A quiet kind of thunder by Sara Barnard

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.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved this book! This is the second book by Sara Barnard by it’s actually the third book I’ve read by her and I honestly cannot believe I waited so long. I loved her other two books beautiful broken things and goodbye perfect and I was not disappointed with this book. I actually feel like this might have been my favourite out of the three. One of the things I love about Sara’s books is the friendship theme that runs throughout. Although this book has more of a romantic element than the other two, friendship is still a strong theme within the book. I love the bond that Steffi and Tem have.

I connect with Steffi in so many ways. I’ve not struggled with selective mutism but I have struggled with anxiety so I really relate to her on that level. I found Steffi and Rhys so sweet and just loved everything about them as a couple. I love the way that Sara dealt with both selective mutism and deafness and how those two things brought Steffi and Rhys together but didn’t necessarily define their relationship. Everything about this book just made me fall in love with it and I honestly didn’t want it to end.

Have you read a quiet kind of thunder? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Abbie. X

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