A QUIET KIND OF THUNDER BY SARA BARNARD BOOK REVIEW:
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.
I adored this book in every single aspect. I found that I related a lot to Steffi in a few of her situations and loved and adored her character. One of the aspects of Steffi that I really loved and related to was the fact that she had medication for her anxiety, which I personally have for my own anxiety.
The romance in this book was not what I was expecting it to be at all, usually the main troupe with mental illness books (saying that, not every book has this I know, but its evident in a lot) that the love from a significant other can heal a mental illness and honestly I don’t find it very true to the case in real life and instead of loving someone else to make you feel better I think it is important to love YOU. Anyway I’m getting off track here, this book certainly doesn’t have that troupe and the romance comes as Steffi is recovering and becoming better with her Social Anxiety.
I found the romance also to be very cute and the way in which they understand and communicate to each other I found to be very sweet.
Overall, I connected very greatly to this story as I personally have suffered from anxiety all my life. A Quiet Kind Of Thunder is very engaging, very beautifully written and very inspiring. I would recommend this to anyone, as it is a book that I think just about everyone could enjoy and get something out of, also has very diverse themes.
STAR RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS
THANK YOU TO PAN MACMILLAN AUSTRALIA FOR SENDING ME AN ARC FOR REVIEW TODAY