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The Silence Between Us

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  23 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
Expected publication: 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
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
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 ...
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
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
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
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
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Maya became deaf when she was 13 years old. For the past four years, she’s immersed herself into Deaf culture including going to the Pratt School for the Deaf. However, after her mom’s job transfers her to Colorado, Maya is faced with going to a public school–a hearing school.

For the first time since becoming deaf, Maya finds herself heavily immersed in a predominantly hearing culture. As a result of this, she faces c
Amanda Caravello
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley, reviewed
The Silence Between Us focuses on Maya's transition into a hearing school since her family moves and she is unable to attend a school for people with hearing impairments anymore. While at the hearing school, Maya builds relationships with friends and a boy named Beau, who takes up sign language in order to communicate with her. I have to say, I was really looking forward to reading this book but I had a hard time getting through it. The story itself did not match up with the summary that was giv ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maya hasn't been deaf her entire life, but she still has her struggles. So when her mother moves the family across the country, she starts her life over, in a hearing school. We follow Maya as she adjusts to her new life with her small family, learning to make friends and navigate her new world.

This wasn't a bad read, but I did have a few issues with the book. I understand the mom had to move her kids for her job, but her son suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, and the climate in Colorado is awful fo
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
This YA story focuses on Maya, a deaf high school senior who just moved to a new school. It follows her struggles navigating a hearing school with the use of an interpreter and forming relationships with students who have little experience with deaf people. It was really interesting how the author wrote what was said in ASL as it would be said, and explained how it is "spoken". I enjoyed learning more about the deaf community an
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Silence Between Us is a story of Maya who is moving from her home town of Jersey and moved into Colorado and not only it being her senior year; she also has to go to a hearing school. Being Deaf for Maya is just apart of her, and she never considers it a disability and now having to juggle the trials of getting ready for college and being the only deaf student at Engelmann High. Through many trials and struggles, Maya finds new friends and teaches the hearing world that Deaf/ and hard of hea ...more
Emily Carter
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC!

Maya is a senior in highschool when she moves from New Jersey to Colorado. This is also her first time at a "hearing school", as she lost her hearing after a battle with meningitis. At her new school, she'll need an interpreter, and be the only deaf person there.

When Beau, a cute, popular classmate starts to learn sign language to communicate with her, she is apprehensive, unsure if he is genuine or taking pity in her.

With support from her mother, and younge
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Maya struggles to be the only deaf girl in a hearing school while butting heads with smart and attractive Beau Watson.

I enjoyed the story, however so much of it bothered me. I dislike the title. It might as well scream “ for John green fans” and “watch my cheesy zac efron movie in 6 months!” The characterization seriously sucked. The characters only existed so maya could be jealous of them or derisive. Maya experienced no personal growth. So what, she learned to have hearing friends? What of he
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The deaf people are rarely talked about. Maybe you passed one today and didn't know it. Some are born deaf, others become deaf overtime.Doesn't mean they aren't like us. Maya has just moved to a new school, where everyone ISN'T deaf. Cue the clueless cute guy. Why don't they just leave us alone when we have our ideas? The guy doesn't understand Maya at all, especially when she has the chance to hear. Isn't NOT hearing sometimes better? Less worrying about all the gossip and rumors.
Alana Wilson
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange of an homest, unbiased review.

I loved this book! I loved Maya and even though we have different challenges, I found her character to be authentic . The friendships she developed made for a great story: showing that people from different worlds can coexist. I love that the characters have outlets such as art, reading, etc. I feel like that's a good lesson in the story to mirror healthy coping mechanisms.

There are parts that made me sa
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Victoria Bunce
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of THE SILENCE BETWEEN US on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author for the opportunity.

FIVE STARS! And here’s why:

This book should be required reading in school. Alison Gervais captivated my interest from the get-go. It has all the elements of a great YA story: family and friends drama, regrets, second chances, and a story shrouded in frustration and forgiveness. My father-in-law is hearing impaired, and each day Is filled with so man
Mar 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-releases
I'm sooo looking forward to this, i hope i won't be disappointed.
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Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a person who is hearing impaired this hits very close to home. Maya moves to Colorado which forces her to leave her deaf school Pratt. She starts at a new hearing school Engelmann. Transitioning as a new school is hard enough imagine being the only deaf girl who has an interpreter following her around. Beau is the student body president. After he accidentally insults Maya when he learns she can speak he begins to learn sign language to apologize to her. Her relationship begins to grow with Be ...more
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