Jun 22, 2021
A Quiet Kind of Thunder
Posted by SaraBarnard

Steffi doesn t talk, but she has so much to say.Rhys can t hear, but he can listen.Their love isn t a lightning strike, 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 meaSteffi doesn t talk, but she has so much to say.Rhys can t hear, but he can listen.Their love isn t a lightning strike, 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 From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

  • Title: A Quiet Kind of Thunder
  • Author: SaraBarnard
  • ISBN: 9781509810987
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder Steffi doesn t talk but she has so much to say Rhys can t hear but he can listen Their love isn t a lightning strike it s the rumbling roll of thunder Steffi has been a selective mute for most of h

    Cait (Paper Fury)

    This book is just SO FREAKING CUTE AND BEAUTIFUL that I justI can t even begin to describe the dorky smile on my face right now No seriously, I spent so much time while reading this just smiling SMILING It s not a complex book, it doesn t have a lot of plot, and I did feel the ending was a tiny bit rushed but omg it was Too Pure, Too Precious and my heart feels very full right now I loved how it featured both social anxiety and deafness.Steffi has social anxiety and selective mutism, and Rhys is [...]

    Lala BooksandLala

    It should go without saying that my opinion of this book should not be taken as valuable when compared to a reviewer who is deaf or has selective mutism I genuinely hope and as is reflected in my note to the publisher that this ARC also got sent out to readers who can identify with these characters and give their comments on how respectful the representation feels, as my thoughts of this book are simply not as important.I believe when it comes to writing any characters outside of your own experi [...]

    maymay ☕

    Spontaneousbuddy readwith this fabulous girlie, Maram So to start things off, I d like to mention that you should take my rating likea grain of saltbecause honestly I don t know how to rate this book.It was GREAT, it was cute and fluffy and heartwarming and very very very informative, but at the same time, I felt that it lulled in certain moments And that was a big deal for me because I WANTED TO LOVE IT SO BADLY AND AWARD IT ALL 5 SUPER CUTE STARS but I found myself zoning out or making a tab t [...]

    Joshua Gabriel (Ever Bookish Josh)

    All I need is just a little sign language Show me that you re mine, baby And say what you wanna say Dylan Gardner, Sign LanguageThis book is my second contemporary read in 2017 concerning mental illness, and I am happy to say that I liked it very much The premise itself was intriguing a selectively mute girl forming a bond with a deaf boy One would expect the story to implode with all kinds of infamous tropes e.g instalove and romanticized mental illness , but I actually found it to be education [...]

    Holly Bourne

    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 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.


    Coincidental buddy read with the ever so lovely, WOW This book is magnificent Oh my gosh The synopsis DID NOT display the care and attention that Sarah Barnard gave to her main side characters I m surely convinced that this is some sort of a trick where the author just wants her readers to pick it up whenever we need a cute fluff , so we always end up diving in with little to no expectation or at least be okay with it if it s not that good Right Right Well, I felt that and ended up being gutted [...]

    Dannii Elle

    Adorable, emotional and impactful This features a marginalised set of characters in such a powerful, positive and informative light This is far than the fluffy romantic story that is appears


    Here are three separate but similar things shyness, introversion and social anxiety You can be one, two or all three of these things simultaneously A lot of the time people think they re all the same thing, but that s just not true Extroverts can be shy, introverts can be bold and a condition like anxiety can strike whatever kind of social animal you are.Such a sweet story It follows a girl who is selectively mute and her developing relationship with a boy who is deaf The romance is certainly th [...]

    Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)

    After reading and loving Beautiful Broken Things so much it made my top fifteen books of 2015 before it was even published I was so excited with Sara Barnard s next book Now that I ve finished it, the exact same thing has happened This is pure gold and bronze and I don t think anything I write now will do justify to just how beautiful this book is But, I m still going to try, so here are some reasons to love A Quiet Kind of Thunder Read Social Anxiety perfectly executed Steffi, our protagonist, [...]

    Kate (GirlReading)

    4.75 5 With it s Disney, Les Miserables and Harry Potter references, diverse cast of characters, wonderful anxiety representation and yes, there was even a dog, A Quiet Kind of Thunder has everything I love and long for in a book It had a perfect balance between the cute and fluffy, with it s adorable, fun romance, whilst also discussing mental illness in a brilliantly real and honest way Whether you re living with anxiety yourself, know someone who is or simply want an insight into what it s li [...]

    ✨ k i t k a t

    I loved this book.Not gonna lie it was the pretty pink shiny cover that made me want it, because we can t deny it we all love a pretty cover.Steffi is our MC who is a mute due to anxiety and a mixture of other things, she befriends Rhys, the new boy at school who is deaf we follow there story as they become fast friends, we follow them through there hardships and there happiness, it was such a wonderful read and the characters were so easy to connect with.The characters were unique in a way I wa [...]


    My name is Steffi Brons and I don t speak, let alone yell I move slowly so people won t notice I m there, because running in public is as loud as a shout I like to wear jumpers with long sleeves that go right down over my wrists and hands and fingers Meekness is my camouflage silence is my force field A Quiet Kind of Thunder started out really strong and kind of fizzled out near the ending, but I still really enjoyed reading it The romance was stinkingly cute and I loved the addition of sign lan [...]

    Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)

    4,5 5 stars I think I died from the utter adorableness of this perfect book Not only is it super cute and fun, but it s also intelligently written, quietly educational and very important and impactful book that everyone should read They re sprawled on the floor and chairs, talking loudly and easily, as naturally as breathing Do they know how lucky they are I catch myself wondering Do they Of course not It s probably the same thing someone with cystic fibrosis thinks about me I guess taking norma [...]


    An adorable contemporary romance, with sweet characters and great accurate representation of anxiety and being deaf Lots of people are shy Shy is normal A bit of anxiety is normal Throw the two together, add some brain signal error a NO ENTRY sign on the neural highway from my brain to my mouth perhaps, though no one really knows and you have me This book is the story of Steffi and Rhys, two teenagers who both find it hard to live in the normal world Steffi has selective mutism combined with sev [...]


    3.5This is definitely one of the cutest books I ve read this year Here are three separate but similar things shyness, introversion and social anxiety You can have one, two or all three of these things simultaneously A lot of the time people thing they re all the same thing, but that s just not true Extroverts can be shy, introverts can be bold, and a condition like anxiety can strike whatever kind of social animal you are I feel like the author has done some respectable research on selective mut [...]

    Ammara Abid

    Okay Okay Ok I m torn between 2 3 stars I really like first 80 pages Unique idea, interesting plot A story with the girl having selective mutism and a deaf boy, but the I read it the less I like it After first few chapters the same, repititive YA stuff started, Friendship,likeness, love, kisses,Bla Bla Blaaaa So nothing new _

    Marianne W

    5 heart warming starsOh boy This book This book and its characters This book and its contents.Diversity cast Mature teenagers No romanticized anxiety disorders Sexual positivity Healthy relationships Importance of friendship No cheatings No slut shaming Not overly fluffy and cheesy, just tender and important and heart warming I loved this book to pieces And keep in mind that I do not tend to like, nor love, contemporaries But this book truly warmed my heart BackstoryTime I suffered, and still su [...]


    This is the cutest book that I ve read since my beloved Lara Jean To All the Boys I ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han I legit squealed a bunch of times while reading this as it was SO FREAKING CUTE It was exactly the kind of cutesy, awkward teen romance that I m a sucker for Like okay I know I was letting myself in for a hella amount of emotional manipulation from the get go because this is about a selective mute girl with anxiety who falls in love with a deaf boy Like it s got the strings of [...]


    I suppose that I should have known going into this that a book about a mute girl would have a lot of internal dialogue, but wow I mean, again it makes sense but I found it to be a bit grating at times Especially a mute girl with anxiety issues and yeah.lots of verbal diarrhea I suppose it was realistic, but it would have been nice if it was trimmed a bit Still in all fairness the premise of a romance between a girl with selective mutism and a deaf boy was very intriguing I always like reading ab [...]

    Julie Zantopoulos

    I d like to preface this review by stating that I am not a part of the deaf community or living with the same mental health issues that the characters in this book do As such, I cannot speak to the representation in the book, but it is my belief that it was handled fantastically Again, that s from my scope and should never outweigh those in the communities represented That said, this book was beautiful, truly and wonderfully written This book follows Steffi who is a selective mute with severe an [...]

    Dani - Perspective of a Writer

    Check out reviews Perspective of a WriterSteffi is selective mute and has been since a child but that is about to change she hopes This is the year where she s trying to break out of the hold her anxiety has on her actions If she doesn t then her parents may just decide no university for her Amidst this she meets Rhys Deaf, they communicate through her rusty sign language With her silent voice and his expert listening skills they become friends in their own little world, as they reconcile the r [...]

    Bee (Heart Full of Books)

    Too cute for words Everything a contemporary romance should be Sidenote I did find Steffi s anxiety pretty triggering for my own Whenever we got too into her head, it felt like a reflection of my own thoughts, which is great for the anxiety representation because it s hella accurate, but I suffered a lot of second hand anxiety when reading I wouldn t let this put you off reading, though, just take breaks if it gets too real x

    Maria (Big City Bookworm)

    3.5 stars rated up Disclaimer I was provided an ARC of A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard through NetGalley and Macmillan Children s Books in exchange for an honest review This does not influence my opinion in any way.A Quiet Kind Of Thunder was the contemporary that I needed right now I wanted something light and fun and fast paced, but most of all, I wanted something new and diverse A Quiet Kind Of Thunder achieved all of these things What I LikedA new perspective I don t think I had ever [...]

    Nadia Awadi

    The main character s name in this book is drum roll please Rhys.RHYS You know Rhysand from ACOTAR My ultimate fictional boyfriend husband Rhys I m adding a star for that reason alone.Now into the nitty gritty , I didn t know how to rate this book I did rate it but it was hard.I really wanted to love this book since it deals with mental illness and being deaf But I think the story felt like a carrot cake with melted delicious choclate on the inside My metaphors are just a work of art You don t ha [...]

    Emily Mead

    AHHH OMG This book is amazing For example 1 Tons of accuracy about anxiety really really loved this portrayal2 An AMAZING and supportive female friendship between Steffi and Tem friendshipgoals3 A cute romance where Steffi and Rhys actually communicated and worked on their issues as a couple4 Learning about the Deaf community, sign language and communicating in general5 Great representation of parents who are flawed but so realisticCan t wait to review this one on the 26th

    ⊱ Poppy ⊰

    OmgOmgOmgOmgOmgOmgOmgOmg I GOT APPROVED, I GOT APPROVED Can t wait to read it YASSSSSS, So happy.

    lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews)

    Read this review my blog Wonderless Reviews I m participating in a Blog Tour hosted by Pan Macmillan and received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own Trigger warnings anxious thoughts, panic attacksIf you ve been following my blog for a while then you know I always say I tend to stay away from YA romantic contemporary because it s just not usually my thing When I was asked if I wanted to review A Quiet Kind of Thunder I was hesitant, but since it was [...]

    Kelly (Diva Booknerd)

    Steffi was a wonderful character, a precocious girl with a gentle disposition Since the tender age of only four years old Steffi has suffered from selective mutism and in recent years has developed severe and paralysing anxiety, tormented by her peers Through therapy and now medication, Steffi has been working towards her ambition of learning to speak, only comfortable when speaking with family members and her best friend, who is now enrolled at University Steffi s anxiety was palpable, her inte [...]

    Amber Robertson

    I tried to get into this book I really did I was desperate to like it because the premise was so interesting The writing is what got me though I couldn t handle the disjointed feel It seemed like the protagonist never was in the same head space Each chapter she was different and I almost felt like I was reading from POV s There s also the fact I can t tell you what happened Why I ve forgotten it all already I literally finished this book like two minutes ago and I m not even sure what I read A h [...]


    sweet, cute, cuddly ya romance

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