I saw this book while I browsing on Oyster and the summary caught my attention :
For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she topped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world... (Taken from Oyster)
Perhaps its from having a speech disorder myself, but the idea of being mute (or any other speech impediment) instantly sparks my interest; but, while I knew that this book wasn't exactly my norm when it comes to books (drama/romance), I thought I would give it try as I could I was falling into a reading slump and thought that something new would keep me out of one.
And, it did.
This book, I don't know what it was about it, but I was hooked. I started it while I was on lunch at work and I seriously thought about calling in for the rest of my shift just so I could continue reading it. (I, of course, like the responsible adult I am didn't call in). I found myself within the first 50 pages clutching the edges of my tablet, wanting Oakley to speak again, wanting for Oakley to gain the courage to speak up about what happened to her.
During the novel, while Oakley is the main character, you also get very familiar with her best friend, Cole, and every now and then (especially towards the end of the novel) pop into his head. As a writer, I love with authors talk about the idea that love isn't about saying the words all the time; but, the actions behind the two people and Preston did it well. She had the platform to showcase this thought with Oakley being mute and it even comes up straight out in a portion of the book when Cole's friend, Ben, asks outright "Wouldn't you want to hear her say it [I love you]" And he responses with "Yeah, but I already know that she does and that is more than enough for me" which I promptly responded with an "Aww." and then continued reading.
Overall, I give this novel a 9 out of 10. This was a well-written novel and it honestly felt like I was in two teenager's head and not reading something that an adult written hoping that it sounded like a teenager's mind.
Well, I'm off to read the sequel!
Until the next page turn,