Review – A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

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June 18, 2017 by ceresbooksworld


A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard


Publisher: Macmillan

Publication Date: January 12th, 2017

Source: UK Paperback

Rating: 5 hearts




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 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.


This book is beautiful; it’s a story about a girl who has selective mutism and a boy who is deaf. Steffi has only one best friend, Tem, she knew her since a long time and with her Steffi talk, she also talks with her parents. They are divorced and Steffi’s father takes the news of her selective mutism better than her mother. Her father and his new wife and step son, learned sign language, her mother don’t want this and she forces her daughter to talk.

I like Steffi, she is afraid of a lot of things, mostly talk in public, she can have panic attack and I can’t imagine how my life will be if I was in her place. I don’t talk much but I talked when I go to a shop buy something or when I go to the doctor or at another place, that must be hard for her to want to talk but the word doesn’t pass the mouth.

Rhys is deaf, he has a lot of humor and his life isn’t easy but when he saw that Steffi knows how to sign, his life change, he made a new friend and it will even help Steffi. It’s interesting to see Rhys, shy and incapable to tell Steffi that he likes her more than a friend.

Steffi and Rhys struggles with their own problems, Rhys friends are all mute and how Steffi reacts in his world, the contrary can be told too. A second issue is with Tem, it’s a new world for both Tem and Steffi and this year they aren’t together at school. Steffi will have to made place for both Tem and Rhys.

I like everything in this book, the fact that in the interior cover there is the alphabet in sign languages, every chapter is in sign language. It’s interesting to read a book about deaf people and discovers their world and how they live. Their problems and the help they need.

A little bonus of this book is that some scenes are in Edinburgh and I love this city and it reminds me some great memories.

It’s the first book from Sara Barnard I read and it won’t be the last because I love all the things I feels in reading this book, I cry, I wanted to help them, to tell them that everything will be allright, even if it’s hard. You can have a normal life and be happy, just give a chance to others people and don’t be afraid.

Quick word: A wonderful story that makes you discover another aspect of our world.


About the author

Sara lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the “on” switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of secondhand book shops at a young age.
Sara is trying to visit every country in Europe, and has managed to reach 13 with her best friend. She has also lived in Canada and worked in India.
Sara is inspired by what-ifs and people. She thinks sad books are good for the soul and happy books lift the heart. She hopes to write lots of books that do both. BEAUTIFUL BROKEN THINGS is her first book and a dream come true.

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