Title: A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Author: Sara Barnard
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult
Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s 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’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.
Source: Thanks so much to Macmillan Children’s Books via Publishers Group Canada for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!
How I Found Out About It: Blogging
If I had to describe this book in one word, do you know what I would say? AMAZING!
Upon requesting A Quiet Kind of Thunder from Netgalley, I had been reading a lot of rave reviews for it, as well as for Sara Barnard’s previous book, Beautiful Broken Things. So, when I found out that there was a Netgalley edition made specifically for Canadians, I decided, “Perfect, let’s request!”
And I am SOOOOO glad I did. This book… I have no words. Seriously. It rocked my world and completely enthralled me. I may even be willing to give it a reread once it is officially released, it was that good!
To briefly summarize, this book revolves around Steffi, who is a selective mute, meaning that she has extreme social anxiety that makes it uncomfortable for her to talk to others. Because of this, she has a hard time fitting in at her school. So, when a new boy named Rhys comes to her school, he clicks with Steffi right away as he is deaf, and can thus identify with her easily. But silent relationships do have their setbacks… will the two eventually be able to communicate freely with each other, despite their troubles?
Both characters were beyond amazing. Flawed, oh yes they were, but the good things about them definitely shined onto their surface. First, let’s talk about Steffi. I LOVED her. She was relatable and witty, and even though she was going through a lot, she always kept on a tough face. Steffi often tackled her struggles with a positive attitude and perseverance, which I love to see. And not to mention that her character development was out-of-this-world: that’s all I’m going to say right now in order to refrain from spoiling!
Rhys seemed like a super gorgeous guy, and I think I fell in love with him while reading. I absolutely adored the way he treated Steffi and the strong bond the two had with each other. I felt like I could easily relate to him as well as he went through everything, but some of the stories he had about his past saddened me so much that I just wanted to reach out and hug him!
The plot of this book was pretty basic and cliche, to say the least, but Sara Barnard definitely added a unique spin onto it with all the twists, turns, ups and downs. There was never a dull moment while reading this book, whereas on the other hand, there usually are in most stories like this.
All in all, your calendars NEED to be marked for February 10th, the release date of this beautiful book. This is absolutely NOT one you want to miss. For anyone wanting a fun, diverse romance, A Quiet Kind of Thunder will for sure become the thunder to your lightning!⚡️
*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*