A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sarah Barnard: Book Review

Book 2 of my personal readathon! I finished on Saturday after last, and it was adorable! A Quiet Kind of Thunder is about a girl with selective mutism and a boy who is Deaf. Through BSL (British Sign Language) they bonded (Goodreads). Side note: I could stare at this cover forever <3<3


My Rating 5 out of 5 stars

What a lovely, adorable book. I loved how mental health and deafness were handled throughout the book. There were so many moments that I loved between Steff and Rhys. Although, I have to say I loved every character minus Steffi’s mom, she can go eat it. With YA, I sometimes come across a book that’s predictable and making the experience less enjoyable that’s what I expected here, but I’m glad I was wrong. Something I appreciate is the book stating that Stef doesn’t want a boy to fix her. But through the book you can see that it’s a lifestyle that help people get better like meds, what we eat, who we spend time with, and how we spend our time. I liked that the parents were involved instead of invisible figures who don’t talk, ever. Even though they were a bit controlling, but as scared parents for their disabled children, it’s understandable that they want to protect their kids.

Can I say anymore nice things about it? Probably; it was very well written story and character wise.

As someone who took American Sign Language, it was fun to read and imagine the signs (even though I know that most of the signs would be different in BSL).

I definitely need more stories like this with disability and mental health represented well.

As always, thanks for reading!


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