Thursday, September 10, 2015

Book Review: Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheier

Title: Your Voice is All I Hear
Author: Leah Scheier
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Netgalley
Edition: eARC

Everything about Jonah is unexpected. On the first day of school, he sits next to April, when he could have chosen to sit with the popular girl. He turns down an invitation to join the school team and declares he'd rather paint. He encourages April to develop her musical talent and shrugs off the bullies that torment them.

April isn't surprised to find herself falling for Jonah. The unexpected part is when he falls for her too.

But the giddy happiness of their first romance begins to fade when Jonah's unpredictability begins to take a darker turn. April understands that her boyfriend is haunted by a painful memory, but his sudden mood swings worry her. She can't explain his growing fear of cellphones, electric keyboards, and of sounds that no one else can hear. Still, no matter what happens, April is sure that she'll always stand by him.

Until Jonah finally breaks and is committed to a psychiatric ward.

Until schizophrenia changes everything.

Though everyone urges her to let him go, April stays true to Jonah. But as the boy she adores begins to disappear in front of her, she has to face her worst fear: that her love may not be enough to save him.

**Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** 

Your Voice is All I Hear was a beautifully written tale about young love and schizophrenia. The story follows April, whose best friend just switched schools. Now she's all alone and has to try to survive her sophomore year of high school. On the first day, she meets a new kid named Jonah, who immediately says that she's pretty. The two of them hit it off from there.

As time goes on, the two of them grow closer and closer together, though Jonah starts acting differently. April doesn't know why he's acting the way he is, and neither does his mom. Jonah won't really say anything about it, but there's definitely something wrong with him. After going to the doctor, April finds that Jonah has schizophrenia, and she decides to try to stick with him through it all. 

I absolutely adored Jonah. He was perfect for April, and they were both so artsy. I felt so bad for him as he was slowly losing himself, while April was trying to help him hold on to what really matters in life. I also love how he helped April become the person that she was by the end of the book. He really supported her in her decisions and helped her see that she's amazing at piano. 

I honestly loved Your Voice Is All I Hear. It was very unique and different, and shed light on what schizophrenia can do to a person. I almost cried at the very end of the story, and it takes a lot to make me cry. That's how I know how wonderful this book really is. I highly suggest checking it out.


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