*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.
His world is music. Her world is silent.
Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.
When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.