those stories where you fall in love with everything after just a few pages?
That, for me, was this book.
The Silence Between Us was, in a nutshell, some of the best disability representation I’ve *ever* read. I am not deaf, but, as someone with hydrocephalus, right-sided cerebral palsy, and partial blindness, I am always looking for good representation, and this book was It. The Silence Between Us celebrates disability
Joshee Kun (조수아)
Thank you, Blink, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Just because someone may have a "disability" doesn't mean that someone needs to be pitied or ridiculed.

My dear papa was part of the deaf ministry at church, so whenever I see forthcoming or published books with hard-of-hearing characters, I immediately add them to my TBR shelf. Also, the author was right when she said that the deaf community needs more representation in YA literature. I've already enjoyed many b
I’ve been waiting so long for a book like this. Like our protagonist Maya, I was born hearing and have slowly lost bits of my hearing over the years in addition to dealing with Auditory Processing Disorder, both of which require me to wear hearing aids. While Maya is immersed in the Deaf community, I’ve remained a part of the hearing community into which I was born, but I can relate to so many of the experiences Maya has all throughout the novel.

I’ve seen some people say in their reviews that Ma
Maggie Carr
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
#OwnVoices is quickly becoming my favorite part of YA Lit. Having lost a lot of my own hearing just out of high school, I really related to 'The Silence Between Us' (pub. August 13, 2019). Maya was born hearing, but lost it due to Meningitis; however, she gained her confidence; embracing her deafness. "There was one thing I knew for certain. I was happy being Deaf, and I was not about to change that just because a cochlear implant might make my life easier."[280] I loved that Maya's character, s ...more
Lisa Mandina
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great story about a deaf girl who moves and has to now attend a regular, as she calls it, "hearing" school. As a hearing person, there was a lot that hadn't known about, and I always enjoy a book that makes me learn things. It took a bit to read and get used to the way sentences were cut out or cut short based on how she lipread and obviously couldn't always catch every single word sometimes. Or also just the way they signed they didn't use all the words we use as we talk, because that would b ...more
Sara (Alicorn Feathers)
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm almost done with my second semester of ASL, and I love and appreciate the language. So I was very excited to read this book, from the perspective of a deaf high schooler, and I perked up when I realized that the ASL would actually be written as ASL instead of just translated into English like in most the other books I've read with a deaf character.

But the book left me wanting, in so many ways.

Without even getting into my problems with how certain aspects of Deaf culture were displayed, the
Kasey Hebert
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I enjoyed this book because I've never read anything like it before! I loved that this story is from the perspective of a female high school student who is deaf and confident with who she is as a person. The discussions characters had regarding cochlear implants were necessary and a delight to read. I loved that the conversations in sign remained in ASL syntax on the page! This novel only dipped its toe into the culture of the Deaf community; there's so much left to explore, and I can't wait for ...more
Mar 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: young-adult
It's about GD time that the universe (and publishing) gave us (meaning: me as a hearing impaired reader) an #ownvoices Deaf kid in a hearing school story. #thankyouverymuch Now to read the ARC that I just got ...
Stephanie Roxane
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*


This review may contain very mild spoilers.

The Silence Between Us is a book about a girl who is deaf and transfers to a hearing school for the first time since becoming deaf. I enjoyed parts of the story, but overall was kind of let down.

One thing I really loved was the writing. The author wrote sign language in a really cool way that I've never personally seen before. She also wrote parts where the main character Maya is
Jul 08, 2019 rated it liked it
**I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

The Silence Between Us follows a Deaf girl named Maya as she navigates a hearing school for the first time in many years. I was initially excited for this book because of the disability rep. The author, Alison Gervais, is hard of hearing, and I think that she did a great job at representing a Deaf main character. There were so many little things that added to the experience, from the choppier way conversations in sign were r
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.7 stars
I’m so so so grateful I was able to receive an ARC for this book, it was definitely unexpected favorite of the year.

Maya Harris is deaf and when maya has to leave her school for the deaf in her senior year to go to attend a hearing school things change drastically for her.
This was such a simple yet emotional and educational read. it was funny and romantic and had so many different layers. Maya is charismatic, witty and relatable and I absolutely adored reading from her point of view o
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Net Galley for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Finally. FINALLY. This is the first book I’ve read with a Deaf character that accurately portrays the experience of a Deaf student in a hearing high school. As a CODA and former teacher of the Deaf, I have worked with many students in both the residential and mainstream settings. Although there were times I wished Maya weren’t quite so angry, I quickly realized that her feelings were entirely honest a
Carro Herdegen
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G
After moving halfway across the country, Maya found herself wary about going to a new school for senior year. Maya is not as worried about having to transfer to a new school as she is that the new school is a hearing school—which she hasn’t attended since becoming deaf a few years ago. Fighting discrimination, family issues, and her own self-doubt, Maya has a long year ahead of her.
While I found it difficult and somewhat frustrating t
May 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
The plot of this book just seems unrealistic. What parents would uproot a kid with a chronic illness and bring him to a high-altitude location that's almost guaranteed to worsen his health? For that matter, what parents would toss their deaf daughter into the deep end of a hearing school when she's only been in mostly deaf communities so far? Honestly, none of this makes sense and it really detracted from my ability to enjoy this book.

*Book received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest revie
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it


Maya is a Deaf teenager who moves to Colorado before her senior year of high school. It's a big adjustment for her, as she's leaving behind her school for the Deaf to attend a hearing school. Gradually, Maya befriends classmates Nina and Beau who demonstrate interest in learning ASL to better communicate with her. With encouragement and support from her friends, her interpreter Kathleen, her single-parent mother, and her younger brother Connor who has cystic fibrosis, Maya navi
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you so much Blink publishing for sending me this eARC to review through Netgalley.

3.25 / 5 stars

Maya is crushed when she learns that she must move to Colorado for her final year of high school. Maya must transition from a Deaf school to a hearing school. Maya lost her hearing at a young age, but she is not sad by the outcome of her loss of hearing. Maya is proud to be deaf and the community that welcomed her in with open arms. As Maya navigates a hearing school and new environment she must
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Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, classroom, realistic
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

I can not wait to share this title with my students. Maya's story grabbed me quickly, I knew almost the moment I started that I would not put this book down until I finished it. I learned so much about how my deaf students experience the world around them. I'm gobsmacked. I could not wait to read to the end to know the outcome and when I got there, I was so sorry to have Maya's story
I am so happy that the first YA contemporary I've read about a Deaf (deaf? I listened to the audiobook so I'm not sure if she capitalizes) teenager was written by a HoH author because this was everything I wanted it to be. Maya is fiercely proud and always unapologetically herself. Between learning about her aspirations to work in the medical field, her challenges navigating a hearing school and dealing with hearing teachers and students that have never had to accommodate deaf folx, and conversa ...more
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
An impressive book by Colorado author Alison Gervasis. It is a YA and has that romance factor but so much more. It focuses on a deaf high school student and her trials and tribulations both academically and socially. Maya is also living in a single parent home with a little brother with cystic fibrosis. The audio book includes a interview with the author who is also hearing disabled. She discusses what it is like to be labeled disabled and her feelings about writing this book.
Jun 01, 2019 added it
I started this, and the writing is fine and all, but I just don't want to read about high school, even if it's a unique, important voice. But if you are into YA fiction and looking for something new, this might be the book for you!
Emilie Hrabak
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"The Silence Between Us" is a unique and fresh take on an own voice story about a deaf girl who decides to attend a hearing-school environment for her senior year of high school. The reader follows Maya's struggles as she overcomes them to reach her goals for the future, and there is also an element of romance.

This was a quick and enjoyable read that I would highly recommend! The reader can really empathize with Maya's struggles
Rebecca Akins
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-the-best
I loved this! I love that all the dialogue was written according to ASL grammar. I’ve found that in a lot of books with deaf characters their dialogue is written in standard English.

**I was sent an e-arc copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This in no way affects my rating or review.
Carrie G
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
***I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of this book.***

I was very excited to find out about this book - a story about a Deaf character written by someone with a hearing loss! As a teacher of the deaf, finding contemporary YA books that include D/deaf characters is hard, so of course when one pops up, I'm all over it! :)

My feelings on this book are divided. From the Deaf character standpoint, this book is wonderful. I am personally not deaf, but I have worked with D/
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Warnings for spoilers

I thought that this book was super cute and a good read, and please don't let what I'm about to say discourage you. I do have one real complaint about the book, and it's that the book kind of just seemed to end with some things left unresolved. There was a lot of buildup around Beau's mom and the scar on his leg, but when the backstory behind it was revealed, it was kind of pushed aside in favor of other
Jessica Higgins
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At its core, The Silence Between Us is about learning to listen with more than just our ears. Once we learn that, the space between us can close beautifully.

After losing her hearing in her early teens due to meningitis, Maya has had learned to adapt to the deaf world. Things get complicated though when her mom moves her and her brother to Colorado and Maya’s senior year is spent being the only deaf girl at a hearing school. Even though she is deaf, Maya has hopes of getting into the right colleg
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Maya is not pleased about being the new girl for her senior year, halfway across the country. She's even less pleased to be the only Deaf student at her new school. While she is initially reluctant and prickly towards her new environment and the people she interacts with, things start to look up as she makes friends with Nina, who was initially assigned as a peer mentor for her first day, and student body president,
Clockwork  Bibliophile
Thank you Netgalley and Blink for sending me a complimentary digital copy of this book.

3.5 stars

After years of attending school for the deaf, Maya, who recently moved to Colorado, has to attend a regular school for the first time in her life and she isn't too thrilled about it. With her dreams for getting into college and becoming a respiratory therapist, Maya has never considered herself disabled. However her classmates and teachers do not seem to understand that and hence, she is a constant su
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