Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Wow! This story definitely did a number on my emotions. I've never read a book with schizophrenia being a main part of the plot, so it was certainly an eye-opener and I feel after reading Your Voice is All I Hear, I now have a better understanding of the illness and how it impacts everyone involved.
I wasn't sure at first if I'd like the story because in the beginning, I just couldn't warm up to the main characters. Their attraction just seemed too instant and too intense, and I feared that would cause a disconnect on my part. But once I started getting to know April and catching hints that something was definitely up with Jonah, my curiosity level heightened and I only wanted to move forward to learn more. Also, I had to keep in mind that these were teenagers and they're drawn together for a reason.
There are so many aspects of the story that make it great. The writing is superb, the unraveling of the characters and their home life, and the sweet yet sad love between April and Jonah. Schizophrenia can drive people away, and I like that the author included a moment in the story where April tried to help her classmates understand what Jonah was going through. She gave them some clarity and they realized that it was nothing to joke about. I honestly don't know how she had the strength to hang on to her relationship. I kept trying to put myself in her shoes and wondered if I would have done the same. Hmm...I don't know. I mean, Jonah's struggles shook me up so much that it scared me a lot. I suspected that he'd do what he did, and I was relieved when April caught him in time. My gosh. I just commend her on being so strong and supportive. She's quite an admirable character.
It's so hard to talk about the book without giving too much away, all I can is this story will tug at your heartstrings and you may end up in tears by the end, if not before. Again, the writing is wonderful and alluring. If you never understood the illness prior to reading Your Voice is All I Hear, you'll probably get an awakening afterwards. This is by far one of the best books I've read this year. I'm a new fan of this talented author and I'm so happy she wrote this story. It can be helpful for those who know someone with the illness or if you'd like to learn about it.