Thank you to Sara, Macmillan Children’s and Netgalley for the review copy!
‘A Quiet kind of Thunder’ was my second read of 2016 and boy, did it pack a punch! It tells the story of Steffi, who doesn’t talk and Rhys who can’t hear. Which is one of the best premise for a book I have read in a long time.
Not only is this the first time I’ve read a book about someone who is deaf/hearing impaired, it’s the first time I’ve read a book about a selective mute, too! It’s a wonderful thing to have brought into the bookish world and even more so as a pairing. Barnard writes in such an intense way. It feels so raw and real, especially in the frustration both the characters feel. It’s hard to imagine a world where i can’t articulate what I want to say whether it’s because my mouth just won’t say them or because I can’t find the BSL to describe it properly. It made me think not only about these characters but also people in my society who feel this way. It really opened my eyes.
Steffi and Rhys’s relationship is wonderful. The struggles their relationship faces in terms of Steffi being mute and Rhys’s deafness are not romanticised. It’s very much their thing and their relationship. It’s not perfect. They struggle and it’s hard for them and that made it so real and so beautiful. I backed them 100% all the way through the book. I totally believed in them as a couple and them as individuals. You feel so comfy in these two characters’ world that reading about them feels like you’re hanging out with your two best friends. One of my favourite moments was when Steffi sent Rhys a youtube link for a song…and then remembered he can’t hear. Which was hilarious. And so honest. You end up having such an intimate relationship with them because you’re very aware of the fact that only you, and them have, have any idea of the full extent of what’s being said, whether you’re reading their sign language or the messenger conversations. I ended up connecting with these characters and their relationship more than most characters.
This book is more than just a romance novel, though. It shows a very accurate portrayal of friendship with Steffi’s bestie, Tem. This hit home because in life I’m very much a Tem. So to see life from someone like Steffi’s perspective was so moving. I take so much for granted.
When I finished the book, because it was just such a roller coaster, I didn’t sob or anything but I did have single tear just running down my cheek. I don’t even know if it was happiness or sadness or catharsis or because the book was so beautiful, I think it was all these things! Sara Barnard’s writing is just THAT good.
I will be very surprised if this doesn’t make it into my fav books of 2017, yep I love it that much. I know it will stay in my mind for a long, long time. I also need to pick up ‘Beautiful Broken Things’ ASAP. Please pick this book up, you won’t regret it. One of the best YA Romances I have ever read. Thank you Sara.
A complete and total 5/5 stars! Completely loved it.
Thank you lovelies and happy reading! ox