Young adults with health issues? That’s an auto-buy book for me. Only because I can relate so well! This one sounded really good to me!
Thank you Clarion Books for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.
Synopsis: Music is Simon’s life—which is why he is devastated when a stroke destroys his hearing. He resists attempts to help him adjust to his new state, refusing to be counselled, refusing to learn sign-language, refusing to have anything to do with Deaf culture. Refusing, that is, until he meets G, a tough-as-nails girl dealing with her own newly-experienced deafness.
I took awhile to think about this book. More so because I really wanted to stew over the emotions I felt after reading it. I honestly really enjoyed reading this!. I have read a lot of reviews that talk about how they didn’t like that the author didn’t write from a personal perspective. I HIGHLY recommend reading the author’s note at the end of the book. It paints a really great picture of what the author has personal experienced and what lead him to writing this book. I do have a hard time reading books about my illness that are written by people who do not have my illness. They never seem to paint a vivid picture of what it really feels like. Although I am not deaf, therefore I cannot speak on behalf of that community, I still feel like the author did a great job at bringing awareness and perspective for those who have no experience in this chronic illness realm (if that is appropriate to call it that). Was it realistic? Maybe not so much (some character traits were a little far fetched) , but I really thought it was written beautifully with a lot of care.