Thursday, September 3, 2015

Book #Review: Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier .@Sourcebooks .@leahscheier

Book Title: Your Voice Is All I Hear
Author:  Leah Scheier |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Young Adult
Series/Standalone: Stand alone
Format: ebook
Cost: $9.99
Pages: 336
How I got it: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books A Million
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
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"I was the one he trusted. I was the one he loved, the only one who believed him, even when his own mother had locked him up and thrown away the key. And now, I was going to pass down the white tiled hallway, knock on his doctor's office door, slam his secret notebook on her desk and make her read it, make her understand what he was hiding, make her see what only I had seen." April won't let Jonah go without a fight. He's her boyfriend-her best friend. She'll do anything to keep him safe. But as Jonah slips into a dark depression, trying to escape the traumatic past that haunts him, April is torn. To protect Jonah, she risks losing everything: family, friends, an opportunity to attend a prestigious music school. How much must she sacrifice? And will her voice be loud enough to drown out the dissenters-and the ones in his head?
This has got to be one of the most frustrating but good books I've read in a while. I both liked April and wanted to yell at her; then I had to remember that she's just a kid dealing with something even adults struggle with and I had to roll the attitude back several steps. 

This isn't your typical teen romance, April meets and starts to date the new boy in school, when he made a few choice words that made the teen school queen hate him.

 I already love the lead and I totally get that feeling.  At 6% there is a moment that makes me laugh so hard, then again at 12% her snark is so infectious it makes me love her even more.  At 13% there are female fighters that April could have listed instead of just men, she could have listed Laila Ali for example and she wanted modern MMA fighters there is always the Queen Ronda Rousey. Then at 14% April hit a whole new level of stupid, ugh girl no time to recover because you're a freaking idiot.

I understand that the female lead April felt she should stick with the young man because he was the first guy to show real interest in her, however I felt she had an unhealthy level of devotion for a relationship that was at first only weeks old.

As his disease progressed you realized that April's denial also added to his burden because she refused to admit something was wrong.  Jonah need her help and she only admitted something was wrong way later.  And only after there were some serious consequences,   I loved that this book didn't judge that it showed how devastating the disease is for those related and in love with someone who is spiraling down. Each incident was followed by denial by all those involved because no one wanted something to be wrong.  His mother's reaction in the doctor's office?? Yeah girl stop burying your head in the sand.    It was heartbreaking to read and it made me wonder how Jonah felt as he realized he needed help but others wouldn't see it because they had their own fears.

April's desire to be ignorant irritated me so badly because by ignoring it she was 'othering' him without realizing it.  Because only those 'other' people not Jonah.  The 'real' Jonah wasn't like this was her train of thought and that only seemed to push Jonah further away.  Her experiment however?? Made me cry.  When she humbled everyone??  And showed how desperately ill Jonah was.  Even as I write this I tear up.  Her classmates reactions were so raw and I just.  I needed a moment as the enormity of that scene sunk in.

I really loved the ending, it was perfect, not a perfect ending but a good one that let's you know the story continues in even if you're not reading it.  You get to kind of create your own perfect ending.

This was a great therapy positive book and I loved that they discussed the stats behind the disease and what can trigger it.  I love this so much and even though I had issues with April hiding parts of the relationship that could have had seriously consequences I give it five stars for a great look at the spiral down.

It wasn't until later that I found out that the author is a doctor, which totally explains why she was so good at creating the world that Jonah and April live in.

I really enjoyed the novel and the way everything was unrolled and I want everyone who wants to read more diversely to check this one out.  It's a great look at how the people around the sufferer deal and how this affects more than the person who had the disease.

Happy Reading

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