Review: Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
His world is music. Her world is silent.
Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.
When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.
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The only downfall of this book is that I wanted more! Tone Deaf was an extremely quick read that left me with a smile on my face and hope in my heart. Tone Deaf is a special book for several reason, first off I am extremely familiar with the struggles of abuse and secondly, I went to a college that specializes in ASL and I have several deaf/hard-of-hearing friends. Both these issues are touchy topics to breach in a book and Olivia Rivers did so with eloquence, grace, and adequate research.
Ali is a strong, resilient young lady and to watch her grow as a character throughout the book was inspiring. Jace is sweet, caring, and so broken that I wanted to hug both of these characters and never let them go. They deserve nothing but love and happiness. The story also speaks volumes for being able to accept the hand life has dealt you but not let that hand define you as a person. Both Jace and Ali, struggled and overcame their own demons, a little to fast for me but that is just because I am greedy and want more!
The secondary characters truly make this book! Killer and Arrow are awesome! I could not have imagined a more perfect duo to add the needed flare, sass, and spice to this story. From Arrows skepticism to Killers caring personality they made it so easy to fall for them. Jon was sweet and adorable and when he said he was shy around girls I could have died from the swoon. Too cute! Again, the story ended a little too fast for me but the message is prevailing, hope, courage, and love can be found where you least expect it.
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