Wednesday, 20 December 2017


TITLE: A Quiet Kind of Thunder
AUTHOR:  Sara Barnard
PUBLISHER: Macmillian Children's Books
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 12th January 2017


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.
“A Quiet Kind of Thunder” is one of the most beautiful and impactful books that I have ever read. 

Sheffi Brons is 17, and struggles with selective mutism and anxiety, therefore being comfortable to communicate in BSL. But Rhys Gould moves to Steffi’s Sixth Form, and he is deaf. An unlikely relationship on the surface blossoms and we as the readers are so happy about this.

The plot is slow in some places, but fast in others- it has been carefully considered to match the readers emotions. I adored how Barnard focusses just as much on secondary characters- Tem was just a fabulous friend to Steffi. The friendship between Tem and Steffi was also lovely, and I always like to feel that the characters have got a rich backstory, and I can imagine many books being written about them. I loved Rhys and Steffi and how they overcame the issues in their relationship. Their interactions are fantastic, and how they go through their firsts. I love how both of the characters are different- it’s so magnificent and really makes you think about the people around you. 

Even the title is also brilliantly thought out- a title would never usually grab me, but A Quiet Kind of Thunder has me really interested. Barnard has a unique voice, with such a versatile writing style to write different stages in the plot excellently. Anxiety wasn’t romanticised- it was discussed in a real, raw and engaging way. It was really sweet, and such a lovely read. I will certainly be putting “Beautiful Broken things at the top of my reading pile, now that I love Barnard’s writing style.


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