A Quiet Kind of Thunder Paperback – 12 Jan 2017
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This is a delightful love story which marks all the ups and downs, misunderstandings and discoveries about another person which are part of first love and a burgeoning sexual relationship. (Carousel Magazine)
I don't know where to start. I'd give this book TEN stars if I could. I loved Beautiful Broken Things but I think I love this book even more. A brilliant depiction of social anxiety, a swoony subtle love story that creeps up on you, and meticulously researched, respectful and just beautifully written. This book is not only for the quiet ones, but by JOVE how the quiet ones will adore this book. (Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?)
I felt like I was living this book (Zoella on Beautiful Broken Things)
Beautiful, honest and compelling. Also, one of the best depictions of anxiety I have ever read. (Catherine Doyle, author of Vendetta)
I swallowed this in one delicious sitting, and I've been thinking about Steffi and Rhys ever since. Honestly, it's been weeks and I'm not over them. They're so well drawn that they feel really real for me in a way that makes me want to check in with them for the rest of their lives. (Lauren James, author of The Next Together)
I literally cannot wait for everyone to read this and obsess over how good it is! (Maddie (Heart Full Of Books))
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From the Publisher
Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the 'on' switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of second-hand book shops at a young age. She is the author of Beautiful Broken Things.
A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Steffi doesn't talk. Rhys can't hear.
They understand each other perfectly.
Love isn't always a lightning strike. Sometimes 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.
The stunning new novel from the author of Beautiful Broken Things is a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.
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I really enjoyed Sara Barnard's debut title Beautiful Broken Things, and so when I heard she was releasing a new book, I jumped on it. And to my delight, it was even better than her first book. A Quiet Kind of Thunder is a love story about a selective mute girl called Steffi and a deaf boy named Rhys, and it is sweet and painful and delightful and heartbreaking all at once. It's very raw, and very honest in its portrayal of a various number of topics - anxiety, grief, first love, sex, friendship - but this is all balanced out with a gratuitous helping of pure, adorable fluffiness.
If you liked Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella, enjoyed Sara Barnard's debut novel, or just wanted to read a realistic yet sweet romance, you should definitely pick this one up.
That’s the strapline on this book and it blew me away like I find the best YA can. This was one of the most relatable YAs I’ve read in a long time (I work with this age group and that’s why I find it relatable...I know I’m not 18). I think some of this was down to the fact it was quintessentially British and not American and I loved the sense of home in this book.
Steffi was a carefully crafted complex and refreshing character. I ‘got’ her, I admired her and wanted her to thrive in whatever way was right for her. Rhys was bloody adorable and flawed and adorable. Did I say adorable? *shrugs* The story of these two was an absorbing delight to read but it was real.
I devoured this book quickly. I slipped into this seamless writing with ease and I’m genuinely sorry it’s over. I will be reading more from Sara Barnard, she rocked this age range so good.
I devoured this 300+ page book in a little under 5 hours and, as I got closer and closer to the last page, I found myself hoping and praying that it wouldn’t come to an end. Not only is the love story so cute, and you find yourself cheering for Steffi and Rhys, but Barnard’s writing makes you feel and believe what the characters are going through.
I fell in love with the characters from the first chapter, and I cannot wait to see just what other stories and/or characters Barnard has hidden away in her head.