#ROMANCEATHON DAY 3 REVIEW: A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER BY SARA BARNARD
Day three read a romance book with pink on the cover. so for today i pick up A Quiet kind of thunder by Sara Barnard. this is actually a young adult novel but it’s so beautiful not to write about. also i’m in love with the colors, in real life it’s even more pretty.
What is it about?
Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has a lot to say. Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen. Their love isn’t lightning strikes, it’s more like the rumbling roll of thunder.
Steffi has selective mutism when she was a child, and now she suffers from severe social anxiety and chronic shyness. It means that she struggles to speak in class and to other people who she doesn’t intimately know. Rhys is deaf, in his own way he still can hear. He used sign language, and can read lips.
Rhys is the new boy at Steffi’s school, and because she knows basic sign language she gets assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she is falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
What are my thoughts?
When I was at st pancras station in London waiting on my train back home. I walked in Hatchards and start browsing though the books, when my eyes fell on this beautiful book cover. And when I read the back of it I could not leave it behind, I had to buy it.
This story reminds me a bit of maybe someday by Colleen hoover, which is one of my favourite books of her
whilst reading this story, I discovered that there are two important things that we learn in this book.
1) you don’t have to be able to hear in order to listen.
2) just because you can’t speak doesn’t mean you don’t have a voice.
It’s not a complex book, and doesn’t have a lot of plot going on, jet i couldn’t stop smiling. Steffi and Rhys are so adorable together. Their friendship is super cute and dorky and sweet, so innocently sweet at first. It’s nothing like we read in normal ya novels this isn’t instalove, it’s still full of Anxiety and awkwardness.
I liked that Steffi’s and Rhys parents play a big roll in this story and that they really support the relationship Steffi and Rhys have .
All in all this is an adorable story about first loves and being scared of the world but not letting it bite you. And it deals with real issues that we can’t talk enough about.
How many stars?
I give it 3,5 stars.
Even though I thought it was a super cute story that deals with real issues, I thought it was a bit to innocent for my liking.