*I received a free ecopy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*
I’m not really sure how to rate or review this book because it was so very not the type of book I normally read. (Something to keep in mind while reading my review.) I rarely step outside the SFF genre nowadays, I really don’t read YA contemporary, and I even more really don’t read rockstar romance.
But I wanted to read this because it’s one of the few books I’ve found that has a deaf protagonist.
And, despite it being out of my norm, I enjoyed it and thought it was pretty good for the genre that it is.
The deafness seemed to be handled well (aside from the fact that it’s probably a lot harder to lip read in real life), and I loved getting to see things through Ali’s perspective because it allowed me to realize some of the things I take for granted as a hearing person. (And the author includes resources in the back for anyone who wants to learn more.)
The topic of abusive parents also seemed to be handled well and realistically enough. It was mostly kept to the backstory, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem for anyone who feels uncomfortable reading about abuse happening on screen, but, because it was still the focus (characters trying to escape and overcome their past abuse), the book did end up being pretty heavy. I thought that was a good thing because abuse is a heavy topic, but I wanted to include a warning for anyone who doesn’t like that.
As for the characters, Jace seemed a little unrealistic with his extreme behaviors and emotions, but Ali was a great character, and I liked that she had such eclectic interests instead of just being a stereotype. I also felt for her and the situation she was in.
So overall, the premise and the romance weren’t the most realistic, but it was a fairly quick read that handled heavy topics well without being graphic or going overboard.
YA contemporary romance readers, anyone interested in reading about a deaf character, or anyone looking for a story about abuse that isn't too graphic.