Book Review: A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

Published in 2017 by Pan Macmillian 

307 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

 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.

My Review:

This book is the literal definition of cute; I had a smile plastered all over my face when I was reading this! I loved everything about it! I even preferred it over Goodbye, Perfect! The writing was utterly precious, and I devoured the book in one sitting.

Steffi’s illness’s are captured so well, her anxiety is written perfectly, and there’s scenes that I felt like my heart was totally relating, scenes where Steffi would describe how everything seems to be going swimmingly, but then BAM, one tiny thought upsets that, and you can’t stop thinking about about that one thought, which then develops into more. This, and the whole book was written so freaking perfectly, my heart needs more! 

And Rhys, our deaf male lead; he is such a sweet character! The ways he and Steffi communicate absolutely warmed my heart; and I love how much Steffi evolved through the story, it wasn’t just Rhys or her anxiety meds that made her come out of her shell and talk (she had been a selective mute) but, I personally think it was a mixture of everything; and like, on a side note, I love how comfortable she felt at the animal shelter; the scenes with the dogs there and her scenes at home with her own dog are too sweet! 

The supporting character’s were great too, I loved Steffi and Rhys’s friends; and brothers and step sister, respectively; they are all so understanding and supportive, and both their parents too! I love how they constantly wanted what was best for them, but when Steffi stood up to her family, I was cheering! She is such a brave narrator and character, one I really admire! 

I love how the book was told in Steffi’s narrative; yet, also in instant messaging format, it just made me smile all the more! And feel! I couldn’t put it down, I can’t fault it and I definitley recommend it! 

I’ll leave it there, I recommend this book for anyone who’s after a feely contemporary full of emotion and cute! 

Until next time, happy reading, and have a great weekend ☺ 

Brooklyn πŸ–€


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