BLOG TOUR: A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER!
This is a sweet, cute romance about a girl with selective mutism, and a boy who’s deaf. Steffi Brons has severe anxiety and struggles to talk to people that aren’t her immediate family. Then Henry Gold starts at her school and she’s introduced to him purely because she knows some BSL (British Sign Language).
Title: A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Author: Sara Barnard
Genre: contemporary, young adult, diverse
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Release Date: January 13, 2017
THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE! Legitimately, if you want something cute, fluffy and diverse, this is the book for you. I couldn’t put it down! It made me grin stupidly ALL THE TIME. Henry and Steffi were so unbelievably adorable and realistic. And, as someone who doesn’t have anxiety, this was a huge eye opener for me as well.
Steffi struggled so much with everyday tasks of communication, things that I do without even batting an eye. When she signed, it helped her open up, and Henry helped develop her connection with the world.
Additionally, seeing a positive representation of a deaf character in a young adult book was hugely rewarding! I learned a bit of sign language in high school but the language is only the tip of the iceberg; there is a huge Deaf culture that goes along with it, which Henry touched on near the end. He didn’t really fit into the Hearing or Deaf worlds completely, as he could kind of speak, but struggled to hear.
Because Henry couldn’t quite hear, and Steffi couldn’t quite speak, they bonded by being outsiders at high school. It was beautiful and cute and AAAHH! ❤ Here are some dot points because if I try and sum this book up I’ll be a jolly, rambly mess.
- realistic romance
- positive representations of deaf culture
- Steffi acknowledges that a boy didn’t save her from mutism!!!
- insightful explanation of anxiety
- a beautiful best friendship
- funny banter that had me grinning like an idiot
Overall, you’ll not be disappointed reading this. It had everything a perfect contemporary needs: an adorable relationship, a supportive family and slightly dysfunctional family, an energetic but realistic best friend, and a main character who is vulnerable and scared but explains why and does her best to overcome it.
The development of relationships in this book is amazing, Steffi is such an inspiration. She truly grows up, especially in the last few pages talking to Henry. They become adults, with their own responsibilities to each other, and I loved it so much.
Mark this book as “want to read” on your Goodreads, add it to your wishlists. Go to the bookstore and pick it up NOW, this book deserves to be read! It’s fun, diverse, and so fluffy and cute!
5 / 5 stars
A huge thank you to Pan Macmillan for sending this book to me in exchange for an honest review, I’m so proud to be discussing such a diverse, happy book!