Thursday, March 17, 2016

Book Review: Silence (by Natasha Preston)

By: Natasha Preston
Genres: Young Adult (High School), Romance, 
Sociology (Abuse), Contemporary, Fiction (Realistic Fiction),
 Drama, New Adult, Suspense

For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world.

Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her, refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it still work as they start to grow even closer?

When Oakley is forced to face someone from her past, can she hold her secret in any longer?

Helloooooo everyone!! Long time no read, amiright? Sorry about that. I've just moved from overseas and am now slowly settling back into America! But today I am going to do a fairly long review, so I hope that makes up for it!
   Silence is about a 16 year old girl named Oakley who was sexually abused growing up and has been completely silent since she was five. She only really trusts three people in her life, one of which is her best friend Cole. Cole is Oakley's best friend that is only two years older than her. He is  a very sweet and dynamic character, who cares for Oakley and loves her, and she reciprocates those feelings. You'd think it would be hard for them to communicate but Cole understands almost everything she is trying to convey. They've been best friends for their whole life, and as they get older their feelings for one another grow. The only man she really wants to be with is Cole, he and her have such an immense love for one another and it warmed my heart throughout the book. Cole and Oakley switch POVs throughout the book, although it's mostly Oakley that is narrating. I love that about this book because it shows Cole's side of the story, which is very interesting.  Nobody really KNOWS why Oakley is silent except her dad, who, by the way, is a complete ass. He walks around keeping the secret about what happened to Oakley and not to mention he is the reason she is silent. Ugh, I hate the  guy. How he says he loves her? I don't know. As for the mom she has no clue what happened to Oakley, she just thinks it's something medical. Nonetheless, she tries to help Oakley and make her better, which is kinda annoying but what could you expect from a mom? Oakley also has a brother who comes off as a lazy sarcastic asshole(my personal favorite)  but really he's a sweetheart trying to protect his sister. I enjoyed this book so much because it was unique and the love between Cole and Oakley is so real and it deals with situations that, believe it or not, happen all the time. It's realistic and fun and just...ugh... I loved it. The only complaint I have is the grammar, which was awful, but other than that it was fantastically written.
  Soooo I highly recommend this book to everyone, it's amazing.
Peace and love, my people

~ Naomi

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