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?
* warning Silence has sensitive subjects *
Silence is a bittersweet story depicting how a young girl tries hard to conceal a life changing secret in order to keep her family together while giving up something everyone wants so badly to hear again her voice.
I went in this story completely open minded. From the time you could tell that something terrible happened to Oakley and she’s stopped speaking because of it. I had no idea she was “ordered” bit to speak by someone in her life, someone she trusted but when she started to come out as I read I wanted to rip the guy apart for her. I was so sad for her and really wanted her to tell someone especially Cole.
Honestly I think Oakley was really strong I mean she went through bullying and constantly having her mother try to fix her instead of just coming out to say what happened. It takes a lot of strength for someone to hang on as long as she did. But I think that was partly due to the love and support of the charming Cole.
Cole was so sweet and protective. When he heard Oakleys voice for the first time I believed hi emotions in that moment and even more when she confessed to him about what had happened to her. Like the way he reacted it was utterly real. The words the description everything felt real.
I guess by now you’ve realised that I liked the story it’s not the average sweet and fluffy ya read it conveys a heavy topic. And I think more people should read this book because this stuff happens in society more often then we’d like to hear. It’s very much a realistic fiction. I think the author did a good job writing it. The only reason that kept it from getting five stars is the ending. I felt like the entire story was written well and on a nice steady pace but when it got to the ending it was so abrupt. That’s my only issue with silence. Otherwise it’s good story depicting a sweet young love in spite of the pain and that goes to show that no matter what you’re going through love will always prevail