Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Book Review: Louder Than Words

Title Louder Than Words

Author Laurie Plissner

Release Date December 18, 2012

The debut novel of an American original, Laurie Plissner's is both medical thriller and lyric love story in the tradition of magical realism

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.
I'm going to admit that I wasn't that interested in reading Louder Than Words after reading the summary for it. I figured it was going to be a typical romance where the girl was falling all over herself to win over the boy. You know, I'm not even sure what caused me to request it on Netgalley. I did, though, and I'm really glad I did.

I feel like Louder Than Words was different. There was romance, mystery, and a little bit of the supernatural. All of the elements of the story come together very nicely to create a wonderful story. A few chapters into the book, it was clear to me that this book was going to be very hard to put down. I just love it when books are impossible to stop reading.

Plissner's writing was great. Her characters were real and alive. I want to mention again that I was afraid the story was mainly going to be about Sasha making a fool of herself to win over Ben. While Sasha's motivations did include Ben, I definitely don't feel like it was overdone or irritating. Although Ben might have been a big part of her finding the truth and getting well, there was much more to it than that. Sasha seemed to be a very real teenage girl. And to keep with that, Ben also seemed to be a very real, very confusing teenage boy. I really loved how Plissner developed both her story and her characters.

I'm really glad that I was about read Louder Than Words. It turned out to be a really good book that I would definitely recommend.


4/5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley for review. *

1 comment:

  1. oh this book sounds right up my street!



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