Friday, March 6, 2015

Silence by Deborah Lytton blog tour with review @deborahlytton @ShadowMountn #YA

Silence by Deborah Lytton
YA contemporary
Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (March 3, 2015)

Book Description:
Stella was born to sing. Someday Broadway. Even though she is only a sophomore at a new high school, her voice has given her the status as a cool kid. But then a tragic accident renders her deaf. She cannot hear herself sing not to mention speak. She cannot hear anything. Silence. What happens when everything you have dreamed of and hoped for is shattered in a single moment?

Enter Hayden, the boy with blonde curls who stutters. He is treated like an outcast because he is not normal. And, yet, Stella feels an attraction to him that she cannot explain. As Hayden reaches out to help Stella discover a world without sound his own tragic past warns him to keep a distance. But their connection is undeniable. Can the boy who stutters and the girl whose deaf find a happily-ever-after?

SILENCE is a story of friendship and hope with a lesson that sometimes it takes a tragedy to help us find beauty and love in unexpected places.

About the Author:

Deborah Lytton is an established writer who began her work life as an actress at the age of six. She graduated from UCLA and Pepperdine University with a degree in law before becoming a writer. She lives in California with her two daughters and is an active blogger and member of SCBWI.

Something is different about him today. I sense it. He's more open, somehow. More present. I have no idea what caused the change, but I like it. Then it occurs to me maybe the one who is different is me. (Stella)

I have won. Not with my fists, but with words. I have won with the power of speech. (Hayden)

With a lovely ornate style of writing, author Deborah Lytton brings to life a tale of acceptance, redemption and love in her gripping YA novel, Silence. Stella and Hayden are two gentle teens, she with an exceptional singing voice and he more of an outcast, forgotten because of his stutter. Before her big break as the lead in "West Side Story," the unthinkable happens and Stella has an accident. This tragedy robs her of what she loves and prizes most: her voice. But Hayden understands what she will have to endure for the next seventeen days as she heals, forced to readjust to a temporary new life of silence. With his help, he wants to show her the beauty and possibilities of the world around her if she'll let him.

The first chapter totally reined me in with Stella's strong voice and winning personality. Some may not care for 'flowery' language, I appreciate it when done well. The relationship between Stella and Hayden grows out of one's need to help another thrown into a situation where the outcome could be one of depression or sadness or unacceptance. By having a dual narration, we experience the beauty, faith, and determination of these two teens as they learn to conquer the difficulties life tosses at us, and as they do, they also fall in love. 

Silence is a clean YA and its messages will resonate with many. I really liked it.

My rating: 4
Cover comment: Simple and yet it works.
Book source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review during a blog tour.

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