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A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 at 7:27pm

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard is about a girl named Steffi who has had severe anxiety and selective mutism since she was young. In the novel, Steffi meets Rhys, a deaf boy, when he transfers to her school. The pair soon become friends largely due to the fact that since he can't hear, Rhys doesn't care that Steffi can't talk and they can use ASL to communicate with each other instead.

A Quiet Kind of Thunder
was a very cute book. It caught my attention because of its interesting premise of a mute girl becoming friends with a deaf boy over their mutual communication difficulties. One thing I really liked was that Steffi's best friend Tem was prominently featured and she didn't become a never-heard-from-again background character once Steffi met Rhys. The one criticism I have for this novel was that it was, at times, a bit cheesy and it got a bit slow during the middle section. However, overall it was a quick enjoyable read. This novel would be good for people looking for a light fluffy love story. I think people who enjoyed the books Fangirl or Out of My Mind would also enjoy this one.

- Niina, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up

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