Stella was born to sing. Someday Broadway. Even though she is only a sophomore at a new high school, her voice has given her the status as a cool kid. But then a tragic accident renders her deaf. She cannot hear herself sing not to mention speak. She cannot hear anything. Silence. What happens when everything you have dreamed of and hoped for is shattered in a single moment?
Enter Hayden, the boy with blonde curls who stutters. He is treated like an outcast because he is not normal. And, yet, Stella feels an attraction to him that she cannot explain. As Hayden reaches out to help Stella discover a world without sound his own tragic past warns him to keep a distance. But their connection is undeniable. Can the boy who stutters and the girl whose deaf find a happily-ever-after?
SILENCE is a story of friendship and hope with a lesson that sometimes it takes a tragedy to help us find beauty and love in unexpected places.
My Thoughts: Great novel by author Deborah Lytton. The story of Stella, a promising singer, who loses her hearing in a single, tragic incident. But that accident brings her and Hayden together. Hayden has his own issues having been teased for his stuttering for years. These two broken souls find one another and together they begin to heal. The ending was a little rushed, but it still wraps things up and I was happy with it. Told from their alternating POV's we get an insight into both of them. Well written and heartbreaking, you won’t want to miss this one.
Deborah Lytton is an established writer who began her work life as an actress at the age of six. She graduated from UCLA and Pepperdine University with a degree in law before becoming a writer. She lives in California with her two daughters and is an active blogger and member of SCBWI.