Blurb (from Goodreads):
Lots of people can hear, but how many really listen?
At the age of 17, Charlotte Goode has issues. Serious issues. Despite countless surgeries, her parent's panic attacks, and a well-meaning oncologist, a rare genetic disorder means Charlotte must live with recurring tumors. Life isn’t supposed to be this way.
And just as Charlotte is learning to cope, she gets some devastating news: Tumors are growing on her auditory nerves. But, the necessary surgery will leave her completely deaf.
With the operation scheduled in a month, Charlotte prepares herself for a world without sound. A world without the violin she loves, without her best friend’s laugh, and even without her boss’s irksome tone. Charlotte's on a mission to take it all in, while trying to hire a band to play a benefit concert. Will it be The Bond Boys or Lennox?
Counting down the days until everything goes silent, The Bond Boys’ lead singer, Ron Cam, sweeps Charlotte off her feet. He’s pure charisma. Then there’s Matthew Lovelace of Lennox , who captures Charlotte’s attention with his music and “that” voice. What will she do?
Time is running out. Charlotte must find a way to leave the hearing world on a high note without missing a beat.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Jacqueline Abelson.)
17-year-old Charlotte has neurofibromatosis. She’s had multiple surgeries to remove numerous tumours from her arms and legs, and the appearance of the slightest freckle has her parents rushing her to the hospital for an MRI scan.
But there’s worse to come for poor Charlotte. Her doctor has discovered tumours growing along her auditory nerves. They have to be removed before they cause too much pressure on her brain and kill her. But removing them will mean that she loses her hearing permanently.
Whilst this would be a struggle for anybody, for Charlotte it is even worse. She plays the violin, and works for a music magazine. Music is her passion and losing her hearing will change her entire life, more even than it would for anyone else.
Charlotte has bartered with her doctor - 4 weeks until she has the operation. 4 weeks to listen. But will 4 weeks ever be enough?
I really liked this book. Charlotte was so spunky, and coped so well with her diagnosis, even when it felt like it was the end of everything. It was inspiring to go along with her on her journey, as she faced something so terrifying, and I totally loved her character.
I also loved the storyline in this book. I haven’t come across anything like this before and I really enjoyed it. It was so different and fresh. I really didn’t want to put this one down at all. Surprisingly, the strongest emotion I had whilst reading this book was joy! Charlotte was so funny at times, and her observances and thoughts were so funny at times, I actually laughed out loud.
My least favourite character in the book was Andrew, Charlotte’s brother-in-lore. I couldn’t believe his selfishness. Who tells a girl who will lose her hearing in 3 weeks, ‘practice your violin later, we’re trying to sleep’. What a poo-head!
This book was really easy to read. It flowed so well, and was just really lovely. This is the sort of book that you look up from reading and wonder where the time has gone because you have been so engrossed in the story.
Overall; a fresh, engrossing young adult novel.
8 out of 10.
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