Louder Than Words Book Review



Title: Louder Than Words
By: Laurie Plissner
Publisher: Merit Press
Publication Date: December 18, 2012
ISBN: 9781440556654
Pages: 272

Since the snowy night when her family's car slammed into a tree, killing her parents and little sister, Sasha has been unable to speak except through a computer with a robotic voice. Nothing is wrong with her body; that's healed. But, after four years, Sasha's memory, and her spirit, are still broken. Then one day, she's silently cussing out the heavy book she dropped at the library when a gorgeous, dark-haired boy, the kind of boy who considers Sasha a freak or at least invisible, "answers" Sasha's hidden thoughts -- out loud. Yes, Ben can read minds; it's no big deal. He's part of a family with a host of unusual, almost-but-not-quite-supernatural talents. Through Ben's love, Sasha makes greater progress than she has with a host of therapists and a prominent psychiatrist. With him to defend her, bullies keep the world from ever understanding Sasha, he pulls away. Determined to win him and prove her courage by facing her past, Sasha confronts her past -- only to learn that her family's death was no accident and that a similar fate may wait for her, in the unlikeliest of disguises.


MY REVIEW
I have to say this book had me in tears. Sasha goes through a horrible experience similar to someone I know in real life went through about eight years ago and while reading this book I couldn't help think of the person I once knew. The beginning starts off with Sasha dreaming about the accident that took her family away from her. She's left with no voice and her only communication is through a voice box, which in my opinion she doesn't really accept, which I don't blame her.I have no idea what I would do or react if I lost my entire family. Thinking about it gives me the chills.

The one person she connects with is Ben, a boy she meets  who can read her mind. I would be a little bit freaked out about this, but if I was in her shoes I guess I could see how knowing someone who can read your mind and you can't speak can attract you to him. I loved how even though he could read her mind he really wanted her to get help in actually grieving and accepting that her family's gone and I loved that she focused on herself and tries to accept her past. You don't get a lot of YA books that has the main character focused on themselves, but then again there aren't a lot of YA books out there like this.

My only complaint is how they met or the circumstances on how they met. That should have went about a different way, other then that it was a really great book, I'm hoping a part two comes out some time soon!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Louder Than Words at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

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