Saturday, 14 July 2012

Whisper by Chrissie Keighery (Young Adult)


1st July 2012, Templar
272 Pages, Paperback
Review copy

Themes: highs & lows of being deaf, adjusting to a new outlook on life, self-isolation, gaining different perspectives, trying to fit in and be 'normal', one step forward then two steps back, understanding & misunderstanding by loved ones, learning a new language, feeling left out, misery, learning how to have fun with the new status quo, gaining valuable friendships, overcoming difficulties with a smile on the other side, sticking to own beliefs in a positive way, doing the best for yourself & not for others, bullying, mild teen romance, lots of tissues needed.

Summary by Templar
Fifteen-year-old Demi's world is shattered when she is left profoundly deaf by a sudden illness. Everything is different now, and Demi must learn to adapt to a new school, new friends and even learn a whole new language.

Nayuleska's thoughts

This was such an inspirational book for me. I related loads with Demi Mercifully I'm not deaf, but the turmoil of emotions as she gets used to her new way of life, the inner struggles she has on a daily basis and the desire to fit in with society are things I've dealt with for my health. Im certain all readers will take away Demi's personal strength and determination that appear & remain solid by the end of the book. She's lovable because she stuffs up along the way. She hates what's happened, which is a big emotion to deal with when health restrictions affect your life, especially when doing what makes you happy. The fact that she continues to make new friends & find someone who cares about her is a positive message to get across. We may have difficulties in life, but those are not our entire life as Demi in this 10/10 read proves.

You can find out more on Chrissie's website.

Suggested read
For another teen who deals with a mercifully temporary yet disturbing condition check out Skin Deep by Malaika Rose Stanley

3 comments:

Zoe Crook said...

Wow, this sounds amazing. Great review, I'm really interested in reading this :)

Nayuleska said...

Thanks! It's worth the read.

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiners Book Blog) said...

Thanks for review, I just finished it, and am looking into Skin Deep.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog