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

Your Voice is All I Hear by Leah Scheieryour voice is all i hear
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.


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Wendy’s Review

Your Voice is All I Hear is seriously right up my alley.  We all love the Sci-Fi Dysopian’s or the Urban Fantasy books.  Even more though, I love books that place characters into a difficult real life affliction situations, forcing the readers to live through it with them, probably the most.

In Your Voice is All I Hear April has fallen in love for the first time with a really wonderful boy.  We as the reader go through the excitement with her, how Jonah builds her up and makes her feel strong and worthy.  Then, we get to ride along with her as everything crumbles when her boyfriend succumbs to mental illness.

I cried multiple times through the book.  At the first sign of a problem with Jonah I set the book aside and had to take a break, because internally I was dreading the moment when everything fell apart for him.  All of those emotions I felt are exactly why Your Voice is All I Hear is so good.  I came to care about April and Jonah, so when they both were in so much pain I felt it.  That connection is what I look for in anything I read.

Even better, was the maturity level you found in their relationship and the way everything played out.  Leah Scheier wasn’t trying to give all of us the perfect ending we were all hoping for.  She gave us the smart, believable, and respectable ending that Your Voice is All I Hear deserved.

I can’t end this review without mentioning that not too long ago I read and reviewed Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, which was also about a teenage boy suffering from Schizophrenia.  In Your Voice is All I Hear the story was told from the perspective someone who loved a boy through his diagnosis and treatment.  In Challenger Deep the story was told from the perspective of the patient himself.  Having read both books, Challenger Deep first, and because the stories shared a lot of similarities in terms of the hospital, the doctors, the other patients, and the illness itself, I think I had a unique perspective and was able to take what I’d read from Shusterman’s story and was able to better understand Jonah in this story.

By no means is it better to have read both of them, just an idea that I’d toss out there for other people who enjoy books like this also.

Your Voice is All I Hear is definitely recommendable, and I recommend it to all of you.  Really really very very good.

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  1/2 = A

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