I received a copy via Net Galley.
Steffi is a selective mute and struggles with anxiety. Rhys is deaf. Steffi has spent most of her time at school silent but with Rhys, she finds that she is able to talk.
I thought that this book was excellent. Whilst the plot is quite simple as it is a love story between two teenagers. I really enjoyed the addition to the plot that they have difficulties communicating with others but they find a way to communicate with one another. I thought that the author did a fantastic job in portraying these characters. I felt that the characters and their situations felt very real. I think that the author did really well at showing how simple tasks can become difficult for people with anxiety. The majority of us take these things for granted so I liked that the author was able to open my eyes to this. I thought that Sara showed Steffi’s progress in a really realistic way. She started out by doing small things which were really big achievements some books make the recovery process seem like a magical thing that happens overnight but this book didn’t do that which I feel is much more realistic. I also really appreciated that whilst there was a relationship the author emphasised that Steffi’s progress was because of her and not Rhys. Steffi was probably my main character at times I found Rhys to be a little annoying. I also really liked the side characters. I loved Steffi’s friendship with Tem and I enjoyed seeing a positive family relationship with her parents. I thought that the relationship between Steffi and Rhys felt very realistic. It felt like a first relationship between two teenagers, I find that in many YA books the authors tend to portray the characters as being older which makes it feel unrealistic.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend that you check this book out.