Silence

Rated 4.75/5 based on 9 reviews
Oakley Farrell stopped talking at the age of 5 and has remained in her own little world since. Her mum is desperate to find out what is wrong with her daughter, but does she really want to know? Oakley's best friend, Cole has stuck by her. Their friendship is easy but as they start to become closer she is faced with a new set of issues to deal with.

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Words: 66,800
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301442430
About Natasha Preston

Late 2010 was when I discovered I enjoyed writing, before that I had never even thought about it. I fell in love with creating stories and characters instantly.

At first I didn't really take writing seriously, it was a hobby. Now, though, it's all I want to do.

I have the support of my wonderful fiance and family behind me. I count myself as one of the lucky ones.

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Review by: Kim Deister on Feb. 12, 2014 :
This book has gotten a lot of mixed reviews, but the subject matter is so different from a lot of contemporary YA fiction of the non-paranormal genre that I was intrigued. Sometimes these intense subjects can be glossed over or sanitized for the YA book, so I was interested to see how that was going to play out in this book.

The underlying "secret" of this book is a dark subject and one that was probably as tough to write as it was to read without getting extremely emotionally invested in the main character. Oakley is clearly a girl who is haunted by something in her past, but we don't know what that was for much of the book. The hints were subtle and that made the reveal that much more shocking and upsetting. An interesting twist to this story was the fact that Oakley doesn't speak. At all. For that matter, she has virtually no communication with anyone of any kind. Her isolation was so complete that, although she had a cell phone for texting, she never used it. Every night, Cole texted her and she always answered him... but never sent them. I didn't understand why that was until the end, which I won't share for fear of spoilers. That isolation made me wonder how the story could possibly progress well with a character who had no verbal communication. How can she maintain friendships and relationships, trapped in herself the way she was? The answer was simple. She couldn't, not really, outside of her brother and her best friend Cole. It was tragic, her isolation.

There is romance in this book, and it is touching and sweet, but I think that the rest of it was more of the central focus of the book. And I liked that. I liked that there was much more to the story than teenage romance and angst.

This is a story that is, in my opinion, character-driven. There were characters I loved and there were others that I hated with a passion. Like in real life, there were points at which I hated/loved a particular character and then later in the story, my feelings would flip. Oakley's parents are a perfect example of this. As a mom, I felt like their hands off approach was a bit unbelievable. But as the story progresses and you learn ore there are questions that get answered and make you understand.

Things to love about Silence...

--The subject matter. Not that one can truly "like" the subject matter, but I liked how it was handled throughout the story.
--Knowing Oakley. As I said, I wondered how Oakley would be as a well-rounded character without communication and I was truly impressed with how much of a non-issue that turned out to be.
--The relationships and characters. Whether you loved them, or hated them, they evoked a response and that is important.

Things I wanted more or less of...

--More Cole. Technically, the chapters of this book are done in POV-style, chapters for Oakley and chapters for Cole. But Cole's POV doesn't come into play until Chapter 11, more than halfway through the book.

Some quotastic goodness...

--Silence consumed my whole life ; it suppressed things I could never express. My silence was responsible for my family’s happiness. Silence was my prison (1).
--We couldn’t be together. I would never be good enough for him. He was perfect , and I was broken (18).
--I loved her so much. More than anything in the world. Enough to let her go (211).

My recommendation: This was a moving story that I think is more than worth a read!
(review of free book)

Review by: Jackie Herrera on Dec. 14, 2013 :
I honestly completely love this book so much!
I discovered it on wattpad years ago before it was published and broken silence was still in the making. I am so glad natasha has gotten this opportunity !!! I read both books again in the matter of two days because their just that amazing
(review of free book)

Review by: Candice Chandler on July 08, 2013 :
Fantastic book loved it couldn't put it down. Great author :)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: ann kavanagh on June 23, 2013 :
A good book and for a change set in england
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: gigi freeman on June 20, 2013 :
This is such a powerful, well written book. Once you pick it up you won't want to put it down. Finished both books with in three days. Seriously addicting!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tania Gallant on June 20, 2013 :
Really good! Amazing! Can't take it down until I finished it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carla Macias on June 15, 2013 :
If you enjoy reading this is a really good book you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sonnia Briones on June 15, 2013 :
Amazing.... The best book I have ever read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: petra kralova on May 24, 2013 : (no rating)
i have dificulties ti download this book to my kobo reader tried diferent metods and stil nothing.useless
(reviewed long after purchase)

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